There is of course New York City with its tall buildings, its traffic congestion, its throngs of busy people.
But beyond the Big Apple lies New York – up the Hudson River, past West Point, past storied Sleepy Hollow; west across the Catskills to Upstate New York. There you will discover the beautiful Finger Lakes. Visit quaint towns like Cazenovia, Skaneateles, Seneca Falls, and Cayuga. Pick apples if you like, drink wine from local vineyards. Most of all, relax.
Here where the pace of life is a little slower, you will find the small town of Manlius, and the Stickley Furniture factory where craftsmen and women make beautiful furniture, by hand, one piece at a time.
Stickley Furniture – Mission, Highlands, Finger Lakes, Harvey Ellis, St. Lawrence, Nichols and Stone, made in Manlius, New York where craftsmanship still matters.
Available in Overland Park and Wichita, exclusively at Traditions Furniture, your neighborhood homefurnishings store. Still beautiful and friendly after all these years.
Life indeed is about the journey, not the destination, as there are many more things to see along the way, than when we get there.
How about the cool, clear stream we must cross, the flower that grows beside the path, the sunlight on the grass, the summit far, far ahead, … my aching feet and back, the pebble in my shoe, that bright red blister on my heel, the bottled water I left behind, … the Stressless recliner I have at home, a frosty beer, all this and so much more… 🤔
Life out on the highway is not always stressless. Aging Baby Boomers who were Born to Be Wild, have changed their motorcycles for campers, strapped a couple of bikes to the back, and set out for America’s National Parks, only to find long lines and no campsites.
Then there is the gas tank worry. A full tank of gas for your RV can cost up $600.
As I say, life out on the highway is not always stressless. But it can be Stressless at Home.
Get Stressless in Kansas
In Kansas, one can get Stressless recliners and sofas at Traditions Furniture in Overland Park and in Wichita.
Manlius, in Upstate New York, is located near the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is 17 hours by car from Kansas City along Interstate Highways, 70, 71, and 90. Along the way, there are sights to behold.
You could drive to Manlius, New York to buy Stickley or just shop Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park.
Stickley Furniture, in Manlius, New York, featuring the NEW St. Lawrence collection as well as Mission, Highlands, Pasadena Bungalow, Walnut Grove, Park Slope, and more. Fabulous furniture made for a lifetime, in Kansas, exclusively at Traditions Furniture and Traditions Home.
Our Ten Favorite Road Trip Quotes to Say on the Way:
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
“The Road is the Way, the Way is Home”
“I say this, who am Mathurin Kerbouchard, a homeless wanderer upon the earth’s far roads. I speak as one who has known hunger and feast, poverty and riches, the glory of the sword and the humility of the defenseless.”
“All he needed was a wheel in his hand and four on the road.”
“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.”
“You may not find a path, but you will find a way.”
“People don’t take trips, trips take people.”
“Toto, I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.”
Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
“Are we there yet?”
The Kids in the Back Seat
“Bobby is sitting on my side of the seat, and I have to pee.”
More Kids in the Back Seat
Note. Manlius, New York is located in Upstate New York near the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. It is 17 hours by car from Kansas City along Interstate Highways, 70, 71, and 90. Along the way, there are sights to behold.
Around the fireside at their ease There sat a group of friends, entranced With the delicious melodies Who from the far-off noisy town Had to the wayside inn come down, …
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, Prelude
We stayed at the Wayside Inn last night. We stay there every night we are in town. That is, sleeping in the Wayside bed by Nichols and Stone. Admire the low posts, the carved thistle finials, the sumptuous carved headboard, the low footboard. All this a feast for the eyes, a reverie of dreams and sleep.
Early beds in colonial America were four posters, most often low post, like a Cannonball bed. The post acted as a clothes rack with a shirt or a hat casually tossed on the corner. Not much has changed has it? Things got fancier with a high post bed, and perhaps a canopy for privacy. The Shaker bed put an end to clothes on the post.
New Englanders, men and women of wealth and position, imported English styles. Low posts, turned legs and posts, carved headboard showcasing the furniture makers’ art. Sheraton, Chippendale, and Hepplewhite were the three most famous British furniture designers. Typically, they used dark Mahogany, imported from the Caribbean and Central America. Americans imitated these styles when they had the lathes and other necessary equipment. Americans preferred native cherry wood and walnut.
The Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts on the old Boston Post Road had its origin in 1683 as a two-room dwelling. It then served as a tavern and stopover for travelers going to and from Boston. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the inn famous in Tales of a Wayside Inn, a book of poems published during America’s Civil War in 1863.
A passage from the Prelude:
… But from the parlor of the inn A pleasant murmur smote the ear, Like water rushing through a weir: Oft interrupted by the din Of laughter and of loud applause, And, in each intervening pause, The music of a violin. The fire-light, shedding over all The splendor of its ruddy glow, Filled the whole parlor large and low…