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From majestic peaks to hip and historic small towns, Lake Lure and the Blue Ridge Foothills offer everything you need for a getaway that will help you renew your senses. With great food, fun things to do, and amazing things to see, the lake may lure you – but the spectacular scenery and abundant activities will make you want to stay awhile.

Now, you can win a family trip for four to the area that Frommer’s Budget Travel called ‘a lake not to miss’. The winner will receive:

  • Two rooms for four nights and breakfast for four at the historic Lake Lure Inn and Spa
  • Admission for four to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and a picnic lunch provided by the park’s Old Rock Café
  • A one-hour Lake Lure Boat Cruise for four.
  • A 90-minute eco-kayak tour for four and a ½ day pontoon boat rental from the Lake Lure Adventure Company.
  • A half-day guided fishing trip for two from Granddaddy Fly Fishing.
  • A two-hour guided scenic horseback tour for four from Cedar Creek Riding Stables.
  • $100 gift certificate for MSquared Restaurant
  • $100 gift certificate for the Anna Rose Restaurant
  • $100 shopping voucher
  • $500 travel voucher

Enter today! The sweepstakes ends August 31, 2009.

Courtesy of www.visitnc.com

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The mountains and valleys here are comfortable, shady and full of outdoor fun.

Visit West Virginia State Parks, each offering a different mountain experience with plenty of outdoor recreation and lodging options. From resort rooms to camping, it will be easy to find the best fit for your interests and your budget.

Take a guided horseback ride at Pipestem Resort State Park, enjoy a scenic hike at Babcock State Park, and both Pipestem and Twin Falls Resort State Park offer great golf on scenic courses.

Outside the parks, Southern West Virginia is also home to 10 other golf courses, including a couple of beauties at Glade Springs Resort and Conference Center.

Hike, bike or ride a horse along the 76-mile Greenbrier River Trail. Include a fishing pole in your backpack; there are some wonderful spots to wet a line! This area abounds with rivers and lakes that are ideal for folks who fish and boat.

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Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival promises three days of tall tales June 4-6

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 2009) – Expect truth to be in short supply June 4-6 at the 18th Annual Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., but also expect a counterbalancing dose of entertainment, enchantment and, dare we say, education.

You’ll hear from a genuine possumologist, a keeper of Cherokee creation stories, a middle school principal who uses storytelling in the classroom and a cowboy poet whose Oklahoma retelling of “Ben Hur” inspires him to wear a watermelon and a bra on stage. (It’s something you just have to see to understand.)

In addition to the festival’s world-traveling, professional storytellers, you’ll also hear some of America’s budding tale-telling talent at the National Youth Storytelling Showcase. The showcase has attracted youngsters, none older than 17, from as far away as Utah, Texas, Maryland and Florida.

Many of this year’s storytellers will focus on stories that relate to Appalachia and the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. That’s one reason the festival is on the official calendar of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The festival also is on the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” list for the fifth year in a row.

Three late-night programs (9:30-11 p.m.) augment the regular sessions. A Haunts and Haints ghost story session is Thursday, a tribute to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is Friday and a memorial to legendary mountain storyteller Ray Hicks is Saturday.

The Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival is co-hosted by the City of Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountain Storytellers Association. Featured storytellers:

+ Lloyd Arneach—A Cherokee storyteller who learned his first legends from two storytelling uncles on the Cherokee Reservation in North Carolina.
+ Donald Davis—A native Appalachian storyteller who performs nationally and teaches workshop that focus on family-based storytelling.
+ Doug Elliott—A storyteller, herbalist and naturalist who sings about catfish, pontificates about possums and plays a mean harmonica.
+ Todd Elliott—Doug’s son and a two-time participant in the National Youth Storytelling Showcase who now is following in his father’s footsteps.
+ Andy Offutt Irwin (pictured here)—A Georgia public radio show host who says he used to have real jobs before becoming a professional storyteller.
+ Kent Rollins—A genuine cowboy from Oklahoma, who also is a poet, chuckwagon cook and humorist (he’s the one with the watermelon and bra).
+ Elizabeth Rose—Principal of Cherokee Middle School in Roane County, Tenn., who blends southern folklore with fairy tales, ghost stories and international legends.

If You Go:
The Smoky Mountains Storytelling Festival is June 4-6 (Thursday-Saturday). All sessions—concerts, the youth performances and workshops in which you can learn storytelling skills—are at the Belz Outlet Mall in Pigeon Forge. Admission for the entire weekend is $25, and one-day admission is $10 for everyone age 18 and older (free for age 17 and younger). The three late-night programs are $5.

The festival schedule can be found at www.MyPigeonForge.com/storytelling , and complete visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available at http://www.mypigeonforge.com/ or by calling toll-free to 1-800-251-9100.

About Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, located in East Tennessee near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is one of the country’s top tourism destinations, drawing more than 10 million visitors each year. With more than 40 family-friendly attractions along its five-mile Parkway, Pigeon Forge offers family fun for all ages. The destination city is located within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population east of the Mississippi River.

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Of course, we all know how magnificent the Smoky Mountains are. From the intense, rich hues of Autumn to the bluish, smoky tint of the vast panoramas, it is an exquisite area to live and visit. That alone is probably good enough reason why so many people are relocating to East Tennessee, just for the sheer beauty and serenity of mountain living.

It is the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the peace and quiet, and extraordinary views from your new mountain home, and just a short drive away you will discover the cultural and business hub of one of America’s truly great cities, Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee (Go Vols) and a rich history dating back to the American Revolution.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park of East Tennessee, opened in 1933 and ranks today as the most visited national park in the United States, with over 9 million visitors per year.You may think, that all of the above is good enough reason to relocate to East Tennessee. The developers of a new mountain community, The Ridges at Tellico Lake, have recently seen interest in the area grow due to the economics of the area as well. East Tennessee is proving to be an affordable alternative for many people, whether they are looking to relocate permanently, or purchase a vacation home.

Some of the financial incentives the area offers is; NO state income tax, NO luxury tax, LOW insurance rates on property and autos, NO auto registration tax, LOW property tax and LOW cost of local services.

This all added up seems to be many attractive reasons for new homebuyers to come to the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. In a relatively slow economy and housing market, homebuyers are finding the area a safe investment opportunity.For more information regarding purchasing a new mountain home and homesites in the Smoky Mountains, visit http://www.theridgesattellicolake.com/ or call 239-253-2332.

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It comes as no surprise that people from the north move to Florida every year in droves. For decades the migration to Florida was as obvious as the ripe colors of the oranges on the Florida trees. Now, as hundreds of thousands of Floridians start to miss the comforts of the north, a new movement is rising, one that has Florida residents becoming Halfbacks.

A Florida Halfback is a nickname given to Floridians that originally migrated to Florida from the north, but now prefer to live halfway back, in the scenic mountain and lake areas of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. The official website for those aspiring to be part of the Halfback movement is FloridaHalfbacks.com.
FloridaHalfbacks.com offers visitors a comprehensive guide to spending time in these beautiful mountain and lake regions with just a few clicks of a button. The website provides detailed information on real estate agents, cabin rentals, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, developments, campgrounds, attractions, and more for those considering a temporary or perpetual stay in the mountain and lake regions.

Advertisers sweeten the pot for those visiting FloridaHalfbacks.com by offering incentives geared towards Florida residents to spend time in the mountain and lake regions of the Southeast. The website is easy to navigate, offering visitor’s subject related pages on all of the Halfback regions. One can visit the website for twenty minutes and have an abundance of information that will facilitate their ability to enjoy the area.

Several factors fueling the Florida Halfback trend include cooler milder weather, less traffic, lower real estate prices, and significantly lower property tax and insurance for home owners. All of the above factors have made becoming a Florida Halfback an enticing option.

With the growth of interest in the mountain and lakes regions, it is no surprise that FloridaHalfbacks.com is growing rapidly as well. The just-launched website is already seeing an increase in daily traffic. Combine the traffic increase with a user friendly online forum community, and it is safe to assume this site will be a major resource for those looking to relocate to this special region of the country in the near future.
For more information on the website or about Florida Halfbacks visit www.FloridaHalfbacks.com

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