Near-perfect family destination just three hours away

One of many indoor entertainment options

It’s probably as close to perfection for a family-friendly destination as is possible—Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn., truly does have something for everyone. On the drive up, I intentionally did not discuss with my 7-year-old godson all the options available at Wilderness just to make the drive a bit quieter. I knew he […]

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Tour Tasty way to experience Charleston

Plates of fried green tomatoes, fried pickles and corn bread were presented at the Virginia’s tour stop.

There are plenty of ways to experience and learn about Charleston, S.C. A culinary tour happens to be one of the tastiest. On a recent visit to the low country, I participated in a tour that focused as much on some of Charleston’s most mouth-watering offerings as its rich history. The Upper King Street Culinary […]

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Natural wonders dominate in Cherokee, N.C.

Oconaluftee Island Park is a popular spot in downtown Cherokee, N.C., that attracts those who like to picnic, fish and wade in the water. Photo by Gale Horton Gay

  Those with a curiosity or passion for gaming need go no further than Cherokee, N.C., to see how they will fare with Lady Luck. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offers more than 170 live table games such as blackjack, craps, let it ride, roulette and more as well as 3,700 slot machines. And it has […]

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Old English village experience awaits at Barnsley Resort

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Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, presents guests with a dilemma—spend one’s time engaging in a number of exertive activities or totally chill out, enjoying the environment inside and out. One can’t go wrong either way. Located an hour’s drive north from DeKalb County, the 3,300-acre Barnsley Resort offers luxurious accommodations, a range of dining options and […]

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Setting one’s sights on a new adventure

Imani Gay aims the Caesar Guerini shotgun at one of the flying disks at Barnsley Garden’s clay shooting range. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

With the butt of the shotgun pressed hard against my shoulder and my face resting against the side of the gun, I shout “Pull” and the neon orange clay disk jettisons into the air. I fire, reload, fire again, reload, fire AGAIN, reload. Finally on my 10th or so attempt, I hit the target. This […]

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Pioneer spirit is alive and well at Trembly Bald Resort

County begins second phase of Snapfinger treatment plant.

Trembly Bald Resort and Conference Center located on the outskirts of Toccoa, Ga., along the Tugaloo River is truly a one-of-a-kind destination. Composed of a lodge that can accommodate more than 30 individuals, a stage coach inn which can sleep up to 10 people and seven smaller cabins, Trembly Bald is perfect for reunions, conferences, […]

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Ilha Grande—A Place Like No Other

Trailside view of Praia Araçatiba. Photos by John Hewitt

Imagine a tropical rainforest island with no roads, accessible only by boat, no light pollution, no air pollution, abundant natural beauty and wildlife, no cell phone reception, beaches with few others on them and stars so bright that it seems as if one can reach up and touch the Milky Way and the Southern Cross […]

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Diverse experiences await visitors in Greenville

Whimsical arch gracing the pedestrian bridge over Reedy River. Photo by John Hewitt

Walking and biking trails, natural beauty, arts, culture and fun-filled attractions are among the experiences waiting for visitors to this South Carolina gem of a city. Among my discoveries that made for a satisfying getaway: Arts, science and cultural experiences: Be sure to check out Greenville County Museum of Art showcasing the world’s largest collection […]

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