TMS 2017 Cabarrus County, NC

August 22-25, 2017

North Carolina's Siamese Twins
February 28, 2018
On a cold winter night in 1874, Eng Bunker knew he was going to die. Lying next to him in bed was his dead brother Chang. "Then I am going," Eng cried in anguish. A doctor was summoned. "But the doctor arrived too late," says Tanya Jones. "Eng Bunker died shortly after his brother."
52 tips to make your first trip to the Travel Media Showcase more successful
February 6, 2018
Travel Media Showcase (TMS) is a travel writers/bloggers secret weapon. A prequalified only travel showcase that places you one on one to meet with representatives from the United States, Canada, and international destinations. 2018 marks TMS's 19th consecutive conferences where travel writers/bloggers gather together for prescheduled one-on-one appointments and FAM tours.
North Carolina Pottery Trail: Exploring Seagrove
January 30, 2018
Nestled in the countryside of North Carolina you'll find the largest concentration of working potters in the United States. The tiny town of Seagrove, only 0.7 square miles with a population of 228, boasts the big title of handmade pottery capital of the United States.
Original Owens Pottery of Seagrove, North Carolina
January 30, 2018
Original Owens Pottery, founded in 1895, is the oldest pottery shop in the state of North Carolina and has six generations who have worked the wheel creating pottery. Today, it's operated by Boyd Owens, who continues the long tradition of Owens family potters spanning three centuries. The pottery continues to produce traditional dinnerware, and the famous Owens red glaze pieces that are their signature pieces.
Eck McCanless Pottery of Seagrove, North Carolina
January 30, 2018
Eck is a second generation Seagrove potter who focuses on Agateware. He creates pieces at Eck McCanless Pottery with mixed colors of clay to create beautifully complex pieces that are truly one of a kind.
Entertainment and adventures at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018
November 15, 2017
We look to a great season of racing, entertainment and adventures at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2018! We have a packed schedule of activities and events and would welcome you to join us for any of them. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the ultimate destination for travel enthusiasts, with options for every travel budget and preference.
BITW 118: Travel Media Showcase Post Conference Review with Gary House & Kaila Yu
November 7, 2017
In today's episode, Gary and Kaila and I discuss the Travel Media Showcase as well as how to prepare for the conference and tips for follow up.
Exploring the NASCAR World of Cabarrus County, North Carolina
October 7, 2017
North Carolina is the birthplace of NASCAR and home to 90 percent of race team shops. It is also home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and has bred some of the sport's biggest legends such as Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Richard Petty (widely considered the top two NASCAR drivers of all time). Cabarrus County, North Carolina is the epicenter of NASCAR and where you'll find The Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Dale Trail, Stewart-Haas Racing and the Curb Museum for Music & Motorsports. Ready to explore the NASCAR World of Cabarrus County, North Carolina?
Charlotte Motor Speedway [Video]
October 7, 2017
What is it like to do laps in a NASCAR pace car at the Charlotte Motor Speedway?
How To Maximize Fun At The Great Wolf Lodge
October 5, 2017
I know from my children that I tuck more into a few day vacation than most do in a full week or even a month and I am proud of this! Vacation to new destinations is about learning all about it and then enjoying everything it offers. Our recent trip to Great Wolf Lodge was no different in my 'get er' done' way as we capitalized on ultimate kid fun and I even took part. I wanted to see if it really was fun or a bunch of 'hoopla' over nothing?
Allergen Friendly Dining At The Great Wolf Lodge
October 3, 2017
The Great Wolf Lodge will provide you with an outstanding place to lodge at, play at and dine in. From dairy intolerances to Gluten Free dining and all food allergies in between, the Lodge surpasses my test of allergen-friendly dining. This is our story on how to lavishly live allergen friendly dining out loud at the Great Wolf Lodge.
A Weekend Getaway At The Great Wolf Lodge Poconos
October 2, 2017
The adventure I thought we would take versus the adventure we were on was bigger than anything I had imagined and the magic of a getaway to the Great Wolf Lodge happens the minute you get into the car and set your GPS coordinates to your favorite Great Wolf Lodge location.
Close Encounters: Roswell offers UFO seekers a unique experience
October 1, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in the summer of 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," the mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Enjoying the Historic Charm of Wilmington, NC on a Girls' Weekend Getaway
September 20, 2017
If I asked you to think of a girls' weekend getaway destination on the East Coast that offers historic charm, good food, and is near the beach, what would you suggest? Charleston? Savannah maybe? Would Wilmington, North Carolina have crossed your mind? Well, I was invited to explore the Wilmington Coast last month after the Travel Media Showcase Conference in Cabarrus County and I think it is the perfect place for a girlfriend getaway in the South. If you are looking for weekend getaways in NC, let me give you the scoop on this little gem.
Charlotte's Art and Culinary Scene is the Perfect Spot for Solo Travel
September 20, 2017
As a travel writer, I often take trips with other journalists, a girlfriend, a significant other or perhaps it's just little ol' me. Each has its own set of pros and cons, however, more and more I've come to appreciate the freedom of traveling alone. It's blissful to be the only decision maker. You can skip breakfast and sleep in 'till noon or get up before dawn to take in the sunrise.
Getting the Ultimate Charlotte Motor Speedway Driving Experience
September 14, 2017
I'm the first to admit that I have a wee bit of a lead foot. The older I get, the more cautious of a driver I've become, but there was a time when I dreamed of doing a race car driving experience. Of course, I also dreamed of owning a Corvette but that dream isn't going to happen (although I did have a lot of fun driving one at the Chevy factory.) The race car dream came pretty close to coming true last month at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Having the
September 12, 2017
Shout out to all Dirty Dancing film fans: Mark Your Calendars now for the August 18-19th Dirty Dancing Festival held in Lake Lure, North Carolina. If you're thinking, "But wait, aren't we in September now?" you'd be right. However, I'm giving you advance notice for 2018 because you're not the only one who's down for "having the time of your life". There are well over 1,000 other fans who want to relive Dirty Dancing alfresco on the big screen, humming, singing or dancing along to the timeless songs.
How to make the most of your time at Lake Lure
September 11, 2017
I had the opportunity to spend a few days exploring Rutherford County, North Carolina. The area has southern hospitality and gorgeous mountain views at every turn.
Believe in aliens? Even if you don't, here's why you should visit Roswell
September 9, 2017
Lights flash, aliens speak and a flying saucer takes a foggy spin as adults and kids stand transfixed at the extraterrestrial experience, wondering if this is what happened here 70 years ago. On that famous day in summer 1947, an alien spaceship reportedly crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. Known as "The Roswell Incident," that mystery is why the International UFO Museum and Research Center is here, where folks can see a spooky spacecraft takeoff and a scary alien autopsy scene.
Hands in the Air! We're Going to Whiskey Prison!
September 8, 2017
What! Whiskey Prison! I had no idea what the heck that could mean! I had no idea what to expect! I couldn't imagine what whiskey had to do with prison!
Wanderlust: Charlotte's All About Craft Beer, Cool Nabes, Creative Shops, Culinary Delights, and Culture Galore!
September 5, 2017
You know how people who've met President Bill Clinton often say he has a way of making you feel as though you're the only one in the room. I feel the same way about Charlotte, NC. Its Southern charm is palpable and whenever I visit I'm treated like royalty. I suspect it's not just me, but everyone who visits this hospitable town will leave slightly besotted by "The Queen City".
Six NASCAR Sites You Must Visit in Charlotte North Carolina - Where Racing Lives
September 3, 2017
Visiting a favorite stadium, birthplace, or hall of fame is something that most sports fans dream of doing at some point in their lives. For most sports though, there is an inherent challenge with that since everything is so spread out. For instance, while Cooperstown might be a great place for baseball fans - it's nowhere near a major league stadium. With NASCAR in particular, Charlotte is THAT PLACE.
Start Your Engines and Head to Cabarrus County, North Carolina
September 1, 2017
On a recent trip to Cabarrus County, North Carolina, I found out all sorts of really neat and cool things to do in the area. I'm embarrassed to say I was surprised. Why? Because I live a mere 3 hours away by car, and I had no idea! I think that we often take for granted some of what is nearby while we plan trips to far and remote spots. It's also a great place to visit that won't put a huge strain on your purse.
I Carried A Watermelon At The Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure - It's Been 30 Years!!
August 29, 2017
This was a party where people knew themselves. You could tell by the way they walked around the room. They weren't searching or seeking, playing with their hair, or pursing their lips. They were strutting in whatever skin they were in, knowing they were pretty in their own way.
A King's Home: Elvis Birthplace adds statues of the boy and the entertainer
August 1, 2017
As a child, Elvis Presley would climb a hill behind his two-room birthplace in Tupelo and dream about the future. With his $7.75 hardware-store guitar on his knees, the Mississippi boy would imagine becoming a singer. "We didn't know how his life would turn out," says childhood buddy Guy Harris. "He was just one of us. He was on the same level as me when we grew up here, and he was on the same level as me when he died. Elvis never forgot where he came from." Guy grew up to become a policeman. Elvis, of course, became the world's most famous entertainer.
Landmark Park: A Taste of Rural Life in Alabama's Wiregrass Area
July 31, 2017
Landmark Park is a step back to Dothan's early farm heritage in the 1890s. It pays tribute to the Wiregrass Area agricultural heritage. Laura Stakelum, Public Relations Director, explained how Landmark Park came into existence about forty years ago. "We started with the white farm house that used to sit on the corner of the circle and Main Street (the heart of town) and was the last standing farm house in the area back in the 1970's. The house was built in the 1800s. We had 60 acres and the house. That's how we got started."
Down-to-Earth Food: Buffets and Delis
July 31, 2017
Nothing says comfort food like a buffet or a deli. These are the spots where the food is plentiful and home style. They are the go-to for filling lunches where the emphasis is on the taste not the presentation. Here are a few I visited lately. All had delicious and reasonably priced meals. Each has their own personality.
They Walked Into History
July 31, 2017
A visit to The Green McAdoo Cultural Center in Clinton, Tennessee is a lesson in a painful part of American history. One we should all visit. It's a simple place where we can all imagine ourselves at the center of a storm of hatred. Picture yourself a teen boy or girl in August of 1956. You want to go to high school. Seems normal. Should be no problem. No problem that is unless you happen to be a Black graduate of Green McAdoo Elementary School.
Table And Main: Southern Comfort Food
July 31, 2017
Did you know Roswell, Georgia is one of the newest up and coming foodie destinations? With over 200 independent restaurants - let's not even worry about the other 100 or so chains - on Canton Street alone, it might be hard to choose where to dine. But, hey, we're in the South and what's more southern than fried chicken?
Just Throw Me That There Roll: Lambert's Cafe
July 31, 2017
Lambert's Cafè in Sikeston Missouri is known for throwing your food at you. Yes, at least the rolls. The rest of the side dishes, they bring to your table and heap your plate to overflowing. You pay a ridiculously low price for the amount of food and the entertainment of watching those "Throwed Rolls" is free.
A Piece of Americana Frozen In Time: Red Oak II
July 31, 2017
The U.S. is full of deserted ghost towns, small places abandoned when jobs ran out and residents moved to larger cities in search of work. This was common during the post WWII years. Farmhouses aged and succumbed to weather. Old gas stations hovered near the crossroads, their out-of-date pumps dusty and rusting. But sometimes ghost towns can be reincarnated. Such is the case in Red Oak II near Carthage, Missouri just off Route 66.
A Visit To Mother Earth
July 31, 2017
It's so easy to just tear down the old and throw up a new building nowadays. With lodging, the result is usually a cookie-cutter hotel just like multiple other places. I find it so exciting when someone revives the old and creates a refreshing new image for an old icon. Such is the case with Mother Earth Lodge in Kinston, North Carolina.
Retelling Anderson County's Mining History
July 31, 2017
The words "I owe my soul to the company store" didn't originate with Tennessee Ernie's iconic song Sixteen Tons. A recent visit to Anderson County Tennessee brought the coal miners struggles to life. Coal Creek Miners Museum in Rocky Top (formerly Coal Creek), Tennessee tells the miner's story in pictures and artifacts focusing on three major crisis in the area's mining history, The Coal Creek Wars and two mine disasters; the Fraterville explosion in 1902 was the worst mining disaster in Tennessee history, then just nine years there was an explosion in Briceville's Cross Mountain Mine that killed 84 workers.
15 Places In NW Georgia To Make You Skip Atlanta
July 31, 2017
Take a road trip to discover there's more to Georgia than Atlanta. From the mountains of northwest Georgia to some classy cities that lie just north of Atlanta and are often overshadowed by their big sister city, you will visit some of the quirkiest attractions and some of Georgia's best places you've never heard about.
A Different Kind of President
July 31, 2017
Once before we had a president who was involved in real estate. This one didn't build using other people's money for his own profit. This one built, with his own hands, homes for people who would not have a home of their own otherwise. Jimmy Carter was a different kind of president and a different kind of person than the average politician. I recently visited the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta. It brought back my nostalgia for those times.
Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts
July 18, 2017
Is booking a flight for your family vacation a dreaded activity? As you peruse the available options, do you wonder which are the best family-friendly airlines? Are they worth the extra money over budget-friendly flights? What airlines offer the best service for families? Are there any airlines that really welcome children? And which airlines do the experts choose to fly? With these questions in mind, I reached out to a few well-known family travel bloggers and editors, all frequent travelers, to get their insight on the best airlines - both domestic and international - for families. The answers speak for themselves; service matters and a few kid-friendly perks are much appreciated.
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