Category Archives: Tours

Southern-Traveller Heads North!

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.

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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

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Downton Abbey Visits the Biltmore

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

“Changing Fashions for Changing Times” Now at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Nc.

Fans of the popular PBS television series Downton Abbey don’t have to travel to Highclere Castle to experience firsthand what life was like at Downton Abbey or to view original costumes of their favorite characters. The Biltmore House, the grand 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is showcasing 47 costumes from the show during its exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times, which runs from February 5th through May 25th, 2015.

See my full article which appeared in Luxe Beat Magazine’s April 2015 issue at: Downton-Abbey-Visits-the-Biltmore

Downton Abbey Comes to Biltmore

 

Staff prepare Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Staff prepares Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Downton Abbey Costumes on View at Biltmore

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” opens at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, Feb. 5th and runs through May 25, 2015.

Don’t miss this exciting exhibit of 47 costumes direct from London on display at the 250-room Vanderbilt estate. The costumes are displayed in rooms throughout the house that represent where they would  have been worn in the corresponding Highclere Castle, the setting for the show.

Leslie Klingner, Curator of Interpretation at the Biltmore,  spoke with me about the exhibit. “What has really struck me as the costumes have come in, is their exquisite details. They are absolutely gorgeous in person, and it’s so exciting to see them close up in the correct settings.” Continue reading

The Mexican Riviera at Its Best!

Barcelo Maya Resort 

Mexican Riviera luxury resorts

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.

Unique Arizona Farm Tours

Although this website / blog is mainly dedicated to travel in the South, on occasion we will highlight other fun areas  Southern-Traveller has visited and thinks readers may enjoy. Today’s story takes you to some unique farms in the Phoenix, AZ, area that focus on agri-tourism. (This article recently won 3rd place in the International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association’s 2013 Infinity Publishing Awards. (See link below).

http://suite101.com/article/unique-phoenix-az-farm-tours-a399605