With the winter of 2013-14 safely behind us, you can do more than simply roll down your windows when you hit the road: You can set aside a weekend or a week to explore new destinations in the Southeast or visit your special getaway town and see what’s new. For the spring 2014 Road Trips, we’re putting an emphasis on gotta-see events and new and noteworthy locations for food and drink. Trust us: You’ve earned it.
Joining us for this outing are some of the top travel writers in the Southeast; their names appear at the end of their articles.
Observer beer columnist Daniel Hartis’ “Beer Lover’s The Carolinas: Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars” will soon hit the bookstores.
Observer food editor Kathleen Purvis, whose love of Southern food and drink led her to write “Bourbon” and “Pecans” for the UNC Press’ Savor the South Cookbooks series, offers top destinations in North Carolina for barbecue, wine and cheese.
And Lan Sluder, author of “Amazing Asheville: Guide to Asheville and the Beautiful North Carolina Mountains,” shares tips about making the most of his hometown.
Charlotte freelance writer Amber Veverka writes family-oriented getaway articles for our Travel section; she also handles the Science Blog feature in the Observer’s Monday Sci-Tech pages.
The authors of books published this spring by UNC Press have suggestions for outdoor activities: Johnny Molloy (“Hiking North Carolina’s National Forests: 50 Can’t-Miss Trail Adventures in the Pisgah, Nantahala, Uwharrie, and Croatan National Forests”) and Joe Miller (“Adventure Carolinas: Your Go-To Guide for Multi-Sport Outdoor Recreation”).
Road Trips: Drive time in the Carolinas
Spring & summer guide to fun
Myrtle Beach | Myrtle Beach events | Charleston | Hilton Head |
Columbia | Greenville
Savannah, Ga. | Atlanta |
Here & There
N.C. cheese trips | Wine trips |
Beer travel | N.C. barbecue
Asheville | Asheville events | Cherokee | Boone/Blowing Rock | Lake Lure/Chimney Rock | Bryson City | Mountain Adventures | Mountain Hikes
Charlotte area | Raleigh | Winston-Salem | Greensboro | Durham | Great Uwharrie Hiking | Piedmont Adventures
Outer Banks | Great Croatan Hikes | Wilmington | Morehead City/Beaufort | Coastal Adventures