Rocking Chairs

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The South conjures up images of sweet tea lemonade, wrap-around porches, amazing BBQ … and rocking chairs.  Rocking chairs are the epitome of relaxation, and in my mind, usually involve groups of family members and friends enjoying each others’ company.  Kate’s post featuring Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm reminded me of an image from their site I had marked months ago: of rocking chairs looking over a dewy vista. 

Don’t you want to shut down your computer and go here – like.right.now?! 

(Courtesy of Blackberry Farm)

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Jet up north near the tip-top of the country; here you’ll find Mackinac Island, Michigan.  When your significant other is from Michigan, Mackinac Island (pronounced “Mack-in-awe”) is always at the top of the “must visit” list!  And for good reason.  The Island’s famed Grand Hotel features a sweeping, wide veranda that at 660 feet may be one of the longest porches in the world.  With more than 100 white rocking chairs, it is the prime place to grab a seat. There are numerous other perks to this 5.6-square-mile locale, including the feeling of a trip back in time.  Witness: A National Historic Landmark, Mackinac Island boasts a unique local ordinance that prohibits the use of any motor vehicles on the island.  Save for emergency vehicles, horseback, foot and bicycle are the primary means of transportation.  Add to that the hillsides of Victorian architecture that boast wide porches and balconies, the adornment of flower boxes and American flags on homes and street lamps, and you get the feeling that things are a bit more simple here.  Simple and yet still entertaining. With a well-honored dining atmosphere (including 17 fudge shops!), numerous shopping options, summertime festivals and a bevy of outdoor activities, there is plenty to do in between rocking on the porch chairs!

(Courtesy of Cleveland.com)

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We’ve been down South and up North, but I would be remiss if I didn’t note that airports along both coasts of the U.S. have stationed rocking chairs in their terminals.  This is one of my favorite features (and one I’ve used many times during stops in Philly).  Charlotte Douglas International was the first to feature the rocking chairs – and the trend was started somewhat by accident.  During a photography shoot in the late ’90s, rocking chairs were brought in to mimic the “style and comfort of a traditional ‘southern porch’.”  But the temporary feature was so popular with travelers that it soon became a permanent fixture in the airport.  Now some of the United State’s busiest airports – including Seattle, San Diego and Dallas/Ft. Worth – have followed the trend. 

Have you rocked in some pretty awesome places?  We could all use a reason to slow down a little!

-mm

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One Response to “Rocking Chairs”

  1. Another Champagne… « Work Shoe Blisters Says:

    […] Airport: Aside from the rocking chairs in Philly (see earlier post), I really like the Minneapolis airport.  It’s a mall, with lots of shops that sell […]

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