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FIRE ON THE CAROLINA MOUNTAIN

A sunset walk on Sunset Trail, and Marshall Tucker. Fire on the mountain Lightning in the air Gold in them hills Waiting for me there

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN HUG FROM GROVE PARK INN

Or, How the Grove Park Inn cures your ills without pills. The Omni Grove Park Inn, GPI, comes packed with the sort of history that ties people to places through material anthropology. And it’s a clever knot. With an original main lodge dating from 1913 flanked by wings added in the ’80’s, the property sits […]

VANDERBILT DAYS AT THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN

You don’t need to be a Vanderbilt to fall in love with The Omni Grove Park Inn. If you were a Vanderbilt, or a friend of the Vanderbilts, you’d stay at Biltmore House back in the day. That day began in 1895, and you’d travel with your staff, which included someone to dress you for […]

PORTLAND OF THE SOUTH PT. 2: KNOW WHERE YOU ARE

An ongoing series about Asheville, NC, Portland of the South pt. 2. In Portland, Oregon, going under the Morrison Bridge at midnight for southern food seems like a good idea every time. Yes, it’s dark, there are homeless tents scattered around, but Montage is still Portland. Park and go on in. If it was any […]

PORTLAND OF THE SOUTH, PT 1

From Portland to the Portland of the South starting in Knoxville. The true Portland of the South,¬†according to local legend, is Asheville, North Carolina. After the cluster flop in the United terminal in Denver, going back to Portland would have been a good move, but intrepid travelers push on. Asheville is two hours away, which […]

GOODBYE PORTLAND IT’S BEEN FUN

If you leave, just say goodbye Portland. That’s all. Portland visitor’s say goodbye Portland when they leave. Maybe they’ll be back, maybe not. Saying goodbye Portland says it all. You came, you saw, you didn’t stay. If you did stay, if you decided Portland was the only place in the world for you, then you […]

MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SUSHI

When a birthday dinner turns to Shakespeare and Midsummer Night’s sushi. Imagine if you will a birthday dinner, but not just a regular birthday dinner for a regular birthday. Instead, it’s a milestone birthday dinner, a biggie, so you plan and time and schedule and connect. Because it is an older birthday, one idea is […]

THE ENGLISH WAY OUT OF THE EU

How does England leave the European Union? By the English Way, thank you very much. Checking my history book on this, but the last time England left the European Union was Dunkirk in 1940. Wiki says: “In total, 338,226 troops were pulled off the beaches, of which 230,000 were British. However, almost all the army’s […]

TRAVEL BUG KEEPS BITING FACEBOOK

Travel Idea Look around your place and imagine the changes you’d make, then find a place that’s already made the changes. It’s like buying a new guitar. Play the expensive ones, find the right sound, adjust your wallet accordingly. Go to the place with the changes you want to see. How were they done and […]

SENIOR TRAVELER, DOLLAR RENT A CAR ANGEL, AND BOOMERPDX

Senior traveler gets an assist from Dollar Rent A Car agent. If you’re a senior citizen, or traveled with seniors, you know how it works. Caution is the word of the day. Air travel makes your feet swell. Maybe your entire leg. The airplane bathroom seems like a mile away. Lifting carry on bags into […]