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.
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.”
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the summertime temperatures continue to heat up, shaded tree canopies and cool lakes and streams don’t just sound nice, but they become a necessity. A brisk swim, hiking alongside creeks and waterfalls, and camping under the stars are not only ways to stay cool and experience nature but are also an inexpensive way to […]
The Upstate has no shortage of scenic backdrops available to provide the perfect picturesque setting for pending nuptials. Couples can opt to tie the knot at places like the Fred W. Symmes Chapel at Camp Greenville (aka Pretty Place), near Caesars Head in northern Greenville County. Or they may choose to get hitched at one […]
Meandering pathways and reflective ponds, along with plenty of benches to sit and gaze at the scenery, make the South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University a perfect respite any time of the year.
Alabama’s stately waterfront Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club and Spa has provided travelers with a gorgeous view over Mobile Bay for more than one hundred fifty years. Today the resort’s restaurants invite the public to drop in for the ultrafresh food and bayfront ambiance which has long wowed guests.
Tucked along the teal-colored Gulf of Mexico, Anna Maria Island sits on a tiny spindle of land at the mouth of Tampa Bay. There is no grand dame hotel, no sprawling wildlife preserve, no historic waterfront. The island is dominated by palm trees and low-slung Crayola-colored beach cottages and scores of renovated old-timey motels.
San Antonio’s historic Menger Hotel, located right across the street from the Alamo, has seen its share of history since its opening in 1859. Unsurprisingly, much of the excitement has centered around the hotel bar. From its start, the cozy wood-paneled tavern has had a link with history—in 1887, Herman Kampmann, the Menger Hotel’s second owner, sent an architect to London to study the pub in the House of Lords. The Menger Bar was designed and built following the architect’s sketches.
There’s no doubt that the Upstate is home to an amazing array of outdoor wonderlands. Whether it is mountains, hiking trails, rivers, waterfalls or lakes—there’s a never-ending natural assortment for outdoor enthusiasts to choose from. Even though it’s not quite full-blown “lake season” yet, our area lakes are spectacular no matter the weather. One of […]