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We hate to alarm you, but the summer is quickly coming to an end. Before you know it, the cooler weather will be trickling in, and those pumpkin-flavored lattes will be hitting the bar at your favorite coffee shop. That’s why it’s time to plan one last quick getaway, and Labor Day Weekend is the time to do it.
There’s plenty of sunshine and warmth to be had in South Carolina, so we say skip out of town and head to Hilton Head Island. It’s a nice spot for both those with families and those without, and if golf is your thing you won’t be short on courses from which to choose. They even have that snazzy red and white lighthouse—it’s actually only like 90-feet tall—for selfie opportunities.
While there might not be any sand in sight in downtown Charleston proper, the barrier islands that sit off the coast provide the laid-back beach culture of South Carolina’s oldest and second-largest city. Our sister site, Hotel Chatter, gave us the scoop on where to spread out your blanket, and we’re all familiar with the infamous Rainbow Row and the beach-bod friendly seafood that keeps Charleston on the tourism radar for so many in the southeast.
We knew that the city’s history was also a big draw, but one thing we discovered on our visit that we were not aware of is that Edgar Allan Poe spent just over a year in the area on Sullivan’s Island during his time with the U.S. Army in the late 1820s. Today, the three square-mile Sullivan’s Island is dotted with beautiful beachfront properties – a place where golf carts on the road are common – and has a surprisingly good string of bars and restaurants, one of which, Poe's Tavern, provides a peek into the writer's short, troubled, highly-artistic life.
They also serve one hell of a burger.
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If you haven’t been stretching and training in preparation for the run over in New York, that’s okay. There’s still time to put in a little work before another runway run.
The Runway Run 5K will hit the tarmac at Columbia Metropolitan Airport November 17 as runners and walkers do their thing right on the grounds of the airport. You’ll start right outside some of the airplane hangers and then you’ll pretty much taxi yourself right onto the runway before turning around at the end and heading back down.
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Unfortunately the summer is starting to wind down; however, that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t time to score a few more summery sips. Before the lagers and ales turn a little darker and richer for the cooler weather, be sure to check out where to toast to the final days of summer with these August beer festivals:
Beer fans from all over will be heading to Buffalo on August 10, as 150 craft brews will be in attendance at the 2012 Buffalo BrewFest. This year all the sudsy stouts and pale ales are doing their thing at the First Niagara Center, and the samples and sips run between 5:30pm and 9:30pm.
There will be food vendors eager to help you pair up something with your 3-ounce beer samples. Tickets will set you back $30 in advance, and that will get you access, a souvenir tasting glass, program, and 20 tasting tickets. If you want to try your favorite—or favorites—a couple more times, there are additional tickets available for $1 each. An extra sip might just be necessary with solid options from Erie Brewing Company, Flying Bison, and Lake Placid Brewing Company.
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Nice Melons! That’s exactly what you’ll be saying later this month, as the season for watermelon food festivals is now upon us. Sure there’s plenty of fleshy fruit available all year long, but June seems to be one of the best times to participate in some seed spitting. Here’s just three picks for watermelon wonder this month:
Hampton County Watermelon Festival – Hampton County, South Carolina
South Carolina’s oldest continuing festival celebrates its 70th year this month, as locals roll the watermelons toward the fairgrounds between June 16 and June 24. There’s golf tournaments, photo contests, crafts, and of course everything has a little bit of a watermelon theme. In addition to a watermelon eating contests—and free watermelon slices—there’s also a line on the schedule known simply as “melon judging.” Just be sure to hold back on the seed spitting when royalty is present, as you know that the Watermelon Festival Queen will be making an appearance during the festival.
Watermelon Thump – Luling, Texas
Over in Texas the watermelon festival with the best name—The Thump—takes place between June 21 and June 24. Tickets will run you between $5 and $10 during certain points of the festival, but there’s plenty of chances to get in for free on June 21 and June 24 as well as on Saturday until 1pm. Seed spitting will be one of the festival’s highlights, and it should be as the town hold’s the current world record. It was set back in 1989 with a launch of almost 70-feet. Parades, live music, eating contests, and car shows will round out the weekend’s entertainment. The Thump has been doing its thing since the 1950s, so if you love some watermelon you won’t be disappointed.
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The weather is starting to warm up and the days are getting longer, and that means the beer festivals are starting to get bigger and better. The stouts and pilsners are moving from conference centers and auditoriums, and the fun is starting to move outdoors. If you don’t already have hoppy plans this month, here’s three beer festivals worth the road trip:
Pints For Pets
Support your love for furry friends while supporting your love for all things beer, as you raise a pint for the pets in Blair County, Pennsylvania. On tap will be around 70 different lagers and ales from all over the state, country, and world. All the fun goes down during two sessions on May 12 at People Natural Gas Field, so not only do you get to support the local Humane Society while drinking some beers but there’s also the chance to stroll around the local baseball field.
Tickets will set you back $35 per person in advance, and it’s going to be $40 if you wait to score tickets at the gate. All the profits from ticket sales go to help the doggies and kitties, so you might as well bring a few friends as well. 4oz samples seem to be the norm, and all the stadium’s concession stands will be open to serve up plenty of hotdogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks. Sly Fox, Boakes Brewing, and even New Planet Brewing Company will be pouring some of their gluten-free options. Cheers!
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It’s officially spring, and April has been doing its thing for a few days now. That means the seasonal festivals have started to move outdoors and the warmer weather guarantees a good time no matter where you decide to spend the weekend. Of course overindulgence on one particular food is always a great way to pass the time, so here’s a few picks of where to taste and treat this month:
World Grits Festival - St. George, South Carolina
We’re just a week or so away from the World Grits Festival in St. George, South Carolina, so if you’re looking for a little slice of the South now’s the time to make your plans. They’ve been throwing this party for the last 27 years, so at this point we’re thinking that they really know what they’re doing. All kinds of arts and crafts will be on display, there’s a chance to grind your own grits, plenty of live music, and of course a grits eating contest. Things run between April 13 and April 15—check the full schedule here—and admission is totally free. Just be sure to schedule your time accordingly, as we wouldn’t want you to miss the chance to see attendees rolling around in a pool full of grits—yes, that’s a real thing.
Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival – Kenosha, Wisconsin
Nothing is as delicious as some beer and some cheese, and thankfully there’s one festival in Wisconsin getting ready to celebrate both. The Dairy State Cheese and Beer Festival is getting ready to go on Saturday, April 21 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Tickets will set you back around $40 per person, but that will get you access to plenty of samples from the state’s best cheese producers and brewers. Local breweries will be on hand to show off their latest sudsy creations including Big Bay Brewing Company and their Long Weekend IPA. All the overindulgence goes down at the The Brat Shop, so we’re even thinking they’ll be an opportunity to partake in a sausage or too as well.
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Need an adult beverage to warm you during the last few weeks of winter? If you’ve already tried to drink yourself warm and you still need a little assistance, we recommend heading south—or really far west. Here’s three beer festivals in the weeks ahead where you might even be able to snag a sip or two outside:
· Charlotte Craft Beer Week 2011:
The Queen City—Charlotte, not Cincinnati—started up their official love for beer last year, and apparently it was successful as they’re back for year number two. Things kick off on March 11 and run through March 20. There’s plenty of beverages to taste and try, as organizers are bringing plenty of craft beers, tasty food, and a little bit of entertainment to the city.