Mississippi Gulf Coast: A showcase for Southern charm and outdoor family fun

Photo: Jenni Veal Memories from a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast linger long after you return home. The Gulf Coast region is a showcase for Southern hospitality, coastal culinary delights, and family-friendly outdoor fun. It is worth noting that this region of Mississippi – located about an hour from New Orleans - was decimated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Flooding and storms destroyed businesses, homes, historic buildings and the coast’s former way of life. However, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is rising above and beyond the destruction [...]

May 10th, 2017|Categories: By the Sea, Mississippi, Rivers|Tags: |

Brunswick Islands, N.C. – Five quaint islands for family beach fun

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands – five barrier islands featuring six quaint island towns - make for a sweet Atlantic Coast beach escape that you’ll want to return to with your family time and again. This sliver of North Carolina coastline offers plenty of space to relax, explore and enjoy time with family – whether you are visiting for a weekend or a week. Plan to hop between the islands to enjoy 45-miles of south-facing beaches along this historic Atlantic coastline. I visited North Carolina's Brunswick Islands in October – here [...]

April 16th, 2017|Categories: By the Sea, North Carolina|Tags: |

Jacksonville, Florida – A Watery Wonderland

Jacksonville, Florida, is a historic port city that is reinventing itself with a renewed focus on active outdoor fun. Spread over 841 square miles in Northeast Florida and poised alongside the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville offers plenty of options for outdoor family adventure. Beaches Jacksonville features 22 miles of white sand beaches, all within 25 minutes of downtown. Popular beaches include Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach, which holds a Blue Wave Beach certification for cleanliness and ecological stewardship from the Clean Beaches Coalition, a non-profit [...]

October 29th, 2016|Categories: By the Sea, Florida, Wildlife Wonder|Tags: , , |

Jekyll Island, Georgia – Biking fun along Georgia’s Atlantic Coast

Jekyll Island’s family-friendly bike trails are well-marked and steer clear of traffic. (Photo: Jenni Veal) Jekyll Island, Georgia, is so much more than just a family beach escape. Twenty-five miles of bike trails wind throughout the island and along its Atlantic beaches, highlighting its protected and historic landscape and all the family adventure to be found there. A Georgia State Park, development of Jekyll Island is limited to just 35 percent of the available land area to preserve the critical barrier island ecosystem. The island is home to a number of sea turtle [...]

August 25th, 2015|Categories: By the Sea, Georgia|Tags: , |