Take A Hike! Vacationing In A Mountain Town

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From the perspective of someone who hasn’t gone on a vacation in a mountain town, the touchstones are usually twofold: Aspen, and South Park! But there’s more to your humble mountain town than a bunch of foul-mouthed children and some skiing! And if you are considering going on a vacation in a mountain town, there are so many common touchstones that you need to experience. Here are a few.

Quiet Mountain Walks

The big draw in any mountain town are the mountains (well, duh!). Go to Jackson County in North Carolina, and head around the mountain trails, or go camping so you can see these areas of beauty close up. The great thing about mountain walks is that you are getting some exercise, but you’re also taking it slow, and absorbing the beauty of the nature around you. Heading to a sleepy mountain town isn’t about that snail crawl pace of life, it’s about experiencing the wonder of these beautiful landmasses all around you.

Explore The Rich History

For those who aren’t so keen on exploring mountains, you can explore the history of these beautiful places. Dahlonega in Georgia is where the first large-scale gold rush took place, back in 1828, and in the town, you can visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, check out the museum and courthouse and experience the cultural legacy of this region.

Relax In The Luxurious Accommodation

It’s truly a wonderful thing if you open your curtains in the morning and see beautiful clear skies, snow-capped mountains, and just take this in for a moment and realize how much beauty is in your eyesight. It’s even better if you a can do this in luxury accommodation. The Marriott’s StreamSide Birch at Vail in Colorado is one of the places to stay to get all the amenities you need, but it’s the perfect starting point when heading on a mountain adventure. Or if you’re planning on skiing, you’ve got a nice relaxing bed to get back to! Chalets and log cabins are in abundance in the Colorado mountains, and it gives you that extra bit of comfort, especially when you are embarking on physically exhausting hikes or skiing excursions.

Wander The Quiet Streets

Part of the charm of a mountain town is the peace and quiet. One such place that typifies this is Lewisburg in West Virginia, it makes you feel like you’ve wandered into a movie from the 50s! But this isn’t the only attraction, the food is to die for! If you like your food wholesome and homely, Hill & Holler Pizza serves up delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and the various beers on tap mean you can have a glass or two and really let yourself go! Once you are fuelled up, you can wander the quiet streets and really enjoy what being in a mountain town is all about!

Mountain towns aren’t all about skiing vacations, and though you can certainly make this part of a package, make sure you take the time to appreciate the beauty of any mountain town you head to.

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A Brief History of Espresso

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Luigi Bezzera, the owner of a manufacturing business invented Espresso at the turn of the century. Luigi Bezzera was simply trying to figure out a way to brew coffee faster. He figured if he could just add pressure to the brewing process it would speed things up. Thus the “Fast Coffee Machine” was created. His idea of a fast cup of coffee turned out much better than he had planned, what he ended up with is a better, fuller tasting cup of strong coffee, as well as a much faster process. He found that the quicker more efficient brewing method allowed for the quality of the beans to be extracted as opposed to over extracting he had previously experienced. The term “Espresso” means fast in italian, hence the term.

It wasn’t until later when Desidero Pavoni purchased the rights from Mr. Bezzera for the espresso machine that it became popular. Pavoni was extremely successful in marketing the product and probably changed the way people drink coffee from then on. Just look around! Coffee and Espresso shops are popping up everywhere, even in the U.S. it has become not only popular for the delicious beans, but has given us a new place to socialize.

Espresso Timeline:

In 1901 Luigi Bezzera filed a patent for the espresso machine that contained a boiler and four “groups”. Each group could take different size filters that contained the coffee. Boiling water was forced through the coffee and into a cup. Ambrogio Fumagelli says that this was the birth of (fast) espresso coffee.

In 1903 Luigi Bezzera’s patent was then purchased by Desiderio Pavoni and put to market in a big way.

In 1905 The Pavoni company begins manufacturing the espresso machines soley based on Bezzera’s patent.

In 1927 First espresso machine was installed in the United States. It was a La Pavoni Espresso Machine installed at Regio’s in New York.

In 1938 Cremonesi designed a piston pump that forced hot water through the coffee. It was installed at Achille Gaggia’s coffee bar.

In 1946 Gaggia begins manufacturing the commercial piston machine. Resulting foam or cream layered coffee or cafe’.