Our Neck of the Woods

(Southern coverage from Outside)

October 2013

Outside’s Life Issue stresses living life to the fullest possible and describes a trail of prime honky-tonkin and festivals. The article took a couple of stops in the Southeast, which are listed below.

  • First stop—Poor Monkey Lounge, Merrigold, MS, one of the last authentic juke joints in the South.
  • Next stop—Floyd, Virginia to experience four days of big-name bands and Blue Ridge Mountain fun at Floydfest in July.

Read about the full trail in the October issue of Outside.

February 2013
Marquesa Hotel in Key West, FL

Need a shot of vitamin D this winter?  Outside (outsideonline.com) writer, Gordy Megroz, suggests ten weekend adventure destinations, one of which is located in the South.  Gordy recommends steering clear of the snowbirds, fisherman and Parrotheads in Key West, Florida by hiring the right guide who will help you land a trophy-sized catch.  Bruce Chard (brucechard.com) has spent more than 20 years helping clients fish for sharks, tarpon, barracuda and bonefish.  And when you’re worn out and hungry from all that fishing, you can grab a room at The Marquesa Hotel (marquesa.com) and stop by its Cafe Marquesa for a bowl of shrimp bisque and sweet corn-dusted diver scallops.


Image courtesy of The Marquesa Hotel

October 2012
Photo: KC Johnson/Image Machine LLC

Outside celebrated its 35th anniversary this month with a first-ever Reader’s Issue.  Cover to cover, the October issue featured reader-submitted editorial, photography, and opinions for the issue.  For Jon Billman’s article on the best places to live in America, Outside readers placed their votes on Facebook and chose their favorite river town.  And the winner was…Richmond, Virginia!

As Jon Billman writes:

Richmond is as metropolitan as it is Waffle House; the former Confederate capital is home to six Fortune 500 companies, including Altria Group. But it’s also wild: the James forms a surprisingly rugged seven-mile central ribbon for a dedicated community of boaters, fishermen, bikers, and runners. It’s not Boulder coiffed—you can find some impressively tangled pawpaw groves and unwelcoming copperheads in the 600 acres of urban wilderness. Still, urbanites check the river’s cubic-feet-per-second levels on their smartphones, and everyone seems to know someone who commutes by kayak.

Click here to read more about Richmond as well as the nine other river towns across America that made the final cut.


Image  courtesy of: KC Johnson/Image Machine LLC

June 2012
Tybee Island

In the June issueGeorgia’s Tybee Island was selected as one of the best summer destiniations in the country. With delicious seafood and adventurous activities, there is no way you will run out of things to do. Click here to see all of the best summer getaways and read an excerpt from the article below:

It’s no surprise that Georgia’s coast has Civil War-era forts and amazing seafood. What’s shocking is the amount of wilderness. From Tybee Island, a village of 3,500 that dangles into the Atlantic just 18 miles east of Savannah, there are endless opportunities to get lost in 1,200 or so nearby barrier islands. Rent boats from Savannah Canoe and Kayak ($60 per day for a sea kayak, skirt, and paddle), a funky shop on the route to Tybee. From Alley Three, a public dock, paddle southwest and circumnavigate the 7,000-acre Little Tybee on a beginner-friendly trip through sheltered waters.

North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort is also mentioned as a perfect weekend getaway if you are looking for lift-accessed mountain biking. The Resort is launching a brand-new program in late July that will access to the mountain’s 5,506-foot summit.

Image courtesy of Flickr, .:[ Melissa ]:.

October 2011

There’s a new No. 1 place to live, according to Outside — and it may not be the place you would expect. Chattanooga was voted as the best place to live in the October issue. Below is an excerpt from the article, which you can read here:

“I don’t like Outside ­coming in here and naming this the best town ever,” he says, like a kid upset that his secret hideout has been revealed. “I sure didn’t vote for Chattanooga on that thing.”

Plenty of others did. Which is how this river city near the meeting point of Tennessee, Georgia, and ­Alabama beat out perennial “most livable,” ­“coolest,” and “Bro, you gotta try this seasonal IPA” meccas like Boulder, ­Colorado; Burling­ton, Vermont; and Portland, Oregon.

The explanation for Chattanooga’s sudden jump to civic stardom begins with the literal rise of the Cumberland Plateau. Taking in more than 24,000 square miles on its mountainous run from Kentucky to Alabama, the plateau splinters near Chattanooga to form a labyrinth of jagged ridges and sheer gorges. At the site of Chattanooga itself, the plateau towers more than 1,000 feet above the Tennessee River. The back side of the Cumberland forms the eastern wall of the Sequatchie Valley, a rich hub of recreation whose vertical cliffs and green, flat valley floor long ago established it as the hang-gliding capital of the East.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Dave1959