KEY NOTES

Laid back luxury found within the U.S.A.’s southernmost isles.

Relaxation, found on Little Palm Island's shores.

Relaxation, found on Little Palm Island’s shores.

Those who prefer luxury travel may shy away from the lower Florida Keys, known for their quaint bed and breakfasts and quirky vibe. Au contraire— whether you prefer to stay within the colorful and bustling town of Key West or a tranquil island […]

NO BLUFFING

Another foodie adventure…The Inn at Palmetto Bluff delivers on its epicurean pledge.

The "Dust on the Bottle" wine dinner was set in the Inn's candlelit cellar.

The “Dust on the Bottle” wine dinner was set in the Inn’s candlelit cellar.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a pristine waterfront property about a four and a half hour drive from Buckhead, has gained accolades for its family friendly […]

A HIDDEN GEM NO MORE

Eat your way through Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

The snow white beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a magnet for families who come to relax, eat and play. http://courtlandrichards.zenfolio.com/ Copyright © 2014 Courtland William Richards All Rights Reserved

The snow white beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a magnet for families who come to relax, eat and play.

Every summer when […]

SEE THE SMOKIES

Find a new vacation base in Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee.

This life-size bronze statue pays tribute to Sevierville’s famed former resident, Dolly Parton.

This life-size bronze statue pays tribute to Sevierville’s famed former resident, Dolly Parton.

Sevierville, Tennessee, is the type of sleepy town that has likely slipped beneath your radar. Despite being the hometown of country music legend Dolly Parton and bordering […]

FALL IN THE OUTDOORS

Head south for water sports, golf and more…

The inn and villas of Blackshear Resort look out over a lawn that sweeps down to the water’s edge.

The inn and villas of Blackshear Resort look out over a lawn that sweeps down to the water’s edge.

Before the crisp autumn nights set in for good, the days still provide enough warmth to invite a few […]

CHOW DOWN IN CHARLESTON

A plate-by-plate guide to the Holy City.

In the words of the wise comedian Jim Gaffigan, “Vacation is eating somewhere you’ve never been before.” I was reminded of this sentiment on an hourly basis during my recent trip to Charleston. Sure, there are beautiful beaches, historic churches and gorgeous gardens to explore, but the Holy City shone brightest at its restaurants. And since small plates reign supreme and each hot new restaurant is within walking […]

48 HOURS IN RALEIGH

With a James Beard Award–winning chef and an army of enticing eateries, Raleigh is sitting pretty for a foodie adventure.

Don’t miss The Umstead’s five-star on-site restaurant, Herons.

Don’t miss The Umstead’s five-star on-site restaurant, Herons.

Raleigh, one of three points on North Carolina’s Research Triangle, has long been known for its oak-tree-lined streets and booming business. But today, the city is making a name for […]

Lowcountry links

The perfect harmony of sport and Mother Nature.

The newly opened Harbour Town Clubhouse is home to Links American Grill and the Hall of Champions, which features paintings of every RBC Heritage winner since the tournament’s inception. The newly opened Harbour Town Clubhouse is home to Links American Grill and the Hall of Champions, which features paintings of every RBC Heritage winner since the tournament’s […]

Head for the (North Carolina) hills

Haywood County’s mountain setting takes city dwellers back to nature.

The rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains provide the backdrop for a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding and kicking back to breathe in the fragrant air. The rolling hills of the Smoky Mountains provide the backdrop for a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding and kicking back to breathe in […]

Connecting man and nature

Callaway Gardens rejuvenates the city dweller’s spirit.

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens pays homage to the natural wonders of the Appalachian foothills with rich earth tones and architectural elements such as aged wood and fieldstone accents. The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens pays homage to the natural wonders of the Appalachian foothills with rich earth tones and architectural elements such as […]