Each year from December through March a remarkable event takes place. North Atlantic right whales migrate to the warm, calm coastal waters of the southeast Atlantic coast to give birth and nurse their calves. Then in the spring they head back north to feeding grounds in the Bay of Fundy between Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
The beachfront town of Gulf Shores, Alabama, is headquarters of Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s, a combination restaurant, gift shop, fun park, and way of life perched on the edge of the Intracoastal Waterway. LuLu’s,which is getting ready to celebrate its 19th anniversary, heads into Mardi Gras with a party involving a boat parade, live music from New Orleans’ Big Fun Brass Band, birthday cake and a couple of thousand well-wishers. “Mardi Gras is in the Buffetts’ blood,” says Marketing and Communications Director Gabrielle Barnett, who as she spoke was getting ready to go to Destin, Florida, which has its own LuLu’s. Lucy Buffett agrees: “Mardi Gras is special to me because I was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, where Mardi Gras originated.”
Early each spring, the charming resort town of Fairhope, Alabama, welcomes special guests to its haven on Mobile Bay. The travelers happily settle into their cottages near the pier and enjoy a hearty welcome-back dinner of mosquitoes.
While summer might be the best time for tent camping, fall’s brisker weather makes it the perfect time for no-tent-necessary experiences. Ever tried staying in a treehouse? In a micro cabin on an alpaca farm? Fall’s the time.
Nestled in the High Country of North Carolina, lay the small mountain towns of Valle Crucis, Blowing Rock and Boone. The area, just a three-hour drive from Greenville, boasts elevations of 3,000 feet or above, making it one of the first in the region for leaf peepers to view mother nature’s magnificent fall display of red, gold and purple splendor and a great place for a fall getaway.
When it’s time for an upgrade, choosing the perfect bike can get confusing for some of you. But that doesn’t mean you pick the first bike you find, especially when it’s your first bike. Looking for professional bikes with a solid design and additional features is never easy. That requires accurate knowledge and understanding about what type of bike do you want to ride.
A tree-lined neighborhood in Mobile, Alabama’s midtown cradles a Victorian mansion where visitors can experience the gentility of the Old South. The Kate Shepard House, a stately Queen Anne-style home replete with porches, balconies and turrets, was built in 1897 from a kit—the house’s components were assembled on-site–and went on to a distinguished career as both the Shepard family home and a private school run by Miss Kate Shepard. Outliving its original family by some years, the building fell upon hard times before it was rescued and renovated. Today, as the Kate Shepard House Bed and Breakfast, it has become a beloved Port City destination.
Alabama’s Fort Morgan perches on the shores of Mobile Bay, which was indeed the site of Admiral Farragut’s profane denunciation of torpedoes. Today the Fort, a State Historical Site located on 600 scenic acres at the end of State Highway 180, offers everything from historical reenactments to beach-going to world-class birding.
Since 1934 thousands of golf aficionados from around the world descend upon Augusta, Georgia the first full week in April to attend one of the four major championships in professional golf. But after the sea of green jackets at the Augusta National Golf Club fades away, visitors to the city discover that there is more to Augusta than just the Masters tournament.
Getting its name from the steam locomotives that would slowly struggle up the mountain passes, this 34.3-mile former railway attracts over 100,000 visitors each year since it opened in 1987. The trail is open to hikers, bicyclists and horses but bikes dominate the pathway. Riders range from cycling pros and enthusiasts to grandparents taking their younger family members out for a ride.
Often referred to as the “Technology City of the South”, Alpharetta, GA sits on the northern fringes of Atlanta’s sprawling suburbia and as a tech hub, boasts more than 900 technology companies in the greater Alpharetta area.
Referred to as “the bubble” by locals, this small city about 30 minutes south of Atlanta moves along at 15 miles per hour, seemingly entrenched in its own world and ensconced from the big city woes just beyond its borders. Cars give way to golf carts as the preferred mode of transportation and with more than 90 miles of golf cart paths and plenty of golf carts only parking, getting around is pretty easy at 15 miles per h