Looking Glass Falls, NC
By James Richardson (Guest Blogger)
Waterfalls are always a great destination for travelers in general–hikers and photographers in particular.What makes a good waterfall? What makes a great waterfall?What is a best waterfall? For that matter, what makes for the Ten Best Waterfalls? First of all, what is best to one person may not be best to another. I had to arrive at a definition for a best waterfall before I could compile my list. These are many good waterfalls in this part of the country and I wanted to give all an equal chance.
Best is not a word that can easily be used to describe waterfalls. Highest, widest, largest, highest volume, prettiest or most photogenic are adjectives that are more commonly used to describe waterfalls, but I chose to use best. For this article I am saying that my best waterfall is a combination of these elements: largest, highest, visible all year and uniqueness. Uniqueness played the major part in selecting some, as did largest and tallest. Again, this list is mine and anyone can disagree.
(To read entire article and view photos of the 10 Best Waterfalls in the Southeast–four of which are in NC–click on the link above, Ten Best Waterfalls.)
Wilmington, NC, beat out 20 towns to be named the “Best American Riverfront”
Cape Fear River Front with USS Battleship NC in background
Fireboat on Cape Fear River
One of Wilmington’s beautiful church steeples
Front Street Farmer’s Market
The contest, hosted on USA Today’s travel site, pitted 20 American cities against each other for the title of “Best American Riverfront.” Since the poll opened in September Wilmington, NC, and Spokane, WA, were battling for the top position, but yesterday’s announcement officially confirms Wilmington, NC, as the winner!
(Photos by Sandra Chambers)
Posted in NC, North Carolina, Travel contests, Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Tagged Best American Riverfront, Cape Fear Riverfront, NC, USA Today Poll Travel, Wilmington, Wilmington's Riverwalk
Barcelo Maya Beach Resort on the Mexican Riviera
Looking for a great romantic or family all-inclusive vacation–check out Barcelo Maya Resort on the Mexican Riviera about an hour south of Cancun. Unspoiled beaches with great snorkeling and diving, luxury accommodations, fine dining and loads more. Click on the link to read my story in Luxe Beat Magazine.
Posted in Arts / Culture / History, Family fun; aquariums, Food and Wine, Hotels / Resorts, Mexico, Restaurant reviews, Spas, Tours
Tagged all-inclusive resort, Barcelo Maya Beach Resort, family resorts, luxury resorts, Mayan Ruins, Mexican Riviera, Snorkeling and diving, Water sports
Hollywood Wax Museum Offers Loads of Fun!
Hollywood Wax Museum at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, SC
Head to North Myrtle Beach for a new twist on beach entertainment. Opening this summer at Broadway at the Beach, the two-story Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center offers three adventures–The Wax Museum, Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors, and Outbreak (a scary zombie journey for the brave of heart!)
Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean
At the Wax Museum guests will enjoy rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and pop culture icons as they stroll through the decades. From Robert Downing Jr. to Marilyn Monroe and other academy award winners and music superstars, every age group will discover their favorites are there.
Each recreated wax replica is very life-like and set in an authentic movie-scene background or other appropriate setting.
Will Smith & Sandra Bullock
Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors
And don’t forget to bring your camera–photos are allowed inside and who can pass up a shot with their favorite star to post on Twitter or Instagram? The complex is open 9 a.m. until midnight seven days a week through Labor Day, with shortened hours year round.
Broadway at the Beach
Classic Cars to Visit “Broadway at the Beach”
“Broadway at the Beach,” an entertainment venue in North Myrtle Beach will be the official lunch stop for the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, on Friday, June 27. The Great Race contestants will arrive at about 11:50 a.m., and continue arriving in one-minute increments until all 100 have arrived. Continue reading
NC Beer (Photo courtesy of VisitNC.com)
Check out North Carolina Beer!
1. North Carolina is home to nearly 100 breweries — more than any other state south of Pennsylvania and east of Texas, according to a Beer Association survey.
2. The “State of the Craft Beer Industry” report for 2013 shows North Carolina setting the pace for growth of new breweries with a 23 percent increase in 2011.
3. Three major craft breweries chose the Asheville area for East Coast expansions: Oskar Blues (Brevard), Sierra Nevada (Mills River) and New Belgium (Asheville, opening 2015). Continue reading