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Biloxi, Mississippi

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

 
 

My recent tour of the South had three smaller towns stand out, including Biloxi, Mississippi. Virtually everyone is aware of the massive destruction which Hurricanes Camille and, more recently, Katrina wreaked upon the Biloxi resort community when they tore through the community in 1969 and 2005, respectively. However, I am happy to report that both…

 
 

Although one might associate many national parks with the arrival of icy roads and mountain snows in December, there are many Southern parks that are still suitable for a late-year group visit. Just south of Natchitoches, Louisiana, is Cane River Creole National Historical Park, which protects two great cotton plantations: Magnolia and Oakland. In 1753,…

 

Big Thicket National Preserve

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on January 08, 2013

 
 

Spread out through the countryside of East Texas north of Beaumont are the 15 separate units that make up Big Thicket National Preserve. Called the “biological crossroads of North America,” Big Thicket was established to protect an amazing diversity of plant and animal species that thrive in the confluence of forests and central plains. With…

 

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in The South on January 08, 2013

 
 

Not all parks are freezing in December. Parks like the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi can be a perfect way to get outdoors during the winter. The Gulf Islands National Seashore created in 1971 to protect the long, narrow barrier islands along the Gulf of Mexico. These islands contain salt marshes, wildlife, historic forts…

 
 

Vintage WW II planes are the stars at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum   When Jim Coggin picked me up Monday morning at the airport for a couple of days of touring Virginia Beach, he nailed his colors to the wall early. ‘We want to make sure that bank travel directors across America are aware…

 

Macon Rocks

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 10, 2012

 
 

Macon sits at Georgia’s intersectoin of history and music. There are plenty of great attractions to visit duirng a tour of the city, but my favorite during my short visit was The Big House: The Allman Brothers Band Museum. The Allman Brothers were one of the pioneering bands in the music today called Southern Rock,…

 

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 10, 2012

 
 

You may not expect to find a tourism attraction at at Catholic monastery, much less one in suburban Georgia. But in Conyers, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit has become a must-see location for groups touring the area. A group of Trappist monks from Kentucky established this monastery decades ago, living in a barn and…

 

Surveying the Civil War

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 09, 2012

 
 

There are few places in the United States so impacted by the Civil War as Atlanta. The city famously burned after Union general Sherman captured it in 1864. Today, nearly 150 years later, the events are still a striking part of the Atlanta story. There are plenty of places around the city that shed light…

 

Roswell’s Southern Trilogy

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on April 09, 2012

 
 

Barrington Hall Roswell, Georgia, has all of the characteristic elements of a Southern village — a picturesque town square, a lush green park with a white bandstand and a historic river mill. But Roswell also has something that most of the other small towns around Atlanta don’t — a trio of antebellum homes. ‘Roswell has…

 
 
 

  The Masters is almost as much about traditions as it is about great golf.  Its champions are set apart forever, and, by tradition, select the menu for the champion’s dinner the following year.  Both its pimento cheese and egg salad sandwiches are traditions, as is the green jacket that Augusta National members wear on…