“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers – Tunica, MS

“The Way We Worked” – Smithsonian’s Amazing Tribute to American Workers – Tunica, MS

Every day, Americans are hard at work doing whatever it takes to keep this great nation of ours thriving. Whether on farms or in factories, offices or classrooms, on the streets or in outer space, work is and always has been a major part of all of our lives. The Smithsonian Institute is recognizing and celebrating the American worker (past and present) through a wonderful traveling exhibit called “The Way We Worked”.  “The Way We Worked” shows the history of Americans working together, predominantly through powerful photographs culled from the national archive’s rich…Read more
The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum – It’s a Home Run!

The Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum – It’s a Home Run!

Photo from Louisville Slugger Facebook page. Call me un-American, but I'm really not a huge fan of baseball. So when I recently decided to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, I brought my two nephews who are baseball fanatics. Having them there really enhanced the experience, but I realized that even if you can't name a single current MLB player (like me), you will still enjoy this factory tour and museum. When you arrive at the museum, the first thing you see is a 120’ tall baseball bat. The Big Bat,…Read more
Drink In the Fun at Atlanta’s “World of Coca Cola”

Drink In the Fun at Atlanta’s “World of Coca Cola”

Top image source: Flickr/CarrieLu It's one of the world's most iconic brands and it's headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. If you want to learn about and experience the most famous soft drink on earth, you'll love the "World of Coca Cola."  Step foot inside the Lobby and you'll see: this is light-years beyond a standard factory tour. The World of Coca-Cola is a museum, interactive expo, art gallery, bottling facility and a soft-drink tasting experience. The building contains over 1,200 Coke artifacts from all over the world, dating back as far as 1905. Displays show…Read more
It’s Always Party Time in Pensacola, FL

It’s Always Party Time in Pensacola, FL

  Some 450 years ago, Spanish galleons sailed into Pensacola Bay, and explorer Don Tristan de Luna led an expedition ashore to establish the first European settlement in America. This historic landing is the basis of numerous celebrations every year, making Pensacola a destination where it’s always easy to find a festival or special event.  Flags of five governments have flown over Pensacola – Spain, France, England, the Confederacy and the United States – and an organization called the Fiesta of Five Flags organizes an array of activities every year. Its calendar includes the DeLuna Treasure Hunt, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival, the Fiesta Sand Sculpture Contest, the…Read more
One Cow at a Time in Little Rock

One Cow at a Time in Little Rock

Sometimes a vacation experience can be enjoyable and serious at the same time. That’s true at Heifer Village on the campus of Heifer International in downtown Little Rock. Its neighbor, the Clinton Presidential Library, gets loads of attention, but the hands-on learning experience of Heifer Village has a special appeal, too. Heifer International is a global nonprofit whose goal is to end hunger and poverty. That’s a tall order, but it’s been working on it one family and one cow at a time since 1944. In truth, it’s not just cows. Heifer International also provides sheep, rabbits, honeybees, chicks, ducks, goats, geese, pigs, llamas, water buffalo and…Read more
“Start Your Engines” for NASCAR’s Main Event – the Daytona 500!

“Start Your Engines” for NASCAR’s Main Event – the Daytona 500!

One of the things February is known for is the Super Bowl, the most anticipated and watched sporting event of the year. But actually, there's another huge sporting event that takes place in February, and it's much more fast-paced and exciting than the football match-up. It's the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”, the Daytona 500. Held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, this main event is a 500 mile long NASCAR Sprint Cup motor race, and is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR…Read more
Hot Springs, Arkansas: Take a Long, Hot Soak on a Chilly Winter Day

Hot Springs, Arkansas: Take a Long, Hot Soak on a Chilly Winter Day

  147 degrees.   That’s the temperature of the mineral water bubbling out of the ground in 47 spots around Hot Springs, Arkansas. And in the midst of one the country's coldest winters, I can't think of anything nicer than taking a good, long soak in these natural, healing waters.    Folks have always gathered at these founts, from pre-history American Indians to today’s vacationers, to wash their cares away. A storied history swirls around the healing waters. Recognized as the first national preserve in the U.S., the area attracted bathers galore before the Civil War. Gangsters, including…Read more
Experience Louisiana’s Christmas Eve Bonfire Tradition

Experience Louisiana’s Christmas Eve Bonfire Tradition

Leave it to the Cajuns to redefine the meaning of "Christmas lights". For miles along the levees of the Mississippi River, Christmas Eve in St. James Parish, Louisiana is ushered in by over a hundred enormous bonfires. Although not everyone agrees on how the Christmas bonfire tradition began, most people do agree that there's a real beauty to the 20-foot flames that light up the night sky. Some believe it began as a way to light the path for those attending Christmas Eve Mass after dark. Others think it was started as a…Read more
Asheville NC’s Mecca of Gingerbread Artistry

Asheville NC’s Mecca of Gingerbread Artistry

There's a spicy-sweet smell wafting through the air in Asheville, NC. That's because the biggest gingerbread throw-down in the U.S. happens here at the Omni Grove Park Inn. Gingerbread artists from across the country converge here in November for the chance to have their creation take top prize in the National Gingerbread House Competition. These ain't your grandma's gingerbread houses! Those who compete in Asheville are decorating masters, elevating a simple recipe of flour, sugar and spices to extremely detailed, complex, artistic tableaus of holiday scenes, animals, and vehicles - with precision, beauty…Read more
Visit the Spirit of Christmas Past in Williamsburg, VA

Visit the Spirit of Christmas Past in Williamsburg, VA

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia is a living time capsule of a thriving early American colony. No matter what season you come, you leave life as you know it behind. You become an 18th century traveler to the early years of the American Revolution, a time when our country's freedom and independence was taking shape. But visit during the month of December, and you'll step back into Christmas 1775.  All of the original homes, shops, taverns and public places that stood more than 300 years ago are entirely decorated in a festive array. The city…Read more