Arkansas’ Biggest New Year’s Celebration is in Fayetteville

Arkansas’ Biggest New Year’s Celebration is in Fayetteville

The traditional New Year’s song asks “should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?” (i.e.. the good old days).  Well, I’ll never forget a “good old day” that I experienced last year, on December 31 to be exact. Since I was fortunate enough to be in Arkansas for the holidays, I figured I’d check out the debut of “Last Night Fayetteville”, a new celebration of community arts taking place on the Fayetteville Square to honor the outgoing year and welcome the incoming one. Turns out, it was such a big…Read more
Santa’s Safari and Polar Express at Kentucky’s Louisville Zoo

Santa’s Safari and Polar Express at Kentucky’s Louisville Zoo

  I guess at this time of the year, one can safely assume that Santa Claus is holed up at the North Pole and will be until all of his gifts have been delivered on Christmas day.  But if you're in the Louisville, Kentucky area you are in luck because once again, Santa is planning on taking a break from his work so that he can visit the locals (and the town’s many visitors) at the Louisville Zoo. And this year the Mrs. will be joining him so that she can meet the…Read more
Santa’s Village in Huntsville, AL: Don’t miss this event of the year!

Santa’s Village in Huntsville, AL: Don’t miss this event of the year!

  Christmas is just around the corner, and as the song says, “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.” A nice sentiment if you’re spending the holidays up North, but wishing for snow when you’re down South is usually futile. Unless, of course, you happen to be at Santa’s Village in Huntsville, Alabama, where it snows every 20 minutes! I’m not that surprised, because if anyone can make it snow, it’s the jolly old elf himself.   Santa's Village is truly a magical experience for kids of all ages!  You get…Read more
Experience the First Christmas At the Living Nativity in Searcy, AK

Experience the First Christmas At the Living Nativity in Searcy, AK

  As it turns out, this was exactly what I needed. I'd spent the day squeezing through throngs of Christmas shoppers, watching people fight over parking spots and not accomplishing much other than getting trampled by "holiday spirit". And so, as it turns out, what I really needed was a visit to The Living Nativity in Searcy, AK. It was just the remedy to pull me out of the holiday commercialization vortex and remind me what the season is supposed to be about. Searcy's First Assembly of God recreates the very first Christmas…Read more
An Illuminating Holiday Experience in W. Virginia

An Illuminating Holiday Experience in W. Virginia

Wheeling, West Virginia is a great destination any time of year, but especially around the Christmas season.  That's when the city becomes host to one of the most amazing Christmas light displays in the US. Every year, the Oglebay Resort & Conference Center presents their annual Winter Festival of Lights, one of the most popular holiday attractions in the country. Besides being listed as one of the "Top Ten Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S." by AOL Travel, it’s been featured on the Travel Channel’s “Extreme Christmas Celebrations” special, and is on…Read more
Southern Discomfort: Experience a paranormal hotspot in Louisiana

Southern Discomfort: Experience a paranormal hotspot in Louisiana

With Halloween just around the corner, you'll most likely be seeing lots of ghosts in the next few days. But there are places in the Southeast where you can see ghosts year round. If that’s your thing, then you absolutely must pay a visit to The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. It has been hailed as "one of America's most haunted homes" by many magazines (including the NY Times, Forbes, and Travel and Leisure), and on TV (The Oprah Show, the History channel, the Travel channel, to name just a few.)  In…Read more
Kiawah Island, S.C.: a Lowcountry Beach and Golf Paradise

Kiawah Island, S.C.: a Lowcountry Beach and Golf Paradise

  Labor Day has come and gone and for some, that means summer is officially over.  Not here in the Southeast states, though!  I'm not yet ready to pack away my whites and well-worn flip flops and reach for the sweaters and boots.  No...there’s still many more beautiful beach days ahead and for me, that means another trip to Kiawah Island, recognized as one of the best beaches in South Carolina. And now that the 2012 PGA Championship is over (yes, the golfing here is that good!  It is home to five world-renowned…Read more
3-2-1…Blastoff! Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Thrills All Ages

3-2-1…Blastoff! Florida’s Kennedy Space Center Thrills All Ages

When I heard  that Neil Armstrong, the commander of the Apollo Space mission and the first man to walk on the moon, had passed away, it made me recall an incredible visit I took to The Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, FL recently. Armstrong was just one of the many brave men and women who journeyed into space from the Kennedy Space Center and you can get a wonderful taste of it all by visiting the exciting and educational KSC Visitors’ Complex.  Let me just say up front that the admission price is not cheap, and then…Read more
West Virginia is a Hot Spot for Hot Glass Artists

West Virginia is a Hot Spot for Hot Glass Artists

  West Virginia has long been known for its many skilled artisans who create high-quality, handmade crafts and beautiful artwork.  But fewer people are aware that West Virginia is a mecca for glass production and that the state has been home to world-class "glass masters" for centuries. West Virginia's rich heritage of glass production goes back to the early 1800s when it was discovered that the state had a wealth of silica sand, stone and other natural resources used in the glass making process. At the glass industry’s height, there were over 500 glass-making…Read more
“Vicksburg is the key” to a memorable Mississippi trip

“Vicksburg is the key” to a memorable Mississippi trip

Since I write about travel in the Southeast U.S., I naturally have visited many Civil War sites and parks. I never get tired of them because they offer an amazing connection to a major chapter in our nation's development. Quite often, a battle site is simply an open field of green grass, some grave markers, some statues.  The significance comes through knowing what happened there and invoking a bit of imagination. Vicksburg, Mississippi is the site of a very pivotal battle. During the Civil War, capturing Vicksburg, was so crucial to the Union forces…Read more