Whether it’s beautiful Calloway Gardens near Columbus, GA and hearing a gardening expert or it’s Historic Savannah, GA and benefiting from the teaching of a culinary expert, more and more vacations are coupling with fun opportunities for learning.
Recently in the foothills of North Carolina near Ashville, I attended a Plein Air workshop in Saluda. Local artist, Jim Carson had us carrying our paints and easels to colorful mountain vistas inspiring to even the novice painter. I returned with four completed canvasses to frame in remembrance of this delightful experience! (I purchased one of Jim’s, too!)
Soaking up the culture of the region in Saluda and nearby Hendersonville, I enjoyed smoked mountain trout and other dishes indigenous to the area. Unloading dollars in Hendersonville’s “Banana Moon”, Christmas presents were purchased for the ladies in my family. Imagine my surprise to find a bottle of wine tucked in my packages! Never, but never say tourists don’t spend money at retail establishments!
If you are a Destination Marketing Organization create such an experience in your area. If you are looking for an inspirational, fun vacation experience, choose one that expands your mind and even your soul!