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Explore: South Carolina’s Thoroughbred Country

Explore: South Carolina’s Thoroughbred Country

Come for the horses, stay for the history. Situated a few hours southwest of Greenville, a cluster of small towns hugs the border of Georgia- Aiken, North Augusta, Allendale and Bamberg and Barnwell Counties. Here, life slows down a bit and horses permeate the landscape and culture. In Aiken, horses not only dominate, but the […]

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Callaway Gardens Lights Up the Holidays

Callaway Gardens Lights Up the Holidays

Georgia’s Callaway Gardens—a botanical paradise just an hour southwest of the Atlanta airport—is magical at any time of the year, but for more than twenty years the Gardens have been a holiday destination for the spectacular Fantasy in Lights sho

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USS Alabama—Historic Fun Afloat

USS Alabama—Historic Fun Afloat

The battleship USS Alabama, having come through World War II with nine battle stars to her credit, now lies at anchor on the shore of Mobile Bay, where she is rated one of Mobile’s top family attractions. Designated as a National Historical Landmark, the Mighty A is the centerpiece of the 100-acre Battleship Memorial Park, which is also home to the submarine USS Drum as well as vintage aircraft, Coast Guard vessels, and tanks.

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Sweet Home Farm Says Cheese

Sweet Home Farm Says Cheese

Ten miles inland from Alabama’s Gulf Coast, the little town of Elberta is home to farmstead cheesemaker Sweet Home Farm. Owners Alyce Birchenough and Doug Wolford are Michigan transplants who in 1985 relocated to become Alabama’s first licensed farmstead cheesemakers.

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Asheville’s Spectacular Spa

Asheville’s Spectacular Spa

The most exciting spa in Asheville, North Carolina is not in town. It’s under it.  The 43,000-square-foot luxury spa located beneath The Omni Grove Park Inn features twenty water features, hot tubs, plunge pools, saunas, waterfalls, and a lap pool with underwater music. Outside fireplaces will come in handy if cool Fall weather ever arrives, […]

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Navigating St. Simons Island

Navigating St. Simons Island

As the largest barrier island in the Golden Isles, St. Simons Island lies across from the immortalized Marshes of Glynn, made famous by Sidney Lanier’s poem of the same name. Punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, the pristine stretches of marshland create the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands. Eugenia Price, one of the South’s most popular authors of antebellum romantic fiction, often spoke of the “special light” on St. Simons. Turning a beautiful golden color in the fall, the expansive marsh grasses are especially dramatic when lit by the setting sun.

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Melbourne Beach: A Space Coast Gem

Melbourne Beach: A Space Coast Gem

It is one of America’s magical roadways. A north/south route, Highway A1A sprawls out in sections along Florida’s entire Atlantic coast. Cruising along A1A in Central Florida we pulled into the towns of Melbourne Beach and Indiatlantic located on the barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. Relaxed and unhurried, the twin sister towns offer unspoiled beaches with sparkling blue-green waters and large dunes blanketed with sea oats and native wildflowers.

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Magnolia Springs Offers Timeless Charm

Magnolia Springs Offers Timeless Charm

Nestled on the banks of the Magnolia River in south Baldwin County, Alabama, the tiny town of Magnolia Springs is an oasis of calm a few miles inland from the bustling Gulf beachfront. In addition to being charming and peaceful, Magnolia Springs is unique—the only town in the continental U.S. where mail is still regularly delivered by boat.

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Mobile’s Gulfquest Explores the Gulf

Mobile’s Gulfquest Explores the Gulf

Mobile, Alabama’s bustling riverfront is now home to Gulfquest, the world’s only maritime museum dedicated to the maritime history and culture of the Gulf of Mexico. Designed to look as if it were a ship headed into Mobile Bay, the 120,000-square-foot building includes 90 interactive exhibits which immerse visitors ( roughly 50,000 since its 2015 opening) in the heritage and culture of an area which is sometimes referred to as America’s “forgotten coast.”

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Abbeville, South Carolina is rich in history

Abbeville, South Carolina is rich in history

Picture a town square surrounded by shops and restaurants. Brick-lined streets, historic homes and golden-age era opera house. These are but a few surprises awaiting visitors to Abbeville. Located in the southern section of the Upstate, about an hour south of Greenville between Anderson and Greenwood, the small town of Abbeville was once a center […]

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Fall Foliage excursions in the South Carolina Upstate

Fall Foliage excursions in the South Carolina Upstate

As autumn ushers in, forecasters are already predicting that this year’s fall foliage season will be one of the best we’ve had in years. Vibrant hues of purple, orange and red will drift silently in the wind as trees shed their green coverings.

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Half-Mile Farm: Highlands Charm

Half-Mile Farm: Highlands Charm

Just outside Highlands, North Carolina, an iconic retreat welcomes visitors to fourteen acres of secluded luxury surrounding a circa-1870 farmhouse. Now known officially as Half Mile Farm: A Country Inn by Old Edwards Hospitality, the Inn has been a favorite with visitors to the area since its opening in 2001.

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The SC Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, Where Every Quilt Tells a Story

The SC Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail, Where Every Quilt Tells a Story

It all started in 2009 with one quilt square mounted on the Oconee Heritage Center in Walhalla.

Today, the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail has more than 160 quilt panels mounted on barns, businesses, homes, and public buildings across Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties.

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Splash Down In One of These Upstate SC Water Parks

Splash Down In One of These Upstate SC Water Parks

Summer officially began June 21—a mere two weeks ago. With record temperatures already on the books, it’s turning out to be a scorcher of a summer and has all of us looking for ways to cool down.

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Mentone, Alabama: A Rustic Retreat

Mentone, Alabama: A Rustic Retreat

Perched on the western slope of Lookout Mountain, the little Alabama town of Mentone has welcomed travelers since the nineteenth century, when the area’s natural springs were a draw. Today, visitors come for the views, the recreational activities and the laid-back vibe. Summer camps have long called the area home, and generations of kids have spent a chunk of vacation here.

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