Travel Writing

The only thing more fun than getting to travel to fun and exciting places is to tell the stories about the people you meet and the places you go along the way. At Flack Rabbit, we love the challenge of experiencing a new destination and learning about its culture, food, vibe and mojo -- and being able to share it. A few examples of our work are below. 

 
The Anthony Chapel in the stunning  Garvan Woodland Gardens .

The Anthony Chapel in the stunning Garvan Woodland Gardens.

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS

Hot Springs, Arkansas, has quite a storied past. What once was on the fast track to becoming the Las Vegas of the South in the early 1900s, complete with gambling, casinos and brothels in plain sight on the town’s main drag, became a popular destination spot for its thermal mineral water that bubbled up naturally out of the ground and was thought to have healing power.


Western North Carolina

North Carolina has a lot to offer within its borders. There are the beautiful and scenic Outer Banks and beaches that dot the coastline. There are big cities with leading universities and industries.

But the Western side of the state, bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Nantahala National Forest, is home to a handful of scenic little mountain towns chock full of sightseeing, hiking and waterfalls as well as fine dining, lodging and shopping; just with a bit of a scaled-down pace.

Just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, the town of Cashiers (which we learned while there is pronounced “Cash-urs,” not “Cash-eers”) is the perfect home base for a weekend of adventure in the North Carolina Mountains.

The view from the  Whiteside Mountain Trail  high in the hills of North Carolina.

The view from the Whiteside Mountain Trail high in the hills of North Carolina.


Franklin, TN, has a little something for everyone like this artisan village called Leiper's Fork.

Franklin, TN, has a little something for everyone like this artisan village called Leiper's Fork.

franklin, tn

Your girl squad contains a foodie, a shopaholic, a history buff, an athlete and a self-confirmed hotel snob. So how in the world do you find a weekend getaway that pleases your entire Breakfast Club? Look no further than Franklin, Tennessee.

Franklin is located about 15 miles from downtown Nashville, but a fun weekend with your girls, no matter how eclectic the group is, can be had without having to venture to downtown Music City.


the south's most luxe hotels

In the past, if you wanted to travel and stay in a truly unique hotel, you would have to seek out a smaller, locally owned boutique hotel to expect much of anything out of the ordinary, but that’s just not the case anymore. Many large luxury hotel chains have evolved into looking less like a franchise, where every single location needs to offer the exact same amenities and services, and operating more like a brand that is focused on delivering boutique services and, more importantly, experiences.

We did a little homework and have compiled a list of some of the South’s most premier luxury hotel chains that are excelling at crafting an experience that goes way beyond a clean room and a cup of coffee in the morning.

The view from  The Westin Nashville  rooftop.  Image: Tausha Dickinson

The view from The Westin Nashville rooftop. Image: Tausha Dickinson


Reconnect with a Deep Healing Woods yoga session with  The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm . Image:  beall + thomas photography

Reconnect with a Deep Healing Woods yoga session with The Wellhouse at Blackberry Farm. Image: beall + thomas photography

10 TOP SOUTHERN SPAS & WELLNESS CENTERS

We are knee-deep in the time of year where the cold winter weather and shorter days have us feeling the effects in a big way. It not only challenges the energy level and makes us fight wanting to do anything that doesn’t involve a fuzzy blanket, glass of Merlot and Netflix, but your body suffers during the winter months as well as your psyche.

Cold and wind wreak havoc on your cuticles, your skin turns to ash no matter how much lotion you apply, and your hair can’t decide if it wants to stand up from static or frizz out from damage.

But we are here to offer you a much-needed ray of light in the form of 10 of the South’s most stellar spa destinations that are amazing even in the dead of winter.


SCHLITTERBAHN WATER PARK

Somehow, spending two full days running around outside in the 98-degree sunshine in south Texas in the middle of June, my family and I managed to not die from heat exhaustion. I bet it had something to do with all the nice, cool 72-degree water compliments of Schlitterbahn Water Park.

 

Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels, Texas, is a playground of water for kids of all ages.

Schlitterbahn water park in New Braunfels, Texas, is a playground of water for kids of all ages.


The annual  Gumtree Festival  features the Gumtree 10k.

The annual Gumtree Festival features the Gumtree 10k.

TUPELO, Mississippi

Tupelo, Mississippi, will always be known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley, and that will likely never cease to be the town’s biggest tourism draw. But there’s a lot more to Tupelo that makes it a quite unique and well-rounded vacation stop with offerings for everyone in the family.

Tupelo is home to numerous festivals, car shows and hiking trails, and there is an abundance of live music. “A fan favorite of our Tupelo Elvis Festival held every June is the Elvis Pet Parade and Pageant, where people dress their pets up to look like Elvis,” shares Jennie Bradford Curlee, public relations and international sales director for the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.


NORTHEAST TENNESSEE

If you are one of the masses of Middle Tennesseans who thinks East Tennessee means Knoxville, then you need to do one thing: Keep going.

The northeastern part of the state, 100 more miles east of Knoxville, might surprise you with its blossoming restaurant and craft beer and distillery scene, its natural beauty and proximity to just about any outdoor activity.

With borders reaching into Virginia and stretching up toward the mountains of North Carolina, the trio of towns including Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol are a beautiful setting for an outdoor adventure trip for the whole family. The Tri-Cities area and its surrounding bodies of water and mountainous peaks and valleys are an outdoor lover’s paradise with everything from world-class fishing and kayaking to hiking, road cycling, mountain biking and even zip-lining.


The clear waters of Watauga Lake make for a beautiful kayak excursion that suits any skill level.

The clear waters of Watauga Lake make for a beautiful kayak excursion that suits any skill level.