The Good Life: The Peabody Memphis Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The Good Life: The Peabody Memphis Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The Peabody Memphis, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019 with a series of special offers and events.

The Peabody opened its doors to great fanfare in downtown Memphis in 1869, and it has since become world famous for its charm, elegance, gracious Southern hospitality, and five resident mallard ducks that march daily through the lobby at 11am and 5pm.

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The Good Life: 44th Aberdeen, MS Southern Heritage Pilgrimage

The Good Life: 44th Aberdeen, MS Southern Heritage Pilgrimage

For many years a friend and I have traveled to Aberdeen, Mississippi (pop: 5,600), an easy two-hour drive from Jackson, Tennessee. Over the years we have grown to love the town of Aberdeen and appreciate its rich history and fine homes. And the Pilgrimage organizers and homeowners who open their homes to the public are friendly and gracious.

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The Good Life: Christopher Place Resort

The Good Life: Christopher Place Resort

On a beautiful cold late December day I traveled from Asheville, North Carolina to Christopher Place Resort in Newport, Tennessee. In the distance the Smoky Mountains were capped with snow.

Immediately when you exit from a busy highway onto a quiet, winding road leading to the inn, you know that you have entered another world. While I thoroughly enjoyed the amenities and fine restaurants of Asheville, the quietude and tranquil setting of Christopher Place Resort was welcome.

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The Good Life: The Chanticleer Inn

The Good Life: The Chanticleer Inn

Perched high atop Lookout Mountain (pop: 5000 year round) sits the Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast, which combines the ambiance of yesteryear with the comfort and amenities of today. It is the ultimate in mountain southern hospitality, just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga. Located at 1800 feet above sea level, The Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast, which has been a proud member of the Select Registry since 2003, sits with distinction high atop Lookout Mountain on a beautiful plateau that borders Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.
Built in 1927 and operated as a B&B since 1930, the inn underwent extensive renovations in 2002 and in subsequent years. Its hospitable new owners, Michael and Teresa Turner, purchased the inn in January of this year. The Turners moved to Lookout Mountain from Atlanta. “We looked at 10 or 12 properties of various styles,” said Michael. “In the end we decided on Chanticleer because it is two hours from Atlanta, a good location, great surroundings and activities. We thought it was a perfect fit for us!”

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The Good Life: Lexington, KY

The Good Life: Lexington, KY

On a recent beautiful sunny day a friend and I drove from Jackson to the lovely city of Lexington, Kentucky (pop: 321,000). I had not visited Lexington in several years. What a vibrant city! (Our drive of 340 miles took about 5 1/2 hours or so via I-40 E and I-65 N.)

Horse lovers agree: this is the place. Whether you are an experienced equestrian, a racing fan or just appreciate the beauty of horses, prepare to be thrilled at the stunning landscape they inhabit in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. If your schedule permits, be sure to take a country drive and explore the Horse Country back roads. Head out in any direction from the center of town, and soon you’ll be surrounded by the rolling bluegrass pastureland that you’ve heard so much about. Neatly mowed fields trimmed with black or white fences stretch to the horizon. Pick up a “Bluegrass Country Driving Tour” at the Visitors Center downtown.

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The Good Life: South Walton, Florida

The Good Life: South Walton, Florida

Located along a 26-mile stretch on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, South Walton encompasses a strand of sixteen acclaimed beach neighborhoods, each with its own unique style.

Renowned for its turquoise water and sugar-white sand, South Walton is continually recognized as a premier destination that offers an upscale yet casual place to build lasting memories. It attracts high-end luxury travelers and families.

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The Good Life: Paducah, KY

The Good Life: Paducah, KY

Founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, Paducah’s origins and prosperity may be attributed to its strategic location at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. Today, visitors may take a journey on America’s inland waterways from the era of Paducah’s earliest inhabitants to the city’s modern day life on the river through captivating stories, interactive exhibits and music at the River Discovery Center. Paducah’s history is reflected and preserved in its architecture and historic attractions including the 1905 Market House, Market House Museum and “Wall to Wall” Murals.

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The Good Life: Bowling Green, Kentucky

The Good Life: Bowling Green, Kentucky

As the third most populous town in Kentucky (after Louisville and Lexington), Bowling Green has roots dating back to its incorporation in 1798. Although Kentucky was considered neutral at the start of the Civil War, Confederate loyalists declared the city to be the state capital in 1861. That distinction didn’t last long as Bowling Green was taken over by the Union army in 1862.

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The Good Life: Romantic Getaways in Destin, Florida

The Good Life: Romantic Getaways in Destin, Florida

The Henderson Park Inn is the perfect destination for a couple’s retreat in Destin, Florida. Voted the most romantic hotel in America by both the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com, this luxury boutique hotel provides an idyllic beachside atmosphere for a honeymoon, anniversary, or any special vacation with your sweetheart. According to Conde Nast Johnansens on its website, the Inn overlooks more than a mile of the most pristine and secluded white sandy beaches and has the most gorgeous views in all of Destin. “This is definitely the most romantic luxury boutique hotel on the Emerald Coast,” said Jennifer Wilson, Marketing and Events for the Henderson Park Inn.

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The Good Life: Ste. Genevieve

The Good Life: Ste. Genevieve

In August 2014 I made my first multi-day trip to Ste. Genevieve (pop. 5,500), America’s Original French Colonial Village. Prior to that I had made a few stops for meals when returning home from St. Louis, one hour from Ste. Genevieve. Then in early September of this year I returned to Ste. Genevieve (or Ste. Gen as some call it). In fact, I can visualize having a small apartment there. Perhaps it’s my father’s French ancestry (Normandy, France) that keeps drawing me back to this charming city.

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The Good Life: Hotel Napoleon

The Good Life: Hotel Napoleon

For years I have driven past a beautiful old downtown Memphis building on Madison. I could envision living there in an apartment with my baby grand piano in one of the arched windows. This building once housed Memphis Power and Light, predecessor of Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division. Then it was an office building with real estate and law firm offices when Snay Patel and Jay Kumar bought it. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a blend of Beaux-Arts and Romanesque Revival architecture.

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The Good Life: Richmont Inn

The Good Life: Richmont Inn

Imagine a Smoky Mountains inn, hidden high atop an eleven-acre ridge, surrounded by the quiet beauty of a forest and the fresh mountain air, gourmet breakfasts served while you watch the morning mists and sunshine reveal the glory of the Smoky Mountains, complimentary coffee and dessert served each evening by romantic candlelight under the stars at this Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast, a décor of English antiques and French paintings, wood-burning fireplaces, spa tubs for two, beautiful music piped into your room, super plush canopy beds and sitting areas with splendid mountain views.

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The Good Life: The Peabody Hotel

The Good Life: The Peabody Hotel

Nestled in the heart of downtown Memphis, The Peabody, which has a heritage of hospitality and luxury lodging, beckons local residents and travelers. It is a world unto itself. With a style and tradition befitting one of Memphis’ grandest, most legendary hotels, The Peabody Memphis offers a magnificent bridge between the “Blues City” celebrated past and cosmopolitan present. The historic Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers a one-of-a-kind experience just blocks from Beale Street, the Memphis Rock’ n Soul Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory, Fed-Ex Forum, Sun Studio, the gorgeous Orpheum Theatre and the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

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