Have You Been Here2017-08-25T01:10:27+00:00

Have You Been Here

Exploring America, Loving America

HEY! COME SHARE WITH US! On your travels with friends and/or family or just out by yourself, have you ever visited a store, museum, an attraction, motel, park, restaurant, planned or unplanned that just was outstanding. One of those places that you couldn’t wait to tell someone about. Well this is your chance. We at fromthecheftyou.com would like to hear from you about these places. With your post you can allow others to experience these wonderful places. We call it “HAVE YOU BEEN HERE?”

Here at fromthecheftoyou.com we know how you feel. Chef Dave and his wife went on a trip in the spring of 2017 and had the privilege to visit a lot of fun and interesting places. While they were on the trip, they said we need to share these places with our readers for others to experience. At first they were going to share only places where they had been, but thought it would be better to open the review to their readers also. With that said, we are asking for you to share your experiences. Write a few words and add a photo about that special places you have been that you want to share with others. These reviews will be divided into states, then into categories that will make it easy for readers to read and possibly check them out on their next outing.

Have You Been Here

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Our goal is to promote, not to condemn, so make it friendly, make it fun, so others can enjoy some of these great places.

Example would be like this find “POPS”.

A landmark diner & gas station with hundreds of sodas, a gift shop and a 66-ft.-tall soda bottle out front., They have a signature collection of 700 kinds of soda, sparkling waters and other ice-cold refreshments. Located on historic Hwy 66 in Arcadia, OK 73007. We stopped in the spring of 2017. What a busy place, license plates on the cars in the parking lot were from all over the county. They had sodas both on the shelves and in the reach-in refrigerators. You could grab a cardboard 6 pack holder and pick whatever flavor you wanted. Prices were fair, clean restrooms and a buzz of excitement.

New York

Watkins Glens, New York


Watkins Glen Gorge Trails is NY State Park in the town of Watkins Glean NY. The Gorge is a walking trail that is very popular in the Finger Lakes Area in NY. Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. When you are almost to the top you will face “Jacob’s Ladder”, a 180 stone step ascent. A must visit, you can picnic and even camp.

999 State Route 54 Penn Yan, NY 14527, New York


My brother shared this one with me. If you are in Penn Yan, N.Y. you have to stop by. It is a frozen custard stand that offers all natural custard made with duck eggs. They offer 24 different flavors, along with a few sundae choices. We stopped in mid June 2018, with some of the family. Outstanding!! check out their website at http://www.spottedduckcreamery.com/


Always a good place

4126 State Route 5 and 20, Canandaigua, NY 14424-9509

If you are looking for a clean Mom & Pop motel to stay at in the Finger Lake Region of NY, give the Miami Resort Motel. We have stayed there the last 5 trips we have made to Canandaigua to visit family. Total remodeled rooms, very well done. The owners are very friendly and service is great. The prices are good, probably the best you will find for a clean , safe motel.

North Carolina

Hendersonville, North Carolina


A NC State Park located between Hendersonville and Bervard NC. The park name originates from the fact that the DuPont company once had a factor in the area. They closes and sold the land to the state. They have several miles of hiking trails and picnic sites. Best of all they have 6 falls that you can walk to. One is a very mid walk called Hooker Falls. You will need to drive to the top of the hill to get to the others. Bridal Veil Falls and Triple falls are about a 1/2 medium hard walk. The other three you have to hike to. All Free , like to visit when in the area, to the Church Teens once, they loved it.

1265 Carson Edwards Rd, Ayden, NC 28513, North Carolina


Simply Natural Creamery is a Ice cream and dairy store. They milk and process all their own milk. They are sell milk , cream and butter and ice cream in local stores. But the best thing is to stop by their store out in the country and get some of that GREAT! ice cream, they offer over 20 varieties, and there are sundaes and shakes if you want. The ice cream is made with 16% milk-fat that gives it a smooth and rich flavor. When friend from out of town or state drop in for a visit, its a must stop.

Chimney Rock, North Carolina


The town of chimney rock is a small town on hwy 64 in the mountains of NC. What We like about Chimney rock is that its like going back in time. Yes, they have modern conveniences but the town doesn’t allow chain business, only Mom & Pop operations. The town has on two lane road running through it. Mountains on one side and the “Rocky Broad River” on the other side. They boost that they are the #1 destination in the NC Mountains. They have about 15-18 shops that are always a joy to walk through. Looking for a motels, they have about 12-15.to choose from. The main attraction for many is Chimney Rock Park” located in the center of the village. There is a fee to go to the park, but it’s worth the view, great walking trails, picnic area and a waterfalls. You won’t go way hungry either. They have about 8-10 choices of restaurants and eateries. We almost always stop and get Hershey’s ice cream from the “Hershey ice cream store. Have stopped counting how many times we have been here. We live 6 hours away, a must stop, for lunch, shopping or just the peace and quiet..

Beanson, North Carolina


The Meadow Lights is the largest and oldest Christmas light show in Eastern North Carolina. They are a Family owned and operated business that started more than 40 years ago. In 1994 they built “The Old Country Store” to sell drinks and old fashioned candy. Since they have become one of the largest candy stores in the state specializing in Christmas and old fashion candy, carrying over 300 varieties. They display lights on over 30 acres and operate a train ride through 10 plus acres. My daughter and son-in-law have been taking their family for the last few years, The asked Debbie and I if we wanted to go this year. Of course! and it was very enjoyable. Inexpensive outing for the family. Both kids and adults will love it. Must stop at the store.

Goldsboro, North Carolina


Absolutely the best burrito in town. Similar to Moes or Subway but with completely homemade ingredients, local owner and phenomenal service. I go a few times per week, and always go on Friday’s when they have Spicy Pork.

Goldsboro, North Carolina

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This is a must stop for anyone that lives in Eastern NC. If your not local, this would be a great day trip, bring a cooler and stock up. Heritage Farms is a local family farm that has been supporting the Wayne county area since 1976. A large selection of all-natural pork products, sausages, hot dogs, bacon, a raw pork selection, such as ribs, loins and chops. A great gift shop with a good variety of items, supporting local small business. They just opened the snack area featuring another Eastern NC local farm success story “Simply Natural Creamy”, hand dipped ice cream and dairy products.


Berlin, Ohio


This was a great visit! Berlin has the largest community of Amish in the US. They have beautiful flourishing farm throughout the county. They are up and down the highway, shopping in the stores, eating a the local restaurants. You feel like you are a part of their community. The Town has good Mom & Pop restaurants. We enjoyed the shops and just driving the countryside..


Lawton, Oklahoma


This is a National Refuge on the back side of Fort Sill in Lawton OK. The refuge is about 59,000 acres of mountain trails, open grassing of many region animals. Debbie and ! spent 4 hours one morning driving the back roads of the refuge. We saw herds of Bison, Longhorn cattle, a roadrunner, several dozen prairie dogs, deer,, turkeys and a hawk. What an enjoyable morning! We would have liked to stay in the area another day to make the morning drive again, but had a full schedule.

Arcadia, Oklahoma


A landmark diner & gas station with hundreds of sodas, a shop & a 66-ft.-tall soda bottle out front., They have a signature collection of 700 kinds of soda, sparkling waters and other ice-cold refreshments. Located on historic Hwy 66 in Arcadia, OK 73007. We stopped in the spring of 2017. What a busy place, license plates of the cars as we walked in, they were from all over the county. They had them both on the shelves and in the reach-in refrigerators. You could grab a cardboard 6 pack holder and pick whatever flavor you wanted. Prices were fair, clean restrooms and a buzz of excitement.


1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111-7906

A great place to visit! Very friendly staff. The place is well layout and the displays are the best you could ask for. They have a complete western town in the center of one of the buildings. Plan on eating lunch at the “Museum Grill”, they do a great job. PUT THIS ONE ON YOUR BUCKET LIST!!!!


Lancaster, Pennsylvania


If you enjoy visiting a Amish community, Lancaster is a must. I have been going to Lancaster PA since I was a young person. Yes it is commercialized but is very easy to get around and is not crowded, unless you go to the outlet mails ( But who wants to go to the mail when you have all the local things to do) Many restaurant to choice from, we personally like Dieners Diner ( where to locals eat). We drive the back road and watch the Amish working. A must stop when in PA..

Ronks, Pennsylvania


Quiet Haven Motel is just what the name says. A local Mom and Pop motel that has be in Ronks since 1969. Located next to a Amish. farm area, quiet peaceful and a joy to stay at. I don’t like to give up some secrets but I will on this one. Fair priced, very clean, no pool, , no work-out room. Just a quiet place to sit out on the front stoop and talk, or as we do. walk to the end of the driveway and watch the hundreds of fireflies and watch buggies go by( this is mid June). How cool is this place you ask: we meet a couple that had be 61 years;, they came for the first time in 1969 and have been coming back to this motel twice a year since.

South Carolina

Yemassee, South Carolina


Sheldon Church was first completed in 1753 and was then known as Prince William’s Parish Church.
Old Sheldon Church Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945
On 4 acres
Greek Revival architecture
Added to the Nation Registry of Historic Places in October 22, 1970

I am writing what was written on the signs and stone plaque located on the site. I also looked up the church before going and have a few facts from the web. Before I share the facts, let me give you my comments. A rememberble place, very quiet, peaceful place, located on a 2 lane road out in the county, surrounded by woods. The Construction for the mid 1750”s is outstanding, the brick work and columns are an architectural creation. Surrounded by oak tree with Spanish moss, gives it some of it’s southern charm. A 10-20 minute visit, parking across the street.
One of the first Greek-Revival structures built in the United States, Prince William’s Parish Church, erected 1745-55, was once one of the most impressive churches in the Province. During the Revolution, the Patriots are believed to have stored gun powder in it. In 1779, when the British General Augustine Prevost invaded the Low country, the church was burned by a detachment which according to tradition, was commanded by the flamboyant local Tory, Andrew Deveaux. Rebuilt in 1826, the church was again burned by Sherman’s men in 1865. Discoversouthcarolina.com

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81 Charleston Hwy, Yemassee, SC 29945
Hours 8:00am – 7:15pm
This is a delightful place to stop at, colorful with the crazy outdoor furniture and signs. When you walk in, you think that you are going into an old general store. The walls are lined with a large array of jarred, fruits, vegetables, relishes and pickles. They also carry, an assortment of rice, dips, mustards, rubs, nuts and snacks. Mix among these sweet and savory delights are a variety of unique gifts and Knick knacks.
On the other side of the store is a wall with varieties of ciders. You can purchase Apple, Peach, Black-Bing Cherry, Muscatine, Blackberry, Blueberry, Strawberry and Cinnamon Spiced Apple. Most of the ciders are sold in 16, 750 ml, and ½ gallon jars.
If this place sounds good so far, we aren’t finished. How about a fresh bakery offering, cookies, scones, bar cookies, muffins, cupcakes, quick breads and homemade pecan pie.
This is a great stop, just to stretch your feet and get something sweet. You can pick up some sweet and savory creations, not found anywhere else. Or just sip on cider at one of the tables out front.
Don’t want to forget to tell you about the very hospitable staff of young ladies. Very knowledgeable about the products and delightful to talk to.


Townsend, Tennessee


Cades Cove is located on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains. Cades Cove is an isolated valley that American settlers made home since the late 1700’s. When the National park was created in 1935, the residents were bought-out and they left their homes behind. Today visitors can drive a one way road through the park. While you are driving through you can stop and walk through several cabins and 3 churches still on the property. The homesteads, scenic mountain views, and abundant display of wildlife. make this a very enjoyable visit. If I had to count how many times Debbie and I have be here, I would have to take off my shoes.


Skippers, Virginia

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Virginia grows the largest variety of peanuts in the world. The Good Earth Peanut Company ships Virginia peanuts fresh in a variety of forms: raw and cooked, in and out of the shell, plain and Cajun, peanut brittle including our newest chocolate covered, and gift assortments.

They are conveniently located just 1 mile off I-95 at exit 4 in Skippers VA.
Rustic store just over the railroad tracks, with the peanut processing building on the same property.
Local owned and operated by a family that has been farming peanuts for centuries.