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Community Museums Transit Stations and Libraries

New Small Business and employment begins with the training of new entrepreneurs in key skills, including: tourism operations, customer and transit services, energy savings, water resources, information and library management.

A facility small museum, train station, bus depot, library, civic center or other similar public or private building is the point of reference to carry out the above referenced training as well as to act as info point, meeting place and event location for local residents as well as visitors from other communities acting as the point of reference in the local area for cultural and other itineraries.

Grand Central Station Main ConcourseEach community has Unique Capabilities and Resources

A Collaboration with your facility is open- ended, can be terminated at any time and does not impact on your current resources; where staff time is involved, it will be compensated on terms and conditions to be negotiated on a project basis.

Partial facilities use for meetings, events and the tourism info point can be paid:

o   at rates to be negotiated, or

o   in kind with equipment and services for use by the general public

The Results of this effort are:

job creation in the community,

new revenue and tax receipts from tourism, transit and other business activities,

positioning of your structure as the community’s most important asset.

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Historic Towns in the Lehigh Valley

Allentown Bethlehem Easton Nazareth Hazleton Jim Thorpe Wilkes-Barre

Allentown Symphony HallAllentown was a rural village founded in 1762 by William Allen, Chief Justice of Colonial Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, known as Northampton town. A thriving town with roots in the iron industry, by 1829 Allentown expanded from a small Pennsylvania Dutch village of farmers and tradesmen to a center of commerce. With the opening of the Lehigh Canal, many canal workers made their homes here.

The Lehigh Valley Gave Birth to America’s Industrial Revolution

The Allentown Art Museum is one of the city’s main attractions and the Museum of Indian Culture honors the legacy of native Lenape people. Allentown’s Canal Park provides easy access to the D&LTrail and access to the waterways for hikers, bikers, joggers, paddlers and fishermen.

Monocacy Creek BethlehemBethlehem was named on Christmas Eve, 1741, by a group of Moravians who relocated from North Carolina and settled at the confluence of the Lehigh River and Monocacy Creek. The canal and the railroads lured large-scale industry to the south bank of the Lehigh River and the Bethlehem Iron Co., soon dominated the town’s economy and way of life. Steel made from local iron, coal and limestone was milled and forged, launching the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th Century.

Bethlehem is the Oldest City in the Lehigh Valley

Bethlehem has six distinct National Historic Districts as well as two National Historic landmarks. Many of its original structures built by early settlers still line downtown streets.

Easton ViewEaston is located at what the Lenape Indians knew as the Forks of the Delaware where the Lehigh and Delaware rivers merge and where the frontier town was laid out by William Penn. The town’s focal point was, and still is, a large central square. The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence outside of Philadelphia took place in Easton’s Centre Square in 1776 near the oldest continually running open-air Farmer’s Market in the United States.

Nazareth is located seven miles northwest of Easton, four miles north of Bethlehem and twelve miles northeast of Allentown at the foot of the Blue Mountain and includes the townships of Bushkill, Lower Nazareth, Upper Nazareth and the boroughs of Nazareth, Stockertown and Tatamy. Nazareth is the hometown of the world-famous Andretti formula 1 auto racing family.

Hazleton in the foothills of the Poconos is a year-round vacation destination 

Jim Thorpe Lehigh ValleyJim Thorpe was named after the legendary Native American athlete. It was originally established in 1818 as Mauch Chunk where entrepreneurs led by Josiah White formed the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company that shipped anthracite coal and other goods to market via the Lehigh and Delaware Canals. The town’s steep hillsides, narrow streets, and terraced gardens earned it the nickname The Switzerland of America. Today, the restored Old Mauch Chunk Railroad Station in the center of the town offers visitor services and train rides into Lehigh Gorge. The Opera House presents live theater and music.

wilkes-barre ViewWilkes-Barre is part of the Wyoming Valley with the Susquehanna River flowing through the center of town. In the 1800s, hundreds of thousands of immigrants came here to work the mines leading to economic and cultural changes and affecting the railroad-and-canal system that stretched 165 miles southward to Bristol.

Your Travel Plan to visit the Historic Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Towns

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Pennsylvania Chocolate Craft Beer and Winery Tours

Hershey Harrisburg and the Susquehanna River Valley

Hershey ChocolateHershey and Chocolate create your own candy bar using real factory equipment and experience a free Chocolate Making Tour. Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction offers visitors a unique, behind the scenes look at how the famous chocolate is made.  The sights, sounds, smells and taste of the chocolate making process come alive here!
The Hershey Story the Museum on Chocolate Avenue tells the incredible story of how did Milton Hershey went from bankruptcy to brilliance. Experience a hands-on Chocolate Lab class and sample warm drinking chocolate. Hershey Gardens is now 23 acres of breathtaking botanical beauty. The Children’s Garden and Butterfly House compliment this scenic destination. The Spa at Hotel Hershey is a getaway to be remembered.  Visitors can literally immerse themselves in a chocolate bath, or choose from an extensive selection of other specialty or traditional services.

Hershey Park Delights Guests of all Ages with more than 65 Rides and Attractions

Pride Of SusquehannaThe Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat offers public sightseeing cruises along the Susquehanna River, plus themed evening cruises for families, groups and couples. The Pride is one of the last remaining authentic stern-driven paddle wheel vessels in the country.

VineyardCraft Beers and Wineries

Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country is as much about the experience as it is the wine.  The winery families invite you to learn about the process of a beautifully made wine, and of course to taste a variety of blends to please any palate. Breathtaking views await you at 15 award-winning wineries situated in the heart of Central Pennsylvania’s beautiful rolling hills.

Signature Wine Events in May June September and October; a series of entertainment and education experiences. Food pairings and special sessions with the winemakers.

Craft BeersTaste a Merlot based Chocolate Wine

Craft Beer Country ten local craft breweries are committed to producing and showcasing the finest handcrafted beer in Pennsylvania.  Get a glimpse of the brewing process and experience the dedication and artwork involved with creating these fine beverages.

Chocolate Beer Special Batches during Chocolate Covered February in Hershey

Museums Arts and Culture

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum is located in in an 1899 Victorian Fire House in Harrisburg’s revitalized Midtown. Run by a group of dedicated volunteers it features displays from the Hand and Horse-drawn era to motorized apparatus from 1911 through 1947.
Antique AutosThe Antique Automobile Club of America Museum boasts an ever-changing display of famed cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles from the 1890s to 1980s. See the rarest vehicles and familiar wheels from movies like the bus used in Forrest Gump.
The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra offers inspiring symphonic performances and educational programs for audiences of all ages. See these amazing musicians in concert at their home in the stunning, newly renovated Forum Building in Harrisburg or at various events around the region.

Harrisburg CapitolThe Pennsylvania State Capitol located in the heart of Harrisburg, Teddy Roosevelt called it the “handsomest building” he’d ever seen. Pennsylvania’s State Capitol is considered is considered priceless, a true Palace of Art.

Your Pennsylvania Arts and Culture Chocolate Craft Beer and Wineries Travel Plan

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The Chestnut Hills Neighborhood of Philadelphia

8501Germantown Ave Cress HotelChestnut Hill is a beautiful award-winning neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia renowned for its gardens, art and architecture, parks, shopping, dining and many diverse, culturally enriching experiences.

 

Philadelphia’s Garden District Chestnut Hill is home to the Morris Arboretum situated on 92 lush acres and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Its garden features the Azalea Meadow, the Japanese Hill and Water Garden, the Rose Garden, Step Fountain, Madeleine K. Butcher Sculpture Garden, and the Swan Pond.

The Tree Adventure a Bird’s Nest with a Bird’s Eye View of the Forest from 50 feet

Valley Green Bridge on the WissahickonThe neighborhood is nestled along the 1,800 acres of Wissahickon Valley Park, part of Philadelphia’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park with biking, hiking, fishing in season, horseback riding and picnicking.  For nature enthusiasts, one of the special attractions of the park is the Thomas Mill Road Covered Bridge which is the only remaining covered bridge in the Wissahickon.  Not far from the bridge is the path leading to the 15 ft high statue of a kneeling Lenape warrior sculpted in 1902 by John Massey Rhind to commemorate the passing of the native Lenape from the region.

Thomas Mill Covered BridgeOne of the most popular destinations in the park is the historic Valley Green Inn, built in 1851.  It is the last remaining example of the many roadhouses and taverns that served and watered the carriage trade along the Wissahickon in the 19th Century; the Inn is still serving delicious meals today.

Woodmere MuseumThe Woodmere Art Museum is housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion; it focuses on the art and artists, both historical and contemporary, of the Philadelphia region.  Among the artists represented are Violet Oakley, Benjamin West, Arthur Charles, and N.C. Wyeth.  There are also juried exhibits of local painters and sculptors, solo shows of promising newcomers, and sculptures displayed on its grounds.

Enjoy Jazz on Fridays and Classical Music on Sundays at the Museum

The architecture of Chestnut Hill comprises one of the best collections of 19th and early 20th century residential buildings in the country, from the early Italianate designs of Samuel Sloan, to the exuberant Queen Ann buildings of G.W. & W.D. Hewitt; from the groundbreaking European-influenced work of Wilson Eyre to the exquisitely designed country houses of Mellor Meigs and Howe; and from the ornate classical design of Horace Trumbauer to the early modern works of Louis J. Kahn and Robert Venturi.

Shopping in Chestnut HillShopping and dining are the cornerstones of life in Chestnut Hill.  Germantown Avenue, the cobblestoned street that runs through the heart of the neighborhood, is lined with more than 85 shops including one-of-a-kind boutiques, an old-fashioned hardware store, home furnishings, art galleries, antique shops, a garden center and flower shops, farmers markets, spas and more.  Dining options also abound, with both casual and sophisticated restaurants, taverns and cafes offering a variety of American and ethnic dishes.

Chestnut Hill SEPTAFestivals Chestnut Hill hosts theHome & Garden Festival in the spring, a Fall for the Arts Festival in October, and a Harry Potter Festival, also in October.   When winter comes, the street is transformed for the holidays, with garlands of pine around shop windows and lamp posts, barrels filled with berries and greenery, and thousands of twinkling white lights decorating the trees.  Roasted chestnuts, carolers, brass quartets and special shopping nights are part of the holiday tradition in Chestnut Hill.

A Town for all Seasons

Your Travel Plan to Chestnut Hill and Philadelphia

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Columbus Ohio

history transport hub industrial town breweries and historic villages

Columbus named for explorer Christopher Columbus, it was founded in 1812 at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers; it became Ohio’s state capital in 1816. The city has a diverse economy based on education, government, insurance, banking, fashion, defense, aviation, food, clothes, logistics, steel, energy, medical research, health care, hospitality, retail, and technology.

Columbus is home to the Ohio State University

University Hall OSUHistory the area including modern-day Columbus once comprised the Ohio Country under French control through the Viceroyalty of New France from 1663 until 1763 as Europeans engaged in the fur trade. In the 1740s, Pennsylvania traders overran the territory until the French regained control; the region routinely suffered turmoil, massacres and battles. Finally, the 1763 Treaty of Paris ceded the Ohio Country to the British.

Colonists from the East Coast moved in but encountered people of from several Indian nations, as well as European traders. The tribes resisted expansion by the fledgling United States, leading to years of bitter conflict. By 1797, a permanent settlement was founded on the west bank of the forks of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers; the location was ideal for its proximity to navigable rivers.

Columbus became State Capital because of its Proximity to Major Transportation Routes

Transport Hub and Industry the National Road connected Columbus with Baltimore in 1831 in addition to the Ohio and Erie Canal, facilitating the arrival of Irish and German immigrants. By 1875, eight railroads served Columbus, and the rail companies built a new, more elaborate station. The city became a major industrial town by the late 19th century with buggy factories, steel producers and breweries. The American Federation of Labor was founded here in 1886 by Samuel Gompers, followed by the United Mine Workers in 1890.

Street Arches on Short NorthWooden Arches on High Street Provided Electricity for the New Streetcars

The Columbus Experiment was an internationally recognized environmental project in 1908, which involved construction of the first water plant in the world to apply filtration and softening, designed and invented by Clarence and Charles Hoover; an invention that reduced the incidence of typhus.

Port Columbus Airport was a Rail-to-Air Transcontinental System from the East to the West Coast

Neighborhoods and Villages modern interpretations of neighborhood borders vary significantly as historical neighborhoods, villages, towns and townships have been annexed and absorbed by the city.

Columbus Italian VillageThe Italian Village is a mixed land use neighborhood that contains an array of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. It is a designated historic district for its historical and cultural preservation. The building types and architecture reflect Italian influence. With its parks and preserved historic homes, Italian Village has the highest home value appreciation in Columbus. The neighboring Downtown District provides access to major employers, cultural and learning institutions, and entertainment venues.

Brewery DistrictThe Victorian Village is in an older area with a fair number of established trees for an urban setting. Neil Avenue runs north/south and eventually crosses through the campus of The Ohio State University.

 

The Brewery District is located just south of the central business district with a history stretching nearly 200 years. The first brewery was opened by German immigrant Louis Hoster in 1836. At the height of its success, there were five breweries located in the area. Following Prohibition in 1920, the area become home to industry and warehouses. In recent years, redevelopment has taken place on a large scale, with restaurants and bars.

German VillageThe German Village is a historic neighborhood settled German immigrants in the mid-19th century who constituted as much as a third of the population of the entire city. It has a commercial strip mainly centered along South Third Street, with mostly locally owned restaurants, as well as the St. Mary Catholic Church. The area is mostly a residential neighborhood of sturdy, red-brick homes with wrought iron fences along tree-lined, brick-paved streets.

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Historic Towns on the Maryland Eastern Shore

Saint Michaels Chestertown Cambridge Salisbury and Oxford

The Eastern Shore of Maryland is comprised of nine counties with a population of nearly 450 thousand. The term Eastern Shore distinguishes a territorial part of the State from the land west of Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumThe Chesapeake and Delaware Canal was a shallow canal with locks after its construction in 1829; it was deepened in the early 20th century to sea level. The north-south section of the Mason-Dixon Line forms the border between Maryland and Delaware. The border was originally marked every mile by a stone, and every five miles by a crownstone. It was surveyed as a compromise solution to a century-long wrangle between the Penn and Calvert families. Commercial east-west ties between Delaware and Maryland towns were culturally significant in Colonial and Early American periods despite the border line. Trade with Philadelphia was conducted by overland routes to Delaware towns like Smyrna and Odessa; these cultural connections continue to this day.

Downtown Saint Michaels, MarylandSaint Michaels derives its name from the Episcopal Parish established in 1677 which attracted settlers that grew tobacco and engaged in shipbuilding. The town’s tourist industry has roots in the 19th century with steamboats from Baltimore and summer guest cottages opening for weeklong rentals. The opening of the maritime museum in 1965, waterfront activities and historic bay vessels added further impetus to travel and vacations to the town.

High Street Chestertown MD

 

 

Chestertown was founded in 1706 and achieved prominence as one of six Royal Ports of Entry becoming Maryland’s second port after Annapolis and second to the State Capital in the number of 18th century mansions owned by a flourishing merchant class along the Chester River waterfront. In May 1774, five months after the British closed the port of Boston after the Boston Tea Party, the citizens of Chestertown wrote a set of resolves that prohibited the buying, selling, or drinking of tea. Based on these resolves, a popular legend has it that the citizens held their own tea party on the Chester River, in an act of colonial defiance.

The Chestertown Tea Party Festival celebrates Chestertown’s colonial heritage with a weekend of events with colonial music and dance, fife and drum performances, puppet shows, colonial crafts demonstrations and sales, military drills, and a walking tour of the historic district. In the afternoon, re-enactors board the schooner Sultana and tea is thrown into the Chester River.

Cambridge Municipal Building

 

Cambridge was settled by English colonists in 1684 who developed farming on the Eastern Shore. The largest plantations were devoted first to tobacco, and then mixed farming. The town was a trading center and later a stop on the Underground Railroad, an extensive network of safe houses for slaves escaping to the north. Cambridge developed food processing industries in the late 19th century, canning oysters, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.  Main Street is a comprehensive downtown revitalization process created by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development with a focus on heritage tourism.

Salisbury is the largest town on the Eastern Shore and the commercial hub of the Delmarva Peninsula. The town’s oldest neighborhoods have Federal, Georgian, and Victorian architecture.

Salisbury MD Main StreetOxford traces its start from 1666 when 30 acres were laid out as a town called Oxford by William Stephens, Jr. enjoying prominence as an international shipping center surrounded by wealthy tobacco plantations. Early inhabitants included Robert Morris, Sr., who greatly influenced the town’s growth; his son, Robert Morris, Jr., known as the financier of the Revolution; Jeremiah Banning, sea captain, war hero, and statesman; The Reverend Thomas Bacon, Anglican clergyman who wrote the first compilation of the laws of Maryland. Oxford has the oldest privately-operated ferry service still in continuous use in the United States originally established in 1683.

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Preserve and Divulge Cultural Heritage

Destinations and Itineraries

Cultural Heritage and Local Museums give meaning and purpose to the objects on display in museums and art galleries as they disclose the historical and archaeological heritage of a community, leverage conservation and the rediscovery of cultural heritage through the arts, history, archaeology, literature and architecture, preserve biodiversity and rediscover cultures associated with agricultural, coastal and river communities

For Friends & Family Theme Groups and Business Travelers

River Market KCLocal Food Wineries and Breweries there are several fascinating examples throughout America of a resurgence in farming that cater to an ever-increasing demand for local, quality and sustainable food, wine and ale consumption in urban, rural and suburban communities, fueled in part by downtown development and neighborhood construction. This, in turn, has spawned a demand for nightlife and weekend amenities for local citizens and out of town visitors.

Experience Uniquely Local Atmospheres Where Historical and Sustainable Attractions are also Present

Milwaukee Intermodal StationLocal Public Transport Initiatives in recent years, efficient and affordable public transit – in the form of bus rapid transit, subways, elevated and other rail services and trolley cars – for urban, suburban and intercity services have been debated, studied and in some instances implemented. Our itineraries include major US cities with established commuter and regional service as well as communities that are implementing new transit programs. An opportunity to meet with local planners and managers and travel efficiently, safely and affordably as you visit the United States.

Canal boat DelphiWater Resources and the Environment visit and study the efforts of communities that are in the forefront of water resources management and other environmentally sustainable practices in coastal and river waterfront development in small towns and large cities as well as agricultural communities. Local officials and nonprofit stewards of the environment, among others, will explain their policies, programs and best management practices in wastewater and watershed management, land conservancy issues, LEED certifications, recycling, rainwater collection and energy efficient systems.

Industry and Commerce Itineraries from Agriculture and Industry to Services and Sustainability

Lockport downtownMany American Communities are transitioning from traditional industrial and commercial activities to technologically innovative ones; in some instances, they are also able to re-establish their traditional economic activities with a successful application of the so-called knowledge economy and, in the process, becoming once again competitive in the world marketplace.

Communications Training Small Business and Entrepreneurship

C&O Canal - GeorgetownCommunities with traditional economies can succeed in a post-industrial environment by utilizing modern communications technologies, updating existing industrial infrastructure, local workforce training as well as supporting small businesses and new entrepreneurial opportunities.

Destinations and Itineraries for Friends Family and Business Travelers

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