A tranquil mountain retreat awaits in Blue Ridge, Georgia

By Jeff Louderback Relaxing on the deck of a creekside cabin nestled along a remote pathway outside of Mineral Bluff, I stare at the night sky – my dog, Boston, at my side. The aptly named Singing Creek ripples, crickets chirp and a gentle breeze rustles the leaves of towering trees that define the dark silhouette of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A beaming full moon and the glistening stars provide...

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Contemplating the mystery of what happened to Glen and Bessie Hyde

By Jeff Louderback What happened to Glen and Bessie Hyde? To this day, many adventure seekers who pass along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon and are aware of the Hyde story contemplate the answer to that long-lived question. In 1928, the Hydes were a newlywed couple attempting to run the ferocious rapids of the Colorado River. If they had succeeded, Bessie would have been the first...

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Balsam Mountain Inn travel feature

Balsam Mountain Inn travel feature

This feature appeared in numerous newspaper travel sections. By Jeff Louderback Comfortably resting on a forest green oak rocker, I gaze at the hazy North Carolina wilderness from the ground floor of Balsam Mountain Inn’s two-tiered veranda. On this crisp late-autumn night, the twinkling stars seem within reach and a mountain silhouette provides a captivating backdrop. More than anyone,...

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St. Criox travel feature for Cincinnati Enquirer

St. Croix feature By Jeff Louderback Savoring a cup of steaming coffee, Elizabeth Armstrong stands by an archway at The Buccaneer’s open-air Terrace Restaurant and gazes at the Caribbean Sea. Soon, she will guide a group of guests on a nature walk of the resort’s lush and rolling 340 acres. The Buccaneer, St. Croix’s first hotel, is a gem among the luxurious resorts in this tropical...

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Disney World for VIPs for OverTime Magazine

Disney World without the hassle   Roughly the size of San Francisco, Walt Disney World Resort is a daunting place to plan a family vacation. Let Disney’s VIP Tour Services remove the guesswork and allow you to cruise Mickey’s paradise in privacy and style.   By Jeff Louderback Greeted with a hero’s welcome, Tony Dungy and Dominic Rhodes smiled and waved as they rode in a...

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Blog Content Sample – Ft. DeSoto Park

Spread over five small islands and covering 1,136 acres, Fort De Soto Park is a natural treasure that reflects the unspoiled Florida that existed when the fort for which it is named was built during the Spanish-American War. Nestled at the mouth of Tampa Bay, Fort De Soto features seven miles of waterfront, much of which is sandy beaches. The park is an outdoor paradise where visitors can ride,...

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