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Grand Turk

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Grand Turk is home of its own little historic controversy. We said earlier in the book that many historians believe Columbus first made landfall in the New World on the Bahamian island of San Salvador. However, many others believe that the island the Italian explorer called "Guanahani" wasn't the Bahamian island, but instead was Grand Turk.

The truth about where Columbus first set foot on land may never be known, but many facts are proven about Grand Turk's often raucous history. The island was settled by pirates from Bermuda. These devilish entrepreneurs used the nearby coral reefs as their own traps, luring ships in with lights to a false sense of safety. When the ships wrecked on the coral reefs, out went the pirates to plunder them. Today the evidence of that wicked history is still evident on Grand Turk; many of the historic buildings were made from the lumber of these ships.

The atmosphere is quiet and calm on Grand Turk. This island serves as the governmental capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands and you'll see many government buildings in the community of Cockburn Town. Here most of the island's 4,300 residents live just steps from the sea.

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Costs

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Although it seems that almost everything in Bermuda is expensive, you'll receive excellent value for your money. Accommodations in the summer season can run anywhere from $100 a night at a small hotel to as high as $450. During the winter, however, rates drop considerably. The low-season rates at many of the guest houses begin at around $75, and a room at a bed & breakfast might go for as little as $50 per night, including breakfast. You'll have to share a bathroom, but the personal service and friendly atmosphere can make it quite a bargain for those on a budget.

Throughout the book restaurant prices are indicated as follows:

RESTAURANT PRICE SCALE

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Over $50 per person

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$20-$50 per person

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Under $25 per person

Following are the rates for hotels, guest houses, and cottages:

HOTEL PRICE SCALE

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More than $250 per night

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$150-$250 per night

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$100-$150 per night

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Less than $100 per night


Some of the quoted hotel rates might be subject to an energy surcharge. All rates are subject to a 7.25% hotel occupancy tax and do not include gratuities.

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Murfreesboro & Vicinity

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Murfreesboro lies at the geographic center of the state on I-24 and Highway41. Its a fairly large town by rural standards, busy most of the time.Its economy is, along with that of the rest of Rutherford County, an agrarianone, famous for its cattle and Tennessee walking horses. And so it alwayshas been, except for the New Year of 1862-63, when its strategic locationclose to Nashville brought it violently into the middle of the Civil War.

This is an early 19th-century mansion and an architectural blend of fourdifferent periods. The house was a local social center long before theCivil War, when it became command headquarters for Union Colonel W.W. Duffield,who, in July, 1862, surrendered Murfreesboro to Confederate General NathanBedford Forrest at the house. All of the rooms have been restored and furnishedwith items appropriate to the Civil War period. There are a number of exhibitson display, including a collection of antique medical instruments. Thegrounds, too, have been landscaped to preserve the pre-Civil War era illusion.Open Tuesday through Sunday; closed on major holidays. 900 North ManeyAve, two miles north of I-24, tel. 615-893-0022.

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The Berry Islands

Blair Howard Hunter Publishing ePub

Anglers love the Berry Islands!

Haven't heard of the Berry Islands? You're probably not alone. This family of islands is largely uninhabited. Over 30 islands and cays (many privately owned) make up the chain, which is sprinkled 150 miles east of Miami and 35 miles north of Nassau.

These quiet islands, however, are well known in gamefishing circles. Serious anglers come to the islands, just like nearby Bimini, to try their luck at marlin, sailfish or mackerel.

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GREAT HARBOUR CAY

YACHT CLUB AND MARINA

Great Harbour Cay

ph. 242/367-8838, fax 242/367-8115

Reservations: ph.  800/343-7256

Moderate to Expensive

All accommodations have maid service at Great Harbour Cay.

Great Harbour Cay is a private island and home to these villas and two-bedroom townhouses. Rooms include air conditioning, full kitchens and linens. An 80-slip marina is located here as well.

CHUB CAY

One mile from Chub Cay Airport

ph. 242/325-1490, fax 242/322-5199

Moderate to Expensive

This 16-room resort has air conditioning in all its rooms and villas. All accommodations have a phone, cable TV, coffee-maker, refrigerator and private bath. This is a popular option with active travelers, offering scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, tennis courts and bike rentals. It has a restaurant, marina, laundry room, two pools and a bar.

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Camping Directory

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Adventure Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains

Blair Howard

Mention the Great Smoky Mountains to most people and they immediately think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And so they should, for each year more than nine million people make it the most visited national park in the United States. But the park is not the be all and end all of the Smokies. In fact, its just a small part of the whole. 

The Smokies, for the purposes of this book, encompass an area that runs from the Virginia state line, straddling the Tennessee/North Carolina border, all the way down into northern Georgia. Along the way they embrace the great Nantahala, Pisgah, Cherokee and Chattahoochee national forests four vast outdoor tracts of wilderness. 

Although civilization came here in colonial times, the area is, for the most part, still a very primitive domain that hasnt kept pace with the outside world. Great pockets of unspoiled wilderness exist within the Smokies; some areas still dont have electricity, and there are places where the locals are downright suspicious of strangers. Many people here live out their lives much as their ancestors did almost 100 years ago. 

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