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Callaway Gardens offers free admission

Callaway Gardens is offering guests free admission as part of its “Be Our Guest” promotion. “In times such as now, we need to enjoy the simpler things in life like spending time with family and friends riding bikes, walking trails or witnessing the flight of birds and butterflies,” Edward Callaway, chairman and CEO for the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, said in a news release. “There is no better place than a beautiful setting such as

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‘The most extraordinary and astounding adventure’

MARIETTA, Ga. – Trains still roar past the Kennesaw House located between the city square and the railroad tracks a block away. Turn back the clock 145 years to April 12, 1862, and the Kennesaw House was the stepping off point for one of the more intriguing episodes of the Civil War. It was the one-year anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and the morning passenger train – pulled by the locomotive General

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Outside the Hedges: There’s more to Athens than the university

ATHENS, Ga. – Head out to Clayton Street on the typical Saturday night after a University of Georgia football game and say, “There’s nothing to do in this town.” Yeah, right. But what about Sunday and those other 40 or so weekends a year when there is no football game? Don’t fret, you’re in luck. Athens is home to a lot more than the University of Georgia. The Classic City is a wealth of attractions,

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Athens, Ga., a ‘Distinctive Destination’

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has designated Athens, Ga., one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2009. “The vibrant city of Athens, Georgia, is known for its distinct blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting southern culture, a mix of historic attractions, a dynamic downtown and a lively music scene,” the Trust said on its Web site. “Athens, called the ‘classic city’ because of its name and neo-classical architecture, is home to the University of

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Survey: Vegas remains hot destination in 2009

Sin City is the No. 1 domestic travel destination, according to a new survey from Travel Leaders, formerly known as Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associates. Not surprisingly, Travel Leaders experts say they have noticed a decline in year-over-year bookings. But, they indicate more than 80 percent of Travel Leaders’ experts “are either optimistic or neutral about the year ahead,” the group said in a news release. “What we have witnessed with the U.S. economy is unlike

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RVIA: Road trips hot in 2009

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association says that “Savecations” and road trips will be among the hot travel trends in 2009. Perhaps it’s no surprise that driving, not flying, finds a regular home on the hot list. The RVIA’s hot list includes: Savecations: “Americans are looking for ways to cut costs this year without giving up their family getaways,” the RVIA said in a news release. “RVIA’s latest Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners found that

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WDW’s Space Mountain to close for rehab

Would-be Walt Disney World guests beware. The resort is planning to close Space Mountain for much of 2009 to refurbish the ride. A Walt Disney World spokeswoman told OrlandoSentinel.com the changes to the beloved coaster, which opened on Jan. 15, 1975, will be “modest.” The ride is expected to close April 19 and the rehab will last for months, though an exact finish date has not been announced. “We’re retaining many of the classic elements