Category: Carolinas

Pee Dee Region: Small-Town Charm and Natural Beauty

When most Carolinians consider the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, two landmarks jump to mind – the classic Darlington Raceway and the one-of-a-kind South of the Border. While both are great reasons to visit the area, there is a lot more to this corner of the state than just racing and souvenir splendor. It […]

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Category: Expert Advice

Do You Have Enough Life Insurance?

A life insurance needs analysis is the key to determining how much coverage your family would need if you died. Think about the answer to these questions: What would life be like financially for your loved ones if you were no longer there? Would they be able to maintain their standard of living? Would they […]

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Category: Expert Advice

Ford’s New C-Max Energi is Plug-in Plus Hybrid

In the automotive struggle to be green, Ford adds ammunition to its marketing guns with the 2013 C-Max and C-Max Energi midsize five-passenger hatchback sedans, ready to challenge Toyota’s Prius and the Chevrolet Volt. The C-Max Energi, our test-drive and about $7,000 more than the C-Max, has a triple-threat powertrain, meaning it can operate on […]

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Category: Carolinas, Coastal

Hilton Head Island: Pristine Beaches, Luxury Resorts, Coastal Cuisine

With 12 pristine miles of beachfront, numerous luxury resorts, hundreds of great restaurants, and a host of cultural amenities, Hilton Head Island, S.C., is one of the region’s top family-friendly coastal destinations. Named after Captain William Hilton in 1663, Hilton Head Island over the centuries was home to early Native American settlers and also served […]

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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: Carolinas

Perfectly Clear

A Kicked-Back Getaway on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast Brings Quiet Respite and Wild New Friends Adagio gazed calmly across the pen. His caretaker, Carolyn Mason, cupped her hand gently under his soft muzzle and led him to the pen’s rail to let his visitors stroke his smooth brown nose. It was love at first sight. […]

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Category: US

Experience the Trail of Tears & More in East Tennessee

Spectacular natural beauty, unlimited outdoor recreation, history, entertainment, attractions and celebrations are all good reasons to visit East Tennessee. This year many vacationers will travel to the Volunteer State to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Removal of the Cherokees from their eastern homelands to Tahlequah, OK, the capital of the Cherokee Nation since 1841. […]

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Category: Expert Advice

Buckled Up? Seat Belt Usage Higher in SC Than NC

North Carolina – once a national leader in seat belt usage – saw usage drop from 89.5% to 87.5% last year. However, 4 of every 10 people killed in a North Carolina vehicle crash through July 2013 were unrestrained, the same percentage as last year. Through June, North Carolina traffic deaths had declined 2.5%. In […]

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