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Sanford and Wekiwa Springs
Published in Family RVing Magazine 12-1-2019
There's more to Florida than theme parks and tee shirt shops.

Swim Through a River of Lights
Published in Weekender Extended 12-10-2019
There’s a reason Travel Channel cites Albuquerque Bio Park Botanical Gardens as on of the top 12 in the country.

Ghost Ranch: Past and Present
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 12-13-2019
As you drive into Ghost Ranch, you are going to be driving slowly. That’s because the eye-catching beauty of the mountains surround you. You would not be human if you didn’t stop to stare at such overwhelming beauty.

Beaumont--Port Arthur where Music Lives
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 12-2-2019
The Beaumont, Port Arthur area is called the Golden Triangle in reference to the wealth that flowed in after the oil gusher at Spindletop. It could also be called “Golden” in regard to the number of gold records local musicians have earned.

Two Casitas Offer an Old Santa Fe Welcome
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 11-26-2019
Nothing is more welcoming on a cold night than a warm fire flickering in an old fashioned cast iron stove. It’s really a gas heater but it looks and feels like a real old fashioned wood one.

Alien Touch in Roswell
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 11-7-2019
Say “Roswell, New Mexico” and everyone’s first thought is “aliens.” Mine too. That’s way I am so thrilled to be here today exploring the unknown. My first stop naturally was the International UFO Museum & Research Center.

Treasures in Oklahoma City
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 11-5-2019
Oklahoma City is filled with treasures I discovered yesterday and probably many more I did not have time to visit. My stay began at the historic 21C Museum Hotel.

A Brand New Event: First Southern Cast Iron Cook Off
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 11-4-2019
I’m in Lake Charles and just visited the very first Southern Cast Iron Cook-Off. Picture Cajun food and culture, music, venders offering samples of and information about everything from alligators to cast iron pots and pans.

Bay Blues
Published Weekender Extended 11-1-2019
One Hundred Men Hall is one of Bay St Louis’s best kept secrets.

The Secret Coast
Published in American Roads and Global Highways 10-30-2019
The Secret Coast won’t stay a secret much longer. There is so much going on along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast now.

Is It Still Midnight in Savannah?
Published in World Footprints 10-23-2019
Since its founding in 1733, Savannah, Georgia has drawn visitors both temporal and spiritual, and the spooky occurrences noted throughout its history make for a thrilling experience. Here is a glimpse into the haunted history of Savannah.

 

Blend History with Food

Published in Weekender Extended 9-4-2019
While it’s hard to tear yourself away from the fascinating historic places related to the Battle of Franklni, like Carter House and Carnton Plantation, you do have to eat. Don’t lose that historic feeling. Gray’s on Main Street is a mix of history, food and drink...


Tracking Bigfoot in Georgia

Published in Deep South Magazine 9-10-2019
Since the beginning of recorded history, there have been sightings of a large, apelike creature. The names differ—Yetti, Sasquatch, Bigfoot—but the legends have always existed. While they have been sighted all over the country and the world, sightings in the mountains of North Georgia are almost commonplace. One researcher in northeast Georgia has founded a museum and lab to investigate the creatures. Expedition Bigfoot opened in Cherry Log in Gilmer County in February of 2016.


DeKalb County’s Terrific Trio

Published in American Roads and Global Highways 9-5-2019
Did you know DeKalb County, Georgia has a trio of unusual and fascinating museums? I didn’t until I recently visited during Travel Media Showcase.


Stone Mountain: Above it All

Published in American Roads and Global Highways 8-28-2019
Stone Mountain, a huge granite monolith towering over the landscape in DeKalb County, Georgia, is eye-candy in the highest form. Its Confederate heroes, carved in giant scale on its front, is carving is breathtaking. It’s the world’s largest bas-relief carving in North America on the largest granite outcropping.


Savannah for the Broke and Cheap

Published in American Roads and Global Highways 8-26-2019
If you’ve been putting off visiting Savannah because you think it’s expensive, think again. It can be costly especially parking but there are many free attractions well worth a visit. I just visited and had a wonderful time. There is so much to do there I will be writing about Savannah for months at least but for now, I’ll give you the skinny for doing Savannah almost free.

 

Elatse’Yi: Camping Without the Headaches

8-11-2019 in American Roads and Global Highways
In the not too distant past, if you wanted to get close to nature you needed to pack your camping supplies or hitch up your RV. I just did a magnificent close to nature trip with neither of those things. How? I went glamping in Ellijay in the North Georgia Mountains.

Southern Hospitality at its Peak, NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon

8-8-2019 in American Roads and Global Highways
NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee is more than a dining establishment. It’s a tribute to Nashville’s Country Music icons. It’s relatively new having opened in March 2018 and is booming. Location of course is important. It’s in the Cambria Nashville hotel putting it walking distance from the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Center, and the Johnny Cash/Patsy Cline Museums.

R and A Orchards: Country Fresh

8-6-2109 in American Roads and Global Highways
If an apple a day really keeps the doctor away, R and A Orchards in Gilmer County, Georgia can keep you in perfect health. In this era of not knowing where our food comes from, it’s a pleasure to visit a real family run orchard and produce store. Not just for the apples. They also grow peaches, corn, cabbage, green beans, strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and lots of other produce on about 146 acres.

Shiloh Military National Park

8-1-2019 in Weekender Extended
What more fun place to learn our History than a national park?

Build an Ark

8-4-2019 in American Roads and Global Highways
There are many fun things to visit in Ellijay, Georgia but there is one unusual place many people might miss. If you are an animal lover this one is a must-see. It’s Build an Ark Animal Rescue. When you drive up to Coosawattee River Tubing Company on Eagle Mountain Drive, you’ll see a big red barn with pasture in front.

Westville: The 1800s Return

7-20-2019 in American Roads and Global Highways
Long awaited Westville, a living history recreation of a typical Georgia town in the 1800s is now alive and in full swing again in Columbus, Georgia. Its authentic homes and building have been moved from around the state. It had begun in Lumpkin and was closed down for a good while to complete the move. I visited there this month and was transported back to the old days.

War is Hell on the Homefront too

7-21-2019 World Footprints
St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia is filled with history. Its newest museum, the World War II Home Front Museum, gives a different view of the war from typical accounts. Most WWII museums deal with the war in Europe; D- Day on Normandy Beach or battles in far-away Belgium. We all know the war impacted this country, but this museum shows how close it came to our own shores.

The Lone Writer Rides the Range

7-27-2019 in American Roads and Global Highways
“Return with me now to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the Lone Ranger rides again”--no make that the Lone Writer. Here at French Broad Outpost Dude Ranch in Eastern Tennessee, I’m getting as close to the old western days as you can get. I followed a gravel road that is not on most maps to the ranch.

Legacy of The Man in Black: Johnny Cash Museum

6-23-2019 in American Roads and Global Highways
One of the greatest musicians of our time is memorialized in a museum in downtown Nashville. Only a handful of musicians have left as large a footprint on Country Music as Johnny Cash. The Johnny Cash Museum is rated number one music museum in the world

Franklin, Tennessee’s Historic Trilogy

6-22-2019 in World Footprints
The battle of Franklin was a turning point in the Civil War. Most historians agree it was the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. The novel, Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, tells a fictionalized account from the viewpoint of a historical figure, Carrie Winder McGavock, whose family played a key role in its aftermath. But to get a complete picture of what happened in Franklin that day,.

 

Cross Hazzard County with Mayberry and you get Leiper's Fork

by Kathleen Walls

Leiper's Fork, Tennessee is one of the prettiest little towns you can find. It's no coincidence that as you drive into town, a bright orange car and a police cruiser catch your eye. It's the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard and Barney Fife's cruiser from the Andy Griffin Show. Leiper's Fork, just off the Natchez Trace, is very reminiscent of Mayberry or Hazzard County. However I never spotted a nefarious Boss Hogg type there. Read more

Eugenia Price's St. Simons

7-10-2019 Deep South Magazine

Eugenia Price made me fall in love with St. Simons Island long before I ever visited it. I was a young woman living in New Orleans when I discovered Price’s “Lighthouse” trilogy. Before I finished the first book, I knew two things: I was a lifelong fan, and I was going to visit St. Simons one day.

 

 

 

 

Glamping on Florida's East Coast

July 3, 2019 Weekender Extended

Suppose you love camping but your mate craves luxury hotels. There is a compromise; go glamping. I recently experienced glamping at its best using Glamping Hub and stayed at Headwaters Jupiter, an Eco Retreat on the Loxahatchee River. You would not believe how comfortable residing in three recycled shipping container can be.

 

 


Getting Catty at Jacksonville Zoo

Kathleen Walls

There are some places in Jacksonville a visitor should not miss. One of them is Jacksonville Zoo and Botanical Gardens. It's on the north side of Jacksonville and not in the main path of visitors headed into Jax's busy downtown.  It began back in 1914 and has grown ever since.  Read More.

 

 

 

Enjoy Regal Treatment at the King and Prince Resort

Kathleen Walls

Want to live like Royalty? That's easy. Visit The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island in Georgia. First off it's regally positioned right on the beach. It's more than just a hotel. The dining is both indoors and out depending on your mood. If you have had a hard day ruling your kingdom, let their luxurious spa massage your cares away. Read more.



Why Glamping?

Kathleen Walls

Are you having a Fourth of July travel fantasy?  Planning a trip offers lots of options. This year you might want to do something different, like glamping. For the uninitiated, glamping is a new way to travel. Glamping has turned camping from a rustic guy's-escape to an experience that combines the best of staying at a luxury hotel with getting back to nature.  Read more

 

 

Civil War History at a Crossroads


June 14, 2019 World Footprints

Shiloh, Mississippi monument. Photo: Kathleen Walls…they are slave or free.” Crossroads Interpretive Center Fountain. Photo Kathleen Walls A Fountain Represents the History of the U.S. Southern states are depicted on one side of the stream…Read more »

 

 

The Other Side of Corinth

Kathleen Walls

We all recognize Corinth as a history center. Its Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center detailing the Battle of Corinth and its importance in the Civil War is the first thing most of us think when we hear Corinth mentioned. I do love visiting those spots but here is another side of Corinth that makes it a fun place to visit. Read more.

 

 

Hidden Gem in Middle Tennessee

Kathleen Walls


Did you know there are hidden treasures in Middle Tennessee? I discovered a few in Perry County recently. If you're driving across Tennessee from Memphis to Nashville, Perry County  is a gem. Stop over and explore. Read more.

 

 

Commodore Hotel:History Meets Hospitality

Kathleen Walls

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in those years." Kathy and Michael Dumont live up to that slogan posted in the café of their Commodore Hotel in Linden, Tennessee.  Many people in retirement just take it easy and go with the flow. Not the Dumonts. In fact, they bucked the flow when they "retired" to the small town of Linden, in Perry County Tennessee named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Read more.

 

One Day in Columbus, Georgia

Kathleen Walls

If you just have a one-nighter in Columbus Georgia, here is the perfect way to enjoy your day; go whitewater rafting on the river, eat at SaltCellar, and stay at the Columbus Marriott. Read more.


 

McLemore House: A Step on Freedom's Ladder

Kathleen Walls

Franklin, Tennessee has a lot of stories to tell. Alma McLemore sat with me on the porch swing of McLemore House and told me some of that story. Alma's Porch Talks are famous around Franklin for telling about the town's African American history. Read more





Southern Food Festivals

June 9, 2019 Weekender Extended

Slugburger Festival - Corinth, Mississippi 
Andouille Festival – Laplace, Louisiana 
Ocala Culinary Festival 
Port Salerno Seafood Festival – Martin County, Florida 
Homosassa Arts, Crafts, & Seafood Festival – Homosassa Florida
A Taste of Glynn –St. Simons, Georgia
 


 

Westville: Something Old--Something New

Kathleen Walls

It's fun when something old gets refurbished to live again. But when that something gets a second rebirth it is really something unusual. This is happening now with Historic Westville.  You say you've never heard of Westville?  You will soon. It's quite a story. Read more.


OWA: Big Water

Kathleen Walls

I love to visit new places and watch them grow over the years. OWA in Foley, Alabama is just such a place. The name means big water in the Muscogee Creek language; appropriate since the destination was created and owned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. It's an amusement park; it's a shopping and dining location; it's an entertainment center. It's like a mini Branson. Read more





Ladies of Laura

 June 4, 2019 World Footprints

Laura Plantation House. Photo: Kathleen WallsWe think of southern ladies of yore as deferring to their gentlemen about anything concerning business. Not so with the ladies of Laura Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. Starting with Nanette Prud’Homme in 1808, the strong Creole women of this family managed the business of their sugar plantation in a masculine-oriented world until 1891.





Gangsters, Monkeys, and Mines

May 30-2019 World Footprints

What once was old is now new in Florida’s Marion County. One of the “newest” attractions in the city of Ocala, has roots going back nearly 100 years, commemorating an epic FBI shootout with a notorious gang that ended the era of gangsters in the United States. Other attractions in the north-central Florida area are even older—dating back to the 19th century, though they have been repurposed to offer a unique Florida experience.




The Real Cassadaga

Kathleen Walls

Cassadage Spiritualist Camp is one of the most unique places in Florida. It is possibly the most misunderstood as well.  So many people view mediums as charlatans at carnivals. Here you learn a completely different version. Read more




For Real Louisiana Food

Kathleen Walls

New Orleans is not the only place in Louisiana that you find mouth-watering dishes.  While you visit Antebellum plantations in the River Parishes, you can find a few places in the small city of LaPlace that can show some big-name chefs a thing or two. Read More

 

Spring into Saint Augustine

Kathleen Walls

There’s a reason why USA Today counted St. Augustine among the top 10 travel destination in America last year and it was one of only three Florida cities included in TripAdvisor’s Top U.S. 25 Destinations in 2015. If you haven’t visited in a decade and remember a sleepy little town, you won’t recognize this new Oldest City. Read more

Rock Shrimp Rock at Dixie Crossroads

Kathleen Walls


Seafood lovers, have you ever eaten rock shrimp? If not, head to Dixie Crossroads in Titusville, Florida as soon as you can. These little critters are delicious and there are not too many places you can find them. They are a cross between shrimp and lobster leaning heavily to the lobster side but having the shrimp size. The story of how Dixie Crossroads began serving them is almost as good as the tasty crustacean itself. Read more


What You Need to Know about RVing

Kathleen Walls

There has been a lot of interest in RVing. People who have never done any RVing are saying "That sounds like fun." It is but there are some things that make it different from traveling in a car that you need to know. So here's a little more about our GoRVing Minnie Winnie and what it takes for a successful RV trip. Read more

Our GoRVing Trip

By Kathleen Walls

Our GoRVing trip around Florida went full bore. Not always smoothly because we had some strange technical bumps in the road. Since we nicknamed out Minnie Winnie “Ma Barker,” we can blame our problems on the ghost of Fred Barker who must have become attached to Ma Barker. She was his mother after all. Well, maybe! Or maybe strange vibes affected the electronics on the road. I'll give you a quick rundown of our trip but there will be many more stories coming down the line about all the fascinating places. Read more

 

Fort Caroline: Where Jacksonville Began

Kathleen Walls

Jacksonville is fast making a mark on the tourism market. People come to see the art museums, like Cummer and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). They visit TIAA Bank Field to see the Jaguars play football.  Read More


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort:
Something for Everyone

Kathleen Walls


Nemacolin Woodlands Resort located on 200,000 scenic acres in the Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania can fulfill all of your dreams.  We stayed there last year for a Mid-Atlantic Travel Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Convention. This is far beyond its five-star rating. It's more than a hotel. It's a resort in the broadest sense of the word. RRead more

 

 

Butterflies Versus The Wall

 by Kathleen Walls

National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a small town near the southern border, is a modern day Garden of Eden. It is a favorite spot not only for butterflies but birds and other wildlife species. This 100-acre preserve is the largest native plant botanical garden in the country.  Read more.


Becker Farms: Agri Fun for All

by Kathleen Walls

Becker Farms in Gasport, New York, just a short drive from Niagara Falls is the kind of place every community needs. Imagine farm fresh and U-pick produce coupled with locally produced beer and wine. Add to that rental cabin for a romantic weekend and all kinds of events and you have a perfect agri tourism spot. Read more

 

 


                                  
  Detroit Foundation Hotel: Something Old, Something New

You know a city has come of age when they repurpose a classic piece of their history. Detroit has done just that with the new Foundation Hotel. It opened the 100-room boutique hotel in May 2017 in what was once in the Detroit Fire Department headquarters.


Drury Plaza Hotel:
It's More Than a Place to Lay Your Head


It's so nice when a historic building gets refurbished for a new use. Such is the case in Pittsburgh. The Drury Plaza Hotel was once the Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh.  The Georgia marble faced Art Deco building began life in 1931 and was bought by the hotel in 2013 and began renovations in 2014. The Drury has kept many of the historic features.

 

Western New York’s New Onohsagwe:de’ Cultural Center

The Enchanted Mountains of Cattaraugus County, New York are the homeland of The Seneca Nation, one of six Native American tribes that formed a confederacy in the region. The largest of the six tribes, The Seneca, who lived in the Western part of the Confederacy, called themselves the Onondowa’ga,’ or “Keepers of the Western Door.” 

Capt. Tucker and Hercules. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Cajun Culture in Lafayette Parish

In Southern Louisiana, French Canadian migrants settled and intermingled with the existing community to create a unique ethnic group, the Cajuns, whose culture continues to thrive today. Visitors can learn more about the Cajuns through a visit to Lafayette Parish, where they can explore their history, customs, music and food.

Cajun Food: A Way of Life in Lafayette

Food is an intricate part of Cajun culture. Cafe Vermillionville, (circa 1835) was built as an inn for salesmen in Lafayette then named Vermillionville. During a Union occupation during the Civil war supposedly a Cajun shot a Union soldier for making advances at the man's wife. Rumors claim the old building is still haunted by the soldier as well a young female ghost. 

Moonshining is More Than a Business, It's a Legacy

Published in Salon 4-2018

 Fort Ligonier

 Long before United States was born, there was a world war. It started in the American
colonies and spread across Europe. There it was called the Seven Years' War.

From Slavery to Freedom:  Pittsburgh's Contribution

 Pittsburgh has so much history related to the Underground Railroad. Senator John Heinz History Center has an exhibit, From Slavery to Freedom, that tells the story...

Memorials To History

Memorials to History

Published in Family RVing in 11-2018

 Primanti Translates to Sandwich in Pittsburgh

 Say “sandwich” in Pittsburgh and it conjures up a different image than anywhere else in the world. In Pittsburgh, a sandwich is often a Primanti created by Joe Primanti during the depression.

 

Saxonburg: Best Pennsylvania Town You Never Heard of

Saxonburg, Pennsylvania is an example of what one immigrant can do for this country. John Roebling and his brother, Carl, came here in 1832 to escape totalitarian conditions in Germany.

 Exterior of Ziegler Cabin in Harmony, Pennslyvania. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Historic Harmony, PA

A half hour’s drive north of Pittsburgh, the tiny Western Pennsylvania town of Harmony, with a population of fewer than 1,000 people, has an unusual history that makes for a fascinating visit. Published in World Footprints

Haunted Butler County, PA

Butler County, PA has more than its share of ghost stories. Tiny Harmony, a National Historic Landmark District, was founded as a religious commune by George Rapp, a German Lutheran Separatist in 1804. Father Rapp had some... (Published in Weekender Extended Oct 3, 2018)

Exhibit of farmyard. Photo by Kathleen Walls

The Holocaust Museum  in Richmond

Some things should never be forgotten. The Holocaust is one of them. This story published in World Footprints takes you on a tour of  one of the most memorable museums you will ever visit.

Pumpkins in front of a barn

Pumpkinville

 

In Great Valley, New York, Pumkinville marks the fall season. Every September, fall fun lovers of all ages await the opening of Pumpkinville on the third Saturday of September. It runs through Halloween. The attraction, a cross between a roadside pumpkin seller and a festival, began in ...

Classy Casino Cuisine

Food may not be the first thing you think of when visiting a casino. Think again. Many of the casinos I have visited have some fabulous dining options from top of the line to economic buffets. Here are a few I recommend.

salad and scallops and grits

Upscale Dining in The Outer Banks  

The Outer Banks, barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, has so many good seafood restaurants gourmets will think they died and went to Heaven. 

Bandstand at Bakers Keyoard Lounge

Bakers Lounge: A Detroit Music Icon  

Baker's Keyboard Lounge offers dining and memories. It holds claim to being the oldest continuously operated jazz club in the world. All the biggest... 

Cast of The Lost colony play on stage

 American's Oldest Unsolved Mystery

American's oldest mystery has never been solved. The story began with the settlement of Roanoke in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The prelude was ...

antebellum home

Bloomsbury Inn

If you are tired of cookie cutter hotels and want a stay where you mix history, comfort, great good relaxing surroundings, cordial hosts and a friendly cat ...

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts is filled with more than 65,000 pieces of art from the earliest civilizations to the present day housed in over 100 galleries. A visitor from outer space could...

Detroit's Musical Heritage: More than Motown

Say "Detroit" and any music lover will think "Motown." Yes, Motown is a big part of Detroit's musical history but it's not the whole story...

Enchanted Mountains of New York

Cattaraugus County New York is known as the Enchanted Mountains for good reason. It may be a lesser known destination but there is so much to see and do among those picturesque mountains you will be enchanted.

 Rockefeller House at Carvers Creek State Park

North Carolina's Newest Treasure: Carvers Creek State Park

It's always exciting to watch a new state park develop. North Carolina's newest is Carvers Creek State Park. It was authorized in 2005 and opened the first stage in September 2013. 

 

Cheraw State Park 

Sometimes a state park is just a place to park your camper. At Cheraw State Park, it's a whole family adventure. Golfers will be ecstatic about the 18 hole championship course set in pine forest adjourning Jake Juniper. They will appreciate...

Niagara Falls

Mother Earth's Powerhouse: Niagara Falls 

There is nothing more beautiful than Mother Nature's most powerful places. Niagara Falls is one of those special places. I just returned from a visit there and was literally blown away. At the top of Cave of the Winds as I stood on Hurricane Deck...

large stone house known as the Wildwood Sanitarium

Wildwood Sanitarium: Do You Want to Spend The Night?

Today the stately stone building in Salamanca, New York looks deserted and run down but just looking you feel that there is a strange history. You would be right. First it was... 

  Field of American Flags at Fort Bragg's Airborne Museum

Fayetteville can Bragg

When it comes to the telling American war history, Fayetterville, North Carolina has bragging rights. Fort Bragg's 82d Airborne Division War Memorial Museum commemorates the sacrifices made by the 82 nd Airborne and Special Operation Troops in wars from...

Roomsized video at North Caralonia Aquarium Roanoke Island with alligator appearing to be near woman;s feet.

Watery Wonders at North Carolina Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a shimmering jewel in the Outer Banks. From the moment you step through the doors and are greeted with a unique preview of the resident sea life you are... 

Delicious Detroit

People are suprised when someone mentions Detroit as a top dining city. They shouldn't be. Motor City is filled with over-the-top dining. Here's a few. Published in Weekender Extended Sept 2018.

 

 

Etowah Indian Mounds: An Ancient Treasure

There's a time machne in Georgia. Etowah Indian Mounds near Cartersville in Bartow County take you back to before Hernando De Soto and his band of gold hunting explorers tramped across Northwest Georgia.... Published in Fall 2018 issue of Georgia Connector

 

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Living High in the Outer Banks


Where to stay and what to do in the Outer Banks. Published in Weekender Extended

First Choice Outer Banks


There is something to be said for being “The First.” My recent visit to the Outer Banks involved a lot of firsts. As I drove along Outer Banks Scenic Byway […]

Three Stops on the Trail of Tears


Chieftains Museum, New Echota, and Vann House help tell the story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears in Georgia. Published by World Footprints

The Rise and Fall of Goldsboro


Goldsboro, Florida, the second black incorporated city in the United States, which thrived and was involuntarily incorporated into Sanford. Published in World Footprints.

A little Bit of West Virginia Heaven: Capon Springs


Capon Springs’ story began in 1765 when a man named Henry Frye stumbled upon the spring. Of course Native Americans knew of the spring’s healing power

Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Legacy


Thomas Jefferson may have been our emerging nation’s most controversial figure.

Patsy Cline: Home is Where the Heart is


One of the most iconic names in country music history is Patsy Cline. She was the first female artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Saint Augustine’s Wild Side


Saint Augustine has so much to see and do in the historic and food areas. We sometimes forget the magnificent amounts of nature available there.

Birmingham’s Quirky Places


A visit to Birmingham’s quirky attractions. published in Weekender Extended
Pink honeysuyckle plant for header

Honeysuckle Teahouse: From Farm to Cup


Honeysuckle Tea House near Chapel Hill, North Carolina is a unique place in today’s world.

But Wait, There’s More


We tend to think of restaurants as separate entities but sometimes restaurants are part of something bigger. Here are a few that will offer you more than a meal.

Drop in on Ma Rainey


The singers of today who gain attention for their outrageous behaviors have nothing on Ma Rainey. Her career spanned the last few years of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Linde Marie’s Steakhouse on the Square


When she opened Linde Marie’s Steakhouse on the square in Cave Spring, Georgia in 2013, Linde Marie Wentz is quick to admit “I don’t know what I was thinking.”

Wondermade: Sticky Fun


Can you imagine a simple Christmas present turning into a worldwide business? Neither did Nathan Clark when he gifted his wife with a candy thermometer.

Winchester’s Wars


Winchester, Virginia was immersed in three of American’s wars, French and Indian War, American Revolution and Civil War.

Georgia’s Gardens of the Gods


In Georgia, art and religion often intersect. Published in Weekender Extended
Entrance to Victor's at Florence Hotel

Florence Hotel: A Blend of Old and New


We expect a hotel to have all the modern amenities and conveniences. It’s a plus when they have a unique personality and interesting history. Hotel Florence fills the bill all […]
Joplin's Mineral and History Museum entrance

Joplin’s Mineral and History Museum


How often do you find a cat in a historical museum? Add to that how often does said cat “write” for a local paper? Well, meet Percy
Sunset in Hampshire County,WV

Hampshire County, WV


West Virginia was born out of the War Between the States. Few other states were as divided in their sentiments. Hampshire County more than most of the other counties
Campground sign at entrance to Neuseway Nature Park

Small Town Atmosphere, Big City Fun


Campers and RVers, do you hate dealing with big city traffic and congestion but love to visit culinary destinations, art heavy communities or historical places? If so you will love […]
Zookeeper holds large lizard on leash in garden

Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden


Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Garden in Sanford, is Central Florida’s shining jewel when it comes to learning about our fellow mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Hinnant Family Vineyards


Just like good wines, Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery is well aged. Daphne Evans, Hinnant’s Wine Club Director, offered us a tasting while she told us the history of the […]

The Best of the Best: Award Winning Southern Restaurants


I’ve been busy traveling on many press trips and conferences in the South lately. In my travels, I have visited a lot of award winning restaurants. Some are upscale but […]
Sculpture in Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park

A Letter’s Legacy: Birmingham Civil Rights Trail


Letter from the Birmingham Jail is one of the most notable documents from the Civil Rights movement. On a recent press trip to Birmingham I got to visit and appreciate […]
Rear view of Old Mill Room

The Old Mill Room: Flavored with History


The Old Mill Room in Charlottesville, Virginia is the perfect dining spot after a visit to Monticello. It transports you to an earlier time. In fact it has links back […]
Outside dining at Willow Tree Cafe in Sanford

Germany without the Airfare


Want to experience Germany but can’t afford the airfare? There’s a solution. Visit Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café in Sanford, Florida.
George Wahiington leanding troups against the Whiskey Rebellion

Bourbon: It’s not just from Kentucky


Kentucky makes fine bourbon. I’ve visited the Bardstown Kentucky Bourbon Trail and loved it. But distilleries in other states have discovered the appeal of bourbon.
 

Norris Dam and The Secret City


A visit to Tennessee’s TVA lake and its surrounding attractions including Oakridge, The Secret City, and Museum of Appalachia

Capon Springs, West Virginia, Almost Heaven


Hampshire County, West Virginia has a unique resort known as Capon Springs. Published in Weekender Extended.
Medieval Torture Museum

St. Augustine’s Newest Museum: Medieval Torture Museum


St. Augustine’s newest museum, the Medieval Torture Museum is so historically accurate and realistic but still fun. Published by Florida Traveler

Simple Twist


It’s known as Simple Twist for a reason. The owners are North Carolina locals Nathan and Colleen Roby. Their dream fulfillment was a simple twist of fate.
 

Oak Ridge America’s Secret City


Few places in the world can compete with America’s Secret City, Oak Ridge, Tennessee as a history maker. Not only was history literally made here, it was achieved with a […]

Elvis Slept Here


In the days when a Model T was the latest craze and everyone wanted one of those new fangled horseless carriages, it was only natural for new roads to spring […]

Get Your Fix on Route 66


Route 66 Museum has a modest home in the county library in Lebanon, Missouri but it tells a big story. It took me back to the earliest days of Route 66.

Ava Gardener Museum


Ava Gardner was a star of the first magnitude. A visit to her museum in Smithfield, North Carolina tells a more complete story.

Gip’s Place


Gip knows how to throw a party. The party is on every Saturday night at Henry “Gip” Gipson’s house. It’s one of the last of Birmingham’s secret treasures.

Museum of Appalachia


Want to see all of Appalachia but don’t have the time to travel that far? Instead visit Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee.

Half Moon Bay-California’s Hidden Treasure


You’ve got to get off the interstate to get to Half Moon Bay but it’s well worth the drive. There is something there for everyone.

Playing in the Dirt at Lomax Incubator Farm


Would be farmers in Cabarrus County, North Carolina have an opportunity to get their hands dirty at Elma C. Lomax Incubator Farm. This is a unique opportunity for local Farmers-In-Training […]

Pizza and Beer


They say pizza and beer go together so here are some of each.

Jefferson School


Imagine yourself an African American in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1865. You have never been taught to read or write. Suddenly you are a free person. What do you need most […]

From Cowtown to Culture


San Angelo conjures up visions of a place filled with lore and legend. Let’s take a trip into the past to see San Angelo’s early days and the things that […]
7 Mile House circa June 1904. Original owner, Egidio Micheli, center with apron, with partner, Palmiro Testa (right). Lady on the far right back holding baby Ecle is Niccola Testa. Little girl on far right is Eva Testa | Courtesy of 7 Mile House

The Last Mile House Standing


Published by Station KCET about 7 Mile House in San Mateo
Rib dinner at King's Restaurant

Head South for Delicious BBQ


Southerners love their barbecue. Here are some of my favorites.

Landmark Park: A Taste of Rural Life in Alabama’s Wiregrass Area


Landmark Park is a step back to Dothan’s early farm heritage in the 1890s. It pays tribute to the Wiregrass Area agricultural heritage.

They Walked Into History


A visit to The Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee is a lesson in a painful part of American history. One we should all visit.

Oh God For One More Breath


Little known story of mine wars in Anderson County, TN . This one won finalist in NATJA Historic Category awards for 2017

Southern Comfort Food -Table and Main


Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations? With over 200 independent restaurants it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, […]

Just Throw Me That There Roll: Lambert’s Cafe


Lambert’s Café in Sikeston Missouri is known for throwing your food at you. Yes, at least the rolls. The rest of the side dishes, they bring to your table and […]

A Piece of Americana Frozen in Time: Red Oak II


The U.S. is full of deserted ghost towns, but sometimes ghost towns can be reincarnated. Such is the case in Red Oak II near Carthage, Missouri just off Route 66.

Awesome Alpharetta


Take a Girlfriend Getaway to Alpharetta, Georgia for fun, food, and shopping.
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Columbus Georgia – Where History is so Close You Can Touch It


Step back in time to 1828 and move through the years in Columbus. There’s Springer Opera, House, Civil War Naval Museum, National Infantry Museum and more.
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Columbus Georgia where history is so close you can touch It


Radio show on Big Blend Radio Show about Columbus, GA. Hear about the city’s storied past.



A Georgia Foodie Cruise
Published in Family Motor Coaching Magazine in 2-2018

Old Mill In Abilene, TX

The Old Mill Lives On


The Mill Winery is an unusual combination of old and new. The Texas Mill and Elevator Company was built to meet the needs of the young town of Abilene in […]
Diana's Hotel in San Mateo, CA

Small Hotel- Big Welcome- Dinah’s Garden Hotel


Dinah’s Garden Hotel bills itself, “A lush oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley.” It certainly lives up to that promise.
Todd Syrup Farm in Dothan AL

Todd Syrup Farm: Raising Cane Since 1835


Can you imagine one family raising cane since 1835? Well, that’s just what Joe Todd’s family had been doing.
Ruins in Petra, Jordan

Petra up Close


This is how Lawrence of Arabia summed up Petra in a letter to a friend. He’s right; it must be seen to be fully appreciated.

It’s More Than a Building: Cherry St. AME Church


The story behind the Cherry Street African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dothan, Alabama plays out like a classic drama of good versus evil;
Muslim and American woman at table preparting food at Petra Kitchen

Jordan’s Food Mirrors its History


Take a gastronomical trip through Jordan’s history
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One Idea Two Ways


Two food incubators in different states. So alike yet so different. Both are fun to visit and do a lot for up-and-coming food entrepreneurs.
Pittsburgh nigh skylight view from Montery Bay Fish Grotto

Monterey Bay Fish Grotto: Dining in a Fish Bow


Monterey Bay Fish Grotto is one of those rare places that is more than the sum of its parts.
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A Trip on The Strip


Pittsburgh was named #1 Food City in the US in 2015 by Zagot. One section of the ‘Burgh stands out as the heart of its foodie movement, The Strip.
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Nash Farm: Grapevine’s Window into Yesterday


My favorite Grapevine historic/agri adventure is Nash Farm, the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County.
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Everything is Bigger at Gaylord Texan


The Gaylord Texan Resort is six miles from DFW Airport and light years away from average.
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Frontier Texas–It’s for Real


Some museums pack a punch. You walk away feeling “been there, done that” in real time. Frontier Texas is one of those.
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Filoli: Not your Average Country Home


Filoli Mansion is a bit off the beaten path and way out of the ordinary. It’s near Woodside about 25 miles south of San Francisco. Many visitors might miss it. […]
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San Angelo’s Eye Candy


Have you ever wondered where one of the world’s most prestigious collections of waterliles in the US can be found?
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Grown Up Fun in San Mateo County


Sophisticated adults traveling in San Mateo County, California will have a lot of opportunities to taste test some of California’s finest wines and craft beers right at the source.
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Slow Trip in Time on the Tule Princess


Steamboats were at their heights as the world entered the industrial age. You can catch a glimpse of that time on the Tule Princess
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Don’t Let Them Get Your Goat: Visit Harley Farms


Come along on a visit to Harley Farms in San Mateo County, meet the goats, they llama protectors and sample the herb infused cheeses made on site.
Nat and Willie Glockenspiel characters on clock tower in Grapevine, TX

A Day in Grapevine


If you can have this much fun in Grapevine, Texas, just think how much you’ll enjoy a longer visit. Published in Weekender Extended
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Amarillo Anytime


There is so much to do in Amarillo, Texas that anytime is a good time to visit. Published in FWTMagazine
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Perini Steakhouse Restaurant and More


Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas is well recognized even outside its native Texas, for its many awards but there is more .
Ruins in Jerash, Jordan

Jerash-Jordan’s Other Treasure


There is more to see in Jordan than Petra. Jerash is a archaeological treasure.
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The Real Wild West at Buffalo Gap Village


Buffalo Gap, Texas founded at the site of a natural pass through which bison herds traveled is a glimpse of the Wild West as it really was.
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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar: Beyond Five-Star Luxury


Living in the lap of luxury on the shore of the Dead Sea. Food, wine, spa and a timeless sea in a mystic land.
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Now You’re Cooking~ Petra Kitchen


What fun to prepare you own meal before dining. It’s even better in an exotic country you are visiting for the first time.
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Wadi Rum: The Ultimate Desert


It’s known as the Valley of the Moon. The landscape of Wadi Rum is so exotic it might well be on some ancient orbiting rock.
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Looking out for Mother Earth: Feynan Eco Lodge


Spend the night in a eco-lodge that is totally solar-powered and get close to nature. It’s a trip you’ll never forget.
Ritz Theater in the Lavilla Neighborhood of Jacksonville, Fl

Puttin’ on the Ritz


The original Ritz Theater was constructed in 1929 when Black entertainers followed what was called the “Chittlin’ Circuit”
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Life in a Bedouin Tent


Get up close and personal with local Bedouins. Share their lifestyle. The experience of a lifetime.

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Touch of Old Florida: The Tallahassee Museum


With most museums, you expect to find all the exhibits tucked away neatly in a building. Tallahassee Musuem is so different. It’s like a time capsule of Tallahassee’s cultural and […]
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Mesa Verde Country: On the Trail of the Ancients: Part One


Some of American’s most intriguing mysteries surround the Anasazi culture of Mesa Verde. Modern Anthropology is uncovering many secrets
 

The Other James Boy


Say “outlaw” and “James” in the same sentence and everyone responds “Jesse James.” Remember there was another brother. Published in Legends of America.
Treasury, the highlight of Petra

Petra: An Ancient Wonder


How well Lawrence of Arabia summed up Petra. It must be seen to be fully appreciated. Published in Weekender Extended
Bellevue  at Tallahassee Museum

Classie Tallahassee


As befits the capital of a southern city, Tallahassee is pretty classy. There’s nothing plastic or theme park-ish about Tallahassee. (in Weekender Extended)

Niagara’s Other Side: Canada’s Niagara


Published in Lagniappe take a look at what’s on the other side of Niagara Falls. Canada knows how to surround Niagara Falls with glamour and glitz also.

Birth of the Civil Rights Movement


St. Augustine where it all began. In the 1700s, enslaved people were escaping not to the north, but south to Spanish Florida and the African American colony of Fort Mose.

 

 

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