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Old 12-30-2007, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Branson Area
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We love to visit Santa Fe New Mexico...we spend a month there every year.
We also take cooking lessons around the country. Santa Fe School of Cooking, and a variety of Viking Cooking Schools (formerly called HomeChef).

Another thing we love doing is poking around local history museums. We love the museum in Bisby AZ and the farming museum in Las Cruces New Mexico. We've stumbled on some cool museums in Pleasanton, CA., Berryville, ARK. The history museum in Springfield MO is cool...the trail of tears go thru Springfield. We visited the HOPS museum in Toppenish WA...museum was very interesting and the town has murals painted on buildings around town.
We've visited several potato chip factories (I know not museums but lots of fun) ....loved the one on Route 11 in Virgina.

Anybody have favorite little less touristy museums or quirky areas to poke around?
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:17 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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"NW Steam-up" Brooks, OR, last weekend in July and first in Aug
free concerts in Portland. OR parks in Aug

Pioneer Village, Minden, NE (good camping here, admission included!)

Farm Museum in Lynden, WA
Camping / hiking in B.C.

Smithsonian's in off season

traveling the '2-lane' roads and frequenting local libraries and museums.

eventually the National Parks will have more appeal when I qualify for a Golden Passport (in about 15 yrs...).. I've been buying the Golden Eagle annually for over 30yrs, I wish they had a 'lifetime' program.
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I don't know why I didn't see this thread before. Great idea! There are some amazing museums here in Washington DC--and most of them are free. Some of the more unsuual ones include the Postal Museum, the Newseum (dedicated to the media) the National Building Museum (a very cool place) and an interesting tour through the FBI. There's also the Spy Museum, which is fun--but you have to pay admission for that.

Another favorite place of mine lately has been Cape May. We like to go off season--it lets us pretend we're part of the town.

My DH and I belong to toastmasters, and we really enjoy going to club meetings wherever we travel. If you belong to a club of any sort, I'd recommend trying this.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:06 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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the museums in Chicago are free on certain days with a library card
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:36 AM
 
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check out the North Carolina JC Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown NC. We have taken three cooking weeks there and loved each one. It is also less than taking a cruise and it is hands on the whole week.

Online they are folkschool.org. Classes about 50 weeks a year and covering hundreds and hundreds of classes. I think we are going back again this summer and when retired will come even more often.

We also are interested in the ICE Cooking School in NYC. Much more expensive but has gotten excellent reviews.
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Quatzsite AZ at the end of Jan or the start of Feb for the flea market and arts & crafts and gem & mineral shows. The desert is full of snowbird RVers parked all over the place. And towards the end of Jan, it does get into the 70's usually.
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Old 01-04-2008, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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My favorite vacation is a few days at Laguna Beach, CA, during July and August when the Pageant of the Masters/Festival of the Arts is on.
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There are lots of other art and craft related shows on at the same time and a trolley that runs between downtown and the shows, most notably the Sawdust Festival which was established as a protest against the juried show at Festival of the Arts.
Sawdust Art Festival - Official Website
I stay at Main Beach at the Hotel Laguna. Not the newest, but an "Old Hollywood" hotel with a Spencer Tracy Room and a Katherine Hepburn Room. There's a piano bar that overlooks the ocean and a terrace in the back where you can sit and watch the sun set while enjoying drinks and light food.
Can't afford it very often but really enjoy it when I can. Very nice walking town with excellent restaurants and particularly good hamburgers. Wonderful people watching.
The Mission at San Juan Capistrano (of Swallows fame) isn't far and is worth the drive.
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