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The Road Best Traveled
By: Admin    November 20 2017 , 05:25 pm
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Happiness Is an Open Road...Taking road trips across the United States is a great way to learn history, enrich your appreciation of nature, and have fun. Besides a car with a fresh tank of gas and a camera, you will not need to pack much else for these breathtaking adventures across some of the country’s most fascinating roads.Overseas Highway – Cross the seas to reach the Keys113 miles of gorgeous ocean viewsThe Florida Keys are a beautiful destination in and of themselves, but the highway to get there is an adventure of its own. 113 miles – most of which take you over bridges crossing the Florida Keys – provide ample photograph opportunities. Just be patient with fellow travelers, because traffic along this route can get congested.While you take your time on the Highway, make sure to stop at some of the islands along the way. You can see turtles, dolphins, shipwrecks, barracuda, an under...
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An Interview with Strong Oaks Woodshop
By: Admin    November 13 2017 , 04:41 pm
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Strong Oaks Woodshop – Front Royal, VirginiaMike Schmiedicke was a normal guy with a white-collar job for many years. Doing web programming and database development meant he sat at a desk and stared at a computer day in and day out. But when he came home, he went into his garage and he built things. “It was my therapy,” Mike said. “My wife and I had a deal. She would bring me a kids’ catalog with a learning tower or rocking horse in it and ask me to make it. Once I did, I could spend that money we saved on my collection of carpentry tools instead.”Back in 2001, starting a wood shop out of a hobby was nothing more than a hope and a dream – but the seeds of an idea had already begun. Mike came up with a plan to gradually transition from web development into woodworking full-time. In 2008, he started selling things on Etsy – he was actually one of the first furniture makers to ut...
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A Farm-to-Table Thanksgiving
By: Admin    November 10 2017 , 10:07 am
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Thanksgiving is one of the most wonderful times of the year. Thanksgiving provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather around a tasty meal and consciously give thanks for the many blessings in life. But what is the central point of this heartwarming holiday? The meal. It is at the table where all the magic takes place. The art of eating has been celebrated for centuries and is known to build relationships and enhance life. Since gathering around the table cultivates a plethora of benefits, why not serve food in its purest form? Organic farmers have been working hard year-round to provide you with the very best.What is a Farm-to-Table Meal?There are many variations of enjoying a farm-to-table meal. Farm-to-table meals can be enjoyed at farm fresh food festivals, farmers markets, or at your own farm house. Even if you do not live on a farm, products can be purchased from a farmer and bro...
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Beyond Local: The True Meaning of Farm-to-Table
By: Admin    November 01 2017 , 11:45 am
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What is Farm-to-Table?Uniting people and communities one fresh, locally-sourced meal at a time, the American farm-to-table restaurant movement deserves a closer look. Where did this movement begin? Are all farm-to-table models the same? What are you getting in return for your money (besides the tasty food!) at a local restaurant? If you have ever asked yourself these questions, read on to discover more about this important movement, and how supporting local eateries is good citizenship.One fact of life is that great food brings people together, and often helps foster a much larger sense of community. From wild grain gathering in 10,000 BC to the early formation of farming organizations in the 1800s, creating sustainable food has always been an active work in the USA. Farmers – especially in the Midwest – often created wholly sustainable land through their own efforts, growing diverse and hearty cro...
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Falling for the Charms of WIlliamsburg
By: Admin    October 26 2017 , 12:40 pm
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Category: Food , Local , Seasons , Art , Fun
Here is a revolutionary idea… Put Williamsburg, Virginia on your autumn travel bucket list! Located in the Hampton Roads area, Williamsburg is a gem among eastern cities, offering tourists a plethora of beautiful, exciting, and delicious opportunities. Visitors can admire the changing leaves while strolling down a cobblestone road, shoot an 18th century musket, or try some homemade stew while enjoying a unique Colonial dining experience; there is no shortage of activities, (or charm!), in this historic city! Perfect for a weekend getaway or a full day trip, Williamsburg has something enticing to offer anyone planning to travel in Virginia this fall.History truly comes alive in Williamsburg, making this city one of the top destinations for US-Colonial-era enthusiasts. Founded in 1638 and the Virginia Colony capital from 1699-1780, Colonial Williamsburg is a rich hub of history, where every aged buildi...
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