Fort Moultrie, SC: 170 Years of Protecting our Nation

Fort Moultrie, SC: 170 Years of Protecting our Nation

I've visited Charleston, South Carolina many times, but for some reason, I never made it out to Fort Sumter…probably because there’s always been some much to see and do in the city itself! Well, during my most recent visit, I finally remedied that! (Read about my visit to Fort Sumter here.) Inspired by that visit, I decided to take in another nearby citadel, Fort Moultrie.  Located on Sullivan’s Island, Fort Moultrie was built to protect Charleston, which it did quite nicely when British warships attacked on June 28, 1776. (This battle was actually America’s…Read more
Fort Sumter, SC: First Battle of the Civil War

Fort Sumter, SC: First Battle of the Civil War

Top photo credit Charleston, South Carolina, is a charming city, known for its rich history and its world-famous southern hospitality. There’s so much to see and do in this captivating locale, but make sure you budget in some time to venture out to one of the area’s premier attractions, Fort Sumter. Fort Sumter is an island fortification located in Charleston Harbor, and is most famous for being the site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. After South Carolina succeeded from the Union, they wanted the Union forces stationed there…Read more
Meridian, MS: One of the Largest July 4th Celebrations Around

Meridian, MS: One of the Largest July 4th Celebrations Around

Celebrating Independence Day with parades, barbecues, music, and fireworks has been an American tradition almost from the beginning. Congress first authorized pyrotechnics as part of 4th of July celebrations in 1777, and today, more than 14,000 fireworks displays go off across the nation every July 4th. The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays and this year, I’ll be in Mississippi attending Meridian’s July 4th Celebration at Bonita Lakes, which just happens to be one of the largest Independence Day events in the area. Bonita Lakes opens its gates at 3:30…Read more
Corinth, MS: The Crossroads of the Confederacy

Corinth, MS: The Crossroads of the Confederacy

I know I'm lucky.  I get the opportunity to travel all over this great country of ours and see all she has to offer.  And,  in my humble opinion, you just can’t beat the Southeast! This region really has something for everyone: beautiful beaches, gorgeous natural settings, all types of art and culture, fine dining and accommodations, and more history than in any other area of America. The Southeast is an especially popular destination for Civil War buffs, and if you fall into that category, or even if you're just curious about this…Read more
Spend a Hot and Spicy Day on Avery Island

Spend a Hot and Spicy Day on Avery Island

You may not have heard of Avery Island, LA and the name Edmund McIlhenny may not immediately ring a bell. But you are almost certain to be familiar with a product manufactured here by the McIlhenny family since 1868 — the peppery-hot condiment called Tabasco Sauce. Driving over the small toll bridge onto Avery Island, I know I've arrived at my destination as I notice the peppery-vinegar smell wafting through the air from the Tabasco factory that starts as a mild whiff and gets stronger the closer I get. Most visitors come here…Read more
Macon, GA’s Pinkest Party on Earth

Macon, GA’s Pinkest Party on Earth

They call the International Cherry Blossom Festival “the Pinkest Party on Earth” for good reason. Every March, Macon basks in the glory of more than 300,000 cherry trees that produce more cherry blossoms than any city in the world – Washington, D.C., included. Japan’s consul general even proclaimed Macon the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World"! This annual festival takes place in mid-March (March 19- April 4 this year) and has won many awards and accolades, including being named a Top 20 Event in the South, and a Top 50 Event in the U.S.…Read more
Mardi Gras Masks, Music and Merriment in Mobile, Alabama

Mardi Gras Masks, Music and Merriment in Mobile, Alabama

For many people, when they think about Mardi Gras celebrations, they think New Orleans. That's understandable because it's usually the Big Easy's iconic festivities that are associated with the carnival season in America. Many historians believe that the earliest Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers landed near what would become New Orleans, dubbed the area Point du Mardi Gras, and held a small celebration there. However, the first organized carnival in America actually occurred in Mobile, Alabama in 1703, 15 years before New Orleans was founded. And in…Read more
Memphis, TN: Beale is the Real Deal

Memphis, TN: Beale is the Real Deal

I was chatting with a friend of mine about traveling (of course!) and when I told her I was looking forward to my upcoming trips to Memphis, TN to revisit one of my all-time favorite destinations, Beale Street, she had no idea what I was talking about! At first I thought she was joking: Beale Street is one of America's most famous thoroughfares and one of Memphis' most popular tourist destinations. It's listed on the national register of historic places. But more than that, Beale Street is quite significant in the history of American music,…Read more
“Starry Nights” Lights Up the Holiday Sky in Memphis, TN

“Starry Nights” Lights Up the Holiday Sky in Memphis, TN

The holidays are a time of traditions, and one of the Southeast’s favorite holiday traditions is experiencing the wonders of the Orion Starry Night show at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis Tennessee. What makes this dazzling light show special? First, it's one of the largest drive-through Christmas light shows in the Mid-South, with over 2 million lights illuminating the night sky. And secondly, they pay homage to their Memphis roots, with 14 new displays (in addition to the old favorites) depicting some of the best known and beloved areas of Memphis, including Graceland, The Memphis Zoo, Beale…Read more
Escape to Snow Mountain, Atlanta’s Wintry Wonderland

Escape to Snow Mountain, Atlanta’s Wintry Wonderland

Most of the time, winter doesn't bother us that much down in the Southeast, which probably explains why there are so many Yankees living among us. While we do occasionally get a bit of snow, it's nothing like the piles of white stuff they get up north. While it can be an inconvenience, I know some of us get a little "snow envy", longing for a beautiful crystal-white landscape and the fun activities that go with it. Well, no worries, because you don’t have to leave the southeast to experience walking (and playing!) in…Read more