An Ode to the Home of Vidalia Onions

To paraphrase Shakespeare, would an onion by any other name taste as sweet?

We think not, since most onions are hardly sweet at all. So what’s in a name? Vidalia, Vidalia, wherefore art thou Vidalia?

The only way to know for sure was to go directly to the… CONTINUE READING >> 

To paraphrase Shakespeare, would an onion by any other name taste as sweet?

We think not, since most onions are hardly sweet at all. So what’s in a name? Vidalia, Vidalia, wherefore art thou Vidalia?

The only way to know for sure was to go directly to the… CONTINUE READING >> 

How Street Performers Enhance Travel: A Look at our All-time Favorites


We LOVE street performers! 

Much in the same way that the food of a region can tell a story, we often learn about the culture of destinations we have visited through the art of the busker.

Join us on a journey through the world, through the very talented “man on the street”… CONTINUE READING >>


We LOVE street performers! 

Much in the same way that the food of a region can tell a story, we often learn about the culture of destinations we have visited through the art of the busker.

Join us on a journey through the world, through the very talented “man on the street”… CONTINUE READING >>

Why We Love a Good Christmas Market

We love Christmas markets! 

The festivities, the food, the comraderie, the glühwein – put it all together and we’ve got ourselves a great way to ring in the season!

But really — you ask — how different can they be? Surely one Christmas market is the same as the next? 

Our reply? Not by a loooooooong shot! CONTINUE READING >>

We love Christmas markets! 

The festivities, the food, the comraderie, the glühwein – put it all together and we’ve got ourselves a great way to ring in the season!

But really — you ask — how different can they be? Surely one Christmas market is the same as the next? 

Our reply? Not by a loooooooong shot! CONTINUE READING >>

Traveling in Dr. King’s Footprints

Follow your GypsyNesters as we explore pivotal moments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life though travel.

Join us in an emotional journey through Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma as we discover more about what had happened, what is happening now and our hope for the future… CONTINUE READING >>

Follow your GypsyNesters as we explore pivotal moments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life though travel.

Join us in an emotional journey through Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma as we discover more about what had happened, what is happening now and our hope for the future… CONTINUE READING >>

The Smallest Church in America


We LOVE this stuff!

Mrs. Harper was a rural grocer who didn’t have much money and folks said that she shouldn’t build a church that wouldn’t do justice to God. She felt it was the thought that mattered and built it anyway.

The deed was made out to… CONTINUE READING >> 


We LOVE this stuff!

Mrs. Harper was a rural grocer who didn’t have much money and folks said that she shouldn’t build a church that wouldn’t do justice to God. She felt it was the thought that mattered and built it anyway.

The deed was made out to… CONTINUE READING >> 

Swamps, Shrimp and Sea Monsters in Coastal Georgia

Just below, as in south of, the famous Carolina Lowcountry lies a lesser known region, Coastal Georgia.

Geographically, culturally, and historically this area is virtually indistinguishable from its northern neighbor, it’s simply the Savannah River that separates them.

Join us as we survey the swamps, seafood, and even a sea serpent along the Atlantic shoreline…. CONTINUE READING >> 

Just below, as in south of, the famous Carolina Lowcountry lies a lesser known region, Coastal Georgia.

Geographically, culturally, and historically this area is virtually indistinguishable from its northern neighbor, it’s simply the Savannah River that separates them.

Join us as we survey the swamps, seafood, and even a sea serpent along the Atlantic shoreline…. CONTINUE READING >> 

Fort King George in Darien, Georgia

Fort King George was erected in 1721 and was the southernmost outpost in The British Colonies.

Colonel John Barnwell petitioned the king to build a fort to defend against the Spanish, who were already well established a few miles… CONTINUE READING >> 

Fort King George was erected in 1721 and was the southernmost outpost in The British Colonies.

Colonel John Barnwell petitioned the king to build a fort to defend against the Spanish, who were already well established a few miles… CONTINUE READING >> 

A Tale of Two Cities… Uh, Counties… No, States

Check this out: we’re on the border of Tennessee and Georgia. We find a community that is split down the middle with a blue line painted through the town.

It gets weirder (YAY!) — the blue line goes straight through buildings. Shops, a church, even a bar.

But wait, it gets weirder yet. The bar is also in two counties. And one of them is dry… CONTINUE READING >> 


Check this out: we’re on the border of Tennessee and Georgia. We find a community that is split down the middle with a blue line painted through the town.

It gets weirder (YAY!) — the blue line goes straight through buildings. Shops, a church, even a bar.

But wait, it gets weirder yet. The bar is also in two counties. And one of them is dry… CONTINUE READING >> 


Finding Germany in the Mountains of Georgia

The unexpected surprises that lurk around the next corner are one of the things that can make travel so interesting.

Boy, did we get one of those in the mountains of northern Georgia when we came upon the old fashioned Bavarian village of Helen. Tucked into a valley on the banks of The Chattahoochee River, we suddenly found ourselves driving through an anachronism of epic proportions. Every building, down to the gas station… CONTINUE READING >> 

The unexpected surprises that lurk around the next corner are one of the things that can make travel so interesting.

Boy, did we get one of those in the mountains of northern Georgia when we came upon the old fashioned Bavarian village of Helen. Tucked into a valley on the banks of The Chattahoochee River, we suddenly found ourselves driving through an anachronism of epic proportions. Every building, down to the gas station… CONTINUE READING >> 

Anna Ruby Falls, Helen, Georgia

Cascading down Tray Mountain, Curtis Creek drops one hundred and fifty-three feet and York Creek falls fifty before they join at the bottom of the cliffs to form Smith Creek… CONTINUE READING >> 

Cascading down Tray Mountain, Curtis Creek drops one hundred and fifty-three feet and York Creek falls fifty before they join at the bottom of the cliffs to form Smith Creek… CONTINUE READING >> 

Goats on the Roof, Helen, Georgia

When we pulled in and checked the top of the building, there they were, as advertised, a bunch of goats grazing on the roof. A sign indicated that the goats might be hanging out up there because they are actually aliens waiting and watching… CONTINUE READING >> 

When we pulled in and checked the top of the building, there they were, as advertised, a bunch of goats grazing on the roof. A sign indicated that the goats might be hanging out up there because they are actually aliens waiting and watching… CONTINUE READING >> 

Video – How to Volunteer at a National Park

Kay, a veteran parks volunteer – and fellow GypsyNester – discusses how to apply, where one lives at the parks, what is expected of volunteers and, most importantly… CONTINUE READING >>

Kay, a veteran parks volunteer – and fellow GypsyNester – discusses how to apply, where one lives at the parks, what is expected of volunteers and, most importantly… CONTINUE READING >>

Okee Dokee Okefenokee

Yes, the Okefenokee Swamp is a real place – and we were up to our elbows in alligators!

Two things struck us, first, someone should try using an alligator next time they want to set the long jump world’s record and, second, The Okefenokee’s most famous resident, Pogo, had it wrong. We have met the enemy and he sure ain’t us. He’s all teeth and…. CONTINUE READING >>

Yes, the Okefenokee Swamp is a real place – and we were up to our elbows in alligators!

Two things struck us, first, someone should try using an alligator next time they want to set the long jump world’s record and, second, The Okefenokee’s most famous resident, Pogo, had it wrong. We have met the enemy and he sure ain’t us. He’s all teeth and…. CONTINUE READING >>

Okefenokee Swamp Gator Gazing


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Our walk along The Boardwark deep into the Okefenokee Swamp – and, yes, there be alligators! Lots and lots of… CONTINUE READING >>


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Our walk along The Boardwark deep into the Okefenokee Swamp – and, yes, there be alligators! Lots and lots of… CONTINUE READING >>

Savannah Squared

Savannah is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Or at least we didn’t. But the city is gorgeous and the pace slow, so it seemed like a perfect place to take a little bicycle tour.

We did know that Forrest Gump waited for his bus somewhere in… CONTINUE READING >>

Savannah is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get. Or at least we didn’t. But the city is gorgeous and the pace slow, so it seemed like a perfect place to take a little bicycle tour.

We did know that Forrest Gump waited for his bus somewhere in… CONTINUE READING >>

Factor’s Walk, Savannah, Georgia

Factor’s Walk is a hidden alleyway is where cotton merchants, called factors, transacted their business in the days when cotton was king. A series of stairways, bridges and catwalks access hidden doorways, connected by narrow streets paved with the ballast stones brought in by the trade ships coming in from Europe. In the 1800s, this was the Wall Street of cotton… CONTINUE READING >>
Factor’s Walk is a hidden alleyway is where cotton merchants, called factors, transacted their business in the days when cotton was king. A series of stairways, bridges and catwalks access hidden doorways, connected by narrow streets paved with the ballast stones brought in by the trade ships coming in from Europe. In the 1800s, this was the Wall Street of cotton… CONTINUE READING >>

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Ed(isto Island)

Our adventure through the Sea Islands continues with a mysterious “mound of mystery,” a secretive gathering of the world’s richest men and a home built by the Undersheriff of Herefordshire in 1743, basically out of trash. It still… CONTINUE READING >>
Our adventure through the Sea Islands continues with a mysterious “mound of mystery,” a secretive gathering of the world’s richest men and a home built by the Undersheriff of Herefordshire in 1743, basically out of trash. It still… CONTINUE READING >>

The Black Forest Bear Park, Helen, Georgia

Black Forest Bear Park, Helen Georgia While it was interesting, and likely the only chance we’ll ever get to feed a full grown grizzly, there was an overall pitiful air to the place.

In their defense, the park has rescued orphaned and injured wild… CONTINUE READING >>

Black Forest Bear Park, Helen Georgia While it was interesting, and likely the only chance we’ll ever get to feed a full grown grizzly, there was an overall pitiful air to the place.

In their defense, the park has rescued orphaned and injured wild… CONTINUE READING >>