Making Lemonade in Walterboro, South Carolina

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As I wrote in the fall of 2014, among all our photographs of all our travels – from Orlando to Outer Mongolia, from Beijing to Beaufort, from Moscow to Montego Bay – the above photograph will remain one of my favorites.

It’s a shot of our children on a nondescript playground in a nondescript place – could be anywhere. It was taken on Jekyll Island, and I think of it as the lemonade shot.

As so often happens with travel, despite all our planning and good intentions, despite owning a travel agency, despite doing everything right – everything went wrong. We ended up 500 miles from home in a beautiful out of the way place on a beautiful fall day – crystal blue skies and calm seas, a day to forgive all sins, our room reservation gone awry and not a vacancy for miles. [Read more…]

Southern Travel Links…Food & Wine Style!

IMG_9899-634The Singapore Marketplace at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Today marks the beginning of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. We have tons of friends and clients visiting Disney World over the next six weeks and our family is headed south in just  few days, too.

Along with our friend, Kim Hannum, we published Sipping and Snacking Around the World! Southern Girl Travel’s Quick Guide to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival  just last week. Kim gave us all some great advice on getting the most from Food & Wine. [Read more…]

Sipping and Snacking Around the World! Southern Girl Travel’s Quick Guide to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival

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Strolling around Epcot’s World Showcase, sampling a drink and a snack from the various international pavilions, has become one of our family’s favorite Walt Disney World experiences.

Right now, we’re now just 5 days away from day 1 of the Epcot International Wine & Food Festival – the ultimate Sipping and Snacking Around the World experience.

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More of our friends and clients than ever are visiting Epcot for Food & Wine this year, and this guide is meant to give you a tool to plan for stops around the festival. We’ve included photos of nearly all the Marketplaces and menus as they appeared during the 2014 Festival (menus and prices may change for 2015). [Read more…]