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Family-Friendly Mardi Gras

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Family-Friendly Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Family-Friendly Events on the Louisiana Coast Parades, costumes, and king cake are just a few elements that mark the Mardi Gras season in Louisiana. Though New Orleans typically comes to mind as the Mardi Gras capital, parishes all across the Louisiana coast celebrate carnival season with an array of special events. But what sets Mardi Gras in coastal Louisiana apart from the New Orleans version is that the coastal celebrations radiate a truly family-friendly atmosphere, ensuring that participants of all ages can...

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Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras in Lake Charles, Louisiana Heading to Lake Charles, Louisiana Flash floods saturated nearby fields as my plane slammed onto the runway. Disappointment flooded my soul. Maybe my friends knew something I didn’t? See – my friends’ faces lit up at the mention of Mardi Gras but dimmed when I announced I was celebrating in Lake Charles, Louisiana, instead of New Orleans. Arriving shaken but safe, squeaky sounds of wet feet on the airport floor heckling me at baggage claim. They shouted louder as an airline official informed me my...

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Dazzling Flavors in Southwest Louisiana

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Dazzling Flavors in Southwest Louisiana

There is a lot to enjoy in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area: history, nature, and adventure but for those who are interested in a great food destination nothing rivals Southwest Louisiana known for Cajun and Creole specialties. The Cajuns descended from the Nova Scotia French who settled along the waterways and bayous. Creoles are of French and European lineage who were more aristocratic and settled in the cities. Both had their own distinct recipes but over the years the Africans, Spanish, and Native Americans added their own flavors to the...

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Agrirama – a Tifton Treasure

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Agrirama – a Tifton Treasure

Sit too close to the front and you’ll get soaked. On Saturdays an old steam engine tugs 2 open-air cars lined with wooden bench seats through the piney woods. Each time the engineer blows the whistle, a cloud of steam belches from the smokestack. It cools down, sprinkling the passengers riding behind. The train is just one of the many attractions at Agrirama, the Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, showing life in rural Georgia just after the Civil War. Here each exhibit has a different guide–a volunteer who has lived the local...

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Dahlonega’s Annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival

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Dahlonega, GA – A Teddy Bear Picnic, live music, folk dancers, and a juried artists’ market are just some of the highlights of the 14th annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival, April 16-18, 2010 in Dahlonega, GA, just 70 miles northeast of Atlanta. A favorite spring celebration, the festival brings together a variety of talented local, regional, and national musicians, performers and artists for three days of concerts, workshops, auctions, and shopping in the historic Public Square and the adjacent Hancock Park. The festivities begin on...

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Savannah: I was a Southern Belle (for the weekend)

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I wanted to see the real Savannah, not just the tourist facade. So, I decided that renting a luxury townhouse instead of a hotel room would be the best way to do it. I totally lucked out and found one right on Forsyth Park. It was in walking distance of all the lovely moss covered squares and the great shopping on Bull Street. It was arranged through Savannahdreamvacations.com. They found my husband and I this gorgeous rental with two bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and a spacious living room. It also had this amazing staircase that I wanted to...

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The Best of Mardi Gras

Posted by on 7:00 am in Louisiana, Travel News | 0 comments

NEW ORLEANS, La., July 29, 2009 – The Dauphine Orleans Hotel is a prime place to stay for French Quarter fun and excitement, and the 2010 Mardi Gras festival (February 12-17, 2010) is going to be one of the most exciting events all year. Ideally situated one block from Bourbon Street and four blocks from Canal Street’s parade route, guests of the hotel will enjoy convenient access to all New Orleans Mardi Gras festivities. The hotel is offering a special six-day Krewe of Orpheus Parade Package that includes a unique opportunity to ride in one...

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Sunny Savings in Charleston

Posted by on 7:00 am in South Carolina, Travel News | 0 comments

CHARLESTON, S.C., July 16, 2009 – The Charleston, S.C. area understands that no one wants the sun to set on their summer, and that many haven’t yet planned their sunny getaway. In fact, the U.S. Travel Association reports that an estimated 38 million U.S. adults have not decided whether or not they will take a leisure trip this summer through early fall. Charleston hopes to ease the decision making process by extending value-loaded packages through September 30, 2009. With an array of offers ranging from family fun to horseback riding,...

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Harrah’s Expands in New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS – July 8, 2009 – Harrah’s gives customers more reasons to love New Orleans by offering free cooking demonstrations, music and movies all summer long. Enjoy the best tastes, sights and sounds New Orleans has to offer at Harrah’s in July and August. Visit Harrah’s Casino every Thursday at 2 p.m., now through Aug. 27, for the Cooking with Cash promotion. Guests will have the chance to win gift cards, cash and a $10,000 custom kitchen from Singer. The first 500 guests to register at Winner’s Cove...

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Outer Banks, NC Getaway

Posted by on 7:00 am in North Carolina, Travel News | 0 comments

(Outer Banks, NC) June 25, 2009 – The Outer Banks of North Carolina is fast becoming the preferred choice for families looking for value-added vacations closer to home with all the fun in the sun this summer. Here is some of what the world is saying about our barrier islands: Coquina Beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, near Nags Head, NC is listed by Fodor’s as one of the 7 Best Family Beaches in the East, and Forbes Traveler has named Nags Head, NC as one of America’s Favorite Beach Towns. The town of Kill Devil Hills, NC is ranked...

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