Swamps, Gators and Indians in Houma, LA

Swamps, Gators and Indians in Houma, LA

  What's becoming a hot tourist destination, enjoying a rise in popularity and maybe even a bit of glamour?  The swamps of Houma, Louisiana! Right in the heart of swamp-land, Houma has been offering great tours of the back bayous and wetlands for many years. Now, with the success of the History channel's show "Swamp People", the tourists are coming in droves to see reality TV's newest cool destination, to experience a bit of bayou life and to mingle with these down-to-earth, hard-working Cajun folk.  Houma and the surrounding areas offer plenty of…Read more
Discover the Wonders of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Discover the Wonders of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Having traveled to so many wonderful places, and seeing plenty of incredible things, I think I have finally found my dream house…that is, as long as I don’t have to do the cleaning! That’s because my dream house has 250 rooms, 34 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms…well, you get the idea!   I'm at the Biltmore House, the largest privately-owned home in the United States, in Asheville, North Carolina. The Estate was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895, and it’s still owned by one of Vanderbilt’s descendants. The house and its…Read more
Chincoteague Island’s Wild Pony Swim — a Virginia Tradition

Chincoteague Island’s Wild Pony Swim — a Virginia Tradition

Off the coast of northern Virginia is a unique beach resort area called Chincoteague Island.    An idyllic enclave of Virginia's southern hospitality, Chincoteague offers all the elements of a perfect sand-and-surf vacation spot: boating, fishing, kayaking, crabbing, swimming and safe, pristine beaches. While vacationers treasure the area for these features, it's not the beachy perfection that draws the largest number of visitors each year. It's the ponies.   Chincoteague ponies are a very special breed of wild horses that live along the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge on nearby Assateague Island. Although the entire Island…Read more
St. Augustine, FL – The Fountain of Youth in America’s Oldest City

St. Augustine, FL – The Fountain of Youth in America’s Oldest City

Wherever I travel, I am always fascinated by the history of the area I’m visiting. Granted, as we tour the U.S., we may not have the opportunity to visit castles where Kings and Queens reigned, or view ancient coliseums Romans battled, or see the amazingly small but highly efficient ships the Vikings used to explore their world. Let's face it:  in comparison, America is just a baby! But that doesn't mean we don't have our fair share of fascinating history, too. And there's no better place to start than America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. Located near Jacksonville on Florida's east…Read more
A Visit with Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, TN

A Visit with Jack Daniels in Lynchburg, TN

Could one of the largest industries in America really be tucked away in the rolling hills of Moore County Tennessee? It sure could - and it is! Lynchburg, a small town of about 5,500 residents is home to the Jack Daniel Whiskey Distillery - the oldest registered distillery in the United States. Over 250,000 people visit the distillery every year…for FREE!                                                       I took the tour and…Read more
Top U.S. Beaches Right Here in the Southeast!

Top U.S. Beaches Right Here in the Southeast!

Recently, Trip Advisor published its Travelers' Choice 2012 Beach Destinations, listing the Top 10 Beach Destinations in the U.S.  Not surprisingly, 7 of those spots are in the beautiful, coastal Southeast states and of those, 5 are in Florida.  Here's an excerpt from the list to help you plan your best beach vacation right here in the Southeast: Saint Pete Beach, Florida -- St. Petersburg draws visitors with its museums, beautiful parks and the St. Petersburg Pier, but the main attraction is its pristine white sand beaches, clear gulf waters, warm sunshine. >> more information…Read more
Shreveport is Mad for Mudbugs!

Shreveport is Mad for Mudbugs!

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 24-27, 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 Shreveport, Mudbug Madness has become one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular festivals, featuring well-known Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists,…Read more
Experience “The Hunger Games” on location in North Carolina!

Experience “The Hunger Games” on location in North Carolina!

  Remember when the movie "The DaVinci Code" came out and suddenly European travel promos were advertising DaVinci tours, featuring visits to many of the pivotal spots mentioned in the story? More recently, the Twilight movie series gave a boost to travel in Washington state.  Now, North Carolina's got its own Hollywood blockbuster to promote -- "The Hunger Games".  From waterfalls near Hendersonville to abandoned buildings in Shelby, the film, which opened in March 2012 was shot entirely in North Carolina.    If you've been living under a rock and haven't heard about…Read more
Fast Horses and High Fashion Converge at The Kentucky Derby!

Fast Horses and High Fashion Converge at The Kentucky Derby!

It's one of the most exciting two minutes in sports! Also known as "The Run for the Roses", the Kentucky Derby is held each year on the first weekend in May at Louisville’s Churchill Downs.  This year, the big event falls on May 5. The Kentucky Derby itself is just a one-and-one-quarter mile horse race, over in about two minutes but, as the first leg of the "Triple Crown", horse-racing's highest achievement, it's an important event.  Live attendance at the Derby surpasses that of any other major stakes race in the United States.…Read more