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A quick January trip to the coast turned out to be an awesome combination of history and aquatic life. If you’d have told me beforehand I’d enjoy reliving a famous Civil War battle and come eye to eye with an …

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Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina After a fun visit to the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord to celebrate my son’s birthday, I decided to add a slightly more “grown up” destination for lunch on our way home. We stopped …

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Historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville, Virginia A road trip to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello is a classic journey into American history. The third president’s beloved mountain top home sits overlooking Charlottesville and the university Jefferson founded, The University of Virginia. The …

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Can it be? Is 2014 really coming to an end? Sounds so clich├ęd, yet I find myself saying something to that effect this time each year. Regrettably, I’ve learned my father was right when he warned there would come a …

Finding the Griswold Christmas tree in Little Switzerland

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Little Switzerland Fraser Firs in the North Carolina Mountains If you’re a fan of the movie Christmas Vacation, you know well the scene where the Griswolds forgo traditional tree lots in search of the ultimate Griswold Family Christmas Tree. I …

 

Morro Bay and the delights of the Pacific Highway

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A guest post by Michael Hepworth Morro Bay in California is a quiet sleepy fishing town north of Santa Barbara that Is famous for the massive pyramid style volcanic rock that juts out of the Pacific Ocean and dominates this …

 

Harvest on the Half-shell at Virginia’s Philip Carter Winery

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The vineyards at Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia   Rolling hills, vibrant leaves, the fragrant aroma of wood burning in the fire pit – images characterizing a picture perfect autumn day. Add some oysters and a friendly winery in …

 

Five reasons you’ll fall for Colonial Williamsburg

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Mild autumn temperatures and beautiful scenery in Colonial Williamsburg make it a fall favorite.   Living in the southeast, it’s easy to take for granted the historic significance of the first 13 colonies. However, there’s no better reminder of important …

 

Sip and savor fall colors in the North Carolina Mountains

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View from the patio at Linville Falls Winery It’s the time of year when tourists head for the hills. Okay they’re a little taller than hills – they’re fully fledged mountains in Western North Carolina. Nonetheless, the Blue Ridge Mountains …

 

How to make a day at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello a family affair

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Taking kids to historic locations can be a risky proposition. Will the kids get bored? Will there be enough to engage young imaginations? Will there be activities to keep small hands off of priceless artifacts? Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello has the …