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Thank you to Mel’s Hard Luck Diner in Branson, Missouri, for sponsoring this post.  As usual, all opinions are honest and my own. Branson, Missouri, is known for music shows along the main strip and family fun.  What if you could eat somewhere that also combined the best of Branson?  Mel’s Hard Luck Diner does just that!  Not only will you find yummy treats, you will also be treated with musical entertainment. After a busy morning on our recent trip to Branson, we needed to refuel.  We decided to stop for some classic diner food at Mel’s Hard Luck Diner located in the Grand Village Shopping Center on the 76 strip. Once you pull in, Mel’s Hard Luck Diner is towards the front and to the far right of the complex. It is right across the lane from Kringles’ Christmas Shop, which is a pretty large store that you can’t really…

When my husband and I started planning our trip to Gettysburg, we were pretty clueless.  We’d never been there, and I had no idea what to expect.  Jeff at least had seen the film Gettysburg with its all-star cast including Tom Beringer and Martin Sheen.  I basically knew it was a heartbreaking battle with many casualties.  Oh, and President Lincoln gave a little speech there.  As we were planning, I started hearing about people who had used Licensed Battlefield Guides to tour Gettysburg.  I was intrigued for a couple of reasons.  1.  The guide actually gets in the driver’s seat of your own car and drives you around. 2.  The price for this more individualized tour cost less for our family than the bus tours I had seen.  It seemed like a no-brainer to hire a guide! We read that we should have reservations, so as soon as we had our dates,…

I’m always on the lookout for unique experiences for my family.  I love to be immersed in something, especially something that transports me to another time.  A tavern in Colonial Williamsburg does just that!  During our trip to Colonial Williamsburg, we decided to have dinner at the King’s Arms Tavern, and I am so glad we did! The tavern is on the main street–Duke of Gloucester Street.  From a distance, it looks just like any other home or shop along the road.  It is near a shuttle stop for taverns, and there are other taverns nearby.  I had heard that this place can be impossible to get into for dinner without a reservation, so I made sure to make one a few weeks before our trip.  I am a bit of a planner. To make your reservation, just go to the Colonial Williamsburg website.  You’ll be able to find the…

If you have the opportunity, a stop at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, is a great way to spend an afternoon.  And it’s absolutely free!  Even if you think that military history really isn’t your thing, this place is worth a stop.  The exhibits here are pretty awe-inspiring. The buildings that house the museum are impressive in themselves.  The main building tells you that you are about to see some big planes. The National Museum of the USAF, located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the official museum of the Air Force.  Although the museum is free, be prepared to go through security.   Since we were on a road trip and our time was limited, we made a brief stop and were determined to see the highlights.  The museum is open 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., so try to give yourself…

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