NEW Authentic Stays

A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

A jambalaya of music, culture, history, and nature, the southeast is a seven-course feast, engaging your heart, mind, and soul. Walk beaches once frequented by pirates. Experience a vibrant culture shaped by French, African-Americans, Mexico, the Spanish, Indigenous cultures and Scots-Irish. Indulge in bourbon and beignets, blues and barbecues. Immerse yourself in nature at its finest—brilliant rivers and waterfalls, dark skies above the Smoky Mountains, moss-shrouded forests, and a trek on the Natchez Trace through 10,000 years of history. It’s right here, and it’s all yours.


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NEW FALL OPTIONS

Fall is the Southeast’s Secret Season

Autumn’s palette is on spectacular display in the Southeast. Colors first pop in the Great Smoky Mountains in September, and they head eastward until November when they reach the ocean. (Explore streams and waterfalls.) Beaches, fresh seafood, and coastal culture, including Charleston and Savannah, are also intimate experiences in the fall—the tourists have packed up their bags.

Imagine a romantic mountain retreat with 360° views. Mineral pools. Stunning sunsets that highlight crimson foliage. Leisurely, championship golf. Walks through ancient forests. Taking a drive to the Outer Banks and catching a glimpse of wild ponies. Picking up shells that hold the Atlantic’s secrets and tucking them in your pocket. Sleeping well in a resort by the shore.

Get out into nature and breathe. Listen to the music . . . there are 460 species of birds in North Carolina alone. Head to Savannah or Charleston and take a midnight walk through the most haunted towns in America, perfect for Halloween season. Vineyards, too, grace the hills in America’s southeast—they roll warm colors up lush hills. The Southeast is autumn’s quiet revelation.

Authentic Experiences

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  • Explore cascading creeks and waterfalls with a naturalist
  • Leaf chasing in the Great Smoky Mountains
  • See architectural gems and lovely gardens in Charleston
  • Explore the oldest French Quarter in the United States
  • Discover Savannah’s most haunted spots
  • Worthy of a Road Trip!

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NEW WINTER OPTIONS

Winter is Soft in America’s Southeast

Winter is the perfect time for a Southeast vacation. The temperatures are mild on the coast. They’re inland-perfect in Louisville—a great place to enjoy world-class bourbon in front of a fire. The south is in love with holidays. In the winter, there are light shows in the hills, and in the cities, through January. Stay in a cozy historic hotel, a horse farm, or a resort on the shore. The choices are all yours, and all are sublime.

Consider renting a 4-wheel drive and exploring the Outer Banks’ National Wildlife Refuge. Feel the freedom as you cruise an unspoiled beach and catch sight of wild mustangs and endangered turtles. Back in town, you’ll find that historic sites and exquisite restaurants are open and welcoming. No push or rush in winter—just ease and charm.

Charleston has often been named the best small city in America by Condé Nast. Nearby Savannah is a jewel. Streets offer unique shopping, musicians, and local art vendors. Savannah’s legendary squares are a fine place to picnic, her cemeteries are an eerie wonder, and the largest wildlife refuge on the Atlantic is just off her coast. There are snowy adventures, dazzling light shows, and serene beaches to explore during winter in the Southeast.

Inspirational Winter Resorts:
Tennessee: Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort (near Smokey Mountains)
North Carolina: Blue Ridge Mountains – Eight ski areas to choose from

Authentic Experiences

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  • Visit a thoroughbred horse retirement ranch
  • Enjoy a carriage tour of Charleston history
  • Stay in the #1 island golf resort on the country
  • Have an Eco-tour of the largest wildlife refuge on the coast with guide
  • Eerie walk through one of Savannah’s most-haunted cemeteries

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KENTUCKY

Kentucky’s Finest—Bourbons and Distilleries

Stay in Historic Mansions and Inns on this bourbon and back roads extravaganza in the heart of blue grass country. Louisville is a handsome city and surprisingly hip, sitting on the glorious Ohio River. The small towns are gems. (Enjoy superb farm-to-table restaurants.) Head off the beaten path and discover the longest cave system on earth, complete with underground rivers. And, of course, there is the bourbon . . .

Imagine touring bourbon distilleries and being part of the process from grain to distilled joy. How about a private tour with 4th generation owners for bourbon tasting in their home? You’ll also bottle your own bourbon, and bring back a private-label wonder. Go antique shopping, indulge in a toe-tapping time with southern and soul food, feel the pulse of tradition. Relax in lush gardens and count the stars. Get into the heady beauty that is bourbon country.

We’re pleased to offer these tour add-on’s: The Kentucky Derby, September 5, 2020; Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour, first weekend in December; Jack O’Lantern Spectacular—October 6-November 1; Fall foliage in the Southeast.

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Authentic Experiences

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  • Visit Renowned Bourbon Distilleries
  • Bottle Your Own Personal Bourbon
  • Personalized VIP Jim Beam Experience
  • Stay in one the most Beautiful Small Towns
  • Private Heritage Horse Farm Tour & Keeneland Visit

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SOUTH CAROLINA - GEORGIA

Charm of Southern Gems

Founded in 1670, Charleston is an enchantress with a sense of humor. Walk with a local guide by candy-colored houses, standing in a row. Discover Charleston as a walled city, protecting herself from pirates. You’ll explore the Lowcountry’s oyster-white sands, disappearing into mossy forests, and hear local stories of history and heritage. (Listen to Gullah, a language tinged with shadows and hope.) Now you’re on a schooner, plying sunset waters. A plantation with tulip trees and roaming peacocks welcomes you.

Just north is Savannah—she’s a Southern Belle with attitude and hot sauce. Her central square is antebellum mansions, shady nooks, and art-gone-wild. (We can set up a visit to the only tea plantation left in America. Amazing.) You’ll have a private tour of Savannah, from elegant homes and churches to small, lighthouse islands. We’ll arrange a hands-on cooking class, loaded with Southern hospitality and good cheer. Kick back, and fall in love with life.

We’re pleased to offer these tour add-ons: Golf at some of the finest courses in the world; Spectacular Fall Foliage experiences, late-September through mid-November; Visits to one of the many Nat’l Parks, Trails, or Historical Sites in Georgia or South Carolina.

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Authentic Experiences

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  • Charleston Walking Tour
  • Sunset Schooner Sail off Charleston
  • History and Heritage Tour with Local Guide
  • The Best of Savannah—Your Private Tour
  • Experience a Luxury Savannah Picnic
  • Hands-on Savannah Cooking Class

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Relax. . . Gracious Hopsitality is Real

The American Southeast is a perfect escape, a romance, and a walk through history and heritage.  (It’s also home to bourbon, blues, country music, culinary delights, and fine racehorses.) Imagine moss-covered trees, bending to the ground as two peacocks stroll past. Shop for real antiques—perhaps you’ll find some gems for sale, tucked away in someone’s barn.  Audacious art seems to spring up, organically, in small-town pockets and city galleries.

There is a laid-back ambience in the Southeast that tells time to go take a hike.  Eat pulled pork and dance in a juke joint.  Sip that signature cocktail on your hotel veranda.  Find a back road and follow it into nature at its finest—many of America’s great rivers tumble by on their way to the coast.  Limestone cliffs and sweet creeks call to herons and hummingbirds alike.  Relax. Gracious hospitality is not a cliché here, it’s real.

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