Corner Lunch Diner in Worcester, Massachusetts

Corner Lunch Diner, at 133 Lamartine Street in Worcester, Massachusetts, is a 1955 DeRaffele model. Originally located in Babylon, New York, it moved to Worcester in 1968, where it was owned by Demetrious Efstathiou and re-assembled by the Musi Dining Car Company. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

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Red Line Diner in Fishkill, New York

Red Line Diner, at 588 U.S. Route 9 (off I-84) in Fishkill, New York, is a DeRaffele model owned by the Vanikiotis Group. It’s become a local favorite since opening in 2012 and is marketed as a healthier alternative to typical diner fare. Its doors are open 24/7 and the red and stainless steel exterior is sharp.

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The Death Trail Offers Scares with a Message

This haunted trail celebrates its 10th anniversary with a highlight reel of past scares, religious ministry.

What do creepy clowns,a room of spiders, ancient catacombs, aliens, and bloody brides have in common? They all scare someone, and The Death Trail is like the Mulligan stew of haunted trails. There’s something to trigger every phobia.

I’ll admit, I was worried when I saw this haunted attraction was connected to a church. Religious-themed scenes of the horrors of alcohol and damnation played out in my mind. But The Death Trail Haunted Attraction in Dumfries, Virginia is no Evangelical Hell House, even though, at the end, you’re herded into a room to watch a six minute video about Jesus.

After 10-years in operation, with a 4.3 average of 47 Google reviews, and judging from the crowd size, visitors don’t mind the concluding sermon. I was impressed with the variety of horrific scenes, length of the trail, and the price. With most haunted attractions these days running at $30 to $40 at least, The Death Trail is well-worth it for $15. You get your money’s worth.

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Laffland: World’s Craziest Ride

Laffland is a horror-themed funhouse ride at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park in central New York. For over a century, vacationers flocked to Verona and Sylvan beaches on Oneida Lake in the summer, leading the area to called the “Coney Island of Central New York.” Today, visiting the local amusement park and beachfront is like stepping back in time.

Twi-Lite Motel

Twi-Lite Motel Wisconsin Dells
Glorious vintage neon sign for the Twi-Lite Motel, 111 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S. (U.S. Route 12), Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dells has been a family vacation destination since the nineteenth century. Many motor inns adopted a “populuxe” style to appeal to travelers on a budget, promising comfortable accommodations at an affordable price.

Casey’s Diner in Natick, Massachusetts

Casey’s Diner, at 36 South Avenue in Natick, Massachusetts, is a rare 1922 Worcester model. Like many early diner owners, Fred Casey began as a food cart salesman. He purchased this ten-stool diner in 1927 and originally located it on Washington Street. It moved to its current location in 1977. The Casey family has owned this diner for generations. It is possibly the oldest continually operating diner the United States, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

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Royal Progress at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

The spirit of Tudor England comes alive at the Mid-Atlantic’s most popular Ren fair.

History and magic comes alive outside Annapolis at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, where a huge crowd turned out for Celtic Day last weekend. I was impressed! Jousting and chariot fights were the highlight of the day, but a menagerie of performers kept fair goers entertained throughout the day.

Chariot Race

Welcome to Revel Grove, Oxfordshire, England in the year 1532. King Henry VIII and his mistress Anne Boleyn visit the village as part of their annual summer progress. I didn’t see much of the King and his court, but it’s possible they blended in with the costumed crowd. Visitors were deeply committed to getting into the spirit of the fair.

A Magestic Ride

Rides on a colorfully-painted elephant were one of many amazing experiences for children. The Maryland Renaissance Festival is thoroughly family-friendly, with a huge play area for kids. What a great way to spark children’s imaginations!

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