The South

 

When the Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau invited Small Market Meetings editor Vickie Mitchell  to come for a preview of their new downtown convention center during the week of The Masters, she knew just what to do.  She invited me to go in her place. Vickie had done a similar trip to Augusta a few…

 
 

On Monday evening, March 19, the Tunica RiverPark welcomed more than 200 STS Spring Meeting delegates and guests for one of its earliest re-opening events since the devastating flood of last spring.  It has not been even a year since the Mississippi River extended its muddy grasp high into the Tunica shoreline and sent water,…

 
 
 

Elaborate costumes, screaming crowds and police escorts — this must be what it feels like to be a rock star. No, I’m not on tour with Lady Gaga. I’m in Biloxi, Mississippi for Mardi Gras, the yearly Fat Tuesday celebration that preceeds Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. And on this warm, sunny February Tuesday,…

 

Katrina who?

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on February 20, 2012

 
 

When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore in 2005, it made its mark on Mississippi’s gulf coast. In Gulfport and Biloxi, the storm destroyed casinos, museums, homes and other structures; the nearby town of Bay St. Louis suffered incredible damage. But in the years since, the towns along the Mississippi coastline have rebuilt and renewed themselves, making…

 

Museum for a ‘Mad Potter’

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on February 19, 2012

 
 

Most coastal destinations are known more for their beaches and resorts than for art and architecture. But in Biloxi, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum is one of the region’s cheif attractions, showcasing the work of a famous local artist in an architectural setting that is an acheivement in itself. I’m spending a few days on the Mississippi…

 
 
 

Graceland is an iconic stop for Elvis fans the world over   During our BankTravel event at Graceland on February 7, Memphis CVB president Kevin Kane told me that he personally escorts rock and roll dignitaries to this mecca for musicians.  For instance, he brought Elvis Costello over here and said that Costello removed his…

 

Penguins, Sharks and Jellies

Posted by Brian Jewell in The South on November 09, 2011

 
 

Aquariums are some of my favorite places to visit as I travel around the country. There’s sometime about coming face-to-face with exotic ocean creatures that thrills me in a way that museums and historic sites simply can’t. At Newport Aquarium, part of Newport on the Levee in Northern Kentucky, I got an up-close glimpse at…

 
 

Numerous groups toured Woodford Reserve Distillery the day we held our planning retreat there.   On November 4, we held our annual editorial planning retreat at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Woodford County, Kentucky. This is the third time we’ve held this retreat at this historic central Kentucky site over the past decade or so. Woodford…

 
 

    Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa is carved out of the Appalachian foothills just minutes from busy Birmingham, Alabama.  As soon as you drive onto this resort property that carries a Scottish theme for its namesake, you can feel yourself begin to relax just a bit.  We arrived here after breakfast at…

 
 

  We started early on Wednesday, teeing off at 7:00 a.m. on the Lakes Course of the RTJ complex at Grand National in Auburn-Opelika.  Many consider this course to be among the most scenic in the entire RTJ system.  By starting early, we saw lots of holes draped in fog and mist rising from its…