It’s State Fair Time in the Carolinas

When the air turns crisp, it signals an autumn rite of passage here in the Carolinas. Soon, the midway will blaze with lights and music, as giant stuffed animals and blue ribbons beckon. Cue the fried foods. Must-Try Foods North Carolina’s lineup never fails with offerings like Fry Me to the Moon—a deep-fried chocolate Moon […]

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Category: Carolinas, US

It’s Apple Pickin’ Time

It’s apple-picking time in the Carolinas and Virginia. It’s time to make apple jelly, apple sauce, and apple butter; bake apple strudel and apple pie; crank up the old mill and fill a few jars with cider. South Carolina Apple Festival Aug. 27 – Sept. 10, 2016 Located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains […]

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Down the Hatch

Dig into delightful down home favorites at fall food festivals. They call it “comfort food” because every bite puts you in a good mood. We’re talking about dishes that stick on ribs and stir up happy childhood memories. From stuffed peppers and lightly fried okra to buttermilk biscuits bumping up against some gravy, and shrimp […]

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Category: US

Oktoberfest: Beyond Germany

Oktoberfest may be a German tradition, but you can still find great beer and lively celebrations this fall without venturing to Europe. A great wedding can sometimes feel like a fun festival. Long tables, themed decorations, free-flowing drinks, good music and indulgent food are treats for people who have come from afar to celebrate together. […]

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Category: Carolinas, Coastal

Sample the Lowcountry at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival

Nothing says coastal Lowcountry like a heaping plate of freshly caught shrimp. And visitors to historic Beaufort can get their fill each fall during the Beaufort Shrimp Festival. “We have almost 7,500 people attend the event each year,” says Robb Wells, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce Vice President. “Fall in Beaufort is one of the best […]

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Category: US

Best Oktoberfest Celebrations on this Continent

Munich is Oktoberfest’s heimatstadt (hometown), and sticklers for tradition will want to make the trip across the Atlantic at some point to experience the real deal.  But even the most staunch proponent of the Bavarian beer purity law will still have a glorious time dancing to riotous Oom Pah bands, feasting on bratwurst, and clanking […]

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The More the Merrier

Many travelers shy away from group travel, because of concerns of being herded through and around destinations, following the red umbrella. But how many of you want to travel with friends, work colleagues, family? That’s group travel too and you may reap the benefits of better pricing, special amenities for tours, packages and cruises by […]

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Category: Car Care

How to Find a Great Mechanic

In the not too distant past, tuning-up the family car or changing the oil at home before a trip was commonplace. Virtually every household garage sported a jack, jack stands, standard hand tools, a grease gun and maybe even a tachometer and dwell meter. Today? Probably not. The Reason:   Today’s vehicles have become complicated–really […]

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