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Although most Northerners consider Maryland the south, we disagree! We’re taking you to the real south this week. This Travel Tuesday, you’ll be introduced to some of the hottest spots in the South, no pun intended!
The Queen City as she is fondly referred, Charlotte, was founded in 1769. Today it’s now the nation’s second leading financial center and most commonly known for its NASCAR roots. There are so many things for families to do. The best part is you can enjoy the ease of its Southern charm while having the benefits of a well-cultured city.
Places to Visit:
- NASCAR Hall Of Fame- If you’re a sports fan like some of us, Charlotte has many attractions in store for you. NASCAR fans often come down to visit the best known attraction, the infamous Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord. Charlotte also prides itself as the home of the NASCAR Hall of Fame http://www.nascarhall.com/, a new facility for race fans to visit Uptown.
- U.S. National Whitewater Center- If racing is not your style, check out the rapids at the U.S. National Whitewater Center http://usnwc.org/, where you can not only watch the Olympic trials this summer but enjoy the thrills and adventures of rock climbing, zip lines, and mountain biking. It’s also a great place to just grab bite to eat and a micro-brew at the restaurant that overlooks the river – River’s Edge Bar & Grill. The food is wonderful!
Places to Eat:
- For some down home Southern Carolina BBQ, try the famous Macs Speed Shop http://www.macspeedshop.com/ in the South End District.
- For an upscale dining experience and high-end shopping, check out the Southpark area! Be sure to visit Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar where you can try BBQ sushi?! http://thecowfish.com/
Of all the destinations we visit every year, Dallas has long been our second home. With one of our clients located in the city, we find ourselves here quite often. Lucky for us, Dallas has so much to offer that we still haven’t gotten tired of the scene. While the attractions are as hot as the summer heat, it can be hard to navigate all the city has to offer. Lucky for you we’ve compiled a list of places to visit and restaurants to try. Who knows, the next time your down there you may run into one of us!
Places to Visit:
- Dallas Cowboys Stadium- Whether you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan, or simply a fan of the game, every visitor to Dallas must see the brand new stadium. Built in 2009 the stadium seats 80,000 people, making it the third largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity. All throughout the stadium there are shops, bars, and restaurants for you to enjoy during one of the many events that take place here throughout the year.
Places to Eat:
- Kenny’s Woodfire Grill- If you find yourself in the mood for some delicious American cuisine, head on down to Kenny’s Woodfire Grill in Addison http://kennyswoodfiredgrill.com/. Kenny’s is a local hangout with a huge bar. They even have Grey Goose™ martinis poured directly from their signature frozen tap system!
- Pappas Steakhouse- Ask yourself, when’s the last time you enjoyed a peppercorn encrusted steak? Well, lucky for you we have the best restaurant in Dallas to hook you up! Pappas Bros. is an old-fashioned steakhouse with an exquisite menu. The restaurant boasts 5 private dining rooms with over 2,300 types of wine to complement your meal. Be sure to visit their website for more information! http://pappasbros.com/pappas-bros-story/
Charleston, SC– where history meets beauty and fun
Famous for its historical sites dating back from the 1700’s (plantations and civil war homes), beautiful parks (Battery Park), gorgeous beaches, famous golf courses (Kiawah) and resorts, Charleston offers something for everyone. The old city market which is the oldest market in the country dates back to 1804 where you can buy authentic low country souvenirs to the horse and buggy tours you take around the gorgeous city. There is a story to be told about most buildings in the city. King Street is the famous street with all the great shops from antique furniture, lighting stores to funky clothing stores. Here is a list of some of the more popular restaurants on our list:
- Magnolias- http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/
- Cypress- http://www.magnolias-blossom-cypress.com/cypresshome.asp?catID=20427
- SNOBS – slightly north of broad street – http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/slightlynorthofbroad/
- Hall’s Chop House- http://hallschophouse.com/menu
- Fig- http://eatatfig.com/
Naples is a beautiful city on the gulf side of Florida. The city offers so much to do. There is shopping on 5th Avenue, a street lined with boutiques and outdoor seating restaurants, as well as the more eclectic Tin City, which is on the docks and has small local retail outlets and restaurants with bay-side dining. The Naples pier provides a look at beautiful sunsets and dolphins swimming underneath the pier. There are bikes to rent, fishing excursions to embark upon, and beaches along the gulf coast in which to enjoy the aquamarine shade of the water.
There are so many restaurants to choose, but Randy’s and Pinchers are a must. I think the best dining choice is the local seafood, of which grouper is a favorite. If you are really adventurous, rent a car and drive down route 41 to Marco Island and then to the Everglades. If road trips aren’t your thing, take a walk on the “boardwalk” and see real alligators. The gators definitely look fake, but beware – they’re real and very dangerous!
New Orleans, LA
New Orleans has to be one of the world’s most fascinating cities with historical influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and more. The city is known for its culture, food & music. Here are a few of our favorite places to eat, drink & be merry in the Big Easy!
Places to Visit:
- The Gumbo Shop- http://www.gumboshop.com/
- Café Du Monde – grab a famous beignet & some strong Chicory coffee- http://www.cafedumonde.com/
- Antoine’s- http://www.antoines.com/
Audubon Zoo – bears bathing in bath tubs!
Hop on a famous Streetcar for a ride up to the beautiful Garden District
- Preservation Hall – jazz music begins at 8pm and the line usually forms 30 minutes before the show. Be warned – no climate control in this small historic venue.
- Funky Pirate Blues Bar – Big Al Carson & the Blues Masters are a hit
- Check out Pat O’Briens for a famous Hurricane drink!
Orlando is a popular destination for many and Media Works is no exception. In the past year we have had four MW families head down south to visit the most magical place on earth. Orlando has something for all ages; it truly is the playground for the young and the young at heart. Below are some of the must see attractions in the Orlando area.
Places to Visit:
- Walt Disney World– Breakfast in Cinderella’s Castle – not only do you get to dine with your favorite ladies, breakfast is all you can eat and it is scrumptious. Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios is a nightly show that should not be missed; package it with dinner from Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano for a fun filled evening.
- Need options for just adults? Check out Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival that runs October and November every year. Or try dinner on top of the Contemporary at California Grill overlooking the Magic Kingdom.
- Universal Studios– Walking through the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and sipping on a Butterbeer is a special treat that should not be missed.
- If you are going during peak travel season invest in the VIP Access to shorten wait times.
- Orlando Hidden Gems- Harry P. Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical garden that is bursting with color. Tours, concerts and a simple stroll through the lawns are a great way to relax. Wekiwa Springs State Park is a 7,000 acre state park that is made up of fresh water springs that stay a comfortable 72 degrees all year long. Hiking, fishing and wildlife watching are great things to do here. Dexter’s of Thornton Park is known for their brunch. Nurse a hangover with their award winning Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas and fill up on their omelets or blueberry and cream cheese filled French Toast.
There are is so much do to in Orlando that this list hardly scratches the surface, but next time you are in this vacation haven make sure you check out a couple of our must do’s.
Will Smith said it best, “Party in the city where the heat is on.” Miami is known for beautiful weather, beaches, fabulous food, gorgeous hotels, trendy shopping, great nightlife and much, much more! The options in Miami are endless; You can spend your day people watching on the beach, or strolling around Lincoln Road where you can find outdoor restaurants and great shops. Another way to spend your day is walking along Ocean Dr., where there’s a beautiful beach, hotels like the Delano, Shore Club and The Setai! Miami offers every type of food you can imagine, but our 3 must eats are:
Places to Eat:
- Prime 112 – one of the hottest restaurants in South Beach where you can most always spot an athlete or star! It’s hard to get in here, but is most definitely worth the wait! If you can’t get into Prime 112, check out Prime Italian across the street, which is its sister restaurant. Prime Italian is just as delicious, but doesn’t have quite the scene.
- Zuma – This Japanese restaurant located in Downtown Miami is worth visiting for the experience, and food. Everything on the menu is delicious, you will not be disappointed!
- Juvia – This brand new restaurant offers you a panoramic view of Miami, and is located on top of the famous garage on Lincoln and Alton. What could be better than great food, with an even better view?