Ten Reasons Food Tours Are A Good Idea

Food Tours Are A Good Idea

This month while on vacation in Asheville NC, we noticed on TripAdvisor that the number one rated activity was Asheville Food Tours. We made a call and went on the tour the next day and had a blast!

Back home we wondered if there were any food tours nearby and found one on Canton Street in Roswell GA.  Our neighbors joined us and we did the Roswell Food Tour yesterday and loved it. Mariel was our guide and did an excellent job with everything. Everyone in our party was impressed with the Roswell Food Tour.

I had never even heard of Food Tours before this month but now am a big fan.  Food Tours seem to be spreading across the country and are worth checking out.

What is a Food Tour?

A walking food tour with a local guide usually visits about 4 or 5 restaurants sampling courses at each and maybe visiting an olive oil store and/or chocolate shop as well.

Food tours normally take place in the less busy part of the day so you can get special attention. Our Asheville Food Tour was between 2 and 5pm and our Roswell Food Tour was between 4 and 7pm.

There were only 4 people on our Roswell Food Tour but 10 people on our Asheville Food Tour and I have heard of groups of 13 people. We liked the group of 10 people because we really bonded with new people but on the other hand the group of 4 with our private party was nice since we had the guide all to ourselves.

Foods Tours usually visit locally owned restaurants and the owner or manager comes out to speak with the group about the restaurants and some of their dishes.

Walking to the next restaurant in Roswell
Walking to the Table & Main in Roswell

There is some walking involved so wear comfortable shoes and an umbrella. Walking to each restaurants is nice and the guide will point out interesting things about the buildings or landmarks as you walk by.

The guide keeps the group on schedule moving between the restaurants and there is no waiting to get in as they are expecting your group and will have the food and drink ready to be served as soon as you sit down. That is nice!

The food is wonderful. You may get appetizers at one restaurant, a main dish at the next,  more sides dishes at the next and a dessert along the way.  The Asheville Food Tour gave us a coupon for 10% off any of the restaurants for visits within 5 days.

I already have the Athens Food Tour on my list. To find Food Tours just search the city name plus Food Tours.  Here are some reasons I think you will like a Food Tour.

Ten Reasons Food  Tours Are a Good Idea

1. Exciting and fun new experience. Feels like a vacation.
2. Great way to try new restaurants, especially in a new city.
3. Meet new people. People bond while having a great time.
4. Special attention – Seating without a wait at a reserved table. Food ready to serve. Menu selections made.
5. Great way to entertain visitors or friends.
6. Great thing to do when you are on vacation.
7. Learn about and sample interesting foods you never tried before.
8. Friendly and entertaining guide keeps a flawless schedule that keeps things interesting and fun.
9. Restaurant owner or manager will make you feel like a friend while giving you the background and specialties of the restaurant.
10. Learn historical facts about area and see interesting things

 

Roswell Food Tour group
Roswell Food Tour at Greenwoods
Patrick with Asheville Food Tour
Patrick with Asheville Food Tour
Olive Oil Tasting on Food Tour
Olive Oil Tasting on Asheville Food Tour

Local Food Tours
Asheville Food Tours
Georgia Food Tours
Charlotte Food Tours
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New Orleans Food Tour
Seattle Food Tour

Where Will The Baby Boomers Live?

where will boomers live

So where will be baby boomers live as they retire? That is the question that is being answered right now as 10,000 boomers a day turn age 65 like I did this year.

I spend a lot of time reading everything I can about the very same thing.  Plus I am living this myself and see my friends moving for retirement. Here is my take.

Where Will The Boomers Live in Retirement?

The options are several but let’s just consider these:

1. move to an active adult community in another state
2. move to an active adult community in your own state
3. move to suitable home in another state
4. move to a suitable home in your state
5. stay where you are living now

From the way it looks now, the majority will stay in their own homes for many reasons, not the least of which is affordability. They make make some changing to their homes to make them more liveable as they ended up aging in place.  This is option 5 above.

The next sizable tier, those who can afford it, may just move in a more suitable home in their own state. This is option 4. They may move from a large home to a ranch with a basement or a townhouse with master on the main and same level living areas. This may be to a location right in their current neighborhood because they like living there but just want a more suitable home for their retirement living. They may move a little closer to their children (grandchildren) and I see this happening quite a bit.

Some but a smaller group will elect to move to one of the 55+ places in their current neighborhood or one of the active adult communities on the edge of their metro area.  This is option 2.  I am seeing more of these 55+ communities being build in the suburbs where people are living now and I think this will become more popular as time goes on. These boomer communities will be smaller because of the land acquisition cost than those large Del Webb type active adult communities on the outer edges of metros.

A very few will move retire to the exciting city living and even fewer currently are moving to a true small town for retirement unless it is in one of the  active adult communities.

Some will relocate to other states especially Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas and other 55+ places.

Very few will move overseas for affordable retirement living, places like Costa Rica or South America.  Some will move into their second homes which may be vacation or seasonal homes, but not many.

So as I see it this is what is happening right now answering the question where will the baby boomers live in retirement.

Boomers Are Going Into Their Retirement Years

Baby Boomer Generation

When I was a child, I was around many older people.  Even my own parents were considered elderly. I was only ten years of age.  They were in their 50’s.   I came from a small town where people knew the value of  a dollar.  Hard work was just what people did. The really older folks, such as my grandfather, shared stories of working in saw mills.  Work days were from dusk until dawn.  Evenings were for resting and preparing for another work day. If school was in session, parents made sure that children did their homework.  Much of the evening was spent reading and writing by the entire family.  Bedtime came early after all home work and chores were completed.  The nights were short because the work days started very early.  A work week could easily consist of six days.  Sunday was a rest day spent relaxing, going to church and enjoying the family.

I really do not remember much talk about retirement in those days.  As a matter of fact, what I do remember is folks working until they were very old.  There were still cows in the pasture to milk, chickens to be fed, and wood to be chopped for the fireplace or heating stove.  There was a lot of preparation to get the crops in before the bitter cold winter arrived.  Also families worked together to assure that they were prepared to survive the winter months as mother nature came roaring in with snow,ice and chill factors below zero.  Time did not stand still.  It took much longer to do things such as laundry, cooking, lawn maintenance and such.  Yes, the old wringer wash and tubs took a lot of time, not to mention hanging the clothes on clothes lines. Then there was ironing not permanent pressed.    Meals were fixed on a hot cook stove.  Potatoes were peeled and mashed.  Green beans were picked from the vines, washed and snapped.  Corn was shucked, cleaned and boiled.  There was no such thing as a microwave.  I can remember my Father mowing the lawn with the push mower as mother prepared  meals.  There was no weed whacker just hand clippers.  Then there was the regular watering of the flowers with a garden hand held hose as soon as the sun went down.  After the evening meal,dishes were washed in the sink by hand and then towel dried. Of course they were put back in the cupboards to be used again the next morning.  Pots and pans were cleaned with Brillo pads.  There were no automatic dish washers or no stick pots and pans.

In our home we did not even have running hot water.  We heated bath water on the stove.  This too took awhile.  Water to wash clothes in was heated in a big black kettle outside with a fire built from wood under it.  Everything that we did appeared to be a long process of work.

So you might be thinking to yourself as you are reading, “What is the point of this story?”  Therefore, I am going to tell you.  Most of us boomers have been working since we were knee high to a grass hopper as the old saying goes.  This boomer is TIRED.   My retirement DREAM was NOT to keep on WORKING at age 63 but it appears that is what life has in store for me and some of you.  We are  boomers though that have seen many rough times.  We made it then and we WILL make it now.  Maybe the good ole days were good preparation for what ever life challenge that we have today.  Now some of you boomers that are in the over 55 communities enjoying life, you will still be able to meet adversary because you have been conditioned in your early years.  So live it up!  Enjoy every moment.  For those of you that are ready for that lazy boy recliner, enjoy the heck out of it.  Then for those of you that like to learn and stay busy, remember to visit your local senior centers.  You can volunteer there too if you are still into working.  Oh let us not forget, live healthy, eat green vegetables, exercise to keep that body strong and in shape.  Do that for yourself too.  Who knows where health care is going.  It  still beats the the town Dr. that we had in my childhood. He only showed up one day a week.

My question to you is this; Do you boomers really think that we had the easy life as I read so much about in the news?  Did we really set out to destroy the world for those that follow us?  Were we not just trying to live and survive as those before us did and those after us will do?  I say one thing that was true before my time, during my time and hopefully after my time that will remain the same is just this:  It will always take Love for One Another to Make the World Go Around.  As soon as we can all get over the blame game,the sooner each of us can get on with that most important thing of all; Peace, Contentment, Love and Living!  As I have said before and I will say once again, WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO CONTRIBUTE!  May peace be with you as boomers go into their retirement years.

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