The South


When was the last time you did something that wowed your customers? Group tours and cruises offer a level of service unmatched anywhere else in the travel industry. But if you’re not delivering “wow” experiences to your travelers, you’re missing out on the opportunity to convert them from occasional customers to loyal followers. If you…


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Cowpens National Battlefields

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on November 22, 2013


Battle of Cowpens Monument Cowpens Battlefield is named for the land used by Colonial settlers here to pasture their cattle. The park offers visitors a 1.25-mile Battlefield Trail walking tour, a 3-mile Loop Road for motorized vehicles, and a 2-mile Cowpens Nature Trail.  Also on site is the log Robert Scruggs House, which dates from…


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Ninety Six National Historic Site

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on November 22, 2013


Having spent last winter and early spring based in Greenville, South Carolina, I took advantage of the opportunity to re-visit all of the state’s National Park Service units, including the sites of three important Revolutionary War battles. One of my favorite off-the-beaten path parks is Ninety Six National Historic Site. The beautiful site features a…



  Although many people consider mid-November to be too early to usher in the Christmas season, it was impossible to be bah-humbug after my wife, Marcheta, and I attended a media weekend Nov. 15-17 in conjunction with the opening of Christmas at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville, Ky. Brightly colored larger-than-life luminaries created…


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Bush’s Visitor Center

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on June 06, 2013


Virtually everyone will recognize Jay Bush and his dog Duke from the numerous amusing television commercials which have featured the “secret recipe” for Bush’s Baked Beans. Built around the original 1897 A. J. Bush & Company general store in tiny Chestnut Hill, Tenn., you’ll also discover a most unusual visitor facility illustrating the company’s lengthy…

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Walmart Visitor Center

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on June 06, 2013


Who doesn’t have a Walmart in or near their community?  Whatever one thinks of this retailing juggernaut, there is no denying that Walmart is a true American success story. Here in Bentonville, Ark., near the corporation’s sprawling headquarters facilities, you’ll find the original little 5&10¢ store that Sam Walton opened on the town square in…

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Ocmulgee National Monument

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on April 02, 2013


Visitor Center Archaeological Museum Surely countless coaches originating from points throughout the Midwest and Ohio Valley make the trip south annually on I-75, en route to Florida’s renowned theme parks and cruise ports. Although some may make stops along the way, I would guess that few groups are aware of three interesting and free National…


National Prisoner of War Museum One of the most moving of NPS sites commemorates the infamous Confederate Civil War prison camp at Andersonville, officially known as Camp Sumter, which is located 26 miles west of I-75 Exit 127. During the scant 14 months that the camp existed more than 45,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned here,…


Visitor Center exhibits in former Plains High School Since so many motorcoaches will travel the I-75 route through Georgia, it is important to know a few stops along the way that will add to your group’s experience. The charming community of Plains, birthplace of our 39th President, is about 36 miles west off I-75 Exits…

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Natchitoches, Louisiana

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on February 28, 2013


One of the most interesting cities I encountered during my December tour of the South was Natchitoches (pronounced NACK-a-tish), located in western Louisiana.  Guiding my two-day visit here was Markita Hamilton, communications director for the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, whose family has lived here for generations. This charming community, the first permanent European…