$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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High Tea at Time Well Spent

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     I’d never been to high tea and I’d never been to Summerville, SC, so I did not know what to expect when my group finally arrived at Time Well Spent after a wee detour on our way home from a conference. We’d found the place online and made reservations for high tea earlier that day.      I admit I was skeptical when we arrived. The tea room sits toward the back of the property in a building that looks nothing like a tea room. I’ll also admit that Summerville reminded me of towns I grew up near that certainly were not towns that housed tea rooms. I reminded myself to keep an open mind, and we went in.      Upon entering, the place looked like a Victorian collector’s dream. Every...

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Mustard’s Last Stand

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     I’ve traveled a lot more over the past year than I probably have in my life combined, and I’ve learned a lot about finding the charming, weird, and awesome in any given place, though many would argue that the charming and weird seek me out just as much as I stumble upon them.      The mister and I are big eaters. We’re those people who watch the Cooking Channel and find ourselves absolutely invested in Food Network’s Chopped, giving it our homeless sporting event energy when there is no college basketball or football to be had. Thus, when we travel, we seek out both dives and amazing experiences. Even if we are “traveling light,” we’ll pack one super-nice set of clothes, just in case we find an amazing restaurant that we...

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Music from the Bridge

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     I’m amongst a crowd hovering forty feet above Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, who are waving back at us with a combination of elation and gratitude. We have all gathered on the bridge that runs by the nTelos Wireless Pavilion at the end of the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia to catch a glimpse of their Thursday night show. Formerly known as the Charlottesville Pavilion, this unique venue boasts an innovative design and a consistently stellar lineup every season. No other arena in the region provides concert-goers with the opportunity to watch some of the biggest talents in music jam in an intimate outdoor setting. While tickets are generally divvied out as Lower Orchestra, Upper Orchestra, or Lawn seats, the sidewalk on the Bridge has been ordained as an unofficial section with...

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Historic Spaces: Nolan House

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     Editor's note:  This is the first in a series of articles on historic structures across the South.      Only a few minutes north of the sleepy, picturesque, quintessentially Southern town of Madison, Georgia sits the old abandoned Nolan Plantation in the tiny town of Bostwick, Georgia. For most of the small town’s history, Bostwick was deemed as an unincorporated speck of a town with little more to boast about other than a cotton gin or two, and a few wealthy families. Today, the old cotton gins and barns and cabins and small stores still stand, alongside the Nolan House.      The Nolan property includes around 2000 acres of beautiful farmland, horse pastures, and is scattered with small slave/sharecropper cabins. Adjacent to the house is the old wooden Nolan family store. The...

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