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Archive for October, 2009

Traveling to Portland Brewpubs

Friday, October 30th, 2009

With a claim to fame such as: More breweries than any other city in the United States, you would think we are talking about the big names in brewing (TV commercials, big horses dragging wagons, etc.). But, Portland, Oregon’s breweries range from micro one-off locations to national and international distribution, all without the horses dragging wagons …

Don’t get me wrong, I think those big draft horses are impressive, but big breweries don’t necessarily mean the best beer, or the only beer. (more…)

Travel to Discovery Stern Wheeler – Fairbanks, AK

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

By Guest Author Peggy Bradshaw; Photos by George Bradshaw

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Fairbanks, Alaska is the Discovery Sternwheeler boat, docked on the Chena River not far from downtown. It is owned by the Binkley family, who have been in the riverboat business since the days of the Klondike gold rush. It has been a tourist attraction since 1950 and has been continuously captained by members of the Binkley family.

Take a ride on the Discovery Sternwheeler

Take a ride on the Discovery Sternwheeler


A Proper English Tea – Travel to English Rose Tea Room

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Proprietor Joanne Gemmill knows about a true English tea since she grew up in the south of England. Once she transplanted herself to Arizona, it was natural for her to continue her tradition of tea and share that with people so they would

Proprietor Joanne Gemmill

Proprietor Joanne Gemmill

“ Take time out from their busy lives and wallow in tea and tranquility.”
These days, everyone can use some tranquility. (more…)

Travel to Carefree – A Freeing Experience

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The City “fathers’ of Carefree, Arizona, according to a story, sat around in a local watering hole deciding what to name the streets of Carefree, since many of the streets were nameless. While they downed their brews what they came up with was inspired!

You, too, can be on Easy Street - in Carefree, Arizona

You, too, can be on Easy Street - in Carefree, Arizona


Travel to Carefree

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Ah, if only everyone could be Carefree – or travel there. It’s a town in Arizona north of Phoenix, by the way, but it is also a state of mind.

On a recent stay at the Carefree Resort & Villas in Carefree, the experience lived up to the name.

Carefree Resort & Villas entrance

Carefree Resort & Villas entrance


Crafting Beer in Corvallis (Block 15)- Travel to OSU’s Town

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Go Beavs!

After a two and a half hour drive over the Cascade Mountains on a road (U.S. 20) that wouldn’t win any awards for staying in a straight line, I arrived in Corvallis, Oregon. Most people will probably say, WHERE?

Although near Eugene, Albany, Salem and, ultimately, Portland, Corvallis is not the most well known of cities in the Willamette Valley. While the aforementioned cities have a common trait (they are all next to I-5 traveling north and south through Oregon), Corvallis is just a bit off the beaten track (8 miles west of the interstate highway.) Not so much a tourist destination as a sports and education destination, Corvallis is home to Oregon State University. GO BEAVS! (more…)

The Alaskan Railroad

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Guest Author Peggy Bradshaw; Photos by George Bradshaw

Stepping onto the dome car of the Alaska Railroad you do not realize that this train is not just a tourist train.

Domed car of the Alaskan Railroad

Domed car of the Alaskan Railroad


Travel to Superb Scenery at Mt. Bachelor and the Cascades

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

One of the major attractions in Central Oregon for those who want fabulous scenery is Mt. Bachelor and the Cascades Lakes National Scenic Byway.  And, if you ski, during the season, Mt. Bachelor is a very popular location.

Mt. Bachelor

Mt. Bachelor with ski lifts

Mt. Bachelor with ski lifts (not taken during the ski season)


Travel to More of Bend, OR

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Bend has an interesting shopping area that was salvaged from a real old mill, a lumber mill.  

Called the Old Mill District, it has become the center for some upscale shopping, restaurants and  events.  

In an effort to be evocative, the old smokestacks are still there and there is a sign that says, “Can you smell the sawdust?”

Old Mill District

Old Mill District


Down the Road to Bend, OR

Monday, October 19th, 2009

After the strenuous drive on RT 242  (see our blog on September 17) to get to Bend, we were prepared to really relax! 

Our hotel in Bend, the Shilo Inn, offered rooms with fully-equipped kitchens and  a view of the river.  A separate building contained an enclosed pool with spa and sauna.  Furnishings were a little worn, but the amenities were good with freebies offered for their full breakfast buffet, so not a bad deal all together.

We headed to downtown to look around and saw the following fellow sitting on a bench.  From a distance, he looked quite real!

Bench sitter in downtown Bend

Bench sitter in downtown Bend

We have already talked about the Farmer’s Market (see  our blog on October 9) we visited and had a chance to stroll the path along the Deschutes River.  We did not tell you about the very unusual restaurant that has a tree going through the roof in the middle of of a room.

Truly – a tree that goes through the roof!  When the restaurant owners decided to add another room, they didn’t want to destroy the 300-year-old tree.  Oregon people are like that.  So, they built the tree into the room.

Pine Tavern Restaurant

Tree in Pine Tavern Restaurant

Trees in Pine Tavern Restaurant


Through the roof!

Through the roof!

 Besides the unusual attraction of a tree going through the roof, the Pine Tavern has a spacious patio overlooking the Deschutes River.  We opted to sit there with an idyllic view. The patio has round tables with mis-matched linen napkins.  

Our waitress Nikki, was most accommodating.  She offered to make iced decaf tea for me, since they didn’t have anything decaf.  Although I remember liking the food, I don’t remember what we ate because we suddenly had a hovering bee that just wouldn’t go away.  

When we brought the bee to Nikki’s attention, she commented that there was no extra charge for the bee.  The way she said it, it was funny and we laughed and relaxed.

The view was mesmerizing and,when it was time to leave, we did so reluctantly.  As we left we saw two staffers sitting at empty booths in the restaurant folding napkins!  All of those napkins do need to be folded!

We liked the Pine Tavern Restaurant.  Good food with an old-fashioned, gracious atmosphere.