Respite and Retreat

The lure of the Carolinas is strong for visitors seeking respite and renewal. Whether it’s along South Carolina’s sun kissed coastlines or sequestered in the lush mountains of North Carolina, there’s a spa waiting for you. SOUTH CAROLINATHE SPA AT BELMOND CHARLESTON PLACEThe recent addition of “Belmond” to its name is quite accurate. Belmond means […]

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Gingerbread and Jingle Bells

With their whimsical style, sparkly, sugar-coated details and warm, spicy aroma, gingerbread houses are as much a part of the holiday season as trees, menorahs and carolers. The tradition is an old one: Gingerbread houses first appeared in Germany during the 16th century, when master bakers created ornate works of art from the spicy cookies. […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

Ride the Rails

The lonely whistle of a distant train traveling through the night carries a sense of romance and history. While train travel through North and South Carolina is limited, a number of local railroads and museums are keeping the experience alive for train buffs of all ages. Great Smoky Mountains RailroadBryson City, North CarolinaLocated on the […]

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Category: Mountains

Leaf Peeping: Fabulous Fall Colors in the Carolina Mountains

From October to mid-November, the mountains of North and South Carolina are ablaze with their annual pageantry, putting on a display of fall color that draws leaf peepers from across the country. Every year, the best leaf displays are a hotly debated topic, but this list of stunning fall drives will put you on the […]

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Category: Mountains

12 Hidden Mountain Gems

The winding roads heading into the valleys and peaks of the mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina lead to lots of interesting hidden gems. It’s just a matter of knowing where to find them. Here are 12 of our favorites in the Carolinas: North Carolina * Just outside the village of Blowing Rock on […]

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Free Falling in the Carolinas

Thanks to the Wright brothers, North Carolina became first in flight when their amazing flying machine took to the air in 1903. But did you know that both North and South Carolina celebrate other firsts in aviation history? Two adventurous women, Caroline Etheridge Hembel and Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick, were pioneers in their time, taking to […]

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Category: Mountains

Grand Bohemian Hotel Becomes Another Asheville Attraction

Asheville’s four-year-old Grand Bohemian Hotel anchors Biltmore Village, a neighborhood of historic homes, shops and restaurants located across the street from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in the United States. The AAA Four Diamond, 104-room Tudor-style hotel has an eclectic lobby, reminiscent of 1880s European hunting décor and includes a […]

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Category: Mountains

Winter Adventure Abound in North Carolina’s High Country

You may not think of the South as a playground for snow sports, but a visit to North Carolina’s High Country will make you think again. In the winter, the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains naturally provide the conditions ideal for snow, but taking no chances, ski resorts here are equipped with the latest […]

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