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Thursday, May 31, 2012
JUNE VACATIONS IN GEORGIA
JUNE DOWN SOUTH VACATION DISCOVERIES
Beaches, Mountains, Vineyards, Food
After completing a whirlwind tour of plantations, farms, markets, dairies and vineyards all sponsored by Georgia’s outstanding tourism department, we’re headed out for more original stories this month as the heat gradually rises. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee and it’s also one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains. Doc Lawrence will be there to meet the challenges and adventures of the “White Lightning Tour” providing our readers with lively reports and exciting photographs of this treasured and beautiful part of America.
The new posts in Wines Down South include stories about two Georgia cities, Statesboro and Vidalia, complete with a glimpse into Georgia's rich history, cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, world-class attractions, culinary delights and more. Known around the world for sweet onions, the Vidalia area is full of local flavor offering unique shopping, dining, scenic drives, and outdoors adventures.
Less than 60 minutes from Georgia's coast, Statesboro is emblematic of Southern charm and is home to Georgia Southern University. The school’s 11-acre Botanical Garden blooms year-round and the Wildlife Center teems with raptors, reptiles and waterfowl. We explore the new Civil War archeology finds at the Natural History Museum and show you how to have a better getaway with fine and antique shopping, arts venues, a historic downtown stroll, and more than 200 restaurants. The Bulloch County courthouse is beautiful and the Saturday Farmer’s Market is just across the street from the Emma Kelly Center for the Performing Arts, named after one of the great characters in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”
Doc Lawrence pairs filet mignon (click for recipe) from Will Harris’ nationally acclaimed White Oak Pastures (see video on the right) with two Georgia wines, one from Horse Creek Winery in Nashville and Still Pond in Arlington. Both are featured on the right.
Visit Wines Down South and join Doc and Lynne Brandon at Lauri Jo Bennett’s cannery in Norman Park Georgia, have a glass of something special at the only tasting room on Georgia’s Interstate system, and watch Vidalia onions sorted and packed for the world to enjoy.
Summer is underway and we want you to come along as we enjoy the delights of our South.