• Quarantunes at The Fret Shop

    The beautiful melodies swirl around the stone fireplace and over the worn wooden floors. They float across the strings of violins and over the upright bass that is taller than I am. Each talented musician plays her instrument of choice and dazzles their internet audience with the gift of music. This is a weird time. A virus has taken hold of the world and we, humankind collectively, have been asked to stay at home. We are supposed to live as normally as possible, but then again, we aren’t allowed to hang out with people. However, musicians have found a way to stay connected and bring us all together, virtually. Many…

  • Savannah Bee Company – Honey and Mead Tastings

    No trip to Savannah, Georgia would be complete without a visit to Savannah Bee Company. The Savannah Bee Company offers complimentary honey tasting at each location and some locations offer mead tasting. The knowledgeable staff can tell you all about bees, how honey is created, and the many flavors of mead. After doing a bit of research on honeybees, I’m fascinated by the hive life. As the world’s most important pollinators, honeybees have a very important job. There are three kinds of bees in each hive: the queen, the worker, and the drone. Worker bees are female and perform all the work in the hive. Drone bees are male and…

  • Best Coffee Shops in Huntsville, Alabama

    If you are like me, coffee is a favorite way to wake up.  We sleepy folks drag ourselves out of bed each day and stumble into a local café for our morning caffeine fix.  Huntsville coffee shops offer a variety of unique blends, flavors, and signature drinks. Local coffee shops are a great way to get to know a city.  You’ll get to try local taste trends, find out about upcoming events and activities, and maybe even make a new friend. Huntsville’s coffee scene is ever evolving, with new shops popping up across the city. Honest Coffee Roasters 114 Clinton Ave E., Huntsville, AL 35801 Honest Coffee in Huntsville is a satellite…

  • A Weekend in the Rocket City

    Hundreds of miles from Launch Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, lies Huntsville, Alabama. Just an unassuming cotton town it has turned into a hub of rocketry and innovation. Huntsville was nicknamed the Rocket City because of its role in designing, building, and testing the Saturn V rocket that carried man to the moon. As of 2019, the Saturn V rocket, classified as a super heavy-lift launch vehicle, remains the heaviest, tallest, and most powerful rocket ever commercially used. The Saturn V is also the only vehicle to carry humans beyond Low Earth Orbit, defined as an altitude of 1,200 miles or less, approximately the same distance as driving from New…

  • Huntsville Restaurant Week 2019

    Tired of cooking? Join Huntsville’s Restaurant Week and let one of the 55+ participating restaurants, coffee shops, or breweries serve up something delicious. Restaurant Week runs, August 9 through August 18, where chefs from around the Rocket City will create new specials (or local favorites) and serve them at a fixed (or discounted) price. There are so many great restaurants to try and there is something to please everyone! Good Company Cafe Looking for a Girl’s Night Out? Head to Good Company Cafe for one of their personal charcuterie boards and glass of wine for only $15. GCC also has a lunch special and desert for two. Rooster’s Crow Coffee…

  • Get Lost at Ave Maria Grotto

    Tucked away in Cullman, Alabama, is a true artistic gem. Ave Maria Grotto was the brainchild of Brother Joseph Zoetl, a Benedictine monk at St. Bernard Abbey. Brother Joseph moved to St. Bernard Abbey from Landshut, Bavaria in 1892. In his spare time, he used found and donated material to create miniature replicas of many of the world’s most famous buildings, sites, and monuments. 125 total structures grace a winding 2-block path through the gardens. The use of broken glass, stones, and seemingly random objects create these one-of-a-kind works of art. Take an afternoon to walk the 2 square blocks of the grotto, there are so many small details to…

  • Cumberland Caverns – Cave and Concert Venue

    With over 32 miles of subterranean passageways, rock formations, waterfalls, and glistening pools, Cumberland Caverns is a sight to see! Located in McMinnville, TN, it’s an easy day trip from Nashville (75 miles), Chattanooga (75 miles), and Huntsville (100 miles). This Natural National Landmark is one of the most extensive cave systems in the country. This cave system is made of limestone and as the photos show, it has a strangely flat ceiling. This is due to water trapped in the limestone causing the rock to break off in sheets, leaving a new smooth layer. Some of the underground formations take 100 years to grow 1 square inch, that’s about…

  • Guide to Antique Stores in Huntsville, Alabama

    Antique stores are full of mystery and intrigue. So many objects from different decades that have all lived former lives. How many conversations were had in that lovely velvet chair? Did that ornate frame hold a baby photo or show off an incredible wedding dress? The possibilities of what you can find are truly endless as are the stories to go with each piece. Here are my picks for the best antique stores in Huntsville, Alabama. Railroad Station Antique Mall Located in Downtown Huntsville in the historic Lombardo building, built in 1922, you’ll find Railroad Station Antique Mall.  With three floors of antique furniture, silver, art, jewelry, and everything in…

  • Nashville Nights

    I climb the concrete steps to the entrance and am greeted by Aric and John, the lead singer and lead guitarist of my favorite band, The Brevet. They stand as I reach the landing, offering hugs and hellos. In the cool Nashville air, a storm brewing on the horizon, we reminisce about meeting on this very landing several years ago. I hand over $12 to the skinny bouncer and head inside to grab a beer before the show. There is another band playing, so I go out to the patio, escaping the crowd inside. Under a ceiling of thousands of string lights, I find David and Julian, the drummer and…

  • A Weekend in the Woods

    The cotton candy twilight descends on the rural southern Missouri valley. Waning sunlight illuminated the early spring tree skeletons as the darkness steals the warmth from the day. Frigid night air rushes in like the emerald waters from the natural spring around the bend. With a cold beer in hand and three friends by my side, I jump in the side-by-side. We take off down the rocky, dusty trails, chasing the neon lights of other vehicles. The speakers blast “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey as we traverse a shallow river. I feel the icy water kissing my boots. We climb the paths, passing burnt out tree stumps, boulders, and other…