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From 1970 to 1980, those who made the pilgrimage to Banner Elk, North Carolina could bask in the colorful kitschyness of the Land of Oz theme park. Set atop Beech Mountain, with sweeping views and access by gondola lifts, the park actually seems like it would have been a...
We dragged ourselves out of bed extra early yesterday morning so I could relive a childhood autumn ritual. By the time we arrived at Suter's Cider Press, cars and trucks packed full of apples were lined up in the pre-dawn fog, waiting their turn to feed homegrown apples into...
I just stumbled across the blog of Chandler O'Leary, an illustrator who creates these charming watercolor prints of her travels. The vintage postcard feel of her artwork really fits with all the fun, kitschy attractions she's visited, and of course it makes me want to take off on my...
Our whirlwind southern road trip allowed for just under 24 hours in Charleston, South Carolina. Not nearly enough time for this captivating southern city, but we crammed in as much as we could! Here's our recommended itinerary for the time crunched: Start at the historic Charleston Market, which dates back...
Some shots from our pilgrimage to the awesome homemade UFO Welcome Center in Bowman, South Carolina! The structure was lovingly built by creative local Jody Pendarvis, who anticipates alien visitors (but has seemingly had to make do with human gawkers for now). While there was no one around to offer...
By far my favorite roadside attraction from our southern road trip, the Button King Museum represents the eccentric life's work of 84 year old Dalton Stevens, the self styled "Button King."  In 1983, when insomnia kept him awake far after TV programming cut off at 2am, Steven's search for entertainment...
A Stay at the Gorgeous West Baden Springs Hotel After an hour on a two-lane state route winding through the country– accompanied by much anticipation– we rolled up to the magnificent West Baden Springs Hotel, nestled just outside a small town in the...
I have a confession to make: I'm not really a whiskey person unless it's buried very deep in a cocktail (it tastes like burning!). Conspicuous absence of cocktails notwithstanding, the expansive Jim Beam Stillhouse in Clermont, KY made for a fun, atmospheric tour. Opened in fall of 2012, a newly...
A Christmas Story House Did you know that the house from the A Christmas Story movie is fully restored and open for tours in Cleveland, Ohio? Just in time for Christmas, we made the trek to the original A Christmas Story house to...

Redstone, Colorado

While exploring the area on our hot springs trip, we drove past these beautiful, crumbling coke ovens in Redstone, Colorado.  Intended as "enlightened industrial paternalism", the little village of Redstone was created for employees of John Cleveland Osgood's coal mining business in the late 1800s. The original town,...