Beech Mountain Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC
Are you psyched for the Winter Olympics? Want to try out some of those half-pipe tricks or finesse your figure skating jumps?
We’re lucky in North Carolina–we have both a beautiful coastline with sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets, but also stunning mountains with waterfalls, autumn leaves and snow, providing lots of opportunity for all types of sports.
Check out my article for Allegiant’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, to read about Beech Mountain Ski Resort, a fantastic winter resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains where you can ski, snowboard, go snow tubing, ice skating and sledding. Then after a day on the slopes enjoy some craft beer and great food at one of the few breweries owned and operated by a ski area.
Posted in Food and Wine, Nature, NC, NC mountain adventures, North Carolina, Resorts, Romantic get-a-ways
Tagged ice skating, NC mountain adventures, NC ski resorts, NC skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding
While Myrtle Beach is well-known for its bustling beach atmosphere, entertainment, golf and great food, the southern end of the 60-mile Grand Strand offers quiet beaches, wetlands, parks and quaint fishing villages.
(Published in Allegiant’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker, Oct. 2016.) Click here to read article: the-quieter-side-of-mb-oct-2016
A Great 3-Day Escape to Myrtle Beach
Discover the quirky charms of South Carolina’s most popular family vacation destination.
(This story appears in the March 2016 issue of West Jet Air’s in-flight magazine and was written by Sandra Chambers.)
Myrtle Beach Pier at State Park. (Photo courtesy of VisitMyrtleBeach.com)
Myrtle Beach’s 97 kilometres of picturesque coastline, aptly called the “Grand Strand,” is most famous for its bustling beach atmosphere, replete with live entertainment, amusement parks, acclaimed seafood restaurants, great shopping and world-class golf. But the area also has a quieter side thanks to the beaches, wetlands and quaint fishing villages on its southernmost end. Take an extra- long weekend to explore both the upbeat and the serene sides of this beloved coastal area.
Read the story: THREE DAYS In Myrtle Beach OR check out the entire March issue of the magazine. This article can be found on pages 23-25.
Posted in Entertainment & shows, Family fun; aquariums, fishing villages, Food and Wine, Golf, Hotels / Resorts, Myrtle Beach, Nature, Ocean, Resorts, South Carolina, The Southeast
Tagged entertainment, hotels, miniature golf, Myrtle Beach, Ocean, Restaurants, West Jet Air inflight magazine
“Southern-Traveller Heads North” chronicles my recent trip to Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec & Montreal. Today’s post continues with my third adventure in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia. Because of high seas and winds we were not able to dock in Sydney the previous day.)
There’s so much to see on this tiny island of Nova Scotia that I had to make some difficult decisions since our time ashore was limited. Since I am a photographer, the ship’s shore excursions usually frustrate me because they only make one or two stops for photos. For that reason I arranged a tour with Tours by Locals, which I discovered is a worldwide network of independent local guides. (I highly recommend checking them out before your next trip–very reasonable prices also.) Continue reading
Posted in Canada, fishing villages, Nature, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Uncategorized
Tagged Anne of Green Gables Tour, Cavendish, Charlottetown, North Rustico, Nova Scotia, PEI mussels, Prince Edward Island, red cliffs of Cavendish National Park
As part of my series, Southern-Traveller Heads North, today’s post focuses on Halifax and Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and was one of the first English settlements in Canada. The city itself is a blend of modern office towers, restored historic buildings and a waterfront boardwalk with shops, museums, and galleries.
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Photo courtesy of Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21)
My first stop after embarking the ship was the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. I have to admit that my first thought was, I don’t want to spend my limited time in a musty, old museum. But, I was pleasantly surprised as I explored Canada’s newest national museum. It is beautifully designed (just re-opened in May 2015 after being renovated) and offers many interactive activities to keep not only kids, but adults engaged. Continue reading
From Maine to Nova Scotia, Quebec and Montreal
Although my blog usually features southern destinations, for the next several weeks I’ll be featuring my travels aboard Holland American’s 7-Day Canada & NE Discovery Trip.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Embarking from Boston, our ship’s only stop in the US was Bar Harbor, Maine. I fell in love with this low-key, beautiful seaport town. Dating back to the 18th century, the port was built on shipbuilding, lumbering and fishing. By the 20th century, Bar Harbor had become the summer playground to America’s wealthy such as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and John D. Rockefeller, all of whom owned “cottages” there. But with World War I, the Great Depression and a devastating fire in 1947 which swept through the town destroying most of the estates, the leisurely class mostly vacated the town. Continue reading
Check out this WECT video on a rare sea turtle nest found at Ft. Fisher.
A Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, which is considered to be the rarest sea turtle, nested at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on Sunday. The most endangered sea turtle rarely nests on the North Carolina coast, according to Alyssa Taylor with the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.