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From tent to vintage travel trailer

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I’ve had a passion for the outdoors all my life. I vaguely recall as a youngster, throwing quilts and blankets over furniture to pretend we were camping in tents. My second date with my now wife of 31 years was a camping excursion. She assured me on our first date that she too loved the […]

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Lake Junaluska, N.C.: A happy place

Lake Junaluska, N.C.: A happy place

Since we first stayed there in the early 2000s, North Carolina’s Lake Junaluska has been my family’s home away from home. Specifically, we stay at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, run in partnership with the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Approximately nine miles from Maggie Valley, N.C., the retreat is located […]

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Centuries-old ruins still popular tourist attraction

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The volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on the west coast of Italy was a horrific natural disaster that extinguished a civilization considered one of the most progressive and successful of its time. When the volcano—located five miles from Pompeii—erupted, it spewed gas and ash so deadly that an estimated 2,000 inhabitants died. (The area always […]

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Nature and history highlighted on boat tour

Nature and history  highlighted on boat tour

The vibrant waters that lap Amelia Island are teeming with wildlife. Take a boat tour and one will likely meet the locals that inhabit the sea and shore, but that’s not all. In the company of a knowledgeable guide, visitors are introduced to Amelia Island and Cumberland Island’s fascinating history and how the two came […]

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Walking in Memphis

World-famous Beale Street is one of Memphis’ top attractions. Photos by John Hewitt

As we began our initial descent to land at the Memphis airport, the sky was clear and the sun was beaming down on the mighty Mississippi River and the fertile lands along her banks. In the distance, I saw a large angular structure glistening by the river and squinted to try to determine what it […]

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Near-perfect family destination just three hours away

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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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