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Meandering Down U.S. 19/Magnolia Highway in Georgia and Florida

Meandering Down U.S. 19/Magnolia Highway in Georgia and Florida
“Sometimes I get bored riding on the interstate,” says Melanie Grace, executive director, Americus-Sumter County Tourism Council. How many times have you said the exact say thing when traveling down what seems to be a never-ending road? Sometimes it’s good to detour off the main road, like the I-75 South stretch from Georgia to Florida and take U.S. 19/Magnolia Highway. Whether you begin your journey in Griffin, Ga., or Americus, Ga., (U.S. 19 ends on Tampa’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge ) you...
November 16th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, Hidden Gems, highway, off-the-beaten-path, Things to See in Florida, Things to See in Georgia, top-feature

Where Nasa & Star Trek Started: Galileo’s Observatory, Padova

La Specola - Padova Last month the world celebrated the 40th Anniversary of men walking on the moon. This event happened long before my time, yet I still watched the clips with enthusiasm and felt proud that I was an American at that point when I saw the flag unrolled on the surface of the moon. Yet, I couldn’t help but realize that we wouldn’t be standing there at that point if it hadn’t been for great thinkers and dreamers before us. In Padova, not far from Venice, you can visit...
August 17th, 2009 | The Venice Guide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Galileo, History & Information, off-the-beaten-path, Padova, Tours

Hidden Gems: Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail in Athens, Ga.

Sometimes the neatest places can be found in your backyard. For me, it’s Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail located at Memorial Park in Athens, Ga. Don’t let it’s size fool you, either. It may be small compared to others of its type, but not only is it educational, but fascinating as well. Established in the late 1940s, it has evolved over the years to now include 12 different animal exhibits, such as the black bear exhibit, whitetail deer and wild turkey exhibit, and the Bald Eagle exhibit....
August 10th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Get Outdoors, Hidden Gems, off-the-beaten-path, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Georgia, wild life, zoos

Experience America with USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events, and Festivals.

What makes America, well, America? That question crossed Gary McKechnie’s mind as he traveled across country working on his book, Great American Motorcycle Tours. Having fun on his adventure, the author and owner of Coconut Cottage Inn in Mount Dora, Fla., realized there’s was so much to see in America and thus, another book idea was born. This book would highlight certain things that defined America. Influenced by Charles Krault, McKechnie wanted to create a body of work that introduces people...
July 16th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: books, Hidden Gems, Historic Travel, off-the-beaten-path, road trip, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Texas

Small, Hidden, Museums…OFF The Beaten Path! Part 3 of 3

Welcome back! We are over half way in our little journey through the back roads of museums in the Veneto. This week, the list isn’t quite as long, but these museums really have something that is special to the region as well as the culture. Lost roads, forgotten villages, yes…this week we take a look at some of the forgotten aspects of civilizations. Museum Of Ancient Streets The ancient monastery of San Salvaro is home to the Museum of Ancient Streets. This museum illustrates the ancient...
May 31st, 2009 | The Venice Guide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Family Friendly, History & Information, Movies and Cinema, off-the-beaten-path, old world, Padova

Small, Hidden, Museums…OFF The Beaten Path! Part 2 of 3

Welcome back! Today I’m continuing my small series of hidden museums throughout the Veneto. If you enjoyed the river museum, the museum of hand made masks, and Villa Beatrice then you’re sure to enjoy these as well. So without any futher delay…let’s continue on! “Cava Bomba” Geopalaeontology Museum This museum can be found at the site of an abandoned Lime quarry in the Euganean Hills. At this museum you can discover the paleontologic history of the area through...
May 20th, 2009 | The Venice Guide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Budget Museums, Family Friendly, History & Information, Kids Museums, off-the-beaten-path

Tales from the Road: Feeling at Home on Alabama’s Gulf Coast off-the-Beaten Path

Traveling as much as I do, I’ve stayed in numerous places along the way. Form vacations homes to hotels and resorts – you name it and I’ve probably stayed at it. During my trip to Alabama’s Gulf Coast, I stayed inland in Foley at Beach ‘N River, a vacation home rental. I know that some out there may think it’s unusual to stay away from the beach when at the beach, but I wanted to experience something different. And Beach ‘N River provided me with that opportunity.      View...
May 17th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: accomodation, Alabama Gulf Coast, off-the-beaten-path, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Alabama

Small, Hidden, Museums…OFF The Beaten Path! Part 1 of 3

If you’re like me, when I travel I love to see everything there is to offer in a new city or area. I will visit the monuments, the museums and, to put it mildly, be a tourist. But I also like seeing the things and doing the activities that are not in the guidebook and are known by only half of the locals. From this idea is why I decided to compile a list of little known museums that are tucked in the area surrounding Venice, that are usually very little known in ANY guidebook. So if you feel...
May 13th, 2009 | The Venice Guide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, Euganean Hills, Family Friendly, Hidden Museums, History & Information, museums, off-the-beaten-path

Tales from the Road: Hidden Gems Along Hwy 98

It’s no secret that I like to search out places off-the-beaten track when I’m on vacation. And luckily I was in the right place, because this area, Alabama’s Gulf Coast, certainly has a lot of them. While I couldn’t get to them all, I was quite happy with the two I was able to visit. Driving on Highway 98, in Elberta, a small sign caught my attention.  The simple sign read “Sweet Home Farm” and said the farm was about a half-mile from the highway. Since I wasn’t on anyone’s schedule...
May 12th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Alabama Gulf Coast, Hidden Gems, off-the-beaten-path, Southern Food, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Alabama, Travelogues

Hidden Gems: Rural Delights in the South

You’re familiar with the phrase that “good things come in small packages.” Well, it can also be applied to destinations. Recently, The Progressive Farmer magazine published their Absolute Best List for 2009, and included in it is the Top 10 Counties (in the Nation) to Raise a Family. Four out of the 10 counties listed happen to be in the South. But what do these hidden gems have to offer visitors? Quite a lot. Read on to learn why it’s good to venture off the interstate...
February 9th, 2009 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Hidden Gems, off-the-beaten-path, Small Towns to Visit, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Georgia, Things to See in Tennessee, Things to See in Texas, Things to See in Virginia

Hidden Gems: Second Time Around Mini Farm

Discovering new places -  isn’t that the heart of travel? It doesn’t matter how many times you have visited a certain city or state, or even if you live there, there is always a handful of places that you never knew existed. For me that was discovering Second Time Around Mini Farm, which is nearly up the road from me. Located in Washington, Ga., about an hour and half east of Atlanta, and between Athens and Augusta, this 13.5 acres farm is different from anything I’ve ever...
November 12th, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Hidden Gems, nature, off-the-beaten-path, outdoors, Small Towns to Visit, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Georgia

Hidden Gems: Eagle Island, Georgia

“I tell people that we have one of the best backyards in America,” comments Andy Hill (Captain Andy), proprietor of Eagle Lodge, located on Eagle Island, Ga. And he isn’t exaggerating, either. What may be considered to be one of Georgia’s best-kept secrets, Eagle Island is blessed ten-fold with coastal Georgia’s natural beauty. Of course, for some this maybe perhaps second or equal the island’s other draw: seclusion. See, the 10-acre Eagle Island,  located 10 minutes...
November 3rd, 2008 | Apryl Chapman Thomas | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Hidden Gems, off-the-beaten-path, outdoors, Southern-Byways, Things to See in Georgia