Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Louisiana’s Unique Christmas Bonfire Tradition Brings a Few Surprises

Sometimes, the best Christmas lights aren’t found on a tree or in a store window. They’re found on the levees along the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Christmas Eve bonfires are a unique tradition you probably won’t find outside Louisiana. Typically, they are built on 15- 20 ft. teepee-shaped pyres. If you pass by the area during the month of December, you will most likely see the rows of tall wooden pyramids, waiting for their time to shine. But leave it to good ol’ Cajun creativity and ingenuity to improve on tradition. In past…Read more
The Ruby Falls Christmas Underground: a Thrilling Holiday Adventure in Chattanooga, TN

The Ruby Falls Christmas Underground: a Thrilling Holiday Adventure in Chattanooga, TN

Right about now, kids all over the world are thinking of Santa Claus and his elves, busily making toys and preparing for Christmas at the North Pole. Well, those kids would most likely be surprised and excited to learn about a secret underground passageway that leads to the North Pole at one of the oldest and most popular attractions in the Southeast, Ruby Falls! Located deep inside Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Ruby Falls is a 145 foot waterfall which has been named one of the Ten Most Incredible Cave Waterfalls on Earth. Getting to the…Read more
From Amusement Parks to Natural Wonders – Find it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

From Amusement Parks to Natural Wonders – Find it all in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This year, I spent my summer vacation in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Now, I know a lot of you may not be familiar with Pigeon Forge, but trust me, if you’re looking for an area that truly has something for everyone, then this is it! One of the main attractions in Pigeon Forge is Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, hailed as one of the best theme parks in the world. My husband Michael and I both felt the honor was well-deserved! The park is very clean and well maintained, with some of the most amazing roller…Read more
Take a Break from the Sun and Sand at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum

Take a Break from the Sun and Sand at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum

Top photo source  My husband Michael and I spent an awesome week in Virginia Beach last month and we thoroughly enjoyed the lively, 3-mile-long ocean boardwalk, the exciting attractions, the amusement rides, and the many other fun-in-the-sun activities Virginia Beach has to offer. The weather was sunny and hot…perfect conditions for a fun-filled beach vacation. Sometimes too perfect!   One day, needing a little break from the sun and sand, Michael suggested we check out the Military Aviation Museum, a short 20 minute drive from the Boardwalk.  I admit this was not my first choice for…Read more
A Sweet Spot in Sweetwater, Tennessee: The Lost Sea

A Sweet Spot in Sweetwater, Tennessee: The Lost Sea

Sweetwater, Tennessee is a lovely town nestled in the rolling hills between Chattanooga and Knoxville. It is a peaceful place; a respite from the hustle and bustle most of us have to deal with in our everyday lives. But people don’t only come to Sweetwater to chill out; they  come for the rich history and to explore nature, for the unique shops and eateries, and for the wide variety of attractions, including The Lost Sea, the largest underground lake in America.  Located deep within the Craighead Caverns, The Lost Sea was discovered in 1905…Read more
Celebrate America and The Father of American Music This Holiday Weekend in Kentucky

Celebrate America and The Father of American Music This Holiday Weekend in Kentucky

Kentuckians will not only be celebrating the birth of America’s independence this 4th of July, but also the birth of America’s first great songwriter, Stephen Foster. Born on July 4, 1826, Foster was a frequent visitor to Federal Hill, the Rowan family’s Georgian-style mansion in Bardstown, a charming community located in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. He immortalized Federal Hill in his hauntingly beautiful song, “My Old Kentucky Home”, which later became Kentucky’s official state song.  The celebration will take place on Saturday, July 2nd, at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, home…Read more
Hit Virginia’s Skyline Drive for an Unforgettable Road Trip

Hit Virginia’s Skyline Drive for an Unforgettable Road Trip

“Road trip!” Those words are music to the ears of someone who loves to travel as much as I do! Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against flying or cruising or even riding the rails, as they say. But there’s just something special about getting behind the wheel and hitting the road!  I just got back from an incredible road trip on the Skyline Drive, a 105 mile National Scenic Byway that runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. This scenic mountaintop highway winds its way along the crest of…Read more
Houma, Louisiana: Experience Bayou Country’s Best Museums

Houma, Louisiana: Experience Bayou Country’s Best Museums

Top photo source: flickr user Michael McCarthy In the heart of Louisiana’s Bayou Country lies Houma, a city heralded as a nature lover’s paradise. Here you’ll find over 2,500 square miles of swamps and wetlands, breathtaking scenery, world-class fishing, birding sanctuaries, nature preserves, and so much more. But Houma (located in the Atchafalaya Basin, just 55 miles from New Orleans), is also a city that’s proud of her cultural heritage and is home to some wonderfully diverse museums. Here are a few I found especially interesting: Houma’s Regional Military Museum commemorates the sacrifices…Read more
See Spring in Living Color: Two Incredible Public Gardens in Georgia

See Spring in Living Color: Two Incredible Public Gardens in Georgia

The Southeast has some of the most beautiful public gardens in the country and now that spring has officially sprung, this is the perfect time of year to pay them a visit. Two amazing gardens I highly recommend are in Georgia: the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Atlanta and Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, just an hour southwest of Atlanta. Atlanta Botanical Gardens is a great place to visit any time of the year, but it’s especially beautiful in the spring, when the tulips, daffodils, crocuses, and hyacinths are in bloom. I went last…Read more
Beat the Winter Blues at the Clearwater Sea Blues Festival

Beat the Winter Blues at the Clearwater Sea Blues Festival

For many of my friends up north, winter is looked upon as a necessary evil they must endure until they can once again experience the delightful days of spring. I keep telling them that they don’t have to wait; all they have to do is head down to Florida and they’ll be able to bask in the warm sun, enjoy the beautiful beaches, and attend lots of fun events and activities. One event I am especially looking forward to is the Clearwater Sea Blues Festival, which takes place February 19 – 21 at…Read more