• Planning a Road Trip with Your Dog

    Man’s best friend can also be a traveler’s best friend!  Planning a road trip with your dog can be more fun than road tripping with people, they won’t fight you over the radio.  However, you have to take several things into consideration before hitting to open road with Fido. Is your vehicle large enough to comfortably accommodate your pup, your luggage, and all your dog’s necessities? How long is your trip and will there be adequate places for them to run and stretch their legs along the way? Is dog friendly lodging available? Once you cover the basics, it’s time to dig a little deeper before planning a road trip…

  • 48 Hours in Pensacola

    The beach is my favorite place, the sand and salt and waves just give me all the feels!  If you also need a weekend escape, I’ve got your agenda for 48 hours in Pensacola, Florida! Day 1 We’ll begin this trip at lunch time, depending on your arrival time, of course.  Head to Fosko Coffee Barre for a caffeine fix after your drive and one of their signature crepes or a refreshing smoothie. Next, it’s time to hit the beach, your whole reason for visiting! There are several beaches to choose from, but if you want the quintessential view of the sky and water meeting miles off shore, you’ll need…

  • How to be a Hometown Tourist

    It can be difficult to get away for a weekend with work and school and ballet lessons, so why not plan a Staycation!  Every town has a tourist attraction, whether it’s a museum or music festival or botanical garden, and I bet you’ve never been.  Or it’s been decades since you last visited.  Set aside a weekend to become a hometown tourist and see what your own backyard has to offer. Living in Huntsville, AL, our biggest draw is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home to Space Camp and Aviation Challenge.  During college, I worked as a counselor and lived on the grounds, so I have spent thousands of hours wandering…

  • Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Incline Railway – Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Chattanooga has much to offer with free outdoor concerts, darling cafes, and some of the best coffee I’ve ever had.  But the main reason people visit the city is for the big three:  Ruby Falls, Rock City, and Incline Railway.  Are they really worth the hype though? Ruby Falls I love caves, they are a glimpse into the belly of this planet.  They are magical tunnels, full of totally unique formations, like snowflakes of the underworld.  The Ruby Falls Cave was found by accident as it had no natural opening.  These hidden underground caverns must have been so exciting to find, explore, and excavate. During the tour, the only information given about the…

  • Red Dirt Road to Freedom

    The red dirt road of the rural south can be a hypnotic thing.  The dusty haze envelopes my truck as I cruise into the unknown, giving an otherworldly appearance.  This road trip is a spur of the moment decision, the best kind in my opinion.  With no destination in mind, as the ground grows solid under my tires, I let the curve of the blacktop be my guide.  The sun is streaming through the open roof, baking the top of my head.  The wind dances through my long, curly hair, pulling it in all possible directions. With a hot cup of coffee as my travel companion, anything is possible.  The music…

  • 600-Mile Yard Sale

    The 600-Mile Yard Sale has been on my mama’s to-do list for a long time and this year it finally worked out.  Treasure hunting is a skill we share and love, so it was special to have this weekend together. The first weekend in August features sales along 690 miles of rural highway from Gadsden, Alabama to Addison, Michigan. We started our 600-mile yard sale journey in Chattanooga and headed south.  The route from Chattanooga to Gadsden is a mess of twists and turns on different rural highways.  The directions are quite difficult to follow as you can’t put a destination in the map on your phone.  There are no…

  • Savannah Riverboat Cruise

    I love a good riverboat cruise!  The guides give useful information about the area, history and people and architecture.  You get to see the city from a different perspective and learn to appreciate the area.  However, this was not the case for the Savannah Riverboat Cruise. At $50 per ticket, the food should have been spectacular and the commentary should have been insightful.  The buffet was average, with little offered for special diets (vegan, gluten free…).  The cruise took me by bleak scenery, mined piles of gypsum and other minerals, average views of waterfront forest, and abandoned construction sites. Unlike the incredible tour I took of Puget Sound, this tour…

  • Huntsville's Women in Music Lineup

    Women in Music Weekend

    Downtown Huntsville Inc. has created a weekend long celebration of Women in Music.  This weekend will feature nearly 30 different shows/concerts in 20+ locations around downtown Huntsville.  The singers hail from Huntsville, Birmingham, Nashville, Austin, and beyond. With four days of free music, in venues all over downtown, this event offers something for everyone.  Many of the locations are kid and puppy friendly, including the breweries, so it’s an event for the whole family. Music has such a powerful hold on me, a single song can completely transform a mood, a moment.  I’m a terrible singer, always have been, but I’m also not afraid to sing along to incredible songs (just cover…

  • I’ll See You Soon

    Traveling is my escape and my sanity check.  I have a lot of exploring to do here in the South, and I’ll be heading out on many adventures in the near future, so please check back if I haven’t featured your state yet.  I promise I have much more coming soon!    

  • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

    When you think of music hubs in the South, Nashville and Memphis come to mind, but few know about Muscle Shoals in northwest Alabama.  The Muscle Shoals Sound Studio is home to some of the greatest songs ever recorded. Artists such as Bob Dylan, Bob Segar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rod Stewart, Art Garfunkel, Willie Nelson, and Cat Stevens recorded hits at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio during it’s operation from 1969-1978.  My personal favorite just might be Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones! Located at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Alabama, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio has been fully restored to her former glory and can be toured for only $15.…