The English Garden at Barnsley Gardens Resort

The English Garden at the Barnsley Gardens Resort Ruins

Barnsley Gardens Resort: A Southern Gothic Love Story

 

There’s an eerie air to the ruins at Barnsley Gardens Resort at night.

 

Dim light guides our way through the maze of English boxwoods in the formal garden. The wind rushes through ancient imported trees. The imposing frame of the once-stunning Italian-style manor looms before us. And then there’s the estate’s 165-year history, which begins with a love story as tragic as anything Shakespeare ever concocted.

 

As told by resident historian and museum director Clent Coker, the Barnsley saga is a Southern epic practically begging for Hollywood adaptation. In the 1840s, English cotton baron Godfrey Barnsley purchased 8,000 acres of former Cherokee land in Bartow County (40 minutes north of metro Atlanta, in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains), on which he planned to build a magnificent estate for his beloved wife.

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Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Project Protest

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Project Protest

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Protest by Sierra Club

 

For the first time in 120 years, the Sierra Club Board of Directors will allow the group to lead and participate in a peaceful protest against the tar sands of the controversial Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Project.

 

The company issued a press release about the event following Nebraska Governor David Heineman’s decision to approve the building of the oil pipeline. The protest will take place on Feb. 17 as part of the Forward on Climate Rally in Washington, DC. The Sierra Club (along with climate change-focused NGO 350.org) hopes that its peaceful protest will convince President Obama to stop construction of the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline.

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The Mountains of Sierra Nevada, Spain

The Mountains of Sierra Nevada, via Creative Commons

TOP 5 SPAIN ECO ATTRACTIONS

 

When we started researching Spain eco attractions, we were surprised to see how many amazing opportunities the European nation offered for outdoor recreation. From the nature-lover’s paradise of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park and the untouched islands of Cabrera National Park to Tenerife’s Mount Teide (the third largest volcano on the planet), there were far more options than we’d imagined. It ended up being more difficult than expected to narrow down our wish list, but these are the Top 5 Spain Eco Attractions we’d love to see:

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Green Travel Tips For Choosing Hotels

 

There are many variables an eco-conscious traveler must consider when attempting green travel. But one that usually goes high on the list is the choice of accommodation. Living sustainably at home can be challenging enough, but it’s even harder when you’re putting that responsibility in someone else’s hands.

 

Gone are the days when merely reusing towels and energy efficient light bulbs were enough make a hotel “green.” Resorts that claim to be eco-friendly, but are in fact only aesthetically so (otherwise known as greenwashers) are becoming more common.

 

As the green travel industry grows, there are numerous factors to be considered when choosing your perfect eco-friendly green hotel. But any manager of a genuinely sustainable company should be able to answer your questions. Here are 5 inquiries that will help you make  informed decisions the next time you travel green:

 

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Red Fox in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

A Red Fox Strikes a Handsome Pose

Chilean Wildlife on the Secret Trail to See Prehistoric Paintings

 

The “Fauna Trail” doesn’t appear on any maps of Torres del Paine National Park. In fact, there’s really not much of a trail to be found. But, true to its name, there was plenty of Chilean wildlife en route to seeing prehistoric paintings estimated to be between 3,000 and 8,000 years old. Hiking this nonexistent trail to this ancient site ultimately proved to be one of our favorite excursions in Chile with Adventure Life.

 

Our day both started and ended with a bang. Before we even got to the unmarked trail head, we stopped at a small campground where we could take photos of the famed Paine Massif from the shores of Lake Pehoe. I was so absorbed in the incredible scenery, I didn’t notice the gorgeous Red Fox taking a morning siesta underneath the porch of the restaurant behind me. He seemed surprisingly tame, allowing us to get within a few feet and posing handsomely against the mountain backdrop. But the employees acted as if they’d never seen him there before.

 

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• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

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CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

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America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
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