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Seaside Getaway on St. Simon’s Island

Shrimpin' on the Lady Jane

Shrimpin’ on the Lady Jane

Another seaside gem just off the Georgia coast, is St. Simon’s Island. The largest island in Georgia’s Golden Isles-four barrier islands that also include Jekyll Island, Little Simons Island and Sea Island-, St. Simons was formed by the Appalachians and settled by English Colonists in the 1700’s. As a former rice and cotton plantation, it’s steeped with history and tradition.  Building restrictions keep high-rise condos out of the picture and a strict no big-box retail policy keeps the island laid back and mostly residential, with locals who are warm and friendly and eager to share their island.

This article was published in the March 2013 edition of The Simpsonville Sentinel and at See the South.

 

Holiday Shopping in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah may be known as a city of elegance and mystery, but this Southern belle also knows how to celebrate the holidays. Established in 1733, Savannah is known as America’s first “planned” city, with founder James Oglethorpe laying out the streets with 22 tree-filled squares. This bustling port was the place to export cotton, and visitors can still stroll down cobblestone streets under century-old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

This article was published December 2012 online by Deep South Magazine, Getaways for Grownups and in print in The Simpsonville Sentinel.

A Jewel in the Mountains at Brasstown Valley Resort

At first, Brasstown Valley Resort seems to be a typical mountain getaway.  It’s located at the base of the Appalachians in the Chattahoochee Mountains of Northeast Georgia and has a small-town, woodsy kinda vibe. But as you start to meander up the tree-lined driveway towards the 503-acre resort, you’ll soon discover that this resort has so many amenities that it definitely isn’t your run-of-the-mill mountain retreat. And while every season here is nice, now is the perfect time to visit with cooler temperatures and amazing fall foliage.

The best part about Brasstown is that you can do as much or as little as you want.  The resort features an 18-hole championship golf course, stables that offer one and two-hour guided trail rides, and a 7,500 square-foot spa.  Add in tennis courts, a fishing pond, swimming pool and an onsite art gallery and you’ll never want to leave this jewel in the mountains. And, if that’s still not enough, Lake Chatuge is located nearby and offers boating, skiing, tubing and fishing.

This article was published in the November 2012 edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel and at See the South.

Giddy Up to the Seventy-Four Ranch in Jasper, Georgia

jasper, georgiaNo need to go to Wyoming or the Wild West when you can drive about two hours to the Seventy-Four Ranch in Jasper, Georgia and get in touch with your inner cowboy.

This article was published at www.seethesouth.com and in the August edition of the Simpsonville Sentinel.  I also did a guest post for Writing Horseback.

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5K Obstacle Course Zombie Race

So anyone that knows me, knows that I am drawn to strange things.  Zombies in particular just fascinate me.  Well today as I was browsing the internet, I came across this.  There’s a company called Reed Street Productions that is putting on 5k obstacle course races across the country.  The part that makes this interesting?  Race contestants are not only running a race but they’re running from ZOMBIES.  That is just about the coolest thing I’ve heard in awhile.

In the Run for Your Lives race, runners will navigate a series of 12 obstacles throughout a 5K course in an attempt to reach the finish line — all while avoiding zombies. At the end of this adventure race, you get to celebrate survival (or zombie transformation) with live entertainment and music, local celebrities, vendors, food, and of course, beer!

Atlanta is about the closest race for me to attend and it is happening March 3rd.  Not quite sure I’d be able to get into shape enough to race this year but I just may need to go be a spectator and start training for next year-or, when the actual Zombie Apocalypses happens-whichever comes first.

 

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

For 20 years Fantasy in Lights has been one of the best holiday lights shows in the South.  Located about an hour southwest of Atlanta, this 13,000 acre park has over eight million lights on display, has attracted over two million visitors and has become a family tradition for many.

This article was published December 8, 2011 on View on Travel.  For the full article, please click here.

Head to Helen, Georgia for the Holidays

Nestled at the base of the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia, lies the town of Helen, a German-ish village with burgeoning vineyards against a Bavarian backdrop. This family-friendly destination is only two hours from Simpsonville and offers activities for everyone. From wine-tasting for the adults to seeing where Cabbage Patch dolls are born for the kids

This article was published November 2011 at  See the South and in The Simpsonville Sentinel.

Fun Fall Festivals in the South

Fall is a great time of the year. The air begins to cool down and turn crisp.  The leaves begin to change to vibrant shades of rust, orange and red. But the very best things about this time of year are the fabulous fall festivals going on in our area. From the quirky Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC to the prestigious Euphoria event taking place right here in the Upstate, there’s an event for everyone.  So get out and enjoying the fresh air and celebrate all of the fun fall festivals that the South has to offer!

This article was published September 2011. To read the complete article, click on one of these links; See the South or Simpsonville Sentinel.