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    Candace Dantes aka Cowgirl Candace | Southern Styles and Steeds

    Four words my parents demanded to ensure their kids capitalized on exploring life beyond the barn: Get. Out. The. House. From family reunion trips to independent travel projects, I’ve wandered the Big Apple down to the boondocks of Alabama — and every random place in between. But nothing compares to horseback riding with family and friends. Because I grew up trail riding dirt roads and the countryside, the Great Outdoors serves as a second home to breathe in and embrace the natural world around me. The following horse trails will have you believing you’re definitely not in the Peach State anymore. The following Southern sites are unquestionably majestic:

     

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    The Columbus Museum

    One of the largest museums in the Southeast, The Columbus Museum houses both American and regional history through temporary exhibitions to permanent collections. The 1912-built Mediterranean Revival house opened to the…

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    Rose Hill

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rose Hill at Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville, Georgia, is this massive Greek Revival-style house. Classic and full of Southern charm, Rose Hill became…

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    Trip Facts: Tybee Island

    I have a thang for quaint beaches, pastel colors and knickknack-loaded boutiques, which is why a Southern hideaway for me almost every summer has been Tybee Island. If you’ve never visited…

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    Porch Posin’

    Dollin’ up to vogue on a country porch is Cowgirl Candace’s idea of a fun photo shoot. I was practically raised on my great-grandma’s front porch, playing Barbie dolls and board…

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    Power of CVB Planning

    On a traveling budget and not quite sure how to plan a staycation? Head down to your local Convention and Visitors Bureau to help you organize an entertaining time on the…

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    Columbus Botanical Garden

    Farm girl-lovin’ flora and fuana surrounded me at May’s equestrian shoot location: Columbus Botanical Garden. The 23-acre preserved lawn in North Columbus offers cottage, herb, vegetable and camellia gardens, along with…

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    Roosevelt Riding Stables

    Explore Southern nature trails of one of Georgia’s most tranquil guided horseback destinations: Roosevelt Riding Stables in Pine Mountain. The riding stables are located inside Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park —…

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    Dives and Diners Design

    I always make sure I have things to look forward to in life. After photo shoots, it’s food. Lol. On a hayfield high from a fierce photo shoot experience with photographer…

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    Cataula: Coca Lake

    Sneeze while driving, and you will miss it. The unincorporated community of Cataula in the Coca Lake area of Georgia encompasses Antebellum homes, ranch life and horse-grazing pastures — all in…

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    Jordache Journey

    A blast-from-the-past piece to accompany this New Year’s edition is a country Western coat near and dear to me — my mom’s iconic suede Jordache hide from the 1980s. It’s equine…

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    Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker

    My backwoods bestie, Alisha, and I am random cultural experiencers. So when she booked us for a gal pal date to Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker last year, we showed up looking Down…

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    Southern Safaris

    Fluff up some autumn leaves for cushion, sit back and embrace nature. One of the easiest — and cheapest — ways to go on a great equine escape is daydreaming in…

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    Bizarre Beauty

    I trucked on over to Seale, Alabama, this month to create maverick-meets-medieval mess for my annual backwoods boots edition. And boy did Museum of Wonder serve as a banger backdrop. This…

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    Goat Farm Arts Center

    The simplest way to describe this Southern site: It’s like granny got a modish living room makeover inside her country crib, and Cowgirl Candace is coming over for a new take…