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.


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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9 Oddities to Stop and See Along Your Michigan to Florida Road Trip

Taking time to slow down road travel and explore the areas around you could lead you to a deserted road…or it could be a path to one of the many awesome off-beat roadside attractions that pepper the United States. We’ve made the trip between Florida and Michigan countless times and have explored many of the roadside attractions that can make an ordinary road trip one for the family memory books. Here are nine of our favorites. Are you inspired by retro travel? Taking a retro inspired road trip is all about slowing down your travel and stopping to explore the areas along the...

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7 Historic Sights to Explore with Kids in St. Augustine, Florida

Have you considered exploring the history of St. Augustine, Florida, with your family, but weren’t sure how the kids would enjoy it? I also worried about my young kids losing interest quickly or not being able to understand the rich history of the area during our recent exploration. However, with these St. Augustine family friendly attractions, we found the history of the area to come alive for us. If you are interested in not only learning about the history of St. Augustine with your kids, but experiencing it, check out these seven places we enjoyed exploring and learning more about during...

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You Found THAT at the Grand Floridian?

Think you know everything there is to know about Walt Disney Worlds Grand Floridian Resort and Spa? Possibly you know that it embodies the Palm Beach golden era with its historic Victorian architecture or that it sits within the Walt Disney World property near the Magic Kingdom park. But what else do you know? My family and I recently spent three days at the Grand Floridian and we explored it top to bottom to find these 10 secrets to share with you. The Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, a Walt Disney World property, is an award winning Victorian themed...

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A Visit To Grand Rapids’ Frederik Meijer Gardens with Kids – Worth It?

It was easy to see what was in it for me – outdoor art and sculptures scattered along winding paths of natural beauty, a zen garden with fresh flowing water and a tropical indoor atrium full of brightly colored florals. The only thing that I wasn’t sure of was how long my kids would last before losing their patience and asking to leave. What I found after spending an entire afternoon in the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan was that it wasn’t the kids who were asking to leave but the doors closing at the end of the day that...

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10 Must Try Foodie Stops That Prove Michigan is Much More Than a Great “Lake” State

Those hitting the shores or slopes of Michigan may have come for one thing – the natural outdoor lifestyle that the state has so appropriately become known for. However, there is more to the state than its beautiful salt-free lakes or freshly snow covered terrains. Michigan is a hub of culinary arts with scores of craft beer and microbreweries to suit – and with even more popping up every day. While I understand that you might want to visit Michigan because of its beautiful natural scenery, I urge you to also spend some time visiting these ten “must try” foodie experiences located...

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Have a Night on the Town and a Vintage Hollywood Experience in Chelsea, Michigan

About 30 minutes west of Ann Arbor is a destination where adults have been known to take over the scene. It is a haven of exquisite food, eclectic shopping, and where live theatre production sets the stage for a memorable evening out on the town. Couples or groups of girlfriends have option to spend the night in an old Victorian home, get dressed up to take in a small stage performance by professional actors and finish off their night with upscale dining or cocktails at one of the many downtown restaurants. Those looking for a fancy “old Hollywood” experience or memorable weekend away should...

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South Haven, Michigan Offers Romance in the “Off Season”

South Haven, Michigan is a popular family summer vacation spot filled with beautiful beaches, harbors and a thriving downtown district. However, in the “off season” when the streets and lakes are covered in snow and ice, South Haven becomes a colorful winter wonderland perfect for couples looking to get away for a little bit of romantic seclusion, wine, fine dining and even a fun retro date night experience. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway without the kids, without the crowds and with “off season” pricing, read how my husband and I put together a romantic winter weekend with a trip to the southwest...

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