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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and award-winning travel writer. She is the author and owner of PratesiLiving.com with her husband, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & World Report and freelances for other publications including Forbes Travel Guide, CruiseCritic.com, Reader's Digest, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, and World Travel Magazine.

Her work has also been featured on MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and SheKnows.com. Gwen chronicles her love of international travel and experience as a professional home cook on PratesiLiving.com, where she shares the stories of some of the world's most sought-after destinations, highly regarded chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, wine and spirits producers, and culinary artisans. She and her husband just traded in big city life in Atlanta for shorts and flip-flops at Fernandina Beach, Florida. They look forward to enjoying the coastal lifestyle with their new Tibetan Terrier, Rhythm.

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The @levinemuseum features an impressive exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, which documents the rich history of the region through recreations of store fronts and lunch counters and interactive exhibits. The museum’s permanent and traveling exhibits also offer a poignant view of life in the south from the end of the Civil War through today. This is definitely worth a visit when in Charlotte. @charlottesgotalot #travel #history #civilwar #civilrights #charlottesgotalot #charlotte #museum #clt

Elevated Burgers Paired with Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignons

Michael Eddy, Louis M. Martini’s Winemaker, who was mentored by Michael Martini for more than ten years, is the company’s fourth winemaker and the first non-Martini family member in this role. Louis M. Martini is one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley – to be tasked with creating our culinary wine experiences in the restored winery with an acclaimed portfolio of Cabernet Sauvignons is an exciting challenge. The second wine, a 2016 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, was made with the grapes from the Monte Rosso Vineyard, which sits at almost 1,300 feet above the Sonoma Valley. Tasting notes say that the “Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted from a handful of select blocks on our historic Monte Rosso Vineyard, including the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon block in California.

Rhythm found his happy place at the @ritzcarltonreynoldslakeoconee. And when Rhythm is happy, we are happy. 🐶😊#pet #petsofinstagram #petstagram #dogs #dogsofinstagram #tibetanterrier

How to Plan the Perfect Turks and Caicos Vacation

Even if you aren’t a citizen of any of the listed countries that do not require a visa, just being a resident or visa holder of the US, UK or Canada may be enough to grant you free travel to Turks and Caicos. As of July 22nd, 2020, all people traveling to the territory must obtain a TCI Assured Travel Authorization before they will be allowed even to board the plane to Turks and Caicos. The TCI Authorization can be obtained through an online portal and will require the following: – Medical/Travel insurance that covers all possible COVID-19 medical costs As we all know, the global pandemic is an ever-changing situation, so it’s best to keep a close eye on Turks and Caicos government announcements in the lead up to your trip. The Turks and Caicos Islands are reachable by both air and sea travel, depending on your preferences.

Getting my Annie Oakley on at Sandy Creek Barn & Sporting Grounds at the @ritzcarltonreynoldslakeoconee. Roger and I shot sporting clays here in the fall of 2017 before the sporting club officially opened. I have been talking about it ever since, so it was fun to be back and receive instruction from one of the best, Justin Jones. #travel #adventure #sportingclays #lakeoconee #rcmemories

A Visit to Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG – The Prosecco Superiore Region of Italy

Before my visit to Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, I, like many Americans, thought of Prosecco as a simple celebratory bottle of sparkling wine from Italy. Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is known as the Prosecco Superiore region of Italy. The people of this region are very honored by the UNESCO distinction following a 10-year effort to have the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano Valdobbiadene designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are now the eighth UNESCO World Heritage site in the Veneto region and the 55th site in Italy.

Spending a few days at one of our favorite resorts and one of the prettiest places we have traveled to. We were married at the @ritzcarltonreynoldslakeoconee 18 1/2 years ago, so it’s a special place for us to make return trips to. 🥂🎊🥰 #rcmemories #travel #roadtrip #luxury #lakeoconee #lakelife

Why Savannah, Georgia and the Perry Lane Hotel Should Be Your Next Southern Coastal Destination

We always enjoyed our times there in the past, but we gravitated to Charleston for its Lowcountry-inspired cuisine, seeing our chef, sommelier and hotel friends, and exploring the beautiful architecture in the Historic District. Over the years, Charleston has become the focus of much international attention being ranked the Number 1 U.S. city for eight years running by Condé Nast and for six years by Travel + Leisure magazine. One of the best surprises of our visit to the city was this lovely new boutique property, Perry Lane Hotel. The city is one of the hottest destinations in the south with new hotel openings, more chef-driven restaurants on the horizon, and cruise lines like American Cruises calling on the port city.

The beauty of fall on the farm. @bushnvine @visityorkcountysc @discover_sc #visityorkcounty #discoversc #travel #roadtrip #farmlife #farm #southcarolina #fall #fallcolors

Breakfast of Champions @windyhillcider. Piping hot fried 🍎 pies, warm apple cider donuts, and a flight of their homemade hard ciders. Hard to beat this fall breakfast. 😋❤️ @visityorkcountysc @discover_sc #visityorkcounty #discoversc #travel #roadtrip #southcarolina #breakfast #fall #breakfasttime #donuts #cider#apples #pie

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