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Fall is apple-picking time in North Georgia

Eat a pie or sip some cider in part seven 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...
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...
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...
Six great spots to see fall foliage close to Atlanta

Six 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 and Lyft...
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...
72 hours in Eleuthera

72 hours in Eleuthera

The idyllic island of Eleuthera is a curious place, free from the crowds, herds of cruise ship passengers, casinos and high-rises that plague many of its more popular Caribbean neighbors. It seems to make sense considering the island’s name is derived from the Greek word “eleutheros,” meaning freedom—something you’ll feel almost instantly as you arrive and begin to take...
Easing in to going solo

Easing in to going solo

Since 2012, Kristin Addis has been traveling the world. More often than not, she’s solo. The former investment banker decided to sell her belongings five years ago and hit the road. She since has lived in silence at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, trekked to see gorillas in Uganda and hiked on glaciers in Patagonia. For Addis — who blogs about her experiences at bemytravelmuse.com, and...
Delta, other airlines take in-flight meals upscale

Delta, other airlines take in-flight meals upscale

Airline meals used to be the butt of jokes — at least until they were eliminated on most domestic flights in coach class. Now, carriers including Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines are bringing coach meals back on certain long domestic routes, partnering with well-known chefs for international business class dishes and using designer tableware in first class. Some foreign carriers like Singapore...
Chattanooga guitar museum celebrates disappearing art of craftsmanship

Chattanooga guitar museum celebrates disappearing art of craftsmanship

“Call me last.” For decades, that phrase has been the calling card of vintage guitar buyer David Davidson. “It takes years sometimes to buy a guitar,” he explains. “When someone’s not ready to sell for whatever reason — it’s emotional, it’s sentimental, or the money’s not right — ‘call me last’ is a way of saying, &lsquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson expects checkpoint record on Friday

Hartsfield-Jackson expects checkpoint record on Friday

Record crowds are expected at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday as travelers set off for 4th of July trips. The airport expects more than 90,000 passengers to pass through security checkpoints that day, surpassing the previous record set over the Memorial Day holiday travel period. A total of 3.4 million people across the country are expected to fly over Independence Day weekend...
Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

Mom says baby overheated as United Airlines plane sat on tarmac for 2 hours

2017 is not a good year to be an airline company, especially if that company’s name is United Airlines.  Passenger and mom Emily France said her baby became overheated recently on a delayed flight as the aircraft waited on the Denver International Airport (DIA) tarmac, reports the Denver Post. The 39-year-old said that passengers waited for more than two hours on the plane despite...
Getaways that are close to home

Getaways that are close to home

If thoughts of airports and security lines or day-long car rides are enough to make you consider skipping a summer vacation, then a staycation might be just the thing you need. Luckily, options abound for staycations close to home that feel (many) miles away—from serene lakeside getaways to action-packed escapes in the country to luxurious city sleepovers.  Tucked away in the foothills...

Someone packed a live 20-pound lobster in their carry-on luggage

TSA agents are pros at sporting scary stuff people try to take through airport security. Like whatever this thing is. In just one week earlier this year, inspectors found 73 guns in carry-on bags (66 of which were loaded and 27 of which had a round chambered). For a while there it seemed people kept trying to get pink guns through airport security. And then there was the time someone even...
Delta lease OK’d, but emotions steal show

Delta lease OK’d, but emotions steal show

It was an airport lease-signing ceremony, but it turned into something more Wednesday for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and departing Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson. Both found themselves reflecting on deeper issues than the lease — and fighting back tears — as they inked a 20-year deal that renews the terms of Delta’s massive operation at the city-owned Atlanta airport. Reed, who...
A weekend in Temecula, Calif.

A weekend in Temecula, Calif.

There’s a wine country in Southern California, and Temecula lies at its heart. Set 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the vineyards of over 30 world-class wineries cover the rolling hills. Take in the expansive views reaching to 11,000-foot-high mountains with a picnic or a hike from winery to winery. The Old Town is a step back in time with wooden boardwalks...
Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

A Delta Air Lines plane at 30,000 feet became the scene for a carefully-orchestrated engagement this week. Flights were already part of the couple’s long-distance relationship stretched between Atlanta and Pennsylvania — Deepum Patel works in Atlanta while girlfriend Neha Chakravarti has been in dental school in Pennsylvania. During a Wednesday flight from Atlanta to Boston for a layover...
Record number of travelers expected over July 4th weekend

Record number of travelers expected over July 4th weekend

A record number of people are expected to travel over the 4th of July holiday weekend, according to AAA. A total of 44.2 million Americans are forecast to take trips over the period running from June 30 to July 4. In Georgia, 1.3 million people will travel for the holiday, AAA says. Most of them will be driving. But 3.4 million across the country are expected to fly over Independence Day weekend,...
Report: More Americans will travel this Fourth of July than ever before

Report: More Americans will travel this Fourth of July than ever before

Americans are expected to put down the TV remote and hit the road in record numbers for the July Fourth weekend. Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year's record for the holiday. The vast majority of those revelers will go by car. But airline travel over the holiday is also expected...
Uber, Lyft pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson to move to new location

Uber, Lyft pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson to move to new location

Hartsfield-Jackson International airport plans to move Uber and Lyft pickups from the current curbside areas to a different location in mid-July. Uber and Lyft drivers are currently allowed to pick up passengers anywhere on the curbside, on the upper or lower levels at Terminal South or Terminal North. “We are working to identify locations for Uber and Lyft to pick up their passengers while...
Worried about your flight being cancelled? Delta adding alerts for change fee waivers

Worried about your flight being cancelled? Delta adding alerts for change fee waivers

Delta Air Lines said it will begin sending alerts to customers whose flights may be disrupted by severe weather or other issues, who can reschedule their flights without paying certain change fees. Atlanta-based Delta said it tested a system of sending such alerts recently in the Northeast. Airlines often post change fee waiver notices on their websites when storms threaten to cause flight disruptions...
Delta orders even more airplanes, with expanded Airbus A321 order

Delta orders even more airplanes, with expanded Airbus A321 order

Delta Air Lines announced it is buying another 37 A321 jets from Airbus as it replaces older planes. The 192-seat A321s will be equipped with in-flight wi-fi, live satellite TV on seat-back entertainment screens and power outlets in every row. Also inside the cabin will be “full-spectrum LED ambient lighting” that change depending on the phase of the flight. Based on the current list price...
Delta orders more Airbus A321 jets

Delta orders more Airbus A321 jets

Delta Air Lines is ordering ten more Airbus A321 jets, the carrier announced Tuesday. That brings the total number of A321s Delta has on order to 122. The 192-seat planes have large overhead bins, power outlets in every row of seats, in-flight wi-fi and entertainment. They will replace older narrow-body planes being retired. The average list price for an A321 is $116 million, though airlines...
Delta’s suites in the sky take flight Oct. 30

Delta’s suites in the sky take flight Oct. 30

Delta Air Lines has begun selling tickets for new business class suites in Airbus A350s to begin flying in its fleet this fall. Delta is set to be the first U.S. airline to get an A350. The carrier’s first A350 flight will take off Oct. 30 from Detroit to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. Each business class suite called “Delta One” will have a sliding door for privacy, as well as a...
Photography exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson focuses on human trafficking survivors

Photography exhibit at Hartsfield-Jackson focuses on human trafficking survivors

A traveling art exhibit with portraits of human trafficking survivors is making a week-long stopover at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s domestic terminal atrium. The portraits by photographer J.Shotti are of 20 women from across the country who are survivors of human trafficking, with a focus on their accomplishments “as an antidote to the stereotypes” of victims, according...
A weekend in Yorktown, Va.

A weekend in Yorktown, Va.

Weekend in Yorktown, Va., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Part of Southeastern Virginia’s Historic Triangle (with Jamestown and Williamsburg), Yorktown hugs the York River with 18th-century homes, quaint boutiques and restaurants along the shores. The 23-mile Colonial Parkway links the three towns and is part of the National Park...
Hartsfield-Jackson preps for Concourse T extension

Hartsfield-Jackson preps for Concourse T extension

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is striking a contract to build five more gates on the north end of Concourse T, with the first phase of work expected to cost $54 million. Airport general manager Roosevelt Council said Hartsfield-Jackson needs more gates to add capacity. The airport’s master plan said more domestic gates are needed by 2021. “Our passenger counts continue to grow...
Fuel gushes from plane, covers New Jersey runway

Fuel gushes from plane, covers New Jersey runway

A flight from Newark to Venice had to be cancelled Tuesday night after passengers in a neighboring plane noticed something gushing out of the wing of United Flight 170. >> Read more trending news  Video and photos posted to social media showed a liquid flowing from the edge of the plane’s wing and spilling across part of the runway, NJ.com reported. United said it was a fuel...
Delta to stop accepting pets as checked baggage

Delta to stop accepting pets as checked baggage

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it will no longer accept pets as checked baggage effective March 1, 2016. The move comes years after Delta faced some criticism for deaths of pets in checked baggage. Since then, Delta has gradually placed more restrictions on shipment of pets. With the latest change, pets can still travel in the passenger cabin, except for in business class known as Delta One. Pets...
TSA tests fingerprinting in PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson

TSA tests fingerprinting in PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson

The Transportation Security Administration said it will test the use of fingerprints in a PreCheck lane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and in Denver. The testing will match fingerprints to those that TSA PreCheck members provided when they enrolled in the program. The idea is to eventually allow passengers to use their fingerprints as their boarding pass and ID, according to TSA. But...
Delta mauling puts focus on ‘support animal’ rules

Delta mauling puts focus on ‘support animal’ rules

A harrowing dog attack aboard a Delta Air Lines jet in Atlanta has put a spotlight on the federal law requiring airlines to accommodate emotional support animals. After traveler Marlin Jackson was mauled by a fellow passenger’s lab mix during boarding of a June 3 Delta flight to San Diego, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it wants more information on the incident. The agency also...
Delta tests facial recognition technology in Atlanta and New York

Delta tests facial recognition technology in Atlanta and New York

Delta Air Lines is testing facial recognition technology for U.S. Customs and Border Protection exit screening in Atlanta and New York. At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at gates F6 and F9 on international Concourse F, the test is part of an effort Atlanta-based Delta has been working with Customs on for the past year. Last summer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it was testing...
Delta ends sponsorship of New York theater over Trump-like Julius Caesar

Delta ends sponsorship of New York theater over Trump-like Julius Caesar

Delta Air Lines said it is withdrawing its sponsorship of New York’s Public Theater over a production of Julius Caesar with allusions to President Donald Trump. The production scheduled to start Monday “depicts the assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler,” according to the New York Times, and sponsors have faced criticism online and from some media outlets. “No matter what...
Access national parks with pass

Access national parks with pass

I remember my first good look at Fort Pulaski, sitting stout and battered just outside Savannah proper on Cockspur Island near the mouth of the Savannah River. The moat; the fort’s thick brick ramparts showing the kind of pock-marked structural damage you’d expect from taking heavy Union cannon fire; the home team’s black cannons pointed outward toward ghostly Union troops from atop...
Explore new world of Pandora

Explore new world of Pandora

Filmmaker James Cameron has described the digital world of Avatar as dreaming with your eyes wide open. At Pandora, The World of Avatar, Walt Disney World’s newest attraction, those dreams come true in fantastical living color. Pandora, inspired by the blockbuster 2009 movie “Avatar,” opened last month just in time for Memorial Day weekend. It took more than five years to bring this...
Airport squeeze: Hartsfield-Jackson expands on limited land

Airport squeeze: Hartsfield-Jackson expands on limited land

As Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expands, it’s running out of space. So in order to build, the airport must demolish buildings, move critical operations, close parking lots and divert travelers during construction. That complicates the airport’s long-range, $6 billion expansion plan, now in the early stages, and turns parts of it into a giant game of Tetris as planners cram...
Airlines test eye scans, fingerprints, facial recognition to replace boarding passes

Airlines test eye scans, fingerprints, facial recognition to replace boarding passes

The time may be coming when travelers won't need a picture identification or boarding pass to get on an airplane. Some airlines are now testing high-tech ways to identify you, including eye scans, facial recognition and fingerprints. >> Read more trending news  It sounds like science fiction, but if they work, flyers could see them at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Delta said...
Emotional support dog bites passenger on Delta flight

Emotional support dog bites passenger on Delta flight

A passenger on a Delta Air lines flight was bitten by another passenger’s emotional support dog. The incident happened Sunday during boarding of Flight 1430 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, on a Boeing 737-900ER bound for San Diego. MORE WITH PHOTOS: Delta passenger bitten by dog on flight couldn’t escape, says attorney “During the boarding process, a passenger&rsquo...
Trump endorses spinoff of air traffic control

Trump endorses spinoff of air traffic control

President Donald Trump said he’ll push a plan to spin off air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration, a proposal backers say would speed modernization but one that has also drawn strong opposition. The administration’s proposal, outlined Monday, includes moving air traffic control functions to a private, non-profit entity and shifting the funding source to user fees instead...
Family fun in Louisiana: Exotic animals, new aquarium, forest heritage

Family fun in Louisiana: Exotic animals, new aquarium, forest heritage

Global Wildlife Center There’s nothing quite like having an up-close and personal experience with an exotic animal. That’s what Global Wildlife Center in Folsom offers during an hour-and-a-half guided tour in a Safari Wagon. All sorts of beautiful beasts — bison, giraffes, zebras, camels, llamas, kangaroos, emu and more, more than 4,000 exotic animals total – roam about in...
Make time to play in Louisiana: Bird watching, motorsports, hockey

Make time to play in Louisiana: Bird watching, motorsports, hockey

Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge Nearly 35,000 acres of Southwest Louisiana sitting on the edge of Grand Lake and containing a 16,000-acre freshwater marsh is designated the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. Ducks and geese by the hundreds of thousands make good use of Lacassine at peak periods in the winter and spring and it’s been noted as one of the nation’s top waterfowl habitats...
Savor your next visit to Louisiana: 5 places to eat

Savor your next visit to Louisiana: 5 places to eat

A spicy mixture of Cajun and Creole and by extension French, Spanish, African, Native American and, like a good jambalaya, most any other tasty bits that have flavored the Pelican State’s culinary culture through the centuries. Your mouth’s watering, isn’t it? Gumbo, Étouffeé, shrimp creole, red beans and rice, boudin. Dining in Louisiana is a special treat to be savored...
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