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In a Travel Slump? Find Some Getaway Inspiration with These Four Destinations (June 2018)

Remember and Honor: Seven Military Museums to Visit Year Round (May 2018)

Postcard from Tupelo, Mississippi (May 2018)

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Relax, Recharge and Refresh at Coldwater Gardens in Milton, Florida (April 2018)

Let's Go! Reconnect and Create Memories at These Seven Family Fun Destinations (March 2018)

So Many Reasons to Visit Nashville, Tennessee (February 2018)

Gowns, Costumes and History: 11 Museums (and a Bonus) That Highlight Mardi Gras (January 2018)

Take a Retro U.S. Road Trip with "Addicted to Americana" (January 2018)

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

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

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

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

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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)

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

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Postcard from Natchitoches, Louisiana (October 2016)

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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)

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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)

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

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

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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)

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

See Savannah on a Segway Tour (June 2012)

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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)

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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)

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Published: June 2018
In a Travel Slump? Find Some Getaway Inspiration with These Four Destinations  

Are you suffering from the "been there, done that" syndrome?

Do you find yourself searching for a destination or two that's both fresh and engaging? Not to mention, one that'll impress your friends and family members, and increase the "likes" on your social media channels.

Find some getaway inspiration from these four destinations that not only meet but also surpass your criteria.



About two hours south of Little Rock, Arkansas, is the town of El Dorado. The former oil boomtown of the 1920s is "booming" once again a cultural destination with events like the Mayhaw Festival and Showdown at Sunset, and an entertainment destination with the Murphy Arts District. Known as MAD, the venues host various musical and theatrical acts and is the site of the annual two-day MusicFest El Dorado.



Beyond the festivals and performances, you'll find plenty to do in El Dorado. The historic downtown is filled with specialty shops, stores and eateries. Make your way to Oil Heritage Park, where the story of the city's oil boom is told through forms of sculptures, plaques and more. If you enjoy visiting museums, check out South Arkansas Arts Center featuring rotating exhibits in its three gallery spaces and the Newton House Museum providing a look into the life of a plantation owner in the city pre-Civil War.



For dining, you'll find a little of everything from the aforementioned The Griffin Restaurant, serving farm-to-table cuisine to Fayrays, offering shrimp and steaks dishes, among others. Don't leave El Dorado without trying Spudnuts.

When you're ready to call it a night, consider the Union Square Guest Quarters, located downtown.

http://goeldorado.com

About an hour and a half drive from San Antonio, Texas, is Uvalde (you-VAL-dee) County. Known as River Region of Texas Hill Country, it's the place for outdoors enthusiasts. With Sabinal, Nueces and Frio Rivers flowing through the county, you'll find ample opportunities for fishing, kayaking, canoeing swimming and other flat water-based activities.



Back on dry land, you can take a guided horseback ride through Garner State Park, known for its scenery, with Elm Creek Stables/Frio Canyon Horse Rescue in Concan. Go stargazing at Lost Maples State Natural Area in Vanderpool. Depending on the time of the season, let Frio Bat Tour escort you over to the Frio Bat Cave at sunset to watch over 10 million bats take flight from the caves for their evening hunt. Uvalde County is home to the second largest bat population in the world that’s open to the public.



Dining options are as unique as the area itself. However, if you are looking for the ultimate experience, as in one you’ll be talking about it to everyone for months to come, make reservations for The Laurel Tree in Utopia. Open for lunch and dinner on Saturdays, the restaurant offers a weekly changing French-inspired menu. There’s a treehouse (yes, you read that right, a treehouse), too. Featured on Animal Planet’s "Treehouse Masters," The Laurel Tree has a one-of-a-kind, private dining room nestled on the grounds in a 450-year-old oak tree.



Make your home away from home at Neal's Lodges in Concan. Positioned on the Frio River, the family-owned and -operated resort offers cabins, condos, RV hookups and tent camping sites. Amenities are plentiful and range from Neal’s Country Store to a giant waterslide to Neal’s Dining Room.

Neal's Lodges also provides seasonal and year-round activities at Neal Ranch. Located over a mile away from the property, you can enjoy a scenic horseback ride through the 100 acres of Neal Ranch with a chance to see a range of animals, including "Jax," the giraffe.

visituvaldecounty.com



Over 300 years old, Natchez, Mississippi, has a few stories to share; and you can hear them while touring one or more of the many mansions opened throughout the year. Each one has a particular tale, style and personality. For instance, learn which doorway was the inspiration for Tara in "Gone with the Wind," go inside the largest octagonal dwelling in the country and see which home served as the headquarters for the Union Army during the Civil War.



Natchez is the "Biscuit Capital of the World, " and the best place to enjoy them is at Stanton Hall's Carriage House Restaurant with the fried chicken and vegetables. For a fine dining experience, reserve a table at Restaurant 1818, located inside Monmouth Historic Inn.



Don't leave without visiting Old South Winery, Natchez Brewing Company and Charboneau Distillery. Want more? Check out King's Tavern mixology classes.

Recognized as the "Bed and Breakfast Capital of the South," various antebellum homes and Victorian structures provide a place to check in for the night or weekend. If you are looking for something more modern, consider Hotel Vue, located on the bluff of the Mississippi River.

visitnatchez.org

Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a perfect balance of culinary, arts and outdoors. Within a day, you can go on a wild cave expedition, blow a glass ornament and enjoy a meal overlooking the river.



And the best part is, there's plenty more see and do to fill up the rest of your days here.

Satisfy your adventurous side by renting a mountain bike through Cycle Sport Concepts and checking out the trails. If that's a little too extreme for you, they have city and road bike rentals. You can also rent through Bike Chattanooga at one of their 38 stations throughout the city. Crave some action on the water? Raft the Ocoee River or kayak along the Tennessee River.



Immerse yourself in Chattanooga's art scene with a visit to Hunter Museum of Art. The collection features various mediums representing Colonial period to the present day. Be sure to visit the outdoor sculpture collection. Speaking of sculptures, make sure both the River Gallery Sculpture Gardens and the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park to your itinerary.



A trip to Chattanooga isn't complete without a visit to popular attractions such as Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls and Rock City.



Restaurants are as diverse as the activities in Chattanooga. Whether it's tacos at Taco Mamacita, a biscuit at Milk & Honey or a sandwich at The Blue Plate, whatever you are craving, you will find it here.

For a place to rest, book a Pullman Train Car at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo or go for a different experience at The Crash Pad.

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El Dorado photos courtesy of El Dorado!; Uvalde County, Texas photos courtesy of Visit Uvalde County; Natchez, Mississippi, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, photo from personal collection.

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