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Experience Valhalla Resort Hotel in Helen, Georgia (December 2017)

Shop Local: Nine Places to Find Distinctive Gifts (November 2017)

Pose, Snap, Post at Any of These Top Seven Instagrammable Georgia State Parks and Historic Site Locations (November 2017)

A Quick Peek Inside the Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta (November 2017)

It's Coming! Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia to Open at the end of May 2018 (October 2017)

Take the Scenic Route: Three Drives not to Miss in the South (October 2017)

Postcard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina (September 2017)

Go, See, Do, Stay: Exploring Three Destinations in the Ozark Mountains (August 2017)

Edgar Degas and the Degas House in New Orleans (August 2017)

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Dive in Gulf County, Florida with Daly's Watersports' "Discover Scuba Diving" (June 2017)

Unpacking the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama (June 2017)

Get Out(side) and Explore Seven of North Alabama's Natural Attractions (May 2017)

10 Things Not to Miss When Visiting Dollywood (May 2017)

Let the Concierge be Your Guide for Adventure in Gulf County, Florida (April 2017)

Discover Farmview Market in Madison, Georgia (October 2016)

Postcard from Natchitoches, Louisiana (October 2016)

Discover the Essence of the Florida Panhandle at State Parks (October 2016)

Experience Fayetteville, North Carolina (October 2016)

Nine Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall Foliage in Georgia (October 2016)

Postcard from Lexington, Kentucky (September 2016)

Get Out and Explore: Six States, 16 State Parks (September 2016)

Checking In...The Henderson in Destin, Florida (September 2016)

What to Do in Blowing Rock, North Carolina (September 2016)

Postcard from Baton Rouge, Louisiana (June 2016)

From Alligators to Whale Sharks: 10 Aquariums in the South to Explore (May 2016)

Postcard from LaGrange, Georgia (April 2016)

Nine Experiences to Enjoy in Bowling Green, Kentucky (March 2016)

Postcard from Middleburg, Virginia (February 2016)

Go, See, Do: Six Getaway-Worthy Southern Destinations (January 2016)

16 Things to Do in the South in 2016 (January 2016)

Rider or Not, There are Many Reasons to Visit Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson (October 2015)

The Great Georgia Escape: Discovering (and Enjoying) Big Canoe (September 2015)

Quick Glimpse into Birmingham, Alabama's Growing Culinary Scene (August 2015)

Discover the Vast Musical Side of the South with the Americana Music Triangle (June 2015)

Take Grilling to the Next Level with Grillocracy.com (June 2015)

True Cajun Experience Found at Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose's Bed and Breakfast (May 2015)

Experience Acre in Auburn, Alabama (May 2015)

Experience the Mississippi Delta with These Four Destinations (January 2015)

Four Days, Three Destinations: Exploring Columbia County and Augusta, Ga., and Aiken, S.C. (January 2015)

Finding the Perfect Southern Destination for Your Next Getaway (January 2015)

So Many Fun Ways to Spend Your Holiday Gift Cash in the South (December 2014)

Behind the Scenes: The Personal Collection (and Memories) at the Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square (December 2014)

Spending a Day or Weekend in Bardstown, Kentucky (September 2014)

"Celebrate" Your Getaway to The Pearl on Rosemary Beach (September 2014)

College Football Hall of Fame Debuts in Atlanta (August 2014)

Discover Alabama's Varied Culinary Side during Alabama Restaurant Week (August 2014)

Get Out and Enjoy Scallop Season (and Scallops) on St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County, Florida (August 2014)

Bringing the Past and Present Together in Rock Hill, S.C. with "75 Years, Still One Gear" (July 2014)

Four Reasons to Plan a Getaway to Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (July 2014)

So Many Ways in the South to Make This Summer One to Remember (June 2014)

Amp Up Your Doughnut Making (and Eating) Experience with Sublime Doughnuts' Kamal Grant's Cookbook (May 2014)

Streamsong Resort: A Golfing Resort Beyond the Ordinary in Florida (April 2014)

In the Kitchen with Chef Douglas Olsen (March 2014)

Celebrating Farmers and Farm Life with the Farm Star Living Website and App (March 2014)

In the Kitchen with Chef Sam Lodovico, The Resort at Glade Springs (February 2014)

Checking Out Charleston's Culinary Scene with Charleston Culinary Tours (February 2014)

Discovering Downtown Birmingham, Ala. with Alabama Road Trips (January 2014)

Season Two of "Emeril's Florida" Highlights Culinary Gems of South Walton (January 2014)

Chatting with Barbecue Champion and Restaurateur Melissa Cookston (November 2013)

"Cast Iron Chef" Competition to Heat Up the 3rd annual Brooks County Skillet Festival (October 2013)

Crowd Pleasing Recipes to Amp Up Tailgating (September 2013)

Discovering Georgia's Lake Oconee Area (July 2013)

Honoring the Man in Black: Johnny Cash Museum (June 2013)

Experience Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island (June 2013)

Build Your Own Memorable Experience in Columbus, Georgia (May 2013)

South Walton’s Art Culture: People Behind the Creations (May 2013)

Louisville, Kentucky Beyond the Derby (May 2013)

City Insider: Mark Wyant, owner, The Saint Hotel in New Orleans (February 2013)

Dining Out at Osteria Tulia (January 2013)

Discover Florida's Charm with Emeril's Florida (January 2013)

Taste Nostalgia (and Fun) with Pure Sodaworks (December 2012)

Find Serenity (and More) at Red Horse Inn (December 2012)

In Tall Cotton: Chef Cory Bahr and Restaurant Cotton (November 2012)

Under the Grand Chapiteau with Cirque du Soleil’s Totem (November 2012)

Feelin’ Presidential: Presidential Sites Throughout the South (October 2012)

Eight Cool Southern College Towns (September 2012)

Mark Your Calendar... Fabulous Southern Fall Music Festivals (September 2012)

In the Kitchen with Chef Eric Fulkerson (August 2012)

Visiting The Inn at Magnolia Oaks (August 2012)

Journey to New Orleans Plantation Country (August 2012)

Turn Your Vacation into an Experience at the Plantation on Crystal River (July 2012)

Dazzle Your Summer with Fata Morgana (July 2012)

Coming Home to Hightower Creek Vineyards (July 2012)

Exploring I-95 in the South with Barbara Barnes, Author of What’s Great About I-95: Maine to Florida (July 2012)

Timeless Experiences Await You at High Hampton Inn (June 2012)

Discover Cummins Falls, Tennessee's Newest State Park (June 2012)

See Savannah on a Segway Tour (June 2012)

Newest Addition to Biloxi, Mississippi - Margaritaville Casino & Restaurant (May 2012)

Coming Home: Chef David Guas set for New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May 2012)

Experience Southern Sweetness with South Carolina's Firefly Distillery (May 2012)

The Running of the 71st Iroquois Steeplechase (May 2012)

100 Years and Counting: Riding the African Queen (May 2012)

Get Into the Wild with Safari Wilderness Ranch (May 2012)

Discover Another Side of Spartanburg with the Underground Guide to Spartanburg (April 2012)

Get Out and Explore National Parks During National Park Week (April 2012)

Glide Through Downtown Memphis on the Segway Experience of Memphis Tour (April 2012)

Congratulations to Our "Adventure Time Getaway" Winner (April 2012)

The Tennessee Aquarium, 20 Years Later and Still Going Strong (March 2012)

Fashion Weeks Show Off Stylish South (March 2012)

What to do When You’re Not Breathing Baseball During Spring Training in Florida (March 2012)

Tables are Set for Restaurant Weeks in the South (January 2012)

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Discovering South Florida’s Three Distinctively Different Kimpton Hotels (November 2011)

Congratulations to our Back To Nature Getaway Winner (November 2011)

“Fall” for the Outdoors and More in Wilmington, North Carolina (October 2011)

Festivals, Football, Foliage and Fun: The Many Reasons Fall is Great in the South (October 2011)

The New Must-Do’s in Raleigh, North Carolina (September 2011)

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Exploring Seaside with the Seaside Walking Tour (September 2011)

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Discover Southern Charm and Hospitality at Fairview Inn in Jackson, Mississippi (August 2011)

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Simply Southern...James Madison Inn in Madison, Ga. (June 2011)

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Sip and Taste at the 26th annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival (March 2011)

Congratulations to our "Savannah's Best" Getaway Winner (March 2011)

Let’s Play Ball! Spring Training in Florida (February 2011)

Getting Back to Nature: Touring Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (February 2011)

Spotting Winter Wildlife (and Possibly Whales) in Virginia Beach, Virginia (January 2011)

Congratulations to our “Let’s Just Go” Getaway Winner (January 2011)

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Published: June 2014
So Many Ways in the South to Make This Summer One to Remember  

There is nothing quite like summer in the South. Heat and humidity aside, the region offers a lot to keep everyone busy and satisfied during the long summer days. Regardless of your interest, time and budget, the South has you covered when it comes to boredom-busters and unique experiences.

Here are some suggestions to get you started on creating a summer to remember.

Water Adventures...As you know, the South doesn't lack when it comes to beaches. From beaches along the Gulf Coast to those on the Atlantic, each have their own personalities and activities. Truthfully, you can't go wrong with visiting any of them.

While there is a lot of focus on the beaches, don't overlook the variety of lakes (along with their activities) in the region. Learn to windsurf on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga. Practice YOLO-boarding (SUP) on Western Lake in South Walton, along Florida's panhandle, or at Stonewall Jackson Lake in Roanoke, WVa. Go after the "big one" on Lake Eufaula or Lake Guntersville (both part of the Alabama Bass Trail), Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fla., Lake Hartwell in Fair Play, S.C., or Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Ky. Rent a floating lake house on Norris Lake in Norris, Tenn., or a cabin at the Atchafalya Basin with Atchafalaya Basin Landing & Marina in Henderson, La. Go water-skiing on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga. Take a guided boat tour of Lake Caddo on the Texas/Louisiana border or Lake Lure (N.C.) Learn how to row with the Austin Rowing Club on Lake Lady Bird in Austin, Texas. Rent a pedal boat at Lake Tika O' Khata Resort in Louisville, Miss., or Lake Fairfax Park in Fairfax, Va. Dive into Lake Rawlings in Rawlings, Va.

If you want a little more when it comes to your water experience, go whitewater rafting. Take on the rapids in such places like Columbus, Ga., or on the Ocoee River in Ducktown, Tenn., Chattooga River on the South Carolina/Georgia border, Nantahala in Bryson City or French Broad River in Marshall, N.C., or New River Gorge in West Virginia.

Get misted or sprayed on an airboat tour. Explore such rivers as the Choctawhatchee in Homes County, Fla., with Jeep Sullivan's Outdoor Adventure, the Brazos in Cleburne, Texas with Brazo River Adventurez or the St. John in central Florida with Firestorm Airboat Tour. Head into the southern swamps with Gulf Coast Gator Ranch in Moss Point, Miss., or Bayou Black Airboat Swamp Tours in Houma, La.

For a water experience a little less intense, but still a lot of fun, "Ride the Duck" (and enjoy a tour) at Stone Mountain Park (Georgia)., in Newport, Ky., or Panama City Beach, Fla.

Relax and enjoy the natural scenery in downtown Augusta, Ga., as you ease down the Augusta Canal in a Petersburg boat.

Go tubing along the 'Hooch (Chattahoochee) in Helen, Ga., or along the Bogue Chitto River in Franklinton, La., and hope you don't turn over.

Land adventures...For land lovers, there are many ways to carve out an adventure or two. Go zip lining at Historic Banning Mills in Banning, Ga., try the Blue Ridge Experience with Navitat in Asheville, N.C., or the Hummingbird Ziplines at Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala. Amp up your experience by zip lining underground with Mega Zips offered in the Louisville (Ky.) Mega Cavern.  For something a little unusual, check out Forever Florida's (St. Cloud, Fla.) Cypress Canopy Cycle.

Beat the summer heat when you explore the caves at  Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Fla., Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, Tenn., or Mammoth Cave National Park (Ky.) View the Natural Bridge Caverns (Texas) on a Lantern Tour. Take the glass boat bottom ride through the caverns at Lost Sea in Sweetwater, Tenn.

Like heights? Like bridges? If you answered "yes," test those likes on the New River Gorge Bridge catwalk in Lansing, WVa.

Go horseback riding. Take a guided tour with Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope, Ala., Long C Trails in Tenn./Ky., or in Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. If horseback riding isn't your thing, there's llama trekking with Smoky Mountain Llama Treks in Cosby, Tenn., or when staying as a guest at Applewood Inn in Lexington, Va.

Take a hike. Explore a portion of the Appalachian Trail from places like Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, Ga., and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Check out the Florida National Scenic Trail. Covering 1,300-miles, the trail begins in Big Cypress National Preserve and ends at Gulf Island National Seashore. South Carolina is home to the 80-mile Foothills Trail.

Tour Big Bend National Park in Texas on a guided ATV tour with Far Flung Outdoor Center, or explore Virginia's outdoors with Appalachian Adventures in Luray, Va. Get muddy with ATV Swamp Tours, outside of New Orleans or with Carolina Backwood's "down 'n dirty" tour, outside of North Myrtle Beach, N.C.

That's Entertainment... Catch a show in places like Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Myrtle Beach, S.C., or Elkins, WVa. Listen to storytellers at the Wren's Nest in Atlanta or  the Storytelling Live! Teller-In-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn. Support local community theaters like Vicksburg (Miss.) Theatre Guild. Stop by the Knoxville Visitors Center at noon, Monday - Saturday, to be a part of the Blue Plate Special, WDUX's free music show. Enjoy a performance of The Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown, Ky.

Cheer On... The South is filled with minor league baseball teams with names like the Montgomery Biscuits (Ala.),  Charlotte Stone Crabs (Port Charlotte, Fla.), Chattanooga Lookouts (Tenn.),  Myrtle Beach Pelicans (S.C.), Durham Bulls (N.C.) and Lynchburg Hillcats (Va.). Catch a game or two, and yell for the "boys of summer."

New Discoveries... Get in the car and explore sections of the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Blues Highway (Highway 61), Creole Nature Trail or the Blue Ridge Parkway. Try craft brews along Louisiana Brewery Trail. Discover new eats with the Mississippi Seafood Trail. Get some weekend road trip ideas from Alabama Roadtrips. Get off the main road and see Tennessee through the trail and byways. Find your favorite barbecue place in South Carolina. Feel the beat of the music along southwest Virginia's Crooked Road heritage music trail. Sample small batch bourbon along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour.

Take a tour. Visit a museum. Explore your area. Get lost and find what you can discover.

Celebrate (the) Region... No matter what time of the year it is, the South knows how to throw a party. Where ever you may be, chances are, during the weekend, you are close to an event or two. Keep informed with SHM-Traveler  on what's happening close by.

photo credit: (top left) Floating lake homes on Norris Lake; (top right) Exploring Choctawhatchee River; (middle left) Horseback riding with Oak Hollow Farm; (bottom left) Creole Nature Trail

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