Holiday Time

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Honor the Red, White and Blue in the South with Independence Day Celebrations (July 2019)

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Celebrating Mardi Gras 2019 (February 2019)

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Get Into the Holiday Spirit with the 29th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest (November 2018)

17 Celebrations Honoring the Red, White and Blue (June 2018)

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"Throw me Somethin' Mister!" Celebrating Mardi Gras 2018 (January 2018)

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25 Festive Events to Keep that Holiday Feeling Through the New Year (December 2017)

Awe-Inspiring Gingerbread Displays at Various Hotels and Resorts Around the South (December 2017)

Fun and Fireworks: 14 Events Celebrating Independence Day (June 2017)

Celebrate 2017 Mardi Gras in the South (February 2017)

Three Festive Ways to Avoid Going Stir Crazy Before the Holidays (December 2016)

30 Ways to Get Your "Jingle" On in the South (December 2016)

Five Ways to Experience the Holidays "Louisiana-Style" (December 2016)

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Red, White, Blue and You: Fourth of July Celebrations in the South (July 2016)

Drops, Celebrations and More: Memorable Ways to Welcome in 2016 (December 2015)

Spark Your Holiday Spirit with the Many Events Happening Around the South (December 2015)

Six Places to Celebrate the Holiday Season (December 2015)

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14 Dazzling Holiday Light Displays Throughout the South to Enjoy Now (November 2015)

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New Twist on an Old Favorite: Amping Up the Grilled Cheese (April 2015)

Celebrate National Soup Month Anytime with Recipes from Benchmark Resorts & Hotels (January 2015)

Move Over Ball Drop - This is How the South Welcomes in the New Year (December 2014)

Ways to Get Your Holiday On in the South (December 2014)

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Warm Up the Days and the Nights with These Chili Recipes (October 2014)

Creating the Perfect Cheeseburger with Crawford Ker on National Cheeseburger Day (September 2014)

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A MoonPie, Pickle, Red Stick and More...Welcoming in the New Year in the South (December 2013)

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide...Packages and Escapes (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Books (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Beverage (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Made in the South (December 2013)

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Experiences in the South (December 2013)

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From Their Table to Yours: Holiday Recipes from The Carolina Inn (November 2013)

Firing Up the Grill: Tips and Recipes for a Successful and Tasty Grilling Season (May 2013)

Breakfast for Mom, Southern-Style (May 2013)

Mom-Worthy Hotels in the South (May 2013)

Talkin' Mardi Gras, Shreveport, La. Style (February 2013)

Southern Style: 13 Things You Must Do in 2013 (January 2013)

Holiday Joy: Tips for Creating the Perfect Gingerbread House (December 2012)

Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Secret is in the Sauce at Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley (December 2012)

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Absolutely Southern Gift Guide: Chef's Table at Emeril's Delmonico (December 2012)

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Seeing Various Shades of Green: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the South (March 2012)

It’s Mardi Gras Time in the South (February 2012)

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Published: December 2013
2013 Holiday Gift Guide...Packages and Escapes  

  • Gift someone (or yourself) with Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts “Rejuvenating Yoga Beach Retreat” package. Starting at $289, it includes two nights of oceanfront accommodations in a deluxe condo-hotel, unlimited yoga & fitness classes, one-hour massage and daily breakfast. Price includes all taxes and resort fees. Additional nights, massages and up to seven days of yoga can be added. Package is valid through March 1, 2014.

  • Escape to Eagle Island , Ga., an 10-acre island  located in southern Georgia's salt marsh, where coastal tides provide waters deep enough for the quick boat trip from historic Darien. The lodge has a 1,500-square-foot screened-in porch with hot tub and fireplace, and offers rustic luxury to a maximum of 12 guests. You must bring your own food and beverages; fresh crab caught on Eagle dock is included in the rental price. Boat to Eagle Island on your own, or make arrangements with Captain Andy Hill to pick you up on the mainland. In 15 minutes, you’ll arrive in another world without clocks – where time is measured by the tides and movement of the sun through the sky. Without distractions, the Lodge is set into the towering oak hammock where the only sounds are nature and the magical world of coastal inspiration. Relax in a porch swing and rockers – then prepare dinner in the indoor or outdoor gourmet kitchen. From $450 per night.

  • When you can’t decide, a gift card can be the best way to go. Consider giving one from and let the recipient decide where to go.

  • The recently-renovated Westin Hilton Head Island (S.C.) Resort & Spa offers two packages valid through the holidays until February 2014 that provide savings of more than 40 percent. The Discovery Adventure, features the option to kayak, zip line, cruise, or bike and the Rejuvenation Vacation offers yoga and a bucket list of resort relaxation activities to choose from such as a massage, round of golf, tennis, one day biking adventure, ocean view cabana, etc.

  • Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, Ga., offers a Heaven On Earth Spa package. Suitable for a spa lover and their guest, it features a day at the Equani Spa. The package includes a traditional sleeping room, three selected spa services per guest (double occupancy) including service charge. Spa Services covered: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage,  Simply Sugar Medi-Pedi and Skin Resonance or Down to Earth Facial, and two breakfast vouchers. The package starts at $687 per night. Upgraded rooms featuring a balcony or fireplace if available are $30 additional.

  • For an unique escape, treat someone special (or yourself) to Main Street Hotel in Yazoo City, Miss. Located on the second floor of several buildings in the historic downtown, each room or suite is uniquely decorated in a perfect blend of antique and modern.  Bathrooms with claw-foot tubs and full showers, full kitchens and washer/dryer in the suites, and flat-screen televisions all help to ensure the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

  • Let you giftee be one of the first to enjoy Streamsong Resort in Streamsong, Fla. Opening January 17, the resort offers top ranked golf along with a grotto-style spa and  activities like sporting clays and guided bass fishing. The “Stay and Play” package features a clubhouse standard guest room, breakfast in clubhouse, golf with cart, club storage and practice facilities. The package is $444/person based on double occupancy.

  • Whether the hard-to-buy person on your holiday list plays golf, indulges with spa treatments or just wants to get away for a weekend, you can’t go wrong with giving a Robert Trent Jones Gift Card. Select from golf, resort or spa, two of the three or all three.

  • Abingdon Manor in Latta, S.C., offers a two-night cooking school package that includes classes, recipe book and much more. The cost is $850 per couple. The property’s two night getaway package features a stay in the Master suite, gourmet six course dinner for both nights, breakfast each morning and other amenities. Package is $850.

  • Beat the after-the-holiday doldrums in January with Blue Heron Inn’s Winter Special. Located in Darien, Ga., the special is good for stays in a king-size room, Sunday -Thursday, with a rate of $125. Breakfast is included.

  • Opening on December 18, Epicurean Hotel is holding their grand opening weekend celebration on January 17-19, 2014. There are two special packages created specifically for the weekend. The Connoisseurs of Life Package ($2,000 for two people) includes accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, private welcome reception with chef/author Norman Van Aken, Friday evening grand awakening reception (showcasing the entire hotel), Saturday evening six-course winemakers dinner (featuring executive chef Chad Johnson), a choice of Élevage brunches inspired by champagne and Bloody Mary’s and a selection of up to three activities, including wine and culinary classes presented by industry experts and celebrities. The Grand Awakening Package ($1,000 for two people) features classic accommodations for Friday and Saturday nights, Friday evening grand awakening reception (showcasing the entire hotel), Saturday evening four-course dinner with wine at Élevage and priority reservations for any remaining culinary and wine classes.

  • Give someone special the gift of choice with a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast and Inns, and Small Hotels gift card.

  • Experience a different side of Florida at Westgate River Ranch, Florida’s only dude ranch. Situated on 1,700- acres in the heart of Florida’s cattle lands in River Ranch, it’s surrounded by approximately 400,000 acres of state and federally protected wetlands. Westgate River Ranch offers such specials as the Glamping Experience (includes a daily $50 resort credit), River Ranch Adventure Package (from $329 for two nights), River Ranch Getaway Package (from $309 for two nights) and more.

  • Treat someone special on your holiday gift list to an escape to the Georgia mountains and stay at Sylvan Falls Mill. Located in Rabun Gap, the bed and breakfast has an operating historic grist mill that is powered by an 85’ waterfall. They grind locally grown corn as well as regionally ground wheat and rye, with the grinds featured in their freshly made pastries and breakfasts.  Please visit our website and feel welcome to contact with any questions.

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