Like a desert oasis in rural America, country stores are a haven of refreshment — and tchotchkes — for weary travelers.
Also known as general stores, these outposts of Americana once served as trading posts for people who lived far from the city.
Stephen Holden, proprietor of the Old Country Store and Museum in the village of Moultonborough, N.H., knows that well. His 235-year-old store opened the same year his great-great grandfather fought in the
Not long ago, vintage steam rides meant a relaxing trip past scenic landscapes, perhaps a few dizzy traverses around high-line curves and trestle bridges.
While traffic-free vistas and uniformed conductors still prevail on most of the country's short-line train trips, passengers can now add mobile apps, real-time Instagram posts, and trendy themes like Steampunk and wine and gourmet chocolate tastings to their travels.
“We are always
I've been actively traveling for the past two-and-a-half years. I'm a digital nomad, which means as long as I have my computer and Wi-Fi access, I can do my job.
I’ve visited more than 40 countries. During my first two years on the road, I didn't really record my travels, since I thought I wouldn't enjoy myself as much. But I realized I only had a few poor-quality pictures to show for my friends and others who might be thinking of traveling. And
It has probably been awhile since you've gone on a proper spring break. Typically, this punctuated pause in the beginning of the year is relegated to college kids who party their way through the nearest beach town.
But for any and all professionals out there, now is actually the perfect time to refresh by using a few of your well-earned vacation days.
Why wait for the annual summer vacation to do something fun with family, friends or even solo? Chances
At Dawson and Stevens Classic '50s Diner, the soda fountain stools swivel, sandwiches have names like “Splish Splash” and “T-Bird Classic,” and songs by Elvis and Chubby Checker serenade customers. But it's the floor-to-ceiling displays of Coca-Cola memorabilia that have truly put this Grayling, Michigan, diner on the world map and drawn admirers from as far away as Japan and Kenya.
Known as the Bottle Cap Museum, the collection comprises more
Coca-Cola Switzerland recently staged a summer spectacle on the shores of Lake Zurich, drawing thousands of thrill-seekers to its Fanta Summerslide.
The playful mini-festival in September saw 2,000 young people join the fun, enjoying nearly 3,500 turns on two giant 15-metre long and 10-metre high slides. There were plenty of other fun activities to keep visitors moving ,including stand-up paddle boards, balance boards and slacklines.
Guest DJs kept
With two tween boys who spend most of their days pinballing between school, sporting events and social activities, an unscheduled weekend is a rare commodity in our household. So when my husband and I discovered an empty block on the calendar during peak leaf-peeping season, we agreed to step away from our computers for three days and take a family road trip to the mountains, in hopes of getting a little closer to nature—and to each other.
In 2011, a popular tourist attraction in Loganville, Ga. got a little, well, corny when it toasted the 125thanniversary of Coca-Cola by carving its 7-acre field into the iconic shape of the iconic Coke bottle.
“We did generic corn mazes for our first few years in business – including a Wild West theme – but that year we decided to do something all of our guests could really relate to,” said owner Misty Duren, who opened Corn Dawgs in
At the tender age of 14, Scott Spencer purchased his first hot-air balloon.
“I knew I wanted to fly, and balloons were the cheapest way to get off the ground,” says the 60-year-old, Idaho-based pilot. "But the first time I fired it up, I ended up burning up 40 acres of wheat in my dad’s field. That kept me grounded for awhile.”
But the desire to take to the skies never subsided: Spencer helped execute his first successful flight
Over the past two years, I've traveled to more than 30 countries... and I'm not stopping any time soon. I'm able to do this because I'm a digital nomad, which means as long as I have my computer and Wi-Fi access, I can do my job. I'm currently focusing most of my time on building ChameleonJohn.com, an online coupons company I co-founded a bit more than a year ago.
I was born and raised in Eastern Europe, but had never been to any of the