Every day is an adventure at the Southern Weekend. Whether it’s a new dish or a hidden dive bar, we’re always up for a new sight, sound, or experience. But some of our destinations are just, well, bigger than others. Here we’ve compiled a video scrapbook of some of our biggest and most beautiful adventures of 2018.
All adventures listed in alphabetical order by city, not by level of thrills.
Biking on the Atlanta Beltline
ATLANTA, GEORGIA | Right in the Southern Weekend’s backyard, this is an adventure we go on nearly every day. It meant so much to share it with all of you, and that it was a beautiful day makes it even better. The artwork and local businesses along the Beltline have already changed so much since our big day out there this summer so this will surely be an ever-evolving adventure for us in 2019 as well.
Whitewater rafting in Columbus
COLUMBUS, GEORGIA | One of our first adventures of the year, Columbus really set the bar high for a Southern Weekend in 2018. We had some great food on the Riverwalk, rode a zipline or two, and shot multiple class five rapids to end one heck of a fun day. Did you know Columbus literally rebuilt the Chattahoochee River to make create one of the best whitewater rafting runs in the country? Well now you do. Get there immediately.
Hiking in the Smoky Mountains
GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE | We spent one great day in America’s most visited national park but we wish it could’ve been a lifetime. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Appalachian Trail plus a whole world of plants and animals and incredibly happy visitors. Watching the iconic “smoke” roll off the plants early in the morning is an experience every southerner should have and the view from Newfound Gap can’t be beat. If you don’t hear from us for a few days in 2019… you might want to start the search in the Smokies.
Astronaut training in Hunstville
HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA | Any Southern Weekend where you can learn to be an astronaut is going to be a good one. And any Southern Weekend where you get to meet a real-life astronaut will be even better. We did both and a whole lot more at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and we haven’t stopped talking about it since. Here you can see actual space flight operations going on around our planet, walk through decades of space flight history, and talk with the real life pilots and scientists who have made space flight possible. Consider us… star struck.
Batting practice in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY | We could spend an entire Southern Weekend on Main Street in Louisville. In a one-mile section of Downtown Louisville you’ve got great food, art galleries, museums, breweries and distilleries, and the entire history of baseball. At one end is the Slugger Museum, a working factory and history exhibit for the ubiquitous baseball equipment. And at the other end you’ll find Slugger Field, home to the AAA Louisville Bats and a couple of the MLB’s next great players. To be clear, you should definitely check out other parts of Louisville but still, it really is a great stretch of road.
Kayaking in Savannah
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA | We’re not going to try to be cute about this one. You need to get out in the saltwater marshes in Savannah. Seriously. Go. We got a lovely kayak tour through a coastal forest that felt like another world but was a barely 10 miles from Downtown Savannah. It was peaceful. It was beautiful. We saw a bald eagle. It was everything we could want from a Southern Weekend.