One day Paul Breaux was clearing a field on a farm he had bought in 1994 in Loudoun County, Virginia when he found some old grapevines. He recultivated the vines and made a little wine for family and friends.
Don’t let the rustic name fool you. Our bed at Skyland Lodge, in the heart of the Shenandoah National Park, was almost as big as the entire room we’d had the previous night in a luxury city hotel.
We were driving to a vineyard in Loudoun County, Virginia, when I noticed some houses with spectacular hilltop locations. ‘Look at those,’ I said to my wife, ‘They must have fantastic views. Hang on… I think that’s where we’re staying tonight.’
With four major museums opening in the last three years, Mississippi now has as much to offer culture vultures as fans of blues music and those interested in the history of the south. Mike Gerrard, a frequent traveller there, lists ten of his favourite Mississippi museums.
Every Saturday morning at 11am a train leaves Mexico’s second city, Guadalajara, heading for a small town of about 14,000 people in the Jalisco highlands: Amatitan. Mike Gerrard takes the express train to Herradura, Mexico’s oldest tequila distillery.
Every year for the past few years a major museum has opened in Mississippi, and 2018 is no exception. Mike Gerrard reports back on the new MAX in Meridian.