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Calaboose is a funny word.

I’m circling around this roughly 8-foot-by-10-foot shack made of rusty nails and rotted wood. This old jail — or calaboose — doesn’t seem like it would have been too hard to make a getaway from, even back in its heyday. My husband and two kids peer inside and then amble around it.

Well, huh.

A railing keeps us from stepping inside and pondering life in the early 1900s, where perhaps a drunk might have gotten locked up in this old calaboose after a rough Saturday night. For now, we just mill around this tiny bit of history that is plunked in an outdoor space. A sign in front of it explains the word calaboose comes from the Spanish word “calabozo,” which means “dungeon.”

We are in a green open area. The warm air is not too stifling, and we are spending a few hours gandering

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Why more families are teaming up and hitting the road in vacation pods

“We had been friends with them, but honestly we weren’t super close beforehand,” Ricchetti said. “We just figured we got along, shared a similar risk tolerance for covid, and our kids would get along.”

Forget intergenerational travel or big family reunions this summer. Because of the pandemic, families are traveling with their pods: the same people they’ve chosen to isolate with for the last few months. Don’t have a pod? Many families — like the Ricchettis — are forming them specifically for travel.

This was the case for the Wells family, who live and work full time in their RV.

“We were in isolation and going stir-crazy,” said Rebekah Wells, who posts about her travels on Instagram. During the quarantine she met other families also living in their RVs full time via Xscapers, a group for working-age RVers. She and her husband formed a “quaranteam” with three other couples in

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Labor Day weekend travel driven by road trips as people stay closer to home while COVID-19 pandemic persists

Summer’s last gasp this Labor Day weekend comes during a year of dismal tourism and hospitality activity, with campers and road-trippers driving travel trends.

“Families aren’t wanting to do the plane flights and the hotels, and they still want to be able to vacation, so they’re finding a way to take home away from home,” said Troy Hooper, general manager of Dunlap Family RV in Ringgold, Georgia, where sales have boomed for months.

Hooper normally has about 130 campers on his lot, but his inventory is down to just 14, and everything he has on back order will be sold before it hits the lot, he said. “I’m as low as I’ve ever been on inventory,” he said.

(READ MORE: Here are three things to know for your Chattanooga area Labor Day gatherings.)

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Labor Day weekend travel driven by road trips

People are still wary

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2020 Street Rodder Road Tour Buyer’s Guide!



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New from Custom Autosound! Hidden audio system for Classic Cars and Trucks! Features Bluetooth! AM/FM 25 presets, USB, with a powerful 200 Watts, Aux/in, RCA Pre-outs, CD player controllable, just add the CD-1—all of these features packed in a discreet hide-away unit, making the SST hidden radio the perfect solution for adding modern sound

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Small towns that are big on adventure for a socially distanced road trip

If you’ve already explored almost every square inch of the great outdoors just outside your front door and are itching for some adventure after months at home, outdoor recreation is the perfect socially distanced solution. And Chattanooga is driving distance to many under-the-radar small towns that are big on outdoor opportunities.

Before loading up, be sure to check the latest on closures and advisories, and make a mask part of your gear checklist.

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Photo contributed by Visit Bentonville / Bentonville, Ark., offers both paved and trail cycling opportunities which earned the small city Silver-level Ride Center status from the International Mountain Bicycling Association.

BIKING: BENTONVILLE, ARK.

Population: 54,909

Drive time from Chattanooga: 10 hours

There are 12 Silver-level Ride Centers in the U.S., as identified by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) for outstanding trail networks that offer something for everyone, and this sister-state town is one. What makes

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2020 Street Rodder Road Tour Buyer’s Guide!

Billet Specialties Crossover Vintage Series Wheel: The Billet Specialties Crossover wheel is the end result of brickyard styling mixed with some nitromethane attitude. The Road Tour car features 18-by-7’s in the front and 20-by-10 Extreme Wheels in the rear with a vintage gray powder coat finish for the ultimate “Hot Rod” look. Available in 18, 19, 20 & 22″ diameters with multiple finish options. Visit www.billetspecialties.com to learn more and see all the fine wheels and accessories Billet Specialties manufactures right here in the United States.

New from Custom Autosound! Hidden audio system for Classic Cars and Trucks! Features Bluetooth! AM/FM 25 presets, USB, with a powerful 200 Watts, Aux/in, RCA Pre-outs, CD player controllable, just add the CD-1—all of these features packed in a discreet hide-away unit, making the SST hidden radio the perfect solution for adding modern sound quality to your classic! For a

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The New Camper Companies Redefining Road Travel

In 2019, the RV Industry Association (RIVA), a trade federation, reported a 16 percent drop in wholesale RV shipments from the year before. And when COVID-19 first swept the nation in March, those sales dropped even more. But almost as fast as they fell, sales and rentals began to skyrocket. By June, RV shipments in the U.S. were the highest they’d been since 2018, reaching 40,462 units, an 11 percent increase from June 2019. 

As far as pandemic-fueled buys go, it’s easy to understand why people are turning to RVs. With many concerned about the safety of hotels and other lodging, RVs offer more control and flexibility. Both existing and newly launched companies are getting creative with what this new era of road travel will look like, as people have begun embracing so-called COVID campers for long road trips in lieu of flights, turning to part- or full-time vanlife in

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3 Celebrity-Designed Road Trips for a Socially Distant Vacation

With international travel still mostly at a standstill, 2020 is proving to be the year of the road trip. According to a recent survey by leading luxury travel network Virtuoso, 87% of respondents want to take road trips and 70% are traveling less than 1,500 miles from home. The decision of whether or not to travel at all right now is a very personal one, and you might want to consult your doctor before straying far from home, but if you are itching to travel, a road trip presents fewer risks than flying or taking the train. Just in time for late summer and fall travel, Relais & Châteaux—which worked with top doctors and Bureau Veritas to give stringent health and safety guidelines to its North American member hotels—is debuting three new celebrity-designed routes du bonheur. AD gets an exclusive look.

Route 1: Westchester County & New England by Richard

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Your Guide To A Camping Road Trip In A Tesla Or Other EV

Many are taking summer road trips — especially since all overseas tourism is off — but they are

naturally concerned about the risks of catching Covid-19 and of violating lockdown orders that protect others. Many wonder if a camping road trip, in an RV or with a tent, is a good choice. After all, by sleeping in your own tent or RV, you won’t be exposed to the virus or expose others. Being outdoors is generally safe if you don’t get into crowds outside your household.

An interesting new option is the electric car road trip, something only recently made possible. One of the

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Hotels Are Promoting the Nostalgia of the Family Road Trip

As the United States slowly, haltingly reopens, hotels are trying to persuade Americans to make this the summer of the road trip.

Although some hotels have kept a trickle of guests coming through the doors by catering to essential workers, people seeking a change in scenery and willing to drive to a vacation spot are the industry’s lifeline for the foreseeable future. A good number of hotels in the country remain closed. Most business travel and nearly all group bookings remain on hold, and many travelers are reluctant to take unnecessary plane trips.

“Everything that we’ve seen and read was pointing to the summer of the drive market and drive destinations,” said John Davies, vice president of marketing at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels.

Jan Freitag, senior vice president for STR, a lodging consulting firm, agreed that many people would want to drive somewhere after months of being largely stuck at

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