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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 …

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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 …

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I hereby declare the summer of 2014 my Summer of the Food Tour. I just completed my third walking food tour and it was fantastic. Triangle Food Tours’ Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour is …

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A guest post by Nicola Williams Image courtesy Town of Cary The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in the state of North Carolina is a festival that started way back in 1977 in the small town of Cary with …

Finding the Italian Renaissance in Raleigh

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The NCMA West Building houses an extensive collection of Italian Renaissance Art works Marco Polo did not bring pasta to Italy from China. I know- I was shocked too. Nonetheless, the myth was debunked and I discovered the truth at …

 

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center – you’ll love it to the moon and back again

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A visit to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill evokes thoughts of the famous Bell Tower, the Dean Smith Center, the Old Well or students strolling tree-lined walkways. But there’s another spot on campus not to be overlooked …

 

Seven reasons to love a food tour of Cary, North Carolina

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Chef Hamm’s delicious sampling at Cafe 121 in Cary, North Carolina Come hungry, wear comfortable shoes, pace yourself and be prepared to enjoy some amazing food. That’s my advice for diners embarking on the Triangle Food Tour’s Downtown Cary Tour. …

 

A surprising war story at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Featured advertiser   The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland We drove to Emmitsburg, Maryland to see the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and discovered more waiting there than the story of America’s first …

 

Jane Austen in June; Tryon Palace celebrates the 200th anniversary of Mansfield Park

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Featured advertiser Twisted Leather Bags Entrance to Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina No, Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram didn’t show up but our group of 21st-century Jane Austen enthusiasts was transported to Regency era England for an afternoon …

 

Fort Bragg-a remote retreat on the Mendocino Coast

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A guest post by Michael Hepworth Fort Bragg is a quiet Northern California coastal town off the Mendocino coast, and part of the fun is getting there since this is quite a remote destination. We flew in to San Francisco …