Mary Moore, Retro TravelingMom

Mary Moore, Retro TravelingMom

Mary Moore is the retro ­loving mother of two young children who enjoys the freedom of driving the open road in search of adventure. She and her family are working their way through the backroads and cities of America in their seafoam green 1950s Bel Air. You can read more about their lifestyle and adventures on the blog Raising Dick and Jane.


14 Things Not To Miss During Your Stay at Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort

Some people might only visit a waterpark for one thing, the water attractions. At Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort, I recommend planning to do a whole lot more! With rooms on-site, themed activities, special themed guests, and multiple food options, there is so much more to do than just swim. Trust me, you’ll want to be sure you and your family don’t miss out on these 14 Castaway Bay resort perks during your next stay. Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort Being stuck inside for long periods of time can be catastrophic for my kids (and my sanity) –  unless...

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The Secret to Easy Packing for a Weekend Trip

Packing is never the fun part of travel. But it doesn’t have to be stressful. The key is to remember the essentials. Read on for a list of the 10 must-pack items that will get a mom through just about any weekend trip. (Undergarments? Check.) It works even if you don’t have a closet full of destination-ready clothing or a lot of time to go shopping before you pack for a weekend trip. Photo by Mary Moore / Retro TravelingMom. Packing for a Weekend Trip What’s the first thing you do when you start to prepare for a weekend...

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8 Places Food-Lovers Dine in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan is a melting pot of different cuisines. It’s easy to walk the streets of this bustling university town and find places that serve sought-after dishes from countries all around the world or meals made with ingredients cultivated only miles from where you sit. For those of us who love being adventurous in our dining but who can’t always travel outside the US for an authentic meal, Ann Arbor is the place to visit – and when you do, these are the places you’ll find the foodies at (and for very good reason). The Ann Arbor Food...

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Relax and Refuel with a Weekend Trip to Detroit

Detroit isn’t just about the automotive industry. It is a city full of history, music, community, art, and rejuvenation. On my latest trip there, I experienced several different things that (after a long couple of stressful months) refueled my inner engine and jump-started my creativity going forward into 2017. For me, Detroit isn’t just about cars and industry, it is a place that I love to travel for inspiration. Detroit, Michigan | Get Inspired I’ve said it before, but Detroit is making a comeback as a must see travel destination. During my most recent trip into the city to...

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7 Worthwhile Stops to Make on the Antique Trail Through Ypsilanti, Michigan

Do you feel giddy running your fingers along a crackling book cover – bringing it up to your nose to take in its historic smell? Does the style of vintage glass make you weak in the knees? Do you and your girlfriends love spending the day rifling through shelves of discarded treasures in search of that one piece that speaks to you? If so, you might want to plan your next antiquing trip to Ypsilanti, Michigan. There you’ll find an abundance of historic artifacts creates, making it a perfect setting for a full day or weekend of taking it all...

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6 Things to Know Before Booking: Zehnder’s Splash Village in Frankenmuth

One thing I have come to love about traveling the state of Michigan as a family is the ample amount of small towns with big fun. As we have made our way throughout the state together, we’ve found many tiny towns and unique cities worth stopping by to explore for awhile. Frankenmuth, Michigan is one of those places. Come along with us as we stay the weekend at Zehnder’s Splash Village – the area’s 50,000 square foot water park with a family friendly hotel attached. Frankenmuth, Michigan Frankenmuth is a small German inspired town in Michigan that has grown to...

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Family Guide to Bike Riding Mackinac Island, Michigan

There is a place in the United States where all motor vehicles have been completely forbidden. A place where the main modes of transportation are bikes, horses, or your own two feet. It’s worth the extra effort: this is an area full of excitement, tourism, and history. A place my family and I love to visit – if for no other reason than to ride our bikes. Mackinac Island Michigan Bike riding is a fun pastime for my family. We often travel to new places based solely on its ability to accommodate bikers. We search out areas that offer either...

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7 Amazing Experiences You Wouldn’t Expect to Have in Ann Arbor, Michigan – But Totally Can!

Ann Arbor, Michigan is home to many amazing restaurants, a thriving downtown area, and the University of Michigan. However, besides the traditional day or night spent out on the town that many associate with the city, Ann Arbor and its neighboring areas also hold within their sphere several experiences that may be hard to come by elsewhere. These experiences could leave you with heightened excitement, a sense of awe and a crazy story to bring home to your friends. Ann Arbor, Michigan Only about a 30 minute drive from the Detroit airport is the quaint city of Ann Arbor – also...

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Finding Travel Balance in Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Balance is something I like to try and keep in mind while traveling with my family – which includes two young children. They like to spend our travel time playing at parks, riding rides, and going full energy. Mom and dad, on the other hand, look to experience beautiful sights, calming scenery and maybe spend a little time browsing the eclectic downtown shops. Can a balance between these two opposites be found? Our experience is yes, especially in Pigeon Forge Tennessee – a fun filled exuberant city surrounded by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park....

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Hotel Review : The Inn on the River in Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Have you ever found a place that feels like home in a hotel environment? This feeling of comfort and relaxation is exactly what my family and I found while staying at the Inn on the River in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. While the area of Pigeon Forge itself is quite full of excitement with daily shows, attractions, rides and a theme park nearby, the Inn on the River has proven itself to be a daily respite for my traveling family. We were quick to find that after a day full of feeling like a tourist popping in and out of attractions,...

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