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The Angel Oak Tree Near Charleston; a Free Low Country Favorite

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. ~ Joyce Kilmer Located near Charleston on Johns Island is The Angel Oak. The enormous tree stands close to 67-feet tall and is estimated to be between four and five hundred years old. Some even surmise it could be up to 1,500 years old! The tremendous tree with its long branches creates shade that covers over 17,000 square feet. The sturdy old oak is just the type of free tourist attraction I find too enticing to skip. Visiting The Angel Oak Tree Planning your time at the […]

R.M. Rose Company is Bringing ‘Fire’ to the North Georgia Mountains

Not Since Prohibition… In Dillard, Georgia, in the North Georgia mountains, there’s a revival taking place at  R.M. Rose Company Distillers. In 1867, The R.M. Rose Company was established and began setting the standard for American whiskey. The whiskey became so popular, Rose Company was quickly producing their old-fashioned corn whiskey in multiple states and cities throughout the U.S. In 1904, R.M. Rose Company won the “Gold Medal” as the best whiskey at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Though the whiskey was delicious and extremely popular, the glory days of whiskey production came to a halt in the early 20th-century […]

Pittsboro Is a Charming Weekend Pit-Stop in the Heart of Carolina

In what is almost exactly the geographic center of North Carolina you’ll find the town of Pittsboro. Established in 1787, Pittsboro is the county seat of Chatham County, named for William Pitt the Younger, the son of the first Earl of Chatham. Situated 17-miles south of Chapel Hill and 34-miles west of Raleigh, Pittsboro is the type of southern town that looks like it popped out of a movie set. With its tree-lined main thoroughfare replete with shops, historic architecture and dining options, this quaint town in the Heart of Carolina offers visitors an idyllic setting for a weekend pit-stop. […]

Solo Road Trip 101 – How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

There’s nothing more fun or freeing than hitting the open road for a much-needed change of scenery or excursion. Though traveling alone can be a great way to clear your head and de-stress, it’s important to make personal safety your first priority. Here are a few helpful tips to remember when planning a solo road adventure. Leave Your Itinerary Behind Before leaving town, make sure you’ve shared your itinerary with a friend or loved one and give them a copy. No, it isn’t necessary to rigidly schedule your trip, but letting someone know your plans is a good idea should […]

How Best to Enjoy Tea and Scones in Ireland

Tea, scone, jam, and clotted cream. One of the most difficult aspects of planning a family vacation to Ireland is establishing a travel budget. Allocating funds for accommodations, airfare, and ground transportation are relatively straight forward but the uncertain and varying cost of food is the most challenging to project. Making allowances for “nice” dinners and splurges or simply estimating moderately priced meals necessitates calculation on a sliding scale with room for error. Having spent time traveling through Ireland, I’ve come up with a fairly reliable method of keeping meal expenses rather budget-friendly. I lovingly refer to it as, “tea […]