Mount Airy

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     My dad is a champion whistler. The family has encouraged him to compete in Louisburg's International Whistlers Competition, and we've no doubt he'd take it, but once he found out the complexities of the rules, he wasn't interested. I did not inherit the whistling gift from him. But like all good Southern lads, I could whistle at least two tunes - Sesame Street, and the intro to The Andy Griffith Show.      It was a sad day this past July 3rd, when we North Carolinians, Southerners, Americans, and good people everywhere lost Andy Griffith.  I felt it my duty to head to Mt. Airy -- known to the outside world as Mayberry -- to pay my respects to a legend. For the uninitiated, Mt. Airy is located in the shade of Pilot Mountain,...

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I-95 South

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     One of the curses of living on the eastern Seaboard and wanting to embark on a north-south road trip is the fact that you’ll probably have to use Interstate Highway 95 at some point. This stretch of road is great for travel between DC (where the South really starts, right?!) and northern Florida (south Jersey, as I call it) – in terms of convenience – but much of it has a tendency to be poorly paved, over traveled, and lacks visual stimulation. But if you keep your eyes open and your taste for kitsch piqued, you can spice up your trip a bit.      Since I find myself a resident of Virginia at present, we’ll start there. Once you escape the madding crowds (and traffic) of DC and northern VA, you’ll find yourself...

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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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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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