South Carolina

    Georgetown on the South Carolina Coast: A Peaceful Town With Plenty to See

    3/29/15 •

    Looking to visit a peaceful town that’s full of interesting attractions? Well, my husband and I highly recommend Georgetown on the South Carolina coast. Originally established in 1729 as a shipping point for rice and indigo grown on area plantations, this cute little seaport on the Sampit River is historic yet Mayberry-esque. You’ll admire the…

    Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens in South Carolina: The Oldest and Largest of Its Kind

    2/21/18 •

    I found a lovely oasis south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens, the oldest and largest attraction of its kind in the United States. Philanthropist Archer Huntington and his wife, Anna, a sculptor, turned the former Brookgreen Plantation into a showcase for art and native plants and wildlife. Opened to the public in…

    Boone Hall Plantation Near Charleston, South Carolina: Oldest Working Plantations

    9/27/18 •

    I thoroughly enjoyed a recent visit to stately Boone Hall Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. Established in the 1680s by Major John Boone (no relation to Daniel!), it’s one of America’s oldest working plantations. My cousins and I were impressed by the long driveway lined with Spanish moss-draped live oaks. The plantation’s centerpiece is a…

    Old Sheldon Church Ruins Near Beaufort in South Carolina

    7/19/14 •

    The Old Sheldon Church ruins near Beaufort on the South Carolina coast aren’t on any map, but this peaceful and picturesque site is worth a visit if you’re ever in the area. Originally known as the Church of Prince William’s Parish, the building was built between 1745 and 1755. It’s considered one of the first…

    Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

    3/06/20 •

    When it comes to spectacular cascades, it’s tough to top Upper Whitewater Falls in the Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina, near the South Carolina state line. At 411 feet high, it’s the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. A paved walkway from a parking lot leads to a great view from an…

    A Detailed Guide to Pet Iguanas (Iguanidae)

    7/15/20 •

    …inches (7 cm). Distribution and Description: From south-western North America (Arizona, New Mexico) southward to southern Mexico. Habitat: Mountains from 4,900 to 9,800 feet (1,500 to 3,000 m), especially somewhat damp regions. Identifying characteristics: Scales keeled. Behavior: Diurnal. Ground-dwelling. Lives in small groups, dominant males on display spots. Ovoviviparous. Young animals must be separated from…

    Horne Creek Living Historical Farm, North Carolina: A Glimpse Into the South's Rural Past

    12/06/21 •

    My family and I enjoyed a unique glimpse of the South’s rural past at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm near Pinnacle in northwestern North Carolina. A century ago, farmer Thomas Hauser, his wife and 12 children worked this prosperous 450-acre farm. Today, costumed interpreters (at right) still use horses and mules for muscle and transportation……

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    10/19/20 •

    …continuing your drive. You can make a beeline for the Great Smoky Mountains via the interstates (I-64 west to I-81 south) or continue south and take the Blue Ridge Parkway through the George Washington National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway is scenic especially if the sky is clear or the leaves are turning color. However,…

    The Opossum Capital of the World: Clay's Corner, North Carolina (1)

    6/26/18 •

    …in far western North Carolina, a few miles south of where U.S. Highway 64 meets State Highway 141 and roughly 10 miles north of the Georgia state line. To learn about Brasstown’s John C. Campbell Folk School, visit Brasstown’s John C. Campbell Folk School Clay’s Corner (11005 Old Hwy. 64 W; 1-828-837-3797) is open daily….

    Azalea Garden Inn in Blowing Rock, North Carolina

    2/11/21 •

    …spectacular gardens, with streams and a waterwheel, on 1-1/2 acres. Blowing Rock is where the Blue Ridge Parkway meets U.S. Highway 321 in western North Carolina, about 6 miles south of Boone. The inn (793 Main St.) accepts guests from May through October. Rates for double occupancy vary by season, but range from $64 to…

    Tour the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area, Georgia (1)

    5/26/20 •

    …east of Atlanta and just across the Savannah River from South Carolina. The Augusta Canal Interpretive Center (1450 Greene St.) is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from December through March; the rest of the year, it’s also open Mondays and from 1-5:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults and…

    A Taste of Appalachian Culture at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina

    5/02/17 •

    A trip to the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, located in the southwestern corner of North Carolina, taught me a lot about Appalachian culture — even without enrolling! Since 1925, this unique school has helped preserve traditional mountain crafts, music and dance. Its History Center describes the school’s fascinating origins. Don’t miss the…

    High Point, North Carolina: The Home Furnishings Capital of the World

    2/09/19 •

    If you’re looking for new furniture, visit High Point, North Carolina, the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World”. There are more than 70 retail furniture stores here — we couldn’t believe the quantity and variety of furniture. And because retailers can place special orders with nearby manufacturers, large discounts are available — plus no sales…

    The Highland Lake Inn in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains

    4/16/21 •

    Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern North Carolina is a relaxing retreat: the Highland Lake Inn, near Flat Rock. This gorgeous 180-acre oasis offers a luxurious 16-room inn, the Woodward House… a historic 20-room mountain lodge… and rustic cabins and cozy cottages. We stayed in a 100-year-old cabin, equipped with modern amenities. If…

    New River Gorge, West Virginia: Some of Most Incredible Views in the Eastern US

    5/23/20 •

    For some of the most breathtaking views in the East, you can’t beat the New River Gorge in the heart of southern West Virginia. The New River — actually one of the oldest rivers in the world–flows north from North Carolina. Over the eons, it has carved its way through the Appalachian Mountains, creating a…