St. Helena Island St. Helena Island

St. Helena Island

The subtropical Low Country sea islands hugging the shoreline from the Carolinas through Georgia to northern Florida are home to a people, a culture and a language that is deeper and more distinct than any other place in America. St.Helena Island is a culture-bearer of the Gullah community of African and Caribbean slave descendants, whose ancestors toiled in the rice and indigo plantations here centuries ago.

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The Grape Harvest at San Juan Vineyards The Grape Harvest at San Juan Vineyards

The Grape Harvest at San Juan Vineyards

A secluded windswept island in the Salish Sea between Washington State and Canada is home to the quaint but indomitable San Juan Vineyards. Only after spilling blood when snipping a particularly pernicious vine of Madeleine Angevine grapes did the locals finally accept me into the picking fold. A closeknit community turned out to rescue the harvest with owner Yvonne Swanberg in the crucial lull between withering heat and the approaching island storm as it swept toward us.

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Artist John W. Jones Artist John W. Jones

Artist John W. Jones

One of America’s most profound artists finds his niche in depicting life in the Low Country islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Exploring the roots of African American history through the formerly enslaved inhabitants of these islands, John W. Jones brings to life the Gullah culture that still thrives today in the barrier islands along the Eastern seaboard.

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Upcountry Maui Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui

Sugar cane, eucalyptus, coffee plantations … lavender, mango and pineapple groves. It’s not all surf and sand, ladies and gentlemen: experience the lesser-known part of Maui, with a visit to the Upcountry, where island cowboys known as “paniolo” rustle up cattle, the famous “surfing goats” graze meadows to produce milk for “udderly delicious” cheeses, and sugar cane fields are lined like sentinels along the slopes of Haleakala volcano.

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Gullah Culture

St. Helena Island

St. Helena Island

The subtropical Low Country sea islands hugging the shoreline from the Carolinas through Georgia to northern Florida are home to a people, a culture and a language that is deeper and more distinct than any other place in America. St.Helena Island is a culture-bearer of the Gullah community of African and Caribbean slave descendants, whose ancestors toiled in the rice and indigo plantations here centuries ago.

Jun 29, 2016 21:00

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

Orcas Island

The San Juan Island archipelago sits in relative seclusion just north of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a short ferry ride from Anacortes, Washington. Visitors to Seattle can make this day trip by ferry or float plane, with plenty of options to stay overnight in charming bed-and-breakfast inns, cabins or resorts.  Islands America takes […]

Mar 14, 2016 22:29

Art

Cape Cod and the Images of John French

Cape Cod and the Images of John French

Enjoy a local photographer’s view of Cape Cod through the eyes of John French.

Jun 29, 2016 12:04

Hawaii

Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui

Sugar cane, eucalyptus, coffee plantations … lavender, mango and pineapple groves. It’s not all surf and sand, ladies and gentlemen: experience the lesser-known part of Maui, with a visit to the Upcountry, where island cowboys known as “paniolo” rustle up cattle, the famous “surfing goats” graze meadows to produce milk for “udderly delicious” cheeses, and sugar cane fields are lined like sentinels along the slopes of Haleakala volcano.

Jun 19, 2016 2:26

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St. Helena Island

St. Helena Island

The subtropical Low Country sea islands hugging the shoreline from the Carolinas through Georgia to northern Florida are home to a people, a culture and a language that is deeper and more distinct than any other place in America. St.Helena Island is a culture-bearer of the Gullah community of African and Caribbean slave descendants, whose ancestors toiled in the rice and indigo plantations here centuries ago.

This Island is Hot, Hot Hot!

This Island is Hot, Hot Hot!

Welcome to Avery Island, Louisiana – Home of Tabasco, Americas Favorite Hot Sauce. This secret salt mine is filled with marshes, bayous, pepper patches, botanical treasures and a natural wildlife preserve. Find out how Tabasco is made and how you can visit this island in the deltaic wetlands of Louisiana.

Historic Hotels Journey

Historic Hotels Journey

Islands America announces its new venture to cover island locales in 2016 from the lobbies, courtyards and sleeping chambers of America’s historic hotels. Sometimes opulent, often quaint, and increasingly haunted by the souls of pilgrims and pirates – these sentinels of the sea have guarded the nation’s stories and secrets within facades of tabby shell architecture, […]

Wadmalaw Island, SC

Wadmalaw Island, SC

Visitors to the Low Country of South Carolina will not want to bypass Charleston’s neighboring Wadmalow Island for a down-home true Southern roots experience. With a working tea plantation, estate distillery, boutique winery and vineyards, it’s all about sweet tea and libations on this island populated with dedicated locals, hundred-year-old oak trees and dirt roads. […]

A Village of Islands – Islamorada

A Village of Islands – Islamorada

In case you’re wondering — and many people do — this striking village of islands in the Florida Keys is not pronounced ISLAM-orada. It has nothing to do with Islam, and everything to do with a spectacular tropical playground for a surprisingly diverse group of travelers. Known paradoxically as both an “upscale” Keys destination and the “Sportsfishing Capital of America,” this collection of islands sashays across the Overseas Highway like dancing ribbons of a colorful kite.

Cape Cod and the Images of John French

Cape Cod and the Images of John French

Enjoy a local photographer’s view of Cape Cod through the eyes of John French.

The Grape Harvest at San Juan Vineyards

The Grape Harvest at San Juan Vineyards

A secluded windswept island in the Salish Sea between Washington State and Canada is home to the quaint but indomitable San Juan Vineyards. Only after spilling blood when snipping a particularly pernicious vine of Madeleine Angevine grapes did the locals finally accept me into the picking fold. A closeknit community turned out to rescue the harvest with owner Yvonne Swanberg in the crucial lull between withering heat and the approaching island storm as it swept toward us.

Tropical Eye Candy!

Tropical Eye Candy!

This month we are blasted with color from the flora, fruit and fauna of America’s islands Scroll through to see our Newest Collection Reminder:  We’ll soon be launching our “Featured Photographers” pages, so if you haven’t yet reserved your portfolio space, get on it! Email us for details.

Café Solé – A Bright Spot in Key West Dining

Café Solé – A Bright Spot in Key West Dining

An evening stroll along Southard, walking east towards Francis, leads us to a cozy neighborhood restaurant about eight blocks from the bustle of Duvall Street. Nestled among plantation-style homes with sitting porches and balconies, we find the charming Café Solé. The French-influenced menu entices us immediately, whispering seductively with seafood, steak and vegetarian temptations …

Oh Mississippi

Oh Mississippi

The state of Mississippi reeks cultural identity, rarely giving a hoot what anyone outside its borders has to say about — well, about anything.  As a daughter of the Mississippi Delta, the sound of blues music floating over cotton fields on a moist summer evening feels as normal to me as swatting mosquitoes or shelling […]

Artist John W. Jones

Artist John W. Jones

One of America’s most profound artists finds his niche in depicting life in the Low Country islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Exploring the roots of African American history through the formerly enslaved inhabitants of these islands, John W. Jones brings to life the Gullah culture that still thrives today in the barrier islands along the Eastern seaboard.

Upcountry Maui

Upcountry Maui

Sugar cane, eucalyptus, coffee plantations … lavender, mango and pineapple groves. It’s not all surf and sand, ladies and gentlemen: experience the lesser-known part of Maui, with a visit to the Upcountry, where island cowboys known as “paniolo” rustle up cattle, the famous “surfing goats” graze meadows to produce milk for “udderly delicious” cheeses, and sugar cane fields are lined like sentinels along the slopes of Haleakala volcano.

Royal Lahaina Luau

Royal Lahaina Luau

With the evening sun sliding into the waves of the Pacific Ocean at Kaanapali Beach, the sound of a conch shell trumpet pierced the moist air hanging over tropical gardens laden with exotic fragrances of plumeria, ripe mangoes and lavender. Almost like a surreal low- budget film re-creating a tropical paradise, we were pulled, trance-like, […]