Avoid the crowds at these cool Orlando-area sites

We visited Orlando in February 2020 just before COVID-19 forced the country to shut down for a while. But that’s not the most unusual thing about our trip. We didn’t visit any of the major theme parks. Not one. Now, we did get close, which I will talk about later.  It’s not because we are older. It’s not even because we are cheap. It’s not … Continue reading Avoid the crowds at these cool Orlando-area sites

Explore the outdoors at these 10 Georgia towns near Atlanta

The dog days of summer are waning and crisp, fall weather is coming. It’s a perfect time to plan a weekend or day trip to one of Georgia’s beautiful small towns. We compiled a list of places we have visited over the past few years and reached out to some others we will be visiting soon These 10 escapes are perfect if you want to … Continue reading Explore the outdoors at these 10 Georgia towns near Atlanta

Explore Southern history in Rome, Georgia

Southern small towns are rich in history. Rome, Georgia has a plethora of stories from its beginnings as a manufacturing hub to its influence on a U.S. president. These stories are not just told in history books and online, they are depicted throughout the town in monuments and breathtakingly beautiful places. Two great starting points for beginning your tour are Georgia’s Rome Office of Tourism … Continue reading Explore Southern history in Rome, Georgia

The many reasons to visit Abingdon, Virginia

Some Southern small towns just ooze with charm. I knew that before I ever set foot in Abingdon, Virginia. For almost 20 years this little hamlet in Southwest Virginia was on my bucket list. Even though I spent five days there, I still haven’t scratched everything off my list. That’s because there is so much to see and do there you need to go more … Continue reading The many reasons to visit Abingdon, Virginia

The 70-year old hymnal that shaped a generation

The Red Back Hymnal is as familiar to some who were raised in small churches in the South as their Bible. For those not familiar with it, the hymnal is more of a maroon shade with “Church Hymnal” printed in gold letters. The hymnal was first printed in 1951 by Tennessee Music Printing Company in Cleveland, Tenn., now known as The Pathway Press. It’s still … Continue reading The 70-year old hymnal that shaped a generation