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Cars and Cash

We love it when road trips have a theme and our recent trip to Nashville and Bowling Green certainly had it — Cars! Just south of Nashville is the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant where free tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Altima, Maxima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Rogue and Infiniti QX60 are manufactured here. In fact, about 640,000 vehicles…

Wildly Lovely

Excited to experience South Carolina's Low Country for the first time, my family and I escaped for a long weekend to the family-friendly resort, Wild Dunes. This sweeping property is located on the Isle of Palms about 15 miles from historic Charleston. Upon our arrival, it was evident that the property was expansive and diverse (1600 acres of property to…

Turkey Love

The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was founded in 1973 when there were only an estimated 1.3 million turkeys remaining in the North American wilderness. Since then, NWTF staff and over 350,000 members have worked together to enhance the wild turkey population by conserving upland habitat and preserving hunting heritage. Because of their work, there are currently more than 7…

Exploring the Netherlands and Belgium by river with AmaWaterways

Whenever the opportunity arises, I emphasize that traveling is one of the best things to do in one’s lifetime. Seeing the world, its marvels, interacting with people, indulging in fare, and simply breathing air in a completely different environment is unmatched. I fortunately had the opportunity to do all while spending eight days with AmaWaterways’ inaugural “Tulips & Beer” cruise…

A View from The Top

With an hour to go before my first class at The Swag’s cooking school, I grabbed one of the chilled water bottles thoughtfully set out for resort guests and walked 10 feet through an opening in the split rail fence to a Great Smoky Mountain National Park trail. Jake Osburn, the chipper sous chef serving the hearty and healthy breakfast…

Walking North: Discovering Japan

The head priest walks over to the center of the main shrine room to offer the daily morning prayers. Chanting, clapping and singing follow, along with a specific protocol of procedures for passing the blessed offerings on to other members of the party. Drumbeats declare the end of the ceremony and the assistant to the priest, in full regalia, invites…

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee

Pulling up the long welcoming driveway to the The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee after a short but taxing drive east from Atlanta, I checked my watch (for the last time, I promised myself) and bolted across the courtyard to the spa. The warm staff showed me to my locker and I changed into the thick robe and spa sandals, sinking…