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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...
Delta to retire Boeing 747 from U.S. passenger airline fleet

Delta to retire Boeing 747 from U.S. passenger airline fleet

The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet will fly its final commercial flight for a U.S. passenger airline with a Delta Air Lines flight Tuesday. Delta, the only remaining U.S. passenger airline to fly the 747, is retiring the plane from its fleet and taking the “Queen of the Skies” on a farewell tour with a stop in Atlanta. Atlanta-based Delta’s last commercial 747 flight will be Dec. 19...
Clayton fights loss of Hartsfield-Jackson jet fuel sales tax revenue

Clayton fights loss of Hartsfield-Jackson jet fuel sales tax revenue

A fight over who gets to keep Clayton County sales tax revenue from jet fuel at the world’s busiest airport started with Delta Air Lines arguing that the airport should by law get the money, and led to a clarification of a federal policy affecting airports across the nation. But Clayton has filed a federal appeal and is arguing that losing the nearly $20 million in revenue from sales taxes on...
Christmas 2017: How to score airfare deals

Christmas 2017: How to score airfare deals

Only Santa can take reindeer-powered flights at Christmas; everyone else taking to the skies must rely on plane travel. Whether you're flying home for the holidays or heading on a holiday getaway, Christmas airfare deals are probably high on your wish list.To find Christmas airfare deals, refer to KAYAK's 2017 Holiday Hacker Guide and take advice from travel experts. Here are the top...
Delta adds checked bag fee to lowest fares to Europe

Delta adds checked bag fee to lowest fares to Europe

Delta is adding a first checked bag fee for its lowest-priced seats on flights to Europe and North Africa, sold under the “basic economy” label. The new checked baggage fee takes effect for trans-Atlantic basic economy tickets purchased starting Dec. 6 for flights April 10, 2018 or later. The first checked bag fee for basic economy fares on trans-Atlantic flights is $60, while the...
Hartsfield-Jackson aims for more precise security wait time estimates

Hartsfield-Jackson aims for more precise security wait time estimates

How long will it take to get through security at the world’s busiest airport? Hartsfield-Jackson International wants to give a more precise answer to that question for the tens of millions of travelers who fly out of Atlanta every year. The airport is looking for a company to handle its security wait time reporting, a task it has long done by hand in-house. But other airports around the country...
Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet

Delta strikes joint venture deal with Canadian carrier WestJet

Delta Air Lines announced Wednesday it has struck an agreement for a joint venture with Canadian carrier WestJet. The deal, if approved by the companies’ boards and regulatory authorities, would deepen a partnership between the two carriers. WestJet and Atlanta-based Delta have had a code-share marketing partnership since 2012, and have agreed to a preliminary memorandum of understanding for...
City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure

City council approves ATL airport concessions worker retention measure

The Atlanta City Council approved a measure to require new airport concessionaires to retain workers of previous firms. Labor union UNITE HERE has pushed for worker retention ordinances in other cities, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration worked with the union on the ordinance the city council approved Monday. The ordinance establishes an airport service contractor worker retention...
A weekend in Cambria and San Simeon, Calif.

A weekend in Cambria and San Simeon, Calif.

Weekend in Cambria and San Simeon, Calif., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: It’s just a 10-mile drive up California’s Coastal Highway 1 from Cambria to San Simeon. The 15-mile route farther north to Ragged Point is the last part of the open highway as construction crews work on rock and mud damage through June 1, 2018...
Atlanta ethics office investigates airport conflict of interest issue

Atlanta ethics office investigates airport conflict of interest issue

Hartsfield-Jackson International awarded a lucrative contract and contract extensions to a concessionaire that’s in a partnership with the wife of an airport executive. The city of Atlanta’s ethics office is conducting a preliminary investigation into the matter involving airport executive Cortez Carter, according to ethics officer Jabu Sengova. Carter was placed on paid administrative...
Airport workers rally at Atlanta City Hall

Airport workers rally at Atlanta City Hall

Airport workers and other union members gathered Tuesday at Atlanta City Hall to call attention to a company competing for a contract to build an on-site hotel, travel plaza and office development at the airport. The workers, members of labor union Unite Here, raised questions about the labor practices of Airmall USA, one of the three companies competing for the contract at Hartsfield-Jackson International...
Winners picked for Atlanta airport shop contracts but no approvals yet

Winners picked for Atlanta airport shop contracts but no approvals yet

Several companies have been selected for lucrative contracts running retail shops at the world’s busiest airport, though the city has not yet moved the deals forward for approval amid controversy surrounding the contracting process. Atlanta procurement officials earlier this year said they planned to get the contracts, which are worth tens of millions of dollars, finalized before Mayor...
American Airlines blames glitch for lack of pilots over Christmas

American Airlines blames glitch for lack of pilots over Christmas

Update: 12:04 p.m. EST: American Airlines has announced that a “few hundred” of the 200,000 flights in December currently do not have pilots assigned, CNBC reported.   Original story: A scheduling glitch could leave American Airlines passengers stranded for one of the busiest travel times of the year. Multiple media outlets are reporting that American Airlines is blaming computer...
Some restaurant spots vacant at Hartsfield-Jackson amid contract delays

Some restaurant spots vacant at Hartsfield-Jackson amid contract delays

Even before the holiday crush of Thanksgiving travelers, wait times for sit-down restaurants on some concourses can be as long as a half-hour during peak hours at the world’s busiest airport, which handles more than 250,000 passengers a day. Fast-food and quick-service concessions at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport often have shorter waits, but lines at Starbucks and the most popular...
Tennessee: Country music, Elvis, Dollywood, Tina Turner draw visitors

Tennessee: Country music, Elvis, Dollywood, Tina Turner draw visitors

Sooner or later, serious music lovers are bound to make their way to the music-rich state of Tennessee. A musical journey through the Volunteer State provides an in-depth look at more than a century of history that has been captured in iconic tourist attractions that represent a range of genres, so whether you are Elvis Presley’s biggest fan or always singing along to the latest country hits...
Tennessee: 3 places to find adventure

Tennessee: 3 places to find adventure

The Great Smoky Mountains have attracted outdoorsy folks with something to prove for decades, and now there’s one more reason to make the trip. Anakeesta, Gatlinburg’s newest attraction, is a mountain adventure park that opened in September. Hop on a chondola (chair-gondola) for an exhilarating 15-minute ride to Firefly Village, a treehouse-themed village at the mountain summit. From there...
Tennessee: 3 places to enjoy some romance

Tennessee: 3 places to enjoy some romance

Blackberry Farm, a luxury, 4,200-acre resort at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, has such a romantic ambience, it almost feels like a movie set. Take a carriage horse ride with that special someone and snuggle under a blanket while you admire the bucolic, wintry landscape. Later, you can warm up by the fireplace at the Barn, the resort’s James Beard Award-winning restaurant. Choose...
Tennessee: Metal Museum, Sculpture Fields, Knoxville beckon art lovers

Tennessee: Metal Museum, Sculpture Fields, Knoxville beckon art lovers

At the Metal Museum in Memphis, metal workers are literally forging bold artistic paths. Dedicated exclusively to the art and craft of fine metalwork, it’s the only museum of its kind in the country. A wide range of metalwork, sculpture and studio jewelry are on exhibit, but for many, the highlight is watching the resident metalsmiths at work. If you want to try your hand at it, classes in blacksmithing...
Tennessee: Where to find hot chicken, French-Creole food, good burgers

Tennessee: Where to find hot chicken, French-Creole food, good burgers

When it comes to chicken, some like it hot. Prince’s Hot Chicken has been serving fried chicken with a crunchy, cayenne pepper crust for 60 years. The original location is tucked away in a back street, but those determined to get their fix always manage to find it. People from all walks of life munch fried chicken at this no-frills eatery: old timers that have been customers for decades, college...

Hartsfield-Jackson preparing for record holiday crowds

With record traffic expected at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport over the Thanksgiving period, crowds are already filling the terminals and concourses of the world’s busiest airport. More than 299,000 passengers passed through the airport Wednesday, based on Hartsfield-Jackson forecasts. Thanksgiving Day itself will be slow at the airport, with only 181,677 passengers expected. But heavy...
Hartsfield-Jackson to reduce land for hotel, give rent discount

Hartsfield-Jackson to reduce land for hotel, give rent discount

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will give a $500,000 annual discount on rent to the developers of a hotel next to the terminal, as a concession for reducing the amount of space for the hotel by a couple of acres. The airport on Monday got Atlanta City Council approval for an amendment to its 50-year lease with Majestic Carter Atlanta Mixed Use LLC for the massive “Airport City&rdquo...
Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

Senate’s tax bill would aid Delta’s push to punish Persian Gulf rivals

For the past two years, Delta Air Lines has spearheaded a campaign to get Washington policymakers to punish some of its fiercest fast-growing competitors from the Persian Gulf. The Atlanta-based carrier’s push has been largely fruitless so far — but that may soon change if a provision tucked into the U.S. Senate tax bill becomes law. U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., added language to his...
Anti-noise activism is tepid around world’s busiest airport

Anti-noise activism is tepid around world’s busiest airport

When Chicago O’Hare International Airport held a series of hearings on noise and other issues, more than 2,200 people showed up. At other airports from Florida to California, hundreds of angry residents show up at meetings to voice concerns about noise, and some are filing lawsuits. But at the world’s busiest airport, no public meetings were held when the FAA changed its flight paths through...
Airport arrivals area spiffed up for international visitors to Atlanta

Airport arrivals area spiffed up for international visitors to Atlanta

An effort to make airports more welcoming to international visitors has expanded to the world’s busiest airport. Public-private partnership Brand USA partnered with the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and Georgia’s Department of Economic Development to install images of Atlanta and Georgia in sterile-looking U.S. Customs and Border Protection areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International...
Record holiday crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson

Record holiday crowds expected at Hartsfield-Jackson

Record crowds are expected over the busy Thanksgiving travel period at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, with the rush kicking off this Friday. About 331,000 passengers are expected to pass through the world’s busiest airport this Friday, with many local school districts allowing students the week off for Thanksgiving. Airport officials recommend passengers arrive in the terminal at...
A weekend in Dresden, Germany

A weekend in Dresden, Germany

Destroyed in 1945, Dresden, Germany, has reclaimed its title as the “Jewel Box” due to its magnificent Baroque and Rococo city center. The ongoing construction boom (15 years) continues to give a new look to the Saxony state capital while keeping elegant and historic impressions. The largest collection of Europe’s Baroque to Classicism treasures fills two halls in the New Green Vault...
Revamp of Atlanta’s first integrated hotel pays homage to its history

Revamp of Atlanta’s first integrated hotel pays homage to its history

In 1963, Bill Bartholomay, head of a consortium that owned the Milwaukee Braves, began petitioning Major League Baseball to move the Braves to Atlanta. But MLB wondered how welcoming Atlanta would be to a team with black ballplayers. Bartholomay sat before a committee of owners and was confronted by questions that referenced the lineaments of the Jim Crow South: separate water fountains for blacks...
Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson will rebid some contracts for retail shops

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will rebid some of its controversial concessions contracts after finding that too many companies were disqualified, a snag expected to delay those contracts until the next mayoral administration. City officials had hoped to move forward on the lucrative contracts before Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s term ends, while candidates running to be the...
South Carolina: Music lovers can enjoy bluegrass, opera, Carolina shag

South Carolina: Music lovers can enjoy bluegrass, opera, Carolina shag

Every month, you can catch bluegrass jam sessions dubbed Music on the Mountain at the Table Rock Lodge at Table Rock State Park. The park sits near its namesake mountain, sprawling beautifully over 3,000 acres of heavily wooded terrain. These are casual, acoustic performances by locals, but rest assured, you can hear some exceptional music here. And if you’re a musician yourself, pack your...
South Carolina: Where to eat when you visit Palmetto State

South Carolina: Where to eat when you visit Palmetto State

Motor Supply Company Bistro in Columbia dishes up several offerings that feature the long-grain heirloom rice known as Carolina Gold. Fish camp fried catfish and pork belly are both served over Carolina Gold rice grits. But whatever you pick from the menu will be a winner. 920 Gervais St., Columbia, 803-256-6687, www.motorsupplycobistro.com, @motorsupply A good way to get an introduction...
South Carolina: Tour Charleston in carriage or find romance in cabin

South Carolina: Tour Charleston in carriage or find romance in cabin

A nice meal in Charleston, wine, intimate conversation, chocolate dessert, flowers — all will set the stage. Then, arrange a private horse and carriage for afterward. The stately clop-clop, the historic ambiance, the city all lit up … romance guaranteed! Palmetto Carriage is the oldest carriage company in Charleston and offers evening private carriage tours, tours to dinner and,...
South Carolina: Explore zoo in Greenville and more for kids

South Carolina: Explore zoo in Greenville and more for kids

Greenville Zoo is home to big cats like African lions and leopards; orangutans and various kinds of monkeys; gangly giraffes, giant anteaters, red pandas and other animals sure to delight children and adults alike. Want to check it all out ahead of time? Take Greenville Zoo’s online zoo tour at gis.greenvillesc.gov/zootour. You and the kids can seek out more Greenville animals with the...
South Carolina: 5 ways to play in Palmetto State

South Carolina: 5 ways to play in Palmetto State

The Palmetto State has plenty to offer visitors seeking sports and recreation. From the Upstate’s mountains, to the lakes and rivers of the Midlands and the beaches and waterways of the Lowcountry, there’s plenty to do. There are at least a half-dozen minor league sports teams in the state, which also happens to be covered with golf courses. You’ll find South Carolina is full of...
Big firms chosen to open restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Concourse E

Big firms chosen to open restaurants at Hartsfield-Jackson Concourse E

Several big concessionaires have been selected to open new restaurants on Concourse E at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The contract awards are subject to Atlanta City Council approval, but the city’s interim chief procurement officer sent notification letters to concessionaires about the companies that will be recommended for the contracts. The Concourse E restaurant contracts are...
’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

’Shiptease’: Richard Branson launches Virgin Voyages cruise line

Richard Branson turned travel on its ear. Now he’s planning on doing the same with the cruise line industry. The founder and chairman of Virgin Group has started construction of Virgin Voyages, Condé Nast Traveler reported. The keel of the first ship of the line was laid Tuesday, with Branson making a show of the milestone, dropping 200 feet from a crane to the shipyard. Tom...
6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia

6 fabulous glamping destinations in Georgia

Fall in Atlanta is a glorious time for enjoying the outdoors — going on hikes, roasting marshmallows and maybe even sleeping under the stars. But while many seek quick weekend getaways, not everyone is up for sleeping in a tent. For those wanting to unplug and reconnect with nature without having to rough it (at all), “glamping” — or glamorous camping — may be just right...
Local air traffic controllers help guide troubled airliner to safety

Local air traffic controllers help guide troubled airliner to safety

Two air traffic controllers at a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Henry County are sharing the story of how they helped guide a flight in trouble to a safe landing at a small airport in Alabama. American Airlines flight 5559 took off from New Orleans bound for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on June 21 but encountered trouble. The Bombardier CRJ-700 flight was operated by American...
Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

Walt Disney World announces addition to Toy Story Land

The 12-acre Toy Story Land expansion in Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is set to open in Summer of 2018, and today the Resort announced that Woody's Lunch Box would be a quick-service dining location in the new area. Toy Story Land will 'shrink' guests to the size of a toy so they can step into the whimsical and beloved world of Pixar Animation Studios' blockbuster franchise set in...
Airport hotels going upscale in Hartsfield-Jackson area

Airport hotels going upscale in Hartsfield-Jackson area

Upscale hotels coming to the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International are sparking hopes of turning the long-struggling airport district into a destination. On Nov. 1, a Solis hotel opens next to the Porsche North America headquarters by the airport, bringing a new international name to an area that has been slow to spur development for years. The luxury hotel will have 214 rooms...
Kempner: Atlanta airport spends jaw-dropping money for fancy umbrella

Kempner: Atlanta airport spends jaw-dropping money for fancy umbrella

The domestic terminal at the world’s busiest airport isn’t exactly a looker from the outside. Most travelers probably are too focused on making their flights or trying to remember if they brought the travel-size toothpaste to care about street aesthetics outside Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta We-Can’t-Even-Remember-What-It Looks-Like-From-The-Outside International Airport. Hartsfield...
A weekend in Greenville, S.C.

A weekend in Greenville, S.C.

Weekend in Greenville, S.C., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Recent travel buzz is all about pedestrian-friendly Greenville for its farm-to-table scene and as the up-and-coming food lover’s town. Conde Nast’s Traveler magazine readers chose the city as the No. 3 Small City Destination in the country (following Charleston...
Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants

Delta Air Lines is hiring more than 1,000 flight attendants. The average entry-level flight attendant at Delta earns about $25,000 a year, “with an opportunity to earn more depending upon schedule,” according to the airline. Atlanta-based Delta said applicants must have a high school degree or GED, be at least 21 years old, be able to work in the United States and be fluent in...
Keys are slowly returning to life

Keys are slowly returning to life

Roughly a month after Hurricane Irma whipped its ferocious winds across the Florida Keys, a pearl-like strand of subtropical islands with an ecosystem unique in North America, much of the once pristine landscape remains littered with the wreckage the storm left behind. Tourism, normally a $1.6 billion-a-year industry that employs about half the Keys’ workforce, took a battering of its own, with...
Hartsfield-Jackson chooses firm to develop recycling facility

Hartsfield-Jackson chooses firm to develop recycling facility

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has selected a firm to develop a recycling and composting facility on airport grounds, moving forward on a project that has taken years to advance. The Atlanta airport has chosen Green Energy and Development Inc. to develop the facility it calls Green Acres on 30 acres of property on the south side of the airport in Clayton County. Green Energy and Development...
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...
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...

Air rage is raging

It seems unruly and intoxicated airline passengers are a growing problem in the skies.  Statistics released at a conference in Geneva last week by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) show a 50 percent increase between 2015 and 2016 of the number of passengers who were forcibly confined for bad behavior.   The incidents in question include verbal and physical abuse, as...
Nuremberg loves — but doesn’t heart — its gingerbread

Nuremberg loves — but doesn’t heart — its gingerbread

You’ve seen the German gingerbread hearts hanging from ribbons, frosted with the words “Ich liebe dich” (I love you) and “Frohe Weihnachten” (Merry Christmas).  Nuremberg’s bakers wish you hadn’t.   “We don’t make them here,” says Ingrid Neef, a sixth-generation Nuremberg baker, with polite but palpable disdain. “Those...
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