A View from The Top

With an hour to go before my first class at The Swag’s cooking school, I grabbed one of the chilled water bottles thoughtfully set out for resort guests and walked 10 feet through an opening in the split rail fence to a Great Smoky Mountain National Park trail. Jake Osburn, the chipper sous chef serving the hearty and healthy breakfast…

Cars and Cash

We love it when road trips have a theme and our recent trip to Nashville and Bowling Green certainly had it — Cars! Just south of Nashville is the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant where free tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Altima, Maxima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Rogue and Infiniti QX60 are manufactured here. In fact, about 640,000 vehicles…

A Secluded Oasis

Beach vacations are wonderful childhood memories for those of us who grew up on the East Coast. However, once I experienced the Gulf paradise of Miramar Beach in South Walton, Florida, I discovered what a real beach vacation should be. The Newman-Dailey Resorts onsite concierge staff greeted me as I entered the secluded, 27-acre gulf property of Hidden Dunes Beach…

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee

Pulling up the long welcoming driveway to the The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee after a short but taxing drive east from Atlanta, I checked my watch (for the last time, I promised myself) and bolted across the courtyard to the spa. The warm staff showed me to my locker and I changed into the thick robe and spa sandals, sinking…