Getaway Guide: December 2014

Festival from the month

Chihuly at Art Basel

In this month’s Art Basel Miami Beach (12/4-7), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden once more welcomes a significant exhibition by Dale Chihuly. The glass artist installed his work here seven years back, however this show will debut new works set from the dramatic tropical foliage of lush cycads, tall palms, vibrant bromeliads, and floating water lilies. The display opens December 6 and runs with the finish of May.

Ginger root & Spice

The Nation’s Gingerbread House Competition, the nation’s largest such event, returns to Asheville’s Omni Grove Park Inn this holidays. Take a look at confections formed like castles, cottages, and chalets, in addition to unique creatures like mermaids, pandas, and slide carousel ponies. Greater than 150 edible designs take presctiption display through the recently renovated historic resort, which celebrated its centennial in 2013.

Virgin Atlantic newsChristmas tree farms

Wish to reduce your own? The Georgia Christmas Tree Association maintains a summary of what to do. Take a look at

A bit discount and a bit disco, Mister Richard Branson’s well-respected air travel offers service from Atlanta to London. Better still, Virgin is joint venturing with Delta, so membership perks work for both.


Bulbs in Lights Under Louisville, the world’s only subterranean drive-through holiday light show, which winds through areas of a 17-mile cavern.