One of my favorite things to do before I travel is find out all the best secrets about the place I’m headed. Is there a restaurant the locals love? A time of day or week to visit an attraction and beat the crowds? A tour with the best guide ever? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT. […]

Travel, United States

August 15, 2022

Secrets of Holiday World, Straight From Employees and Superfans

  Supposedly, everyone’s in Europe right now, which is fine with me because it means the lines are shorter at Holiday World. America’s first theme park happens to be just two and half hours from Nashville in (heh) Santa Claus, Indiana. It is big, with both a sizable amusement park and an equally impressive water […]

Travel, United States

July 9, 2022

Let’s Discuss My Holiday World Obsession (and Give Away Some Tickets!)

You’ll find some of the best donuts in the country at Gramps Coffee & Donuts in Owensboro, Kentucky. But the story behind the shop may be even sweeter. I challenge you to drive through Owensboro, Kentucky’s historic downtown without stopping — It’s pretty much impossible.  The streets are lined with beautifully restored Victorian buildings that […]

Fun, Travel, United States

May 19, 2022

Gramps Coffee & Donuts is a True Owensboro Treasure

Looking for ideas on things to do in St. Augustine? This post is all you need! Growing up, beach trips were a time honored family tradition. Every summer, we’d load up our Grand Wagoneer and make the long drive from Atlanta to Florida for a week-long vacation. The beaches and rentals changed from year to […]

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April 1, 2022

30 Fun Things to Do in St. Augustine – This Post has All You Need to Know!

Think you know all there is to know about Franklin, Tennessee? Think again. A new downtown hotel has changed the tourism game here, whether you live nearby and are looking for an easy, fun staycation or you want to add a Southern charm-filled few days to your Nashville vacation. Dennis and I spent a weekend […]

Nashville Guide, Travel, United States

October 26, 2021

Spend Two Days in Franklin, Tennessee: No Car Necessary!

My husband and I have been hiking Middle Tennessee’s many trails for the last two decades and we’re finally coming to the end of the line. There are very few trails within a two-hour drive from Nashville that we haven’t tried at least once, which is kind of a downer, but I suppose it had […]

Nashville Guide, Travel, United States

September 28, 2021

Window Cliffs: An Adventure-Filled Hike 1.5 Hours from Nashville

Hidden deep in the forests surrounding Chattanooga are blue holes — crystal clear blue pools of water fed by underground rivers. Want to see and even swim in one yourself? Read on! We hiked a mile and a half through a forest just outside Chattanooga before arriving at one of Tennessee’s elusive blue holes, a […]

Nashville Guide, Travel, United States

August 11, 2021

These Chattanooga Blue Holes Will Astonish You

Chattanooga Blue Holes

I think of Gatlinburg as a rite of passage for every American traveler. Snuggled up against the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the bustling town offers a colorful juxtaposition to the ancient mountains beyond. Enter Gatlinburg and you’ll find yourself immersed in a dizzying swirl of pancake houses, souvenir shops, tourist attractions, and hordes of […]

Fun, Travel, United States

July 12, 2021

The 30 Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg

Drive a few hours north from Nashville and you’ll encounter a delightful surprise nestled in the hills of southern Indiana: two turn-of-the-century grand hotels, painstakingly restored to their former glory. ‘We need to go somewhere for our anniversary,’ a friend texted me recently. ‘We need something fun.’ ‘Have I told you about French Lick?’ I […]

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June 30, 2021

The French Lick Resort in Indiana is the Perfect Weekend Getaway

“Let’s try Birmingham,” I suggested one winter afternoon a couple of years ago. My husband and I had been brainstorming ideas for a weekend road trip in January and coming up empty. Birmingham, though, seemed plausible — It was just under three hours from Nashville and its warmer climate made a surprise snowfall seem very […]

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April 30, 2021

These are Our 40 Favorite Things to Do in Birmingham, Alabama