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Jackie Mickel performs a Gullah culture presentation at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Mickel, a storyteller and presenter, is a descendant of the Gullah or Geechee people, West African slaves that toiled on Lowcountry rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia. - Text by Tracey Teo for the AJC

A tour of Gullah history in South Carolina

Photos: A tour of Gullah history in South Carolina. May 2013.

Asheville’s grand Grove Park Inn is throwing a big 100th birthday bash in 2013 — not that you need a celebration to visit this jewel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort was the brainchild of Edwin W. Grove, who had made millions with Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic. The original 142-room resort lured America’s elite from the day it opened, with a guest register that has included Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Will Rogers, George Gershwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and ten U.S. presidents. -- Lynn Seldon, for the AJC

Asheville landmark Grove Park Inn turns 100

Photos: The Asheville landmark Grove Park Inn turns 100 in 2013.

Atlanta has more tree cover than most major American cities, meaning local leaf watchers don’t have far to travel for a great fall hike. - Blake Guthrie, for the AJC

Top metro Atlanta leaf-viewing hikes

Photos: Top metro Atlanta leaf-viewing hikes, Nov. 2012

Chef Brett Gormely at Up the Creek Raw Bar is known for seafood specials with a global flare.

A travel guide to Apalachicola, Florida

Photos: A travel guide to Apalachicola, Florida

Visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hit the Laurel Falls Trail as snow comes down Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Estimates in the park range from 2-3 feet of snow in the higher elevations due to Sandy.

Smokies visitors brave Superstorm Sandy snows

Photos: Snow and cold from 2012 megastorm doesn't deter some Smokies visitors.

ABC's hit drama "Nashville" details the saga of an aging country superstar (Connie Britton, above), Rayna James, pitted against a younger up-and-comer, Juliette Barnes. With original country songs and stellar performances, the show is a critical success. But while you can't actually see the fictional Rayna James in concert, you certainly can take a trip to "her" absolutely real hometown -- Nashville, Tennessee -- and enjoy the sights, sounds and scenes that Rayna (or Juliette) would dig... bless their hearts.

Touring the real Nashville

Photos: ABC's hit TV drama "Nashville" offers a glimpse at the life of two country music stars, but what's the real city like for travelers?

Tom, left, and Chris Hutcheson with Belle, the resident horse at the Horse Stamp Inn, a bed and breakfast for horse owners and others in Waverly, Ga.

Georgia hotel welcomes animals

Photos: The Camden County, Ga., Horse Stamp Inn welcomes visitors and their animals.

Cumberland Island's sandy beach is a main draw for visitors. Most of the 40,000 visitors to Cumberland each year are day-trippers, staying about six hours. Merely setting foot on Cumberland, however, is like stepping back in time. - Charles Seabrook, for the AJC

Georgia's Cumberland Island National Seashore

Autumn is a great time to visit Lake Jocassee in the foothills of upcountry South Carolina.

Lake Jocassee a cozy getaway

Jenna Drenten, of Atlanta, reacts after kissing a New York firefighter as he marches in Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day parade Thursday, March 17, 2011 in Savannah, Ga.

Savannah celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Savannah went green for the day as crowds came out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The house at the Biltmore estate in Asheville, N.C.

Visit Asheville, N.C., for Biltmore, mountains

Asheville, NC photo tour.

Visitors walk outside the new Salvador Dali museum after grand opening ceremonies in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.

New Dali Museum opens in St. Petersburg

The new Salvador Dali museum opened in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.

SELMA, ALABAMA, is home to the National Voting Rights Museum, which chronicles the civil rights movement in Selma in the 1960s.

Selma, Ala., is a beacon of history

Roughly four hours west of Atlanta is the city that once called itself the queen of the Black Belt. A trip there is a voyage to the heart of the South. Selma, Ala., is the site of an old and gracious architecture, where Italianate and Victorian houses more than a ...

The Plains Depot, built in 1888, was the headquarters for Jimmy Carter's Presidential campaign in 1976.

Jimmy Carter slept here in Plains, Ga.

Jimmy Carter slept here in Plains, his hometown

DOES THIS LOOK like your idea of a good time? If having rapids as your mode of transportation and river spray in your face appeal to you, Georgia's Chattooga River can deliver the goods. (Speaking of deliverance, be prepared for river guides' jokes about the movie, which was filmed in the area.)

Chattooga thrills N. Georgia rafters

If river spray in your face appeals to you, Georgia's Chattooga River can deliver the goods.

The new main building at the Cloister at Sea Island, which opened in 2006, echoes many of the architectural cues included in the 1928 design by Addison Mizner and is meant to suggest a luxurious old residence.

The Cloister on Georgia's Sea Island

The new main building at the Cloister at Sea Island, opened in 2006, echoes many of the architectural cues included in the 1928 design by Addison Mizner and is meant to suggest a luxurious old residence. The renovation also introduced a new destination restaurant, the Georgian Room, to appeal to ...

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