Traveling to Find Antiques

People travel for a number of reasons, which can be group into two categories, business or pleasure.  Typically when traveling for pleasure, people have a certain goal in mind.  Some choose to travel to relax, some to create memories with family without the direct sat tv, and some are traveling to find or discover something.  Often, those looking for something special when traveling are antique collectors who are hoping to find rare items to add to their collections.  Typically people who enjoy antiques like the rich history behind a piece.  When people travel to go antiquing, they look for places that are full of history and unique people.  Here are three places that any antique or history lover should visit in their lifetime, and each of the three places is located in the Southeast. 

If you want to find deep history and a town with vast influences, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina.  Charleston was founded in 1670.  Today, you can still see the Continental, European, and Asian influences all around you.  The influences of King Charles II, the “Merry Monarch,” for which the town was named are still very present as well.  During the 18th and 19th centuries, Charleston’s seaport was of most importance, importing materials and cultures.  In the town and countryside, two major wars were fought, and invasions were commonplace.  Pirates, Indians, and armies frequented the town of Charleston, only adding to its unique influences and past.  Each year Charleston hosts a large antique event that features timeless pieces that any antique enthusiast would be thrilled to add to his or her collection.

Head to the Northwest a ways and you will find another spot rich in treasures and history.  Asheville, North Carolina has had quite the past.  The first settlers came to the area in 1784.  In 1864 the population was 500, and today it is around 85,000.  A Confederate military hub was located in Asheville during the Civil War. Shortly after the Civil War, the now historic Biltmore House began construction.  Still, the Biltmore is the largest privately owned home in the country.  Years later when the economy was booming in the 1920s, Asheville hosted a variety of people from famous authors to presidents.  F. Scott Fitzgerald frequented the town.  Of course, the 1930s brought a time of depression, and Asheville was one of the hardest hit cities of all.  However, today you will find the city bustling.  Still you can witness the history of the town when you are visiting.  For antique lovers, the best antiques can be found in the Biltmore Antique District.  There you will find the Sweeten Creek Antique Mall which hosts 31,000 feet of antiques, and the Antique Tobacco Barn has 70,000 square feet of antiques.  If you are looking for treasures, you will surely find them in Asheville.

Staying in North Carolina, but heading east, the small town of Cameron is a huge antique destination.  It has repeatedly been voted “Best Antique Area in North Carolina” in North Carolina’s Our State Magazine.  The humble beginnings of this tiny town are like that of many of the towns in North Carolina.  It started with the railroad track, and the town was built around it.  Along with the railroad, the town also featured the Fayetteville Plank Road.  In 1875 when the track came through, so did the people to settle in the area.  The most prominent businesses of the time were turpentine distilleries and dewberry farming.  The antique stores found in Cameron are all in the original buildings that were once homes, doctors’ offices, and general stores in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  The antique fairs and festivals are spread throughout the year in Cameron, and often even more vendors come into the town with more selection.

All-Inclusive Honeymoons

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When choosing a honeymoon destination, many couples often choose a place with soft sand and beautiful ocean views. A great option for honeymooners is to consider all-inclusive resorts because the last thing you will want to do on your honeymoon is be stuck at a hotel with nothing to do but watch allied satellite tv. If you book a stay at an all-inclusive resort, your trip is practically worry-free. One rate will take care of the costs of your entire stay. This includes not only meals and drinks, but also entertainment, tips, taxes, airport transfers and more. What all of this means is that you will not have any surprise costs and you will avoid reaching into pockets for tips. If you think an all-inclusive resort is the best option for you and your other half, there are many to choose from, but these are the top 5 all-inclusive resorts.

Jamaica, Couples Swept Away—Last year this Jamaican resort was recognized by Travel & Leisure with a “World’s Best Award.” Couples Swept Away features white sand beaches and tropical gardens that surround the resort provide the perfect romantic setting for honeymooners. You will have access to seven restaurants, each with their own specialties to enjoy. The inclusions that couples can take advantage of are romantic accommodations, unlimited fine, gourmet dining, entertainment each night, green fees for golfing, and much more.

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Dominican Republic, Excellence Punta Cana—Just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea sits Excellence Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Here you will also find eight different restaurants with varying international cuisines. If you are looking for a cold drink, there are numerous bars and lounges all around the resort. Excellence Punta Cana is also well-known for its exciting activities offered. Some of the activities include cave exploring, whale watching, and zip lining. This resort is perfect for the active couple.

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Mexico, El Dorado Royale—Another great site for active couples or even those who like to just sit back and relax is the El Dorado Royale in Mexico. At this resort there are so many things to do for all types of people. Activities that include hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, volleyball, and swimming are sure to keep restless couples busy. The spa at the resort will appease those just looking for pure relaxation. Options for dining and entertainment seem limitless. This Mexican resort boasts seven different restaurants, four bars, and ten swim-up bars.

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Antigua, Sandals Grande Antigua—If you are looking for romance, the Sandals Grande in Antigua is just the resort for you. For the last twelve years this all-inclusive resort has been voted the “World’s Most Romantic Resort.” You will also have dining options at ten restaurants. Located on Antigua’s very famous beach Dickenson Bay, this resort and spa has all of the amenities necessary for the ultimate romantic getaway.

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St. Lucia, Sandals Grande St. Lucian—In St. Lucia there are three different Sandals resorts, but the top pick is the Sandals Grande St. Lucian. At this resort, you are surrounded by incredible Atlantic Ocean beaches and mountain views. The seven restaurants at the resort are plenty, but Sandals offers a stay at one, play at three promotion. So you can take advantage of all of the restaurants and amenities at all three resorts. Many of the activities like kayaking, sailing, and snorkeling are included, while the spa and golf are optional. You will never run out of things to do in St. Lucia.