Walking Through History in Charleston

Walking Through History in Charleston

Every time I travel in the fall I’m met with some type of crappy weather, usually in the form of storms. One day, hopefully, I’ll travel in the fall without some extreme weather to dampen my plans. One day. In the meantime, I’ve realized I’ve got to be able to pivot to avoid a drenching. So, […]

Why Victoria, British Columbia Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

Why Victoria, British Columbia Should Be Your Next Vacation Spot

It’s been a couple months since stepping foot in Canada for a special trip with my mom that was many years in the making. Where has the time gone? A series of work trips and a daily long commute to and from Raleigh each day and *poof* summer is over. One blink of an eye […]

6 Hours in Seattle

6 Hours in Seattle

On a recent trip to Victoria, BC I had a few hours in Seattle before the Victoria Clipper left the pier for Victoria, BC and we waved to the fading shore. I was taking my mom to Victoria to have tea at the Fairmont Empress. Well, that’s what started the idea of going there, but […]

Got to be NC Festival

Got to be NC Festival

What do we want?! Local! When do we want it?! Now! In a world of foods of questionable origin, why go out of state when you’ve got fresh, NC agriculture right here in your own yard? The Got to be NC Festival highlights everything that is grown, raised, caught, and made right here in the Old […]

Bethabara and Bethania, North Carolina

Bethabara and Bethania, North Carolina

The year was 1753. Fifteen men from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (near my hometown of Kintnersville) made their way along the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road to North Carolina. After hacking through the wilderness for a couple miles off the trail they came to a small abandoned cabin. This cabin would serve as their home until they could […]

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I’m sitting here shoveling red, green and silver Hershey’s Kisses into my mouth thinking about the past year. 2016 wasn’t all I was hoping for exactly, but it was still great. My New Year’s resolutions went out the window faster than a hot knife through butter. Did I exercise and eat right? Sort of. And then […]

A Longwood Gardens Christmas

A Longwood Gardens Christmas

Longwood Gardens, former estate of Pierre S. du Pont, is an alluring retreat in the heart of the Brandywine Valley in Pennsylvania. Although beautiful any time of year, dazzling lights and Christmas displays enhance the splendid 1,077-acre horticulturist and garden lover’s dream during the holidays. The four-acre conservatory houses room after room of flora; everything […]

Back Road Trips: The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Back Road Trips: The Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

I realized that time has quickly slipped by and it’s been almost a year since the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. I wanted to see what the festival was all about for several years. 2015 was the year I was finally able to get there. Tickets were purchased, the hotel was reserved, leave was scheduled, […]

Back Road Trips: 7 Reasons to Visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Back Road Trips: 7 Reasons to Visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is in the most wonderful town of Belmont, NC, a little west of Charlotte. It’s an enjoyable way to spend a few hours amongst the splendid flora of the Piedmont of NC. 1) It’s close to Charlotte and the South Carolina border. It’s easy to find and there’s plenty of […]

A “Ribbiting” Exhibit at Airlie Gardens

A “Ribbiting” Exhibit at Airlie Gardens

Frogs, frogs everywhere! No it’s not Biblical pestilence plaguing Egypt, it’s the new Ribbit the Exhibit art display at Airlie Gardens (my fav!). Ribbit the Exhibit is a collection of over 20 copper frog statues by Wilmington artist Andy Cobb. I first saw Cobb’s work at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden several years ago. I’ve […]