THE ABBEY IN ASHEVILLE

The world of Downton Abbey arrives at the city’s historic Biltmore estate museum

The Biltmore’s roofline mimics the ridges of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

STORY: Amanda Morris

For fans of the hit PBS show Downton Abbey, the Biltmore estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is an ideal U.S. destination to view an authentic example of the upstairs/downstairs life portrayed in the series. A three-and-a-half-hour drive from […]

SMALL TOWN, BIG ADVENTURES

Black Mountain, North Carolina, offers a charming alternative to nearby Asheville

Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Black Mountain boasts a quaint downtown district.

Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town of Black Mountain boasts a quaint downtown district.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Ready for some fall foliage viewing but sort of over the Asheville scene? That mecca […]

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Alabama’s Rocket City launches moon landing anniversary events

Commemorate the day we took “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” at Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

The center’s Saturn V rocket is one of only three in the world.

Whether you remember precisely where you were in the summer […]

PERRY POLISHED

Savannah’s Perry Lane Hotel takes a weekend in Georgia’s oldest city to a refined next level.

NYC-based design and development firm Flank studied local design for five years to achieve the Perry Lane’s Southern-chic look.

STORY: Giannina S. Bedford

I’ve been to Savannah, Georgia, several times. First, during college for a whirlwind 24-hour stopover, then a before-kids, party-filled St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Two years ago, I […]

MARVELOUS MARIETTA SQUARE

Marietta’s historic downtown makes for an ideal day-trip

Glover Park is home to the Glover Park Concert Series, Art in the Park, Taste of Marietta and other events.

STORY: Amanda Morris
Photos: Amanda Morris

A newly opened food hall, walking/ biking trail and craft brewery give Buckhead residents a fresh reason to visit nearby Marietta’s historic downtown square. The blocks-long site is best explored on foot, so […]

A MINI VEGAS IN THE MOUNTAINS

Can’t make it to Sin City? Head instead to nearby Cherokee, North Carolina

Harrah’s Cherokee features both indoor and outdoor pools.

STORY: Jill Becker

The gaming options include blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and slots.

Every once in a while, when someone asks me what I did for a living back in the day, I’ll tell them […]

A TASTE OF THE CRESCENT CITY

Food, fun and more food highlight a trip to New Orleans

The bustling Bourbon Street.

STORY: Jill Becker
Photos: Zack Smith / Courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Paul Broussard / Courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Todd Coleman / Courtesy New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau

Street musicians and other performers abound along bustling Bourbon […]

BLUEGRASS, BOURBON AND BACON

The three B’s of an equestrian Kentucky getaway

Stadium jumping puts the full majesty of horses and their riders on display.

STORY: Joanne Hayes
Courtesy 21c Museum Hotels

A true novice to all things equestrian, I jumped at the chance to experience the 40th annual Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington, hosted by the 70-yearold British automaker with a fabled history within the sport. The Three-Day […]

PARKING IT

A weekend respite at Asheville’s Omni Grove Park Inn

The hotel's iconic exterior was constructed from locally hewn granite boulders.

The hotel’s iconic exterior was constructed from locally hewn granite boulders.

STORY: Giannina Smith Bedford

Asheville’s Omni Grove Park Inn was originally established as a secluded mountain getaway. Today, more than a century after it was built, it continues to be sought-after for its picturesque locale in […]

THE FIGHT FOR RIGHTS

Highlighting a few of the historic sites along the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail

Stops along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail include the Lorraine Motel in Memphis - Courtesy of the National Civil Rights Museum

Stops along the U.S. Civil Rights Trail include the Lorraine Motel in Memphis – Courtesy of the National Civil Rights Museum

STORY: Jan Schroder

A statue of James Meredith that stands in […]