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.


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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3 Places in Northern Michigan That Look Like a Fall Painting

I never knew Michigan could look like this – be this beautiful. However as the autumn air begins to turn brisk, the foliage in Michigan reacts in the most lovely way. The landscape transforms from showing different shades of green into rich hues of red, gold, orange and brown. While I can agree that there are several amazing places within the state of Michigan to enjoy these beautiful colors – there are three specific places that my family loves to travel to see Michigan transform into what we can only describe as a stunning work of art. Boyne Falls, Michigan...

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Put-in Bay, Ohio – Enjoy a Little Island Time without Leaving the Midwest

Sandy bottom bars with swinging chairs, a colorful boardwalk filled to the brim with shops and restaurants, a kids’ playground overlooking a picturesque harbor and tons of people riding around the tree lined streets on their own personal golf carts – you could be in only one place: Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Come see why this tropical-esque vacation spot is quickly growing in popularity with not only adults looking to escape for the weekend, but also with families looking for an adventure. Put-in-Bay, Ohio Summer unfortunately is almost over as everyone is heading back to school, but there might still time to take in one...

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11 Surprising Things You Can Do in Lansing, Michigan

We all know Lansing, Michigan as home to the State Capitol Building and as the stomping grounds of a popular university. However, what might surprise you is this list of other things you can do in the area. Does trying to catch a hot dog flying through the air tickle your fancy? If so, you’re going to want to definitely check this out. Can You Do This in Your Hometown? Over the last few years I have spent a ton of time traveling the state of Michigan because I find their beautiful, salt-free/shark-free lakes and gorgeous natural scenery hard...

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Why We All Should Travel Like it’s 1950

You may or may not remember what life was like in the 1950s, but that’s OK. It’s not actually about the year – it’s about the freedom, excitement, curiosity and togetherness that made travel in the 1950s so magical. So in case you need a reason to use up what’s left of your summer in an amazing way – here are 6 reasons to travel like it’s 1950. 1. See America! Is there any better reason? America is chock full of amazing sights, people and places – it would be a shame to let any of it go to waste, especially when...

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The Best Way to See Chicago in a Weekend

Chicago is not only packed with people, but it is also packed with attractions and really cool things to do, see and eat. Between its roadside art, historic statues, architecture, famous restaurants and natural ambiance, visitors can have trouble seeing it all – especially in a day or two. Luckily, there are a few really great companies in the Chicago area who are happy to help guide you through the city’s offerings – just deciding on which one can be a problem. So which will it be: Boat tour, bus tour or self walking tour? Which one is going to help...

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Top 10 Summer Travel Destinations in Michigan

So you probably visited Michigan this past winter because you heard all about their amazing ski resorts and amplitude of other fun outdoor winter activities. But I have a little secret to share with you. Summer time in Michigan is when the state really shines. Between taking a dip in one of their gorgeous salt free lakes, shopping in one of their many small downtown areas, eating at one of their many exquisite gourmet restaurants or sitting fireside sharing a locally made craft beer with friends – a summer spent in Michigan is like no other. Come check out what top...

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Immerse into the Wild with These 10 Adventures at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida

It’s true, Florida has it all – adventure, sunshine, relaxation and fun! Florida is a state that people are drawn to for their family vacations, and with good reason. However, there is more to Florida than just theme parks and beaches. Melbourne, a city only one hour southeast of Orlando, is home to a zoo that offers guests an opportunity to immerse themselves into the wild through several hands on adventures. The Brevard Zoo  I don’t know about you, but there are not many occasions where I come across wild animals in my day to day life – except maybe...

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