Going to Greenville Getting there: Allegiant Air (www.allegiantair.com) flies nonstop between Fort Lauderdale and Greenville, a two-hour trip, two to four days a week depending on the season, for as little as $50 each way (Tip: Allegiant is a fee-happy airline). Otherwise, several airlines make the trip from Miami or Fort Lauderdale in three hours or longer with a stop or change of planes. Roundtrip airfare starts around $345 for weekday travel from Fort Lauderdale, $392 from Miami. Or fly to Charlotte, N.C., a two-hour flight with nonstops starting at $290 from Fort Lauderdale, $390 from Miami, and drive 100 miles to Greenville. Information: Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-351-7180; www.greenvillecvb.com. The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum: 356 Field St.; 864-235-6280; www.shoelessjoejackson.org. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Email requests to infoshoelessjoejackson.org. Free. WHERE TO STAY The Westin Poinsett Greenville, 120 S. Main St.; 864-421-9700; www.westinpoinsettgreenville.com. Elegant historic hotel built in 1925. Rooms from $159. Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast, 302 Pettigru St.; 864-242-4529; www.pettigruplace.com. Five-room inn, English garden, not far from downtown. Rooms from $125, including full breakfast. Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N. Main St.; 864-235-1234; www.greenville.hyatt.com. This 328-room hotel is convenient to all downtown attractions and events. It is full service and its downtown-view rooms offer a spectacular look at the city. Rooms from $127. WHERE TO EAT Cafe@Williams Hardware, 13 S. Main St., Travelers Rest; 864-834-7888; www.cafeatwilliamshardware.com. An ideal spot for cyclists in need of a meal, about 10 miles north of Greenville. Lunch sandwiches from $5.50. Blue Ridge Brewing Company/Sky at Blue Ridge Brewing, 217 N. Main St.; 864-232-4677; www.blueridgebrewing.com. Good old American comfort food and small-batch beers. Entrees $12-$22. The Lazy Goat, 170 Riverplace; 864-679-5299; www.thelazygoat.typepad.com. Impressive Mediterranean-themed food on the water. Dinner plates from $18. Smoke on the Water, 1 Augusta St.; 864-232-9091; www.saucytavern.com. Specializing in smoked meat dishes, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheeseburgers, Brunswick stew. Entrees $10.25-$19.95.
Much of Chicago is surprisingly easy to visit with children, maybe even too easy. There is an array of kid-friendly museums, shops, shows, trolleys and tours, centrally located and positioned so close that they require little transportation or street smarts. And you will get few dirty looks when someone spills something or throws a tantrum. Chicago is used to that.
I love wild, quiet places, places where I’m more likely to see a herd of whitetail deer, rattlesnakes or a rare kind of bird than a McDonald’s or a mall. That’s why I’ve come to Sapelo Island, one of the pearls in the necklace of barrier islands that protect the Georgia coast from the tumultuous Atlantic.
We fell in love even before touchdown. The clouds that had blocked our view during the flight to Turks and Caicos mercifully dispersed right before we landed, and we caught our first glimpse of the radiant sea. We watched as the little snail-shaped island of Providenciales materialized in the middle of the ocean, dazzled by the turquoise, aquamarine and emerald hues of the water surrounding it.