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A Look at U.S. Towns Stuck in Time
A big hello to you!
Less than a week before school begins for the new term Ugh - dread the whole "get up early, make lunch, drive and pick up" routine.
The good news (even though it's not that good) is that I will have six solid hours to work, write and make interesting visits for future stories for your guys!
Speaking of interesting stories - I stumbled upon a really cute one entitled 10 U.S. Towns Stuck in Time featured in The Discoverer Blog.
If you love taking a step back in time or just enjoy the feeling of timelessness, my suspicion is that you will enjoy reading about these ten destinations in the United States.
I can definitely attest to the charm of 4 of these, to which I have traveled.
The full list includes the following - with a little commentary from your's truly of my memories.
1. Cape May, New Jersey
This traditional seaside town located at the southern tip of New Jersey is famous for being home to over 600 well-preserved Victorian buildings, gives visitors the feeling of stepping into the late-19th century.
2. Chagrin, Ohio
With all the charms of an old fashioned town as well as a lovely natural setting, with nearby Chagrin Falls waterfall and the Chagrin river, it boasts antique shops, independent fashion boutiques, quaint bookstores and vintage sweet shops.
3. Cooperstown, New York
This laid back upstate New York town is most famous as home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is also best known for being the setting for the works of novelist James Fenimore Cooper, whose father founded the town,
4. Lancaster Pennsylvania
I absolutely love this place, better known as the Amish Country. Visited four times and each time, it is just as I remember.
My last trip was in October 2015 with Gianna.
The land is so beautiful with lots of fields, amazingly fresh food and the kindness of the Pennsylvania Dutch residents.
The time before this trip, was way back in 2002 when I visited for the weekend with my parents. We had a blast eating non stop and spent the weekend at Living Spring Farm Inn.
This trip was filled with shopping and eating!!
5. Mackinac Island, Michigan
This place is waay cool and a gem within Michigan. Back in the late 1990's, my good friend was living in Kalamazoo, Michigan and invited us to go on her sailboat for the weekend!
I had never been on any of the Great Lakes and finally realized how they came to be known as such!! It was like being on the ocean, which was my point of reference having grown up in New York and Long Island.
In any case, we had a blast and stopped at Mackinac Island for a few days and had a blast!!! I wish I could show you some pictures but, they are all packed up waiting for my eventual move (pre-digital camera days).
This is definitely on my list to go back to with the girls!!
6. Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Imagine what life was like in the 1840's when miners flocked to Mineral Point from Cornwall, England, in search of lead in this part Cornish town, part gold rush settlement.
7. Sonoma, California
I will tell you - whether you are a wine lover or not, Sonoma is one of the most lovely places to visit.
Full of local vendors and bodegas, it feel like time has stopped.
I was here in the early 1990's with my college roommate who was living in LA at the time and then again in the late 1990's - sorry no photos again (This really stinks!!!).
8. Tombstone, Arizona
Love, Love Loved this place. Before my girls were born, my ex-husband and I took a glorious trip to Arizona, driving all around and soaking in every minute of the "wild west." Tombstone was like stepping back in time and literally like walking onto the set of an old black and white western movie (except with color!).
Arizona is one of the most breathtaking U.S. states with so much natural beauty and wonder and Tombstone should be on your itinerary during your next visit.
9. Williamsburg, Virginia
If you are new to Travelin' Cousins, you may not know that Tanya and I were estranged for over 30 years due to family arguments when we were kids.
The very first trip we took together was during her east coast summer visit in the Summer of 2013. We traveled by car, via caravan to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with our final destination in Williamsburg, Virginia.
It was absolutely fun and very historical. The kids had a blast participating in one of the musket training exercises and walking along the dirt roads of this colonial village.
10. Yellow Springs, Ohio
This town has quite an interesting origin. Founded in 1825 by 100 families who supported Robert Owen’s utopian socialism movement to recreate the cooperative philosophy of New Harmony, Vermont. Though their mission never really succeeded, the town still maintains a free-thinking spirit with an air of "hippy" cafes and tye-dye clad residents.
Read the full article and learn more about these cities stuck in time!
Hope you are having a great Thursday!!