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October is Virginia Wine Month on the Monticello Wine Trail

Thomas Jefferson had a vision for viniferous activity in his beloved Virginia.  Though perhaps his grape-growing dreams didn’t come to fruition in his life time, today the wine industry is thriving all around his historic home.  So much so, that Virginia is now a destination for wine tourism. The Monticello Wine Trail In the Blue Ridge Mountains, fall temps and brilliant foliage usher in Virginia Wine Month along the Monticello Wine Trail.  The Monticello Wine Trail is comprised of 30 magnificent wineries all within close proximity of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello.  Member wineries welcome visitors from all over the country […]

Seven kid-friendly things to do in Charleston

Considering a family vacation to Charleston? There’s so much to do in Charleston, you’re likely to have a tough time deciding where to go first.  This gorgeous coastal town offers unlimited possibilities for family fun, certain to keep young ones entertained. Here are seven fantastic options that will keep parents and young travelers happy. 1. Fort Sumter Catch the boat and take the journey across the bustling Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter. Kids will enjoy the journey as much as the experience of visiting the historic fort. While at the fort, listen to park rangers tell the history of this […]

Why you need to see Savannah from the back of a hearse

  I’m not being ghoulish when I say this, but the best way to tour Savannah, Georgia, is from the back of a hearse. Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia. Established in 1733, this port city once served as the state capital, it served as a strategic port in both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and it’s been visited and called home by pirates, authors and industrialists. With such a varied history, Savannah has also gained notoriety for its visitors who came, but never left. Because of these long-term visitors, Savannah is considered one of, if […]

Charleston’s John Rutledge House Inn; An elegant B&B, so why did I bring a kid?

The John Rutledge House Inn, 116 Broad Street Charleston, South Carolina The John Rutledge House Inn is located in the heart of the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina. The inn offers visitors to the Palmetto City elegant, up-scale lodging, hospitality, and amenities in a historic setting. Which begs the question, Why on earth did I bring my 10-year old son? Historic Charleston Charleston is a beautiful city with a rich heritage and significance in our nation’s story. In addition to its history, there’s an exciting culinary scene as well as a wealth of entertainment, shopping, museums and recreational opportunities. […]

How to plan your trip itinerary using historic markers

I love historic markers. They have a great deal to do with the name of this website, and if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll see my bio states, “I brake for historic markers.” Because of my penchant for reading these roadside fixtures, when I came across this website, I knew I had to learn more. StoppingPoints.com is a historical marker and local sightseeing guide to the United States. How it works: The website is easy to navigate and user-friendly.  The historic markers are categorized by state.  Simply click on the state and once on the particular state’s page, the […]