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Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre nature preserve and botanical garden owned and operated by Berkeley County. The gardens were originally part of Dean Hall, a rice plantation in 1750. The rice plantation relied on plenty of fresh water from the nearby Cooper River, so workers dug a large pit, fitted it with water gates, and […]

Anchoring the east end of The National Mall is the towering Ulysses S. Grant Memorial. The statue of the former United States president looks out across the Capitol Reflecting Pool and beyond toward the Washington Monument. It is a nice memorial to the early American president, but a great place to enjoy a view of […]

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Park sits on a point of land where English settlers first landed in 1670. They established a trading post and village that would become the birthplace of the Carolina colony and, later, Charleston. The park has many features, including an animal forest habitat zoo, replica of the original fort, the […]

Owners Brett and Jill Wolfe wanted to offer something special and unique to Marion, Virginia. It took a few years, but during the summer of 2013 the doors opened on Main Street to some of the best BBQ in the area (and the only BBQ restaurant in town). The BBQ is delicious, the homemade sauces […]

Gus Leftis owns the Plantation House of Pancakes. His wife, Amy, owns the nearby Pan American Pancake & Omelet Restaurant. Their son, Jimmy, is the manager at Plantation House. This has been a family business since the early 1990’s and from the looks of the full dining room and happy customers it will be a […]

Pelicans and people don’t really have much in common, except they both love Independent Seafood in Georgetown, South Carolina. This locally-owned seafood distribution house has always focused on selling the catches from locally fishermen, providing both restaurants and individuals with fresh seafood. But you’ll have to watch out: the front and back doors are guarded […]

The first time I walked into Lulu’s Cafe I knew I had found something truly amazing in Myrtle Beach. Bright pink tablecloths covered the tables, a yellow and black checkerboard pattern on the floor, shiny aluminum accents on the bar, and classic 80’s rock and roll music playing softly from the speakers. Then I tried […]

I was seven years old when Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on television, introducing me to the stars for the first time. But even at seven years old, I had a sense of reality about me. I knew Star Trek wasn’t real, I knew the characters I loved so much were just actors pretending, […]

This year I took my first-ever trip to Washington, D.C., staying at The Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. I felt this was a great location to stay because I could easily walk to the National Mall, The Capitol, or hop on the Metro at Union Station. But on the first day, I decided to take […]

The Appalachian Trail features over 250 shelters from Georgia to Maine, spread about 15 miles apart. These shelters are primarily meant for thru-hikers who do not carry a tent or sleeping bag to keep the weight of their pack down, but anyone can use these. If I were to write a review of the shelters […]

50 years. A lot has happened in 50 years. Fifty years ago it was 1964 and Lyndon Johnson was President of the United States. Kellogg’s Pop-tarts were introduced to the world, as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation. The Ford Mustang began production. The average household income was $6,000 per year, a gallon of […]

Rainbows are created when sunlight is refracted through water molecules in the atmosphere, creating a colorful spectrum of light across the sky. But did you know during special events throughout the year you can see the same effect caused by moonlight? The spectacular Moonbow event at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is one of the […]