Corning Museum of Glass

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Corning Museum of Glass, located in Corning New York, houses the largest, most comprehensive collection of glass in the world. It traces the worldwide history of glassmaking over 3,500 years, from its roots in Mesopotamia to the present. Its hands-on displays explain the continually evolving science of glassmaking, demonstrates the art of glassblowing and displays [Read more …]

Finger Lakes New York

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Traveling around the Finger Lakes Central New York has a series of lakes which look like fingers from the air—well, maybe a lot of fingers. No surprise that this area is called the Finger Lakes Region. We grew up not far from this area (Syracuse New York) and have visited it several times. This time [Read more …]

Jamestown New York

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If you are a child of the 1960s, you probably remember Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and the I Love Lucy Show. If you are too young to know these names, perhaps you know Star Trek, But more on that later Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum Jamestown New York may not be a top [Read more …]

Buffalo New York and Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House in Buffalo New York We have been to many places that Frank Lloyd Wright designed (http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2014/08/21/frank-lloyd-wrights-racine-wisconsin-legacy/ and http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2012/05/30/a-morning-in-oak-park-with-frank-lloyd-wright/ and http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2011/11/10/finally-falling-water/) We happily discovered that he also did some work in the Buffalo area. Of course we had to visit it while we were there. Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House The [Read more …]

The Long and Arduous Road from Toronto to Buffalo

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Toronto to Buffalo Plan A Ah the joys of trying to get from Toronto Canada to the United States on a Sunday. Bottom line, fly or travel on another day. Yes, it is only 100 miles, but crossing the border on land on a Sunday is not for the timid. We wanted to fly into [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Oregon Restaurants and Hotel

We love revisiting favorite restaurants and exploring new ones when we travel. On our 2018 trip to Willamette Valley Oregon, we had time to check out several restaurants: Tina’s (Dundee) a popular restaurant with a fun wine list that has one, or possibly two wines apiece from a large number of the valley’s wineries. We [Read more …]

Willamette Valley Wine 2018

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We generally love the wonderful wines that come from Willamette Valley. This Oregon valley is protected from the east by the Cascade Mountains, from the west by the Coast Range mountains and from the north by hills, all of which makes it perfect for cool climate grapes. It is Oregon’s largest grape growing region and [Read more …]

Bend Oregon

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Bend Oregon is a reasonably small (76,000 people) city at the edge of the Oregon Cascade range. This young, active community, located on a plain between the mountains and the dessert, is the heart of one of Oregon’s premier outdoor sports areas with hiking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, golf [Read more …]

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

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Multnomah Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the U.S. It is located in the Columbia Gorge area in Oregon. It consists of two spans, a 542-foot upper span and a shorter, 59-foot lower span connected by a small rapids. The river, whose source has been traced to an underground stream draining a high-elevation lake, [Read more …]

Columbia River Gorge

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The Columbia River Gorge is the largest national scenic area in the United States and has the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America. Formed by the powerful Columbia River, the gorge goes along the Oregon/Washington border. It is both a rugged, scenic wonderland and home to one of one of the region’s many wine [Read more …]