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Top Hat Winery - winery - Independence Missouri - wines - tasting room

Hat’s Off To Top Hat Winery

The past few years has seen an increase in the localized breweries and wineries. Top Hat Winery, in downtown Independence, Missouri is a prime example. Located at 120 S. Main Street, they are just a stone’s throw off of the historic downtown square. We stopped by on our day trip to check out their offerings.Continue reading

1859 jail - Independence jail - Independence Missouri - Frank James - history - frontier justice

Brush With Fame In The 1859 Jail

Some tourist attractions are easy to spot. They may have bright colors, attention grabbing signage or even one of those costumed characters waving you down. Then there are those places that blend so well into their surroundings that you may never know they exist. This is the case of the 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home, which is located at 217 N. Main St. in downtown Independence, Missouri.Continue reading

USS New Jersey - battleship - US Navy - WWII - Korean War - Vietnam War - Flagship - Philadelphia

All Aboard the USS New Jersey

There were a lot of firsts for us during our visit to Philadelphia. A chance to tour the USS New Jersey was certainly a big first. Besides being our first travel opportunity in the Garden State, it was also our first steps on a battleship. To say it is an impressive ship would be an enormous understatement.Continue reading

Holyfield Winery - vineyard - Guitar Elation - blogger - wine - pizza - Prairie Fire

An Evening in the Vineyard

We discovered last weekend, that sitting in a vineyard on a hot evening helps lower the temperature a few degrees. The occasion was the Summertime Music Series at Holyfield Winery. We have mentioned this Basehor small batch vintner previously, and even written an article about them, which you can find here.Continue reading