Going on Faith

Spring 2017

The Magazine for faith-based travel planners.

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• ALABAMA • going on faith [ goingonfaith.com ] 35 Groups can also take a ferry to nearby Cumberland Island, which was saved from commercial development during the 1970s and features wild horses, armadillos and mansion ruins. Among several luxury resorts is the Ritz-Carlton, home to the five-diamond Salt restaurant, and the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. The Omni Resort com- prises a shopping village, a golf course, a nature center and a selection of nine res- taurants managed by award-winning chef Daven Wardynski. www.ameliaisland.com MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST With 26 miles of beaches and picturesque towns, the Mississippi Gulf Coast pro- vides an ideal venue for girlfriend groups to lounge, shop and explore. Along the water, travelers can enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, walking trails and birdwatching, as well as mouthwatering seafood like salty-sweet oysters, fresh shrimp, flounder and crab. Groups will find rich local culture and attractions in the city of Biloxi, Mississippi, without the crowds and expense of destinations like New Orleans. Lodging options along the waterfront include the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel, the White House Hotel and the South Beach Hotel. At the end of the day, visitors can experience award- winning Creole cuisine and outdoor seating at Patio 44. Another great hotel choice to consider is the Oak Crest Mansion Inn, a beautiful antebellum bed-and-breakfast in Pass Christian. Nearby, the city of Gulfport offers a vibrant nightlife, especially in Fishbone Alley, which runs between two prominent bar streets and serves as a community enter- tainment district. At Canvas and Cocktails, groups can learn how to paint step by step while enjoying a cool refreshment of their choice. SOUTH To experience some of the best beaches in the region, many visitors take the Ship Island Excursions tour, which travels from the Gulfport small-craft harbor on a 50-minute ferry ride to the barrier island of West Ship Island. During the trip, passengers sometimes catch a glimpse of a bottlenose dolphin. Ocean Springs features a walkable, historic down- town with numerous boutique shops. For gourmet dining, groups can pay a visit to Vestige, which some travelers consider the best restaurant on the Gulf Coast. www.gulfcoast.org HELEN, GEORGIA Though often overlooked as a destination in Georgia, the Alpine Village of Helen enthralls the imagination with cobblestone roads and more than 200 specialty shops. While browsing the colorful stores, groups should be sure to stop by the Nora Mill Granary and pick up a fresh package of stone-ground grits, also known as Georgia ice cream. Other notable stores include the Habersham Winery, the Hot and Sweet Coffee Company and the Hansel and Gretel Candy Kitchen, which features treats like hand-glazed pineapple slices, almond butter toffee and pecan logs. One of the store's owners, David Jones, wrote the book "Candy-Making for Dummies." The Bodensee Restaurant is a local favorite, compli- menting the city's Bavarian themes with authentic, Courtesy Hayworth PR Courtesy Paducah CVB Courtesy Purdy Art Co. A spa treatment in Eureka Springs Paducah's Hotel Metropolitan NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) An Official NASA Visitor Center #1 TOURIST ATTRACTION • ALABAMA • Huntsville, Alabama • (800) 637-7223 www.rocketcenter.com corporate programs! Fascinating two- to six-day children, families, adults and immersive camps for all ages: immersive camps for all ages: children, families, adults and Fascinating two- to six-day corporate programs!

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