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The Airport Observation Park at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport

I’m watching an Airbus A320 taxi to the end of the runway just a few hundred feet from me. After a few moments the pilot pushes the throttle to maximum and the sound of the engines covers my ears like a noisy earmuff. As the plane smoothly moves forward, I catch a sight of the towering skyscrapers of Uptown Charlotte in the distance, faint through the hazy summer heat. This it the Airport Observation Park at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and this is where I had breakfast.

7 Smaller Destinations for Labor Day Weekend in the Southeast

This year over 16 million people are expected to fly in the United States for the Labor Day holiday weekend, and even more are expected to drive. Popular destinations like Charlotte, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina beckon weekend travelers with package deals and special rates, but they also come with the caveat of long lines and heavy traffic. But where could you book a last-minute trip that would keep you entertained, fed, and happy for the holiday weekend?

Drive-In Movie Theaters: Where Nostalgia Meets Functionality

A year ago I cruised into a drive-in movie theater in northern Indiana with the best friend and her family. We set up chairs in front of our cars, powered up a portable speaker for the sound, and watched a double feature beneath a brilliant starry sky. It was a nostalgic experience for me, a functional experience for the best friend’s family, and an entertaining experience for us all.

12 Things to Do Out of the Water in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The news broke with an ominous thud: jellyfish invade Myrtle Beach, stay out of the water. Suddenly thousands of people who traveled across the country for the sun, sand, and surf were left without a chance to get in the water (don’t worry, though, it’s safe again as of this posting). But while Myrtle Beach is known for the long, wide beaches and pleasant waters, that’s not the only thing to do in this bustling tourism town.

1920’s Charm & Modern Amenities at The General Francis Marion Hotel in Marion, VA

As I walked into the lobby I found myself standing at the original reception desk, Gothic columns behind me, original terrazzo tile under my feet, a telephone switchboard nearby. Then the phone rang. No, not the switchboard phone standing against the wall, but the modern phone next to the computer monitor. You see, The General Francis Marion Hotel has a century-old rustic charm, but it is a fully-equipped modern hotel. The General Francis Marion Hotel was not the first hotel in Marion, but it is the oldest remaining. Although it has changed hands several times over the many years,

Eating at Beamer’s 25 in Roanoke, Virginia

When I walked through the clear glass doors into Beamer’s 25 in downtown Roanoke, I immediately felt I was underdressed. I was wearing a simple pair of blue jeans with a Virginia Tech Hokies t-shirt (I was going to the Hokies football game the next day). But as I looked around the restaurant, I noticed something that set my mind at ease: at one table sat a group of four men wearing suits and ties, but right next to them sat a family wearing jeans, polo shirts on the men, and blouses on the ladies. Everyone was comfortable, the

Eating Local at Wolfe’s BBQ Restaurant in Marion, Virginia

Owners Brett and Jill Wolfe wanted to offer something special and unique to Marion, Virginia. It took a few years, but during the summer of 2013 the doors opened on Main Street to some of the best BBQ in the area (and the only BBQ restaurant in town). The BBQ is delicious, the homemade sauces are amazing, but what is even more amazing is the story behind how these two locals came full circle back to the town where they graduated high school. Wolfe’s BBQ Restaurant & Catering is the latest of a string of new businesses to open