When you think of Newport, visions of sailing, lobster rolls, Gilded Age mansions, and rocky coastlines come to mind. These are all great, but there is so much more to experience in this seafaring town. For a true Rhode Island experience, you must do these nine things, but prepare yourself for a wicked good time. [Read more…]
Imagine majestic Oak trees draped in Spanish moss, lovely historic plantations, and soul-soothing seascapes. This beautiful vision can become your reality on South Carolina’s Hammock Coast. Home to the famous Pawleys Island Hammock Company, these hand-woven hammocks are a signature way to relax along this stretch of coastline. Travelers come here to unwind and recharge. Looking for some downtime of my own, I hit the road to this Southern coast known for peaceful ambiance and a slower pace.
In addition to the most luxurious accommodations at the world’s top destinations, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Collection is known for superb dining. Their elegant restaurants pair incredible cuisine and unparalleled service, satisfying the most discerning palate. Their Amelia Island resort more than upholds this top-notch standard. I had the pleasure of spending a weekend at Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island that included a simply outstanding dinner at their AAA 5-Diamond award-winning restaurant – Salt.
Rising over 1,600’ in Gaston County sits a beautiful mountain offering plenty of outdoor activities. Hop on a hiking trail, fish or canoe on a scenic lake, and discover plenty of stunning vistas. For a more extreme adventure, go rock climbing or camping inside this state park. Whatever suits your interest, Crowders Mountain is worthy of your time spent among a beautiful piece of preserved land. [Read more…]