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Expedition Bigfoot explores historic quests for Sasquatch

Cherry Log attraction documents the search for the elusive creature in the ninth and final part of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution series on fun things to do in the North Georgia Mountains.
Practicing the art of fly fishing

Practicing the art of fly fishing

Twilight is descending on tiny Rock Creek Lake, a pond in the hills above Suches. Pink light hovers in the trees. The crickets trill. Barking frogs send up a serenade that sounds like a smoker’s cough. This mild North Georgia mountain evening should be a perfect night for fly fishing. And we’re in a good place. Rock Creek Lake, in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest, is warm...
Get your brews in Blue Ridge

Get your brews in Blue Ridge

For beer lovers looking for a getaway in the mountains of Georgia, there’s just one place to go: Brew Ridge. More widely known as Blue Ridge — it’s the only town in the North Georgia mountains where you can get locally crafted beer and cider. Blue Ridge is the gateway to the Appalachians for travelers coming up I-75/I-575 from Atlanta and points farther south.  At one time autumn&rsquo...
‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

‘Gourd Girls’ craft a life of their own design

Consider the lowly gourd. A member of the Cucurbits family of flowering vines that includes the cucumber and the pumpkin, the gourd is a curious anomaly in the plant world because it produces a large fruit that is inedible due to its tough rind. In the symbiotic world of flora and fauna, where most every plant and critter seem to have a purpose, one can only assume the gourd exists to provide the...
Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

Eating off the beaten path in North Georgia

The mountains of North Georgia are a fairly easy destination for those seeking respite from the heat, traffic and general hullabaloo of Atlanta. What’s more, a weekend in these parts is pretty darn affordable. (This gal fished out all of $81 and change for a night at a decent hotel in Clayton, Ga.) For the food-focused, that means more moola to spend on meals. Initially, this...
Pat Conroy celebrated in S.C. literary festival

Pat Conroy celebrated in S.C. literary festival

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival begins this weekend in Beaufort, S.C., and the event has grown in time and scope. “We’ve expanded the footprint,” said Jonathan Haupt, founding director of the festival. This year events at the gathering will spread over four days, and it will spotlight not only the regional writers who Conroy championed but also “the theme...
Delta CEO says airline won’t pay jet tariffs, Alabama plant plays role

Delta CEO says airline won’t pay jet tariffs, Alabama plant plays role

In the middle of a “Buy American” trade dispute over jets Delta Air Lines is buying from a Canadian manufacturer, Delta CEO Ed Bastian says the airline will not pay any of the massive tariffs proposed by the Trump administration. And, he now expects Delta will take delivery of the jets from a final assembly facility in Mobile, Ala., thanks to a blockbuster deal announced this week...
Delta calls Airbus A350 its ‘new flagship aircraft’

Delta calls Airbus A350 its ‘new flagship aircraft’

Delta Air Lines’ new flagship aircraft will be its extra wide-body Airbus A350 jet, said chief operating officer Gil West. The airline will begin flying the jet Oct. 30 on its Detroit-Tokyo Narita route and also will use it to fly from Detroit to Seoul and to Beijing starting in November and in January. PHOTOS: Take a look inside the Delta Airbus A350 From Atlanta, Delta plans to fly...
Hartsfield-Jackson canopy intended to create grand entrance to airport

Hartsfield-Jackson canopy intended to create grand entrance to airport

Designers working on plans for canopies over the curbside areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport weighed several designs before settling on the plan for massive, steel-framed translucent arched canopies that will light up at night. The world’s busiest airport more than two years ago asked a team led by architectural firm HOK to figure out how to build canopies over the curbside...
Why are flights so much cheaper in Europe than in the US?

Why are flights so much cheaper in Europe than in the US?

BERLIN - In Europe, simply getting to the airport is often more expensive than the flight itself.  Many flights here can be astonishingly cheap, and not only for those who spend hours searching the Internet for the best deals. On a recent day in September, travelers could book $17 flights from London to Berlin on 14 different days in October - or even the next morning. On the same day, the roughly...
Fido’s first trip: Disney visitors can bring dogs to some Walt Disney World hotels

Fido’s first trip: Disney visitors can bring dogs to some Walt Disney World hotels

Move over Pluto, and maybe Goofy, there will be some new dogs in town at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Officials with Disney Parks announced Friday that people staying at four of its hotels on the property can now bring their dogs with them to the hotel, instead of putting them at either a kennel on the property or making other arrangements for their four-footed friends. >> Read more...
How the Biltmore House came to be

How the Biltmore House came to be

Denise Kiernan’s “The Last Castle” is a diligent chronicle of George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House, where Gilded Age wealth commingled with the visions of America’s high bohemia in the western hills of North Carolina. In the 1880s, Asheville, N.C., was a resort town that had a reputation for its so-called “breathing porches.” Indeed, George had first come from...
New TSA administrator to advocate for funding for canines, technology

New TSA administrator to advocate for funding for canines, technology

The Transportation Security Administration’s new head David Pekoske said he is advocating for future investments in canine units and technology to handle passengers coming through airports. The administration’s proposed budget released earlier this year included cuts in funding for local police in airports, dedicated behavioral detection officers and teams that patrol airports and...
Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

Southwest says aloha to Hawaii

It has been years of consumers asking, but now it will become a reality. Southwest Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii. >> Read more trending news  The company made the announcement Wednesday in a reply to a tweet from 2008. The company has not said what routes it will fly, but will start selling trips to the islands next year, USA Today reported. Southwest is also apparently...
Delta battles rise in costs including Hurricane Irma flight cancellations

Delta battles rise in costs including Hurricane Irma flight cancellations

Delta Air Lines said flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma are putting pressure on its costs, but after a busy summer travel season revenues are improving. "While we faced a number of challenges this quarter, including multiple hurricanes and an earthquake in Mexico, I am proud of how Delta people responded and still delivered an outstanding performance this quarter," said Delta...
Hartsfield-Jackson grows, but what about smaller airports?

Hartsfield-Jackson grows, but what about smaller airports?

Big cities are gaining while smaller towns are losing when it comes to airline service, according to an industry report by Airlines Council International. Some smaller airports are shrinking in passenger traffic as large airports grow even larger, ACI said its World Airport Traffic Report shows. The airport “mega-hubs” of the world grew 5.5 percent year-over-year in 2016, according...
A weekend in Vero Beach, Fla.

A weekend in Vero Beach, Fla.

Weekend in Vero Beach, Fla., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip Tips: Vero Beach on Florida’s Treasure Coast is a small and remote town made for visitors seeking a relaxing weekend or for water sport enthusiasts. The public South Beach Park has restroom facilities, free parking, an on-duty lifeguard and a wooden walkway from the...
Delta wants more passengers to pay for first class

Delta wants more passengers to pay for first class

If you’re hoping to get a free upgrade to first class on your next flight, don’t get your hopes up. Delta Air Lines is moving away from giving frequent fliers the big seats in the front gratis, and instead wants customers to pay for them. It’s a point driven home by Delta CEO Ed Bastian at a recent travel industry conference. “Any business where you give the majority of your...
Seven firms compete to open new restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson

Seven firms compete to open new restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson

Seven firms threw their hats in the ring Wednesday to compete for two restaurant spots on Concourse B at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. One of the restaurant locations is nearly 3,000 square feet for a nationally branded restaurant, while the other is about 1,500 square feet for a “chef driven” concept or other restaurant and bar. Both are on one of the busiest concourses at...
Five plead guilty in Atlanta airport theft ring case

Five plead guilty in Atlanta airport theft ring case

Five people have pleaded guilty in a case involving an alleged credit card theft ring at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. John Horn, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the last of the five guilty pleas Wednesday. The five people were indicted earlier this year for allegedly running a theft ring that stole credit cards from mail loaded onto planes at the Atlanta...
Royal Carribean faces class action lawsuit for endangering passengers during Hurricane Harvey

Royal Carribean faces class action lawsuit for endangering passengers during Hurricane Harvey

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. is facing a class action lawsuit which alleges that the company’s failure to issue a timely cancellation of a cruise scheduled to depart from the Port of Galveston during Hurricane Harvey put passengers at risk and caused them financial harm. Related: Learning curve: Hard lessons for businesses in hurricanes The lawsuit coincided with the announcement...
Caribbean-bound travelers forced to change plans, destinations

Caribbean-bound travelers forced to change plans, destinations

An extremely active hurricane season in September has disrupted travel for many metro Atlantans planning relaxing beach getaways to the Caribbean. Today, instead of kicking back on pristine beaches with fancy drinks, many travelers are trying to salvage vacations by booking new locations or rescheduling their trips. Places like the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten (the Dutch side of St...
North Carolina: Family getaways can include unforgettable views, times

North Carolina: Family getaways can include unforgettable views, times

North Carolina covers a lot of territory from its long coastline to its soaring Appalachian peaks and the wide Piedmont area in between. Here are some ideas for a family getaway in each section of the state, some destinations well-known, others less so but worth discovering. The Blue Ridge Parkway is such a rare thing in our modern, ultra-connected world. This two-lane blacktop cuts across a high-altitude...
Hartsfield-Jackson to begin heavy lifting of canopy construction

Hartsfield-Jackson to begin heavy lifting of canopy construction

The first truss of steel will soon be lifted into the air to begin building massive curbside canopies at Hartsfield-Jackson International — and that means traffic congestion for travelers trying to navigate around the world’s busiest airport. This Sunday, trusses will be moved from a staging area to the terminal curbside roads to start the heavy lifting of the project. Each truss...
North Carolina: Brewery scene expanding around state

North Carolina: Brewery scene expanding around state

A small Appalachian mountain town containing three craft breweries within walking distance might be considered a rare thing, but this is North Carolina. Sylva’s Innovation Brewing (414 W. Main St., 828-586-9678, www.innovation-brewing.com) puts out an astounding number of beers for such a small establishment. At any given time, there are over 30 beers on tap. Also in town, Sneak E Squirrel...
North Carolina: Touches both historic and modern add to romance

North Carolina: Touches both historic and modern add to romance

For a mix of modernity and history in a vibrant downtown setting, Winston-Salem has a lot to offer. Stroll through the streets and gardens of Old Salem (Visitor Center: 336-721-7300, www.oldsalem.org) to revel in the history of a place that was settled in 1766 by the Moravians. Many of the original structures are still standing and open for tours. Bed down at Historic Brookstown Inn (rates start...
North Carolina: Looking for music? Here’s where to start

North Carolina: Looking for music? Here’s where to start

What started as a small festival in 1988 to honor musician Merle Watson, who died tragically in a farming accident in 1985, has turned into one of the largest roots-based music festivals in the country. The fest was founded by Merle’s father, bluegrass legend Doc Watson. The elder Watson passed away in 2012, but the festival lives on in a big way. Each year, it draws upward of 80,000 people...
North Carolina: Restaurants get creative in cooking (and their names)

North Carolina: Restaurants get creative in cooking (and their names)

Located in a former drugstore that retains its old-fashioned soda fountain counter, this eclectic eatery serves a dynamic fusion of Caribbean and Mexican fare in a laid-back atmosphere on Main Street in the mountain town of Sylva. Menu includes tapas, full plates, and brunch on the weekends. Tapas start at $3, full plates at $13.95. 606 W. Main St., Sylva. 828-586-9877, www.guadalupecafe.com...
Firms compete to open new shops in retail revamp at Atlanta airport

Firms compete to open new shops in retail revamp at Atlanta airport

Sixteen companies are competing for contracts to open new shops at Hartsfield-Jackson International in a massive revamp of retail outlets at the world’s busiest airport. City officials aim to choose winners and finalize contracts before the end of the year — and before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s term ends in January. The companies are competing for more than 80 retail spots...
Woman forcibly taken off Southwest Airlines flight after claiming allergies, demanding animals be removed

Woman forcibly taken off Southwest Airlines flight after claiming allergies, demanding animals be removed

A woman was removed from a Southwest Airlines flight Tuesday night after telling flight attendants she was allergic to the dogs that were on the plane.  Southwest says there were two dogs on the plane, an emotional support dog and a pet. The woman told flight staff that she had a life-threatening pet allergy. When the woman was asked to provide a medical certificate, she could not and per Southwest...
Delta to offer free in-flight messaging starting Sunday

Delta to offer free in-flight messaging starting Sunday

The days of being out of contact during a flight are coming to an end. Delta Air Lines said it will offer free in-flight mobile messaging via iMessage, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp starting Sunday. On Delta’s planes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, passengers will be able to exchange real-time messages with those on the ground via Delta’s Wi-Fi portal web page, according to the airline...
Delta orders 75 Bombardier planes

Delta orders 75 Bombardier planes

Delta Air Lines is ordering 75 narrow-body Bombardier CS-100 jets as it replaces older and smaller aircraft in its fleet. Atlanta-based Delta would start flying the planes in spring 2018. The planes will have seat-back in-flight entertainment, Wi-Fi and a two-by-three cabin configuration in the main cabin and a two-by-two configuration in first class. The Bombardier CS-100 is designed for about 108...
After Delta jet order, U.S. proposes tariffs on Bombardier

After Delta jet order, U.S. proposes tariffs on Bombardier

A deal for the sale of Bombardier jets to Delta Air Lines is under scrutiny over subsidies, and now the U.S. Commerce Department is proposing tariffs. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. had raised concerns about the deal between the Canadian aircraft manufacturer and the Atlanta-based airline, and requested an investigation. Siding with Boeing, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced a preliminary...
More road congestion coming to Hartsfield-Jackson amid construction

More road congestion coming to Hartsfield-Jackson amid construction

As Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport airport steps up construction of massive canopies outside the terminal, more vehicle traffic will be squeezed into less space at the world’s busiest airport. Starting Sunday, the airport will begin “substantial canopy construction” on the Terminal North roads, which will disrupt traffic every night from around 9 or 10...
Fall foliage: Where to get best views

Fall foliage: Where to get best views

Fall is here and the leaves are already starting to turn, so where are the best places to go to see nature’s color palate? The Blue Ridge Parkway stretches 469 miles through two states, all the way from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. There are exhibits, hiking trails, picnic areas and campsites for those who want to reconnect...
Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah Spirits amber rum. Courtesy of Savannah Spirits Group A rum distillery in the heart of historic Savannah is set to open next spring. Savannah Spirits Group announced last week it will be opening a 12,000-square-foot distillery in the city’s historic district. Production is anticipated to begin in March 2018. Initially, the company will produce silver and amber rum. ...
Vermont: the Napa Valley of beer?

Vermont: the Napa Valley of beer?

My brother Tyler and I have driven over 400 miles to Vermont to stand in line for beer. Despite our best efforts we are now standing numbers 18 and 19 in the queue of people shivering outside the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe on a cold November morning. Behind us we can see at least 40 more people, including a few we’d met touring breweries in Burlington the day before. In front of us is a bearded...
Officials watch for any travel restriction effects at Atlanta airport

Officials watch for any travel restriction effects at Atlanta airport

As President Donald Trump’s administration prepares to soon announce a new set of travel restrictions on visitors to the United States to replace the existing travel ban, local officials are looking out for any potential impact on travelers arriving at the Atlanta airport. At the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson International officials are monitoring the situation, which could...
A weekend in Annapolis, Md.

A weekend in Annapolis, Md.

Founded in 1649, Annapolis, Maryland’s capital city on the Chesapeake Bay, is a living history lesson. Visit the historic cemetery at the Romanesque-style St. Anne’s Episcopal Church and step inside to see Tiffany glass windows. Maryland Avenue is long-treasured as one of downtown’s best spots for shopping, dining, and experiencing the culture. Attend the world’s largest in-water...
What ‘SSSS’ means if you see it on your airplane ticket

What ‘SSSS’ means if you see it on your airplane ticket

Most of us probably don’t know what any of those codes mean on your boarding pass, but there’s one that you won’t want to see when you’re flying. It’s a simple series of repeated letters, SSSS, and it means that you’ll be subject to additional screenings. >> Read more trending news  The SSSS is an acronym for Secondary Security Screening Selection. You...
Delta selling Comfort+ fares for extra-legroom seats

Delta selling Comfort+ fares for extra-legroom seats

In an effort to push customers to pay more for premium seats, Delta Air Lines has started selling fares for its “Comfort+” seats instead of only offering them as an upgrade. The change, effective for flights departing after May 15, 2016, means those shopping for domestic flights on Delta’s website will often see four levels of seats to book, each with different fares: Basic economy...
Fall is apple-picking time

Fall is apple-picking time

Riding on a wagon tour of the dwarf apple trees in Mercier Orchards, we were struck by two things: One: you’re really in the mountains up here. Everything is either straight up or straight down. Two: You’ve never seen so much tasty growing directly out of the ground.
Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

Musician Zac Brown partners with Dahlonega distillery

Zac Brown / AJC file photo The nearly year-old Stillhouse Creek Distillery in Dahlonega has rebranded to Z. Brown Distillery in what they are calling a “strategic alliance” with the Grammy award-winning Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band . The distillery, located in Brown’s hometown, is slated to re-open sometime this...
9 great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

9 great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

Every year, Georgia’s leaves turn dramatic shades of yellow, burnt orange, deep magenta, even crimson. It’s that time of year. “When will the leaves change?” is the question park rangers hear most often once cooler temperatures arrive. Typically, Georgia’s mountain parks peak in hues in late October; however, color can be seen as early as September and throughout much...
Hurricane Irma: Disney World, other Orlando theme parks closing

Hurricane Irma: Disney World, other Orlando theme parks closing

As powerful Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, tourist attractions are taking precautions. Below are closure notices and the cancellation policies for the region’s theme parks. >> Read more trending news  Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Springs, water parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex are making the following operational changes:  Disney’s Blizzard Beach...
Delta, Southwest cancel flights in Irma’s path, add departures from Fla.

Delta, Southwest cancel flights in Irma’s path, add departures from Fla.

Delta Air Lines is cancelling flights that had been scheduled for Wednesday in St. Thomas as it prepares for Hurricane Irma to pass through the Caribbean. Atlanta-based Delta said it will also delay its evening flights in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is planning to assess facilities after the storm passes. The airline said its team of meteorologists expect the storm to begin curving north...
Delta to launch new credit card targeted at millennials

Delta to launch new credit card targeted at millennials

Delta Air Lines is debuting a new credit card with American Express targeted at young travelers and casual travelers. The new credit card launching Thursday, the Blue Delta SkyMiles card, will have no annual fee and double miles for spending at U.S. restaurants and flights booked with Delta. The Blue card will not offer a free checked bag or priority boarding like other SkyMiles credit cards do, nor...
A weekend in Detroit

A weekend in Detroit

Detroit is on the rise. The city is renovating hundreds of long-vacant structures, and new developments are filling the downtown areas, Midtown and east of downtown. There’s a vigor and spirit vibe in town with the continued arrival of young residents and professionals. It’s the first time since the 1950s that the city has seen a population growth. Follow a local guide on the two-hour...
Man’s midflight meltdown costs him $98k

Man’s midflight meltdown costs him $98k

A New Jersey man has found out that it can be expensive to behave badly while flying. James August threatened his girlfriend, her children, passengers and crew members during a nonstop flight from Honolulu to New York. He even hit a flight attendant on her shoulder with the back of his hand, The Star Advertiser reported. And while he was sentenced to three years probation in June, this week the...
Atlanta airport to build pedestrian bridges from parking garages

Atlanta airport to build pedestrian bridges from parking garages

The world’s busiest airport will soon begin construction of pedestrian bridges to the domestic terminal that are expected to ease traffic congestion and allow travelers to cross over the busy roadway from the parking garages. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to build two spans at Terminal South and two at Terminal North. The airport expects to complete construction of the Terminal...
Hartsfield-Jackson preparing for Labor Day crowds

Hartsfield-Jackson preparing for Labor Day crowds

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expects Friday to be the busiest travel day of the Labor Day weekend, with about 85,000 travelers passing through security checkpoints. Overall the airport expects more than 2 million passengers over the holiday travel period, including arriving and connecting passengers. Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt Council said opening security checkpoints...
Five great places near Atlanta to go swimming now and after Labor Day

Five great places near Atlanta to go swimming now and after Labor Day

The end of summer is traditionally marked by the Labor Day holiday, with many water parks and pools saying goodbye to the warmest season of the year after the long weekend. But why not stay open past Labor Day while the weather in Atlanta area is still plenty warm for enjoying the water? Why not is right. LanierWorld has decided to extend its summer season this year — by a month. The water park...
Pittsburgh International to allow non-ticketed visitors access to airside terminals

Pittsburgh International to allow non-ticketed visitors access to airside terminals

Pittsburgh International Airport will be the first airport in the country to allow non-ticketed visitors access to airside terminals, officials announced Monday afternoon. Officials made the major announcement at the airport, saying that the change will go into effect Sept. 5. >> Read more trending news Congressman Tim Murphy, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Airport...
In Georgia, shorter commute doesn’t lower car insurance rates

In Georgia, shorter commute doesn’t lower car insurance rates

In some states, an increase in annual miles driven can add up to a big increase in car insurance rates. But in Georgia, even if you drive more miles per year, your rates will increase just a little. On the surface it sounds good to save money,  but the flip side means there is little incentive for drivers across the state and in metro Atlanta — ...
Hartsfield-Jackson boosts parking fees, a big revenue source

Hartsfield-Jackson boosts parking fees, a big revenue source

Hartsfield-Jackson International has increased many of its parking fees, a key source of revenue at the world’s busiest airport. Parking in hourly short-term decks in the domestic parking garages now costs $3 per hour for the first two hours, up from $2 previously. The new rates took effect Aug. 1. The new rates are $4 per hour for the 3rd through 6th hours, up from $3 previously; and $36 a...
Exploring Moab by bike, then foot

Exploring Moab by bike, then foot

My first Moab mountain biking excursion started off bumpy — and not because of the rocks. My husband, Neil, and I had traveled to this red-dust town in Utah, about a four-hour drive southeast of Salt Lake City, for a long weekend of biking, hiking and magical desert scenery. As we drove past dramatic gingerbread stacks of sandstone to pick up our rented mountain bikes, I was nervous for the...
Mitchell wants next council, Atlanta mayor to take up 2018 contracts

Mitchell wants next council, Atlanta mayor to take up 2018 contracts

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell is calling for Mayor Kasim Reed and colleagues on the Council to support a moratorium on the approval of city contracts that begin services in 2018 so that the next council and mayor gets their say-so. Mitchell, who is a candidate for mayor, is the highest-ranking city official to call for a pause in certain contracts. His request comes amid a federal...
Long waits mar new Uber, Lyft pickup plan at Hartsfield-Jackson

Long waits mar new Uber, Lyft pickup plan at Hartsfield-Jackson

The Atlanta airport’s new ride-share pickup location drew complaints from both drivers and passengers after long waits and traffic backups Thursday, when many fliers return from business trips. During the peak Thursday night period, some passengers said they waited as long as 40 minutes or more for ride-share drivers to reach them after being stuck in long lines of vehicles trying to enter the...
Trail network pitched for south Atlanta ‘aerotropolis’

Trail network pitched for south Atlanta ‘aerotropolis’

Could the next Beltline be on Atlanta’s southside? That’s the goal of an ambitious greenway concept for the “aerotropolis” area surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The vision is for a network of trails and bike paths connected across the hodgepodge of cities and counties in south Metro Atlanta — and connected to the Atlanta Beltline. It would create...
Atlanta families to leave town in droves for solar eclipse

Atlanta families to leave town in droves for solar eclipse

When Audra Dial heard about the upcoming the solar eclipse, she immediately thought about seeing the astronomical phenomenon back in 1979 when she was 7 years old. Dial was living in California at the time, and she and her parents traveled to Indiana, to watch the solar eclipse with her grandparents. She remembers using a homemade cardboard eclipse viewer with a pinhole, and being side by side...
Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

Charleston: eclipse nirvana, or eclipse apocalypse?

You’ve heard about some of the problems facing eclipse chasers as they flock to the path of totality across the United States. Massive traffic jams, eye damage, etc. Charleston, the Holy City by the sea and perhaps the coolest town in the path of the shadow, presents a few additional concerns. We’ll get to those in a minute. But first, why would it be a great idea to visit Charleston,...
Hartsfield-Jackson moving Uber, Lyft pickups

Hartsfield-Jackson moving Uber, Lyft pickups

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is moving its locations for Uber and Lyft pickups to an area that will require a walk across the roadway from the terminal, through the parking garage to the economy parking lot. The airport said the new locations opening Wednesday in the economy lots on the Terminal North and Terminal South sides of the domestic terminal will be exclusively for Uber...
A weekend in Bozeman, Mont.

A weekend in Bozeman, Mont.

Weekend in Bozeman, Mont., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Bozeman is one of the state’s largest towns but still retains a small-town feeling. This university town buzzes with activity and provides a base from which to explore national parks, and national trails and forests, http://hike.wildmontana.org. This scenic...
From wild dolphins to fine dining, Seabrook Island, Charleston beckon

From wild dolphins to fine dining, Seabrook Island, Charleston beckon

In the coastal town of Seabrook Island, S.C., visitors gather at Pelican Beach, the point where the Edisto River meets the Atlantic, and wait for low tide. The excitement is palpable as everyone scans the waves. An observant photographer signals that he has spotted a fin, and soon, the water is studded with them. Finally, the big moment comes. Like soldiers preparing for battle, a pod of bottlenose...
Cashless trend cuts into use of Hartsfield-Jackson ATMs

Cashless trend cuts into use of Hartsfield-Jackson ATMs

The declining use of cash is causing a shake-up in a banking services contract at Hartsfield-Jackson International. The proliferation of credit card use means fewer people use cash regularly and has cut demand for ATMs. That makes it less profitable for banks to operate at the airport, prompting changes in how the contract is structured. The world’s busiest airport plans to rebid a contract...
Atlanta rushing airport retail revamps? Some seeking contracts have concerns

Atlanta rushing airport retail revamps? Some seeking contracts have concerns

More than 100 people interested in contracts for shops at Hartsfield-Jackson International gathered Thursday to learn about the airport’s plan to revamp retail locations, with some raising concerns that the city is rushing the contracting process as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s term nears its end. The airport has more than 80 retail spots available around the domestic terminal and concourses...
Georgia: Whether you love beer or wine, there’s a destination for you

Georgia: Whether you love beer or wine, there’s a destination for you

Covering all of the Georgia breweries and brewpubs outside of Atlanta would be impossible in one article given how the craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years, but here’s a select offering. On the wine front, North Georgia is home to vineyards producing fine vino on par with Europe and California. As with the breweries, there are many more wineries to discover in the state than...
Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Georgia: Plenty of restaurant options beckon around state

Farmhaus Burger. This popular downtown spot serves farm-to-table burgers, salads, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and spiked milkshakes. Shakes start at $7; burgers, $6.75-$9.75. 1204 Broad St., Augusta. 706-496-8771,www.farmhausburger.com. The Dillard House. 2017 marks the 100th year in business for this legendary establishment serving Southern dishes family-style at each table. The mountain views...
Georgia: 3 getaways aimed at romance

Georgia: 3 getaways aimed at romance

During Masters Week, it may be next to impossible to book a room at the historic Partridge Inn (rates start at $136; 2110 Walton Way, Augusta. 706-737-8888, www.historichotels.org), but couples can experience its Southern elegance year-round. Situated on a hillside overlooking the city, this classic hotel sports wide verandas for dining, relaxing with a cocktail and enjoying live music at the...
Georgia: From spelunking to zip lining, adventure awaits

Georgia: From spelunking to zip lining, adventure awaits

In the southeast corner of the state, the legendary Okefenokee Swamp can be accessed by canoe through Stephen C. Foster State Park (17515 Ga. 177, Fargo. 912-637-5274). Take a ranger-led night paddling tour in one of the darkest places in Georgia. The park has been designated by the International Dark Sky Association as an “International Dark Sky Park.” See the stars (and alligator...
Georgia: Jekyll Island, Dahlonega, state parks will entertain families

Georgia: Jekyll Island, Dahlonega, state parks will entertain families

Jekyll Island was once the domain of the privileged elite. Now, it’s an affordable vacation retreat for everyone. You can get a feel for what the old days were like in the historic district on the river side of the island. The moneyed class of the Gilded Age must not have liked staying directly on the beach, but these days, that’s where you want to be at places like the centrally located...
NAACP issues first-ever travel advisory to minority travelers in Missouri due to civil rights concerns

NAACP issues first-ever travel advisory to minority travelers in Missouri due to civil rights concerns

The Missouri NAACP issued an advisory that tells travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won't be respected, state chapter President Rod Chapel said Monday. The advisory cites a bill passed by lawmakers this year that would make it more difficult to sue for housing or employment discrimination. The legislation is on the desk of Republican Gov. Eric Greitens...
Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

Outer Banks homeowners, not tourists, allowed back on islands after mandatory evacuation

People living on two islands along North Carolina's Outer Banks are able to turn their lights back on. But for visitors, a strict evacuation order is still in effect. Engineers have been working nonstop to restore power for Hatteras and Ocracoke islands since Thursday when a construction company accidentally cut an electrical line. As of Saturday morning, one generator had been restored, but...
Airport ticket fee boost gets lift in Congress

Airport ticket fee boost gets lift in Congress

Airports including Atlanta’s are pushing for an increase in ticket fees that help pay for improvements, while airlines vehemently oppose the hike. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee this week approved legislation that included an increase in the maximum passenger facility charge, or PFC, from $4.50 to $8.50. For a nonstop, roundtrip flight from Atlanta that would typically mean an an increase...
A weekend in Ventura, Calif.

A weekend in Ventura, Calif.

Ventura, Calif., is surrounded by water. The coastal Pacific city, known for its beaches, lies between the Santa Clara and Ventura rivers at the base of Mount Pinos. The seaside harbor village attracts locals and tourists and is the jumping-off point to reach Channel Islands National Park, a habitat for rare island foxes and scrub jays. Getting there: Frequent sale rates to Santa Barbara (30 miles...
Equestrian center in North Carolina offers polo for the masses

Equestrian center in North Carolina offers polo for the masses

Astride a polo pony named Karma, I swing my long mallet in a pendulum as instructed by Gates Gridley, manager of the new Tryon Polo School that opened in June in tiny Mill Spring, N.C., and try to make contact with a ball that seems miles below me. The school is part of the sprawling, 1,600-acre Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort that opened in 2015 near the foothills of the picturesque...
Delta spending $437M for a piece of Air France

Delta spending $437M for a piece of Air France

Delta Air Lines is acquiring a 10 percent stake in Air France, part of a round of cross-border investments among the airline’s international partners. Atlanta-based Delta will buy the stake, worth about $437 million, in Air France-KLM, and it will gain a seat on the board. Air France will buy a 31 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic from Virgin Group, while another Delta partner, China Eastern...
Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Large electronics will have to be screened under new TSA carry-on policy

Passengers traveling through America’s airports will have to separate large electronics from their carry-on baggage under new screening procedures announced Wednesday by the Transportation Security Administration. Travelers will be required to remove electronics that are larger than a cellphone from carry-on baggage so the electronics can undergo X-ray screening in an effort aimed at upgrading...
Atlanta drivers show no mercy for Ga. 400 flex lane abuser caught on video

Atlanta drivers show no mercy for Ga. 400 flex lane abuser caught on video

A video shared on social media has generated a lot of conversation about how Atlanta drivers are using the Ga. 400 shoulder lanes. The video, posted on You Tube, shows a driver on Ga. 400 just before I-285 using the shoulder lane to cruise past traffic at about 3 p.m. Minutes later, the time lapsed video shows the same driver being pulled over by State Patrol.. [youtube=http...
Atlanta’s ‘aerotropolis’ plan gains some altitude

Atlanta’s ‘aerotropolis’ plan gains some altitude

It’s a slow takeoff roll, but Hapeville Mayor Alan Hallman sees the development of an “aerotropolis” gaining momentum. Porsche stamped its gilded international nameplate on Hapeville’s doorstep last year, putting the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in serious conversation for other headquarters and major logistics firms, Hallman said. Now the four-star...
How to walk your cat on a leash — It may be easier than you think

How to walk your cat on a leash — It may be easier than you think

Laura Moss was volunteering for a cat rescue group when one day she discovered a note and a tiny blue harness dangling beside the cage. The instructions at the local pet store where adoptions were taking place: Take the orange tabby on a walk. Much to her surprise, the skinny ginger seemed comfortable on a leash and knew right where he wanted to go, exploring aisles devoted to cat food, and later...
Go Tennessee: 5 places to get outside and play

Go Tennessee: 5 places to get outside and play

Tennessee is probably best known for music and also for its barbecue and whiskey, among other things. But the Volunteer State’s varied geographic features and sports profile also mean Tennessee offers exceptional opportunities for sports and recreation, as well. Ocoee River It dips and swirls sinuously through the gorgeous forested and rocky Southern Appalachian region of southeastern Tennessee...
A weekend in Minneapolis

A weekend in Minneapolis

The Mississippi River runs between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and the state capital of St. Paul. City highlights include the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg’s Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The Twin Cities are second to New York for having the most theater seats per capita in the nation. The Hennepin Avenue Theatre District...
Sunday Wellness series at Serenbe connects mind, body and spirit to nature

Sunday Wellness series at Serenbe connects mind, body and spirit to nature

The Inn at Serenbe, located in planned community with 1,000 acres of preserve forestland, now offers a series of day retreats designed to offer a getaway from the pressures of daily life. Related: Free outdoor yoga in Atlanta Sunday Wellness, is a series of retreats led by Zoetic, the local wellness company at Serenbe. During a day filled with health and wellness, ...
Delta’s April meltdown cost $125 million, but company still made $1.2 billion quarterly profit

Delta’s April meltdown cost $125 million, but company still made $1.2 billion quarterly profit

In spite of a $125 million hit due to 4,000 flight cancellations during its April meltdown, Delta Air Lines still made a $1.2 billion quarterly profit. Most of the impact from the April operational meltdown that followed a one-day storm was a $115 million headwind to revenue. Atlanta-based Delta’s profit for the second quarter of the year was down 21 percent from $1.5 billion...
What’s a “Nothing Burger?” An official history of that suddenly popular (and annoying) phrase 

What’s a “Nothing Burger?” An official history of that suddenly popular (and annoying) phrase 

“Nothing Burger.” Some people wince at the oratorical decline it represents while others debate the finer points of punctuation swirling about it (Should it be hyphenated? Capitalized? One word or two?). But there’s no disputing that the phrase is on everyone’s lips these days, especially in Washington D.C. : White House chief of staff Reince Priebus earlier this week dismissed...
Qatar Airways boss sorry for ‘grandmothers’ remark

Qatar Airways boss sorry for ‘grandmothers’ remark

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, who has sparred with Delta Air Lines executives over policy issues in recent years, is apologizing for referring to U.S. airline flight attendants as “grandmothers.” “I should like to apologize unreservedly to those offended by my recent remarks which compared Qatar Airways cabin crew with cabin crew on U.S. carriers,” Al Baker said Wednesday...
A peek at the plans for a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta

A peek at the plans for a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta

Although opposition to the idea of a commercial airport in Paulding County continues, airport officials are pressing forward with efforts to bring airline service to their airfield. Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport, also known as Silver Comet Field, announced in 2013 its plans to get commercial certification and attract airline service. Since then, the idea has been challenged by some Paulding residents...
FAA: Paulding airport won’t go commercial until lawsuits are resolved

FAA: Paulding airport won’t go commercial until lawsuits are resolved

The question of a second metro Atlanta commercial airport remains on hold in Paulding County. Amid lawsuits challenging efforts to commercialize Paulding’s airport, the Federal Aviation Administration wrote a letter this week saying it will wait until the legal questions are resolved by the courts before making a decision on the airport’s commercial certification. In the two-and-a-half...
Paulding airport authority appoints interim director

Paulding airport authority appoints interim director

The Paulding County airport, which has spent the last few years in an effort to become a second commercial airport in metro Atlanta, has a new interim director. The Paulding County Airport Authority has named Terry Tibbitts as its interim airport director for a three-month period as it searches for a permanent airport director. Airport authority chairman Calvin Thompson said he has started taking...
Fliers’ right to video gets push from recent airline incidents

Fliers’ right to video gets push from recent airline incidents

When things go wrong on an airline flight, a picture is worth a thousand words — and a video can be worth even more. That’s become evident over the last several months, amid a string of viral videos showing passengers getting booted off flights, altercations between crew and passengers and the United Airlines passenger dragged off a plane. With smartphone cameras in the...
From Backstreet Boys to Cher, Las Vegas residencies are flourishing

From Backstreet Boys to Cher, Las Vegas residencies are flourishing

In about 30 minutes, the Backstreet Boys will descend from the ceiling inside The Axis theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, tucked into individual lighted squares as the crisp sounds of “Larger Than Life” boom through the room. But in the lead-up to the arrival of the well-preserved boy banders – Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean and Georgia mainstay...
Fresh oysters and a slice of history on the Long Beach Peninsula

Fresh oysters and a slice of history on the Long Beach Peninsula

OYSTERVILLE, Wash. — Usually, razor clams get all the publicity. Last spring’s razor clam-digging opening on the 28-mile-long Long Beach Peninsula’s ocean beach was a big deal because state fisheries honchos temporarily upped the daily limit after a long closure assured a good harvest. Fanatical diggers descended in droves. But cross the 13/4-mile-wide peninsula to where the Pacific...

Jetliner's early days: power, style and size

The 747, one of history’s most iconic airplanes, is heading toward retirement. Mark Vanhoenacker, a pilot and the author of “Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot,” writes that for “those who grew up under 747-crossed skies, it can be hard to appreciate how revolutionary the jet’s dimensions were when it first (and improbably, to some observers) got airborne in 1969.&rdquo...
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