Mary Moore

Mary Moore

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.

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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A Surprising City Named a Top Destination for 2016

Is Detroit, Michigan, on your travel list for 2016? If not, it probably should be. Known as the “Comeback City,” Detroit has proven that it intends to make good on its nickname. It has added a new park, restaurants, hotels and has a rail system (M1 Rail) in the works. Those are just some of the noteworthy additions and renovations. Even so, with all of the new additions already underway, the city is holding on to its roots. This surprising city is a destination worth visiting. 3 Main Reasons to Visit Detroit The city has recently been popping up across the news as...

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Escape a Michigan Winter with New Introductory Deals from Allegiant Air

When it’s time to escape a Michigan winter this year, there’s another choice for flying direct to Florida: Allegiant Air. The discount carrier is starting non-stop flights from Flint, Michigan, to Florida. And the debut flights come at a great deal. Allegiant Air Expanding It’s getting close – winter is creeping in to Michigan and many of us are already starting to plan ouir mid-winter escapes. One of the places that always made my list was bright and sunny Florida, It was easy to get there, just a short, two-hour flight from the mitten state. That was, however, until Southwest air...

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10 Ways to Make the Most of Fall at Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan

Fall in Michigan can be finicky – one day the weather can be beautiful and in the mid 70’s, the next day it can be snowing and frigid. Planning a fall trip to Michigan can be risky business, but when it all works out it can really pay off in amazing sights and incredible fun. Since the window of fall color and warmth is so short, make the most of your fall trip by planning to do these ten things at Boyne Mountain resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. Michigan is a beautiful place to spend the autumn weeks – the air chills, the...

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All American Road Trip: Top Pick Cars

So you want to take a drive through the desert, get your kicks along Route 66 or forge your own path through the desolate forgotten lands of America. Luckily for you, the U.S. is full of road trip opportunities. Adventures await throughout America’s 48 contiguous states. Each is a unique match to the changing typography from north to south, east to west. Once you’ve decided where go, you just need to decide what car you want to take you there. We can help with that. Choosing a car to fit your individual needs on a road trip is about as easy as choosing a destination itself – meaning that...

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10 Not to Miss Sights and Tastes in Sarasota, Florida

Looking for a place to entice your senses through natural and architectural sights – or how about a place to tempt your taste buds with local and exotic foods? On a recent trip to Sarasota County, I found all of this and more to be true because this is a region built on white quartz sand beaches, picture worthy attractions and a seemingly endless supply of Zagat rated restaurants – and when you visit Sarasota County be sure not to miss these top ten places. See a Manatee Up Close at Mote Aquarium If you’re looking for an authentic Florida experience full of fish and natural...

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6 Fun Things to Do in Port Clinton, Ohio with Kids

Finding places to travel that satisfy both my kids need for play and my lust for retro memorabilia can be difficult . That is why our recent trip to Port Clinton, Ohio left us all seeing stars. While some might consider Port Clinton to be just a port to the touristy area of Put-In-Bay island – we now believe that Port Clinton has a right to stand on its own two feet. See for yourself with these six fun things we found to do in Port Clinton, Ohio with kids (some are retro too!!).   Port Clinton, Ohio Port Clinton most notably...

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