Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

I’ve got lists. Lists for work. Lists for the house. Lists of places I’ve visited that I want to share along with the many photos I’ve taken as I travel around. Yup, lists. And that’s about as far as it goes. I made them: check. Accomplishing them has proved difficult in the last seven months. Little […]

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 […]

Stay Perfectly Posh at the Fairmont Empress

Stay Perfectly Posh at the Fairmont Empress

Many years ago, during the height of numerous afternoon tea outings with the family, my mom and I discovered there was a tea at the Empress. That very day we stated our intent to go to Victoria, BC one day to partake in their afternoon tea. Years passed and this dream was placed on the […]

100 Years of Cheerwine

100 Years of Cheerwine

What is Cheerwine? If you’re not from around these parts Cheerwine is as foreign a concept as walking on the moon. Well…one sip of this fizzy, cherry soda and you’ll be over the moon: no space suit or rocket required. Admittedly, I was a Cheerwine holdout until one day a friend gave me a frosty […]

Moores Creek National Battlefield

Moores Creek National Battlefield

As a young girl in PA I remember my dad dragging my mom and me off to historic sites across the area. My dad was a history buff, particularly military history such as the Revolutionary War, WWII, and Vietnam. PA and the mid-Atlantic region is full of historic sites – Valley Forge, Washington’s Crossing, Philly, […]

Back Road Trips: Randolph County, NC

Back Road Trips: Randolph County, NC

Recently, before the latest freeze, I went off exploring the back roads of Randolph County. A warm spring-like day is always perfect for a drive in the country. Randolph County reminds me of home: rolling hills, farms, barns, cows, and friendly folks. The mild winter confused the poor plant life here in the south and […]

Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Cuddo Unit, Summerton, SC

Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Cuddo Unit, Summerton, SC

Located only a few hours from the Sandhills of North Carolina in Summerton, South Carolina is the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. If you love nature and wildlife, this almost 8 acre drive has thrills around every turn. The Santee National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1941 along the shores of Lake Marion. The lake was […]

Edgar Allan Poe House, Fayetteville, NC

Edgar Allan Poe House, Fayetteville, NC

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora The 1897 E. A. Poe house in Fayetteville, NC is part of the Cape Fear Museum complex in Haymount. This Poe, however, should not be confused with the Edgar Allan Poe, writer […]

Brunswick Town, Southport and Oak Island in a Day: Part 2

Brunswick Town, Southport and Oak Island in a Day: Part 2

Southport Even leisurely walking around Brunswick Town can work up a girl’s appetite. Leaving the warm breezes behind I piled back in the car for the next stop on the day trip list: the seaside town of Southport. A quick look at TripAdvisor for lunch spots and a short drive later I was sitting in […]