Christmas Amid the Oaks

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     It’s Christmastime in New Orleans, and while that doesn’t bring forth images of snow covered driveways and chimneys thick with smoke, it does conjure images of mighty oak trees adorned with lights. The sound of a small train horn reminds locals that the holiday season is once again in full swing as City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks opens its gates to invite visitors to bask in the magic of the season. Complete with Santa Claus, hot chocolate, and the light display of a Cajun Night before Christmas, Celebration in the Oaks combines all of the elements of a perfect New Orleans Christmas.      Every season, thousands of park visitors gather to embrace the joy of the season in what has truly become a New Orleans tradition. The beautiful carousel that...

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$10 Travel: Aiken, SC

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     Got ten buckaroos and a hankerin’ for travel?      Take that Andrew Hamilton and head to Aiken, South Carolina for some good eats and a stroll through a small southern city with some serious old time charm. Less than an hour from the capitol of South Carolina and right next door to Augusta, Georgia, this Southern city is accessible and convenient for a day or weekend trip on the cheap. Hopelands Gardens1700 Whiskey Road, 10 a.m. to Sunset  Price: Free      Aiken is known for its thoroughbreds, horse races, and polo, and painted horse statues decorate the downtown. Veer onto a dirt road off downtown Whiskey Avenue, and you’ll inevitably pass several large and well kept stables and racing tracks. Continue down Whiskey to Hopelands Gardens, a public formal garden donated to the...

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$10 Travel: New Orleans

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     When planning a vacation on a budget, the first thing that comes to mind is how to make dollars and cents stretch to accommodate everything you want to see and do. It comes as no surprise that vacation costs can cause even the most frugal travelers to overextend themselves. Given the current state of the economy and my limited funds, over the past year I have become a tourist in my own city. Lucky for me, I live in New Orleans, so the opportunities for finding new activities are endless. Because I, like most travelers, am suffering from Empty Wallet Syndrome, I have found ten fantastic things to do in the city for ten dollars or less. Some of them are even FREE! City Park’s Sculpture Garden 1 Palm Drive neworleanscitypark.com/sculpture.html Price: Free...

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$10 Travel: Savannah, GA

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When we talk about Savannah, Georgia, we mean more than just the city proper but also its coastal islands that lead like stepping stones from the sea to the Hostess City of the South. With a charm and dignity that gush Old South, Savannah is a perfect blend of the old and the new. Whether you’re a local, looking for something to do on the weekend or a visitor wanting to sample all of our fair city, Savannah is a great place with something for everyone, from the historic district and downtown to the islands and the beach. Clary’s 404 Abercorn St. http://www.claryscafe.com/ Price: Varies Family owned and operated, Clary's has been feeding Savannahians since 1903, long before Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil shared this popular neighborhood café with readers and...

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$10 Travel: Raleigh, NC

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Each month, Drawl Magazine will highlight a Southern location with a list of restaurants, bars, and attractions to visit for less than $10. What better place to start than Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina and home of Drawl Magazine? Raleigh, a relatively small city of just over 400,000 people, is not typically considered a tourist destination. It is, however, one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. and we definitely understand why. With its mild climate, beautiful landscape, vibrant downtown, and friendly people, the City of Oaks is a great place to be. Whether you find yourself planning a trip to our town or you’re just passing through, check out of a few our must-sees that are not only exclusive to Raleigh, but also under ten bucks! J.C. Raulston Arboretum 4415 Beryl...

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