In High Cotton

(Southern coverage from Departures)


In the July/August issue of DEPARTURES, Tom Vanderbilt shares his experiences from the Tour de Smokies;  a three-day bike course tucked away in Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains at Blackberry Farm.  This course promises to fine-tune your biking skills and provide a culinary experience, all with the guidance of former pro biker George Hincapie and active pro Christian Vande Velde.  If you are a Platinum or Centurion Card Member from American Express, you can read the entire article by clicking here.


Photo courtesy of Beall + Thomas Photography, Blackberry Farm

July/August 2012

From Savannah’s fine dining to spectacular art scene, Departures takes a look at everything Savannah, Georgia has to offer in the latest issue. Annabelle Carr shares with us how the beautiful Southern city is full of history, art, music, films, food, and is home to 10,000 students, faculty and alums at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The article highlights some of the city’s hottest spots to live, visit, eat, drink and shop. A few that made the list include: Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room, Arc, The Paris Market and Suites on Lafayette. If you are a Platinum Card or Centurion member from American Express, you can read the full article here.

In a separate article in the issue, Tom Vanderbilt explains how Savannah College of Art and Design has turned this historic city into a “hub for the arts.” He discusses how the school’s creative spirit and hard work has earned them international respect in the world of design, bringing in students from all 50 states and 105 countries. Click here to read the full article on SCAD if you are a Platinum Card or Centurion member from American Express.

Image courtesy of Flickr, faungg.

July/August 2012
Asheville, NC

In the July/August issue, Kevin West takes a look at what the restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina have to offer. Within the past decade, Asheville has become a “near-perfect food town” – thanks to a dozen notable restaurants, farmers’ markets and breweries.

The article highlights Asheville’s best restaurants, all known for using local ingredients, that contribute to this deserving reputation. Cucina24, Farm & Sparrow, White Duck Taco Shop and 12 Bones are just a few of the hot spots discussed.

If you are a Platinum Card or Centurion member from American Express, you can read the full article here.

Image courtesy of Flickr, mystuart.

November/December 2011

In the November/December issue, Departures takes a look into Charleston and reports on the red-hot restaurants, boutiques and historic sites.

The article explores a few top places to go, people to see and what to ask for when visiting the South Carolina city. Walking history, southern belles, rooms to book, objects of desire and a Q&A with Jack McCray are just a few topics the article touches on. You will also be able to find more information on the golf coast, the plantation punch and famous cake. Last but not least, check out the low country goes haute section and see how they suggest you see Charleston by land or sea.

If you are a Platinum Card or Centurion member from American Express, you can read the full article here.