This is a replica of Loretta Lynn's Butcher Holler home at her ranch in Hurricane,TN

Along the Tennessee River in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee is a beautiful spot, the Loretta Lynn ranch.  According to the guide Darlene at the ranch Loretta saw the property when she and Doolittle Lynn were out “courting”.  It was love at first site and the Lynn’s purchase included the entire town of Hurricane Mills and a […]

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Have Wine in Paris tonight!

Have wine in Paris tonight, Paris, Tennessee that is!  Traveling to the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Tennessee we came upon a lovely Italian villa built by the Ciarrocchi family.  The family has Italian roots and since the winery they built is located in Paris, they added a French connection.   Roger Ciarrocchi is a first […]

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The Dana Thomas House built by Frank Lloyd Wright, decorated for the Holidays

Nothing brings in the feeling of the holidays like touring the Dana-Thomas House all decorated for Christmas. This house was built for socialite Susan Lawrence Dana in 1902 by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Famous for his Prairie the home is an amazing display of Wright’s design and is filled with furniture he created for the […]

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Dubuque Overlook

Dubuque , Iowa is filled with twisting turning uphill streets A river town With an incline railroad A town once divided between the Germans and the Irish A town filled with history And romance Beneath the old brick and dust of centuries.

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St. Francis Xavier Basilica in downtown Dyersville!

Although Dyersville, Iowa, the first weekend in November is all about the National Farm Toy Show, each year I don’t feel like the trip was complete without a visit to the glorious St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Only one of 53 Basilica’s in the United States, this lovely Catholic Church literally takes your breath away.  The definition […]

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