Autumn is the season of pumpkins, corn mazes, and stunning fall color. Make time this fall for a romantic weekend getaway to explore Alabama’s picturesque countryside. Generally awash in color from mid-October to mid-November with peak color the last week of October and the first week of November, Alabama has five state parks that are ideal weekend escapes to experience the splendor of fall.
Born from the desire to belong to the land and to create a sustainable heritage, Kiepersol Vineyard and Estates is much more than just a vineyard – it is a family passion. The sixty-acre estate sits on top of Bullard Salt Dome nestled in the rolling hills of Tyler, Texas just two hours east of Dallas is also home to a distillery, restaurant, and a bed-and-breakfast.
Louisiana, this deep Southern state rich in 18th-Century French architecture is known for its charming gentile hospitality mixed with Cajun and Creole heritage and frozen daiquiri cocktails that are works of art. Meet The Daiquiri Queen Katina Gosey, the creator of Alky Therapy in Shreveport, is quite possibly Louisiana’s queen of the daiquiri. This humble, unassuming Louisiana native with a background as a biology teacher and a penchant for “going over the top” is raising the bar on these frozen concoctions dishing out blended daiquiri with names like Papa Smurf, Shark Attack, Marley, and Watermelon Margarita. These mixed works of
Galveston was a bustling seaport delivering food, textile goods, and people from around the world. The Galveston Historical Society brings this seaside city’s rich maritime history to life at the Tall Ships Festival where people can experience sailing nostalgia on board multi-masted schooners.
Relaxation Breaks – You Deserve Them I don’t care who you are or what you do, male or female, young or old – life can be a challenge. We are pulled
A Cool Reprieve The Guadalupe River lovingly called “the Guad” by locals of the Lone Star state, winds and meanders its way through Texas Hill Country. It flows past carved out limestone cliffs and mounds of gnarled cypress roots looking like they are dipping their toes in the river as they reach for water. A favorite destination for locals and visitors alike who are trying to escape some of Texas’ sweltering hot summer humidity. Thousands will travel to this cool water mecca over the course of a summer for a day of kayaking, tubing or rafting.
Shreveport has been a foodie mecca for diverse regional dishes since its founding in 1836. Shreveportites are infamous for putting their own unique spin on recipes that have been handed down or brought from other countries. This is but a small sampling of delectable morsels you can offer your palate when you visit Shreveport-Bossier City.
Sweet nectar from the high plains of Texas Alvord, Texas – Marker Cellars in the Red River Valley hosted their first wine pairing and Texas wine history event. Texas Wine History I was invited to join a small group of Texas wine lovers to enjoy an evening sampling bold Texas flavor matched with pasta, dried fruit, nuts, assorted cheese, and cannolis. Mark Rogers, the owner of Marker Cellars, taught us some interesting tidbits about Texas wine history. Native American Indian tribes used wild Vitis rotundifolia, also known as muscadine grapes, in much of their diet. Muscadine grapes are packed with
Remnants of Natchitoches French Creole and Spanish roots are evident in its historical cotton plantations, and 19th-century landmark buildings. Natchitoches – A Road Trip To Louisiana’s Hidden Gem Natchitoches (pronounced nack-a-tish), settled in 1714 it is the oldest settlement in
Huntsville, Alabama Diverse, unique, and eclectic. It is a land where you will find lush, rolling green hills
Space Camp – An Empty Nest Journey 3, 2, 1, mark. Pilot, you are a go to start auxiliary
Did you know that Tampa, Florida has a boardwalk? I did not. What a pleasant and fun discovery that was. The River Boardwalk
Renaissance Festival – transport your self to another world and another time. Last year at the Texas Renaissance Festival we had such a good time! Of course, we had to visit the King’s Bar The parade is always fun to watch #renaissance #texas
What do you think of when you think of Texas? Most people will think of cowboys, cattle, and tumbleweeds. Yes, those are all found in Texas. Texas is also one of the first wine producing states.
Would you jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Would you jump from a building that was structurally sound? Not even on fire or anything as
Farmers Markets They have been around as long as farmers. What started as small roadside stands has blossomed and evolved into gatherings of various sizes. From small towns to
New Orleans’ Esplanade Ridge Historic District was once the most prestigious Creole neighborhoods in the city. Now it boasts one of the largest and most impressive concentrations
Canton is a small town with a very popular tradition. Once a month, approximately 400,000 people descend on this quaint farming community of 3,500 for a single weekend to
New Orleans Swamp Tour New Orleans offers a wide range of activities and tours. An airboat or swamp tour with Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours is the perfect beginning to an adventurous weekend in New Orleans.