Cruising along a quiet road on Kauai’s west side, I’m offered a glimpse into the Hawaiian countryside. Filling my view are green rolling hills, cows grazing, and papaya fields. Sparsely developed, this is what I imagine more of Hawaii used to look like before its booming tourist industry kicked in. It pleases me to see there is a quieter side to this island paradise.
Calling all couples that like great local food, long walks, antiquing, and giving a new sport a try. If this describes you, then Sandy Springs, GA is your kind of place. Adjacent to Atlanta’s perimeter lies the town of Sandy Springs. Once within Atlanta’s city limits, Sandy Springs incorporated as a town just 11 years ago and since then has grown into weekend getaway destination.
Towering high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Pike’s Peak is a glorious grandeur, only two hours from Denver. With over half a million visitors each year, Pike’s Peak is the most visited mountain in North America, giving it a well-deserved nickname, “America’s Mountain.”
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.
When it’s time for a mountain retreat, program your GPS for Cashiers. There you’ll find the High Hampton Inn, an idyllic place for a mountain getaway. Many outdoor activities and scrumptious meals will instantly make you a devotee of this wonderful mountain resort.