Where Should We Go Next?

December 15, 2012 | By and | Comments (6)
Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

This week the travel team reflected on all the wonderful places we had the opportunity to visit this year. Among the 10 staff writers and photographers, we have touched ground on every state in our region, traveling a total of 189,000 miles this year—that’s like circling the world 7.5 times!

We navigated Virginia’s hairpin turns, where every passing vista promises to be prettier than the last. We’ve woken up at the crack of dawn to catch planes and climb in rental cars that would take us closer to the heart of the Louisiana bayou, to meet Tennessee farmers and crafters, to judge oyster competitions on the Gulf. We’ve hopped around small towns in North Carolina, Georgia, and Missouri in search for the perfect trips for you. And we still don’t feel like we’ve tipped the iceberg on exploring the cultural riches the South has to offer.

As we plan our trips for the upcoming year, we want to know where you think we should visit next? Is there a charming small town, or an artisan craft maker in your area we have to meet? Is your neighborhood on the verge of a renaissance, or do you know of the best little road food stop below the Mason-Dixon line? Tell us all about it in the comments!

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol


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  2. Melissa Huber

    1 – Evacuating hurricane along coast few years ago, ended up passed through Mt. Airy NC & home of Andy Griffith while taking a round-about way to get home. I have wanted to go back and explore more, seemed like a beautiful area and people were wonderful.

    2 – Richmond VA – I understand downtown area is beginning to flourish recently & have been curious to know more about what is there for a visit sometime.

    3 – VA Wine country & most scenic drive between Culpeper, Orange, Barboursville, and on to Charlottesville – history, wine, inns, & breathtaking views

    4 – Lake Norman – recommended place to visit with my family

    5 -Townsend TN & Cades Cove

    6 – Wilmington NC area

    7 – Cambridge MD – there is more there then one realizes passing through on way to Ocean City

    8 – St. Augustine FL (another area on my list to visit) – quiet history and beautiful beaches

    9 – Georgetown SC – a hidden gem

    10 – Port Aransas TX – quaint fishing village, Corpus Christi attractions nearby

    11 – Gladys Porter Zoo TX (gorillas might communicate with you on quiet days)

    12 – McDonald Observatory TX

    13 – Gulf Shores Alabama

    14 – Treasure Island FL or The Keys

    15 – Louisville KY and/or bourbon trail

    16 – Smith Island MD

    March 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm
  3. Jessica A. Raines

    Valdosta, GA has several wonderful hidden gems. Looking for a place to discover talented artists? Check out the student page at Valdosta State University: http://ww2.valdosta.edu/art/student_work.shtml

    For a taste of the South, try Steel Magnolias for yummy Pimento Mac-N-Cheese Grilled Cheese and Shrimp and Grits, spicy sausage, tomato, red pepper gravy plate. http://www.steelmagnoliasrestaurant.com/

    January 7, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  4. pigeonforgereporter

    I’m keen on Pigeon Forge and the Smokies. There’s a great annual event in January called Wilderness Wildlife Week (Jan. 12-19) largely devoted to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and a truly unexpected one in February called Saddle Up (Feb. 21-24). Saddle Up is a celebration of cowboy poetry, western music and chuck wagon cooking and is one of the biggest cowboy events east of the Mississippi. Find details at “events” at http://www.MyPigeonForge.com.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm
  5. darcy Riggs

    WV! my favorites: Pies n Pints, fayetteville… Dolly Sods or Spruce Knob or both… Thomas WV the Purple Fiddle just to name a few…

    December 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm
  6. Jennifer Eubanks

    There’s a fun new store in Walterboro, SC called DIG (Designs Interiors Garden). Located on Washington Street and owned by two lawyers and friends, Christy Scott and Morrison Payne. Walterboro has become a neat little antique-y stop!

    December 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

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