Star-Spangled Celebration in Baton Rouge

Star-Spangled Celebration in Baton Rouge

Situated on the east bank of the majestic Mississippi River, Baton Rouge is always a great place to visit.  The city boasts southern hospitality laced with French savoir faire and a dash of zesty Cajun fun. And even though Baton Rouge is the state capitol and Louisiana's second largest city, it still has a nice, easy-going, “sleepy” feel to it.   But Baton Rouge is an especially great place to visit on the Fourth of July. Besides all of the other great things this thriving city has to offer, they host the annual…Read more
Shreveport, LA is Mad for Mudbugs

Shreveport, LA is Mad for Mudbugs

  Note: this is a repeat of last year's Mudbug Madness blog, but all the dates and details have been updated for 2013 Accordions and fiddles belt out a lively Zydeco rhythm and the smell of boiled crawfish fills the air.  It's the annual Mudbug Madness Festival in Shreveport, LA and you don't want to miss it! On May 23-26, this northern Louisiana city takes on a south LA flavor and celebrates the crawfish or "mudbug" with Cajun food and music that define its southern traditions. Beginning in the eighties as a two-day street festival in downtown…Read more
Hernando, MS: Home to One of the U.S.’s Best Farmer’s Markets

Hernando, MS: Home to One of the U.S.’s Best Farmer’s Markets

  Coming across a great farmer's market in the U.S. Southeast may not be cause in itself for a blog entry.  I mean, there are so many farm stands and fresh produce markets that start to pop up in the springtime, that it's hard to single out one that is notable in one way or another.  And yet, there is one that I think bears a special mention. If you're lucky enough to live in northern Mississippi, you most likely already know the place because the Hernando Farmer's Market has been voted the best…Read more
Hug That Tiger, Cuddle That Kangaroo

Hug That Tiger, Cuddle That Kangaroo

                                                Did you know tiger cubs don’t purr? But they do cuddle and play just like a typical house cat. And, you don’t have to watch from the other side of a fence or wall to find out.   At the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, you can have a hands-on encounter with several kinds of baby animals. Each spring, Zoo Director Patti Hall brings in tiger cubs,…Read more
Cool Temps, Hot Bluegrass at Cumberland Caverns in TN

Cool Temps, Hot Bluegrass at Cumberland Caverns in TN

There's a unique theater in McMinnville, TN that began construction 3.5 million years ago. That's when geologists estimate Cumberland Caverns started forming in the limestone hills of Middle Tennessee. For most of those millions of years, the caverns have been silent, but when nature designs an acoustically pure and perfect place, you have to find a way to honor it.   Once a month, 333 feet below the ground, the otherwise perpetual quiet of Cumberland Caverns gives way to an amazing aural experience in the "Bluegrass Underground", a live concert series featuring some of the country's biggest acts in bluegrass music.…Read more
Art, Music and Rail-Riding in the Mountains: Elkins, West Virginia

Art, Music and Rail-Riding in the Mountains: Elkins, West Virginia

                                  Elkins probably isn’t what you’d expect a little mountain town in West Virginia to be... For a long time, it was a railroad town, but the railroad left in 1997, abandoning a 23-acre rail yard on Main Street. What’s a town to do? It has taken years, a lot of vision and tons of work, but Elkins is practically the complete package today that combines the natural beauty of West Virginia, art and all types of music –…Read more
Hollywood Meets Southern Hospitality in Savannah, GA

Hollywood Meets Southern Hospitality in Savannah, GA

                Savannah, Georgia is one of the most beautiful cities in America, a wonderful place to visit or call home. The historic district is alive with creativity, art, culture, theatre and boasts examples of just about every architectural style of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The cobbled waterfront on the Savannah River is edged by towering old cotton warehouses. The fact is, a lot of Savannah’s visitors find the city so endearing (the city squares, monuments, parks, historic homes, churches and the largest Historic Landmark District…Read more
5 Mardi Gras Destinations that May Surprise You: New Orleans is NOT the only place for Fat Tuesday fun

5 Mardi Gras Destinations that May Surprise You: New Orleans is NOT the only place for Fat Tuesday fun

  Where will you be celebrating Mardi Gras this weekend? Mardi Gras is this coming Tuesday, Feb. 12th and celebrations all over will ramp up this weekend leading up to the big event. There are some people who make their plans months in advance and wouldn't think of celebrating Mardi Gras anywhere else besides New Orleans. There are others who would love to partake in the fun and celebration but think that NOLA is too crowded, too wild and crazy or a bit raucous and risqué for a family with kids.  The great…Read more
Visit the African-American Museum in Hattiesburg, MS

Visit the African-American Museum in Hattiesburg, MS

Since 1976, every one of our U.S. presidents has officially designated February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of the incredible achievements African Americans have made in helping to shape this great country of ours. I really got a sense of the role these heroes played in the history of our country when I visited the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The museum is located inside the East Sixth Street USO Club, which was built in 1942 to house African American soldiers stationed at Camp Shelby. This was a…Read more
Pass the Time at Pass-A-Grill Beach in St. Pete, FL

Pass the Time at Pass-A-Grill Beach in St. Pete, FL

When I stumbled upon Pass-a-Grille, the southernmost, quaint resort town on the St. Pete Beach stretch of white sandy beaches, little did I know that TripAdvisor.com had voted it the #1 attraction in the St. Pete area. But after spending some time at Pass-a-Grille Beach, I’m not surprised. This little piece of paradise is the perfect spot to unwind, relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. And if you are more the “get-up-and-go” type, there are also plenty of things to do in this vibrant community. There are galleries and shops to explore, a…Read more