The Other Shenandoah Valley

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The beautiful Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains of Virginia. A lesser known Shenandoah Valley in the Sierra Nevada foothills also offers country roads with breathtaking views and charming postcard-perfect farms. This undiscovered California gem features rolling, golden hills studded with majestic oaks and rolling vineyards producing exceptional full-bodied […]

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Touring National Parks Popular RV Activity

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A popular activity for snowbirds and other RVers is to tour national parks. And why not? We’ve all familiar with the spectacular beauty of Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Arches, Glacier, Smokey Mountains, and Grand Canyon national parks. National Parks are one of America’s greatest national resources: places where nature, history, geology, art, culture, wildlife, and much […]

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Coopers Vineyards, Dollar Bill & Barbera

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Dick Cooper, whose family originally arrived in the Sierra Foothills in 1919, is generally considered Amador County’s “Godfather of Barbera.” The whole Barbera thing came almost as an accident—the name of a grape jotted down on a dollar bill. Zinfandel might be Amador’s heritage grape, but it is a grape that does well in other parts of California. Barbera, on the […]

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IKamper Hardtop One Expands For Roomy Roof-Top Camping

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Roof-top tents provide a light, simple, affordable alternative to camping trailers and motorhome conversions, but they tend to look quite the same from one make and model to the next, with little unique innovation separating them. South Korea’s iKamper makes a simple but very useful improvement upon the average roof tent by combining two styles—the […]

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Grace Patriot: From Patriot To Award-Winning Wine

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Cashing in on some gold rush history, we recently traveled California Highway 49 sampling the distinct flavors of the region. This is where a local wine industry is emerging as the new Mother Lode. El Dorado County’s Grace Patriot Wines, a family-run business, provides not only award-winning wine, but history to the area. Their scenic property lies […]

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Gaffney: Giant Peach, Cowpens, Premium Outlets & Freightliner Custom Chassis

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The Giant Peach does exist! You can’t miss it as you drive down I-85. The Peachoid, as it is called, is a massive peach-shape water tower in Upcountry South Carolina at Gaffney. The water tower holds one million gallons of water and is located off Peachoid Road by Interstate 85 between exits 90 and 92. Usually referred […]

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