Unlock the Secrets to the Great Smoky Mountains in a Weekend

Great Smoky Mountains

With 520,000 acres spanning North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the largest protected land area east of the Rockies and the most visited park in the American Park System. The park preserves the history of the Appalachian Mountains from the prehistoric Paleo … [Read more...]

Spa Lovers: Go to Highlands. You’ll Thank Me Later

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“It’s a surprise,” he said with twinkling green eyes as he tucked me into the passenger seat and gently closed the door. My ridiculously huge grin gave away my glee… I do love surprises! We drove for an hour and a half, winding our way across the state border and into the Blue Ridge Mountains of … [Read more...]

Pleasure House Oysters: The Making Of An Ostreaphile

Pleasure House Oysters

"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.” -Jonathan Swift My agreement with that statement made me somewhat of an outcast among my trendy Baby Boomer friends. I’d watched them shuck open some unsuspecting barnacle-laden shell, tip it up, and let a pulpy, slimy mass of flesh slide down their … [Read more...]

11 Fun Atlantic Coastal Escapes for Winter

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Now that winter is upon us and an end to the frenzy of the holidays in sight, visions of escape routes to warmer climates are starting to dance in our heads.  Coastal and beach towns along the southern Atlantic seaboard are offering off-season rates and special weekend packages making their charming … [Read more...]

At the King and Prince, You’re Treated Like Royalty

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If you’re looking for a weekend getaway that will leave you wanting more time, look no further than the Golden Isles of the state of Georgia. St. Simons Island, 18 miles long and just a mile and a half wide, the landmass rests amicably on the Atlantic seaboard, beckoning visitors through its … [Read more...]

Discover Greenville SC by Segway

Old Cigar Factory in downtown Greenville, SC

Of all the ways to see the sights in and around historic downtown Greenville, gliding effortlessly on top of a Segway has to be the most fun! The people-mover machines used on the Greenville Segway Tour are fun and easy. The non-motorized machines are based on balance and respond to how your body … [Read more...]

Carolina Renaissance Festival

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Jousting knights, kings, queens, wenches, fairies, and even pirates, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is considered one of the best in America.  The faire takes place every weekend in October and November on a permanent a 20-acre 16th century theme park that Disney would be proud of, offering … [Read more...]

Up, Up and Away! Hang Gliding at Kitty Hawk, NC

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Having already experienced and loved sky diving, I was interested to try hang gliding to see how they compare. And what better place to try out this unique flying experience than at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, especially in August! There are two ways a novice can hang glide. One is to take a … [Read more...]