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Pittsboro Is a Charming Weekend Pit-Stop in the Heart of Carolina

In what is almost exactly the geographic center of North Carolina you'll find the town of Pittsboro. Established in 1787, Pittsboro…

Solo Road Trip 101 – How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

March 30, 2017
There's nothing more fun or freeing than hitting the open road for a much-needed change of scenery or excursion. Though traveling…

How Best to Enjoy Tea and Scones in Ireland

March 16, 2017
Tea, scone, jam, and clotted cream. One of the most difficult aspects of planning a family vacation to Ireland is establishing a…

Plan Your Visit to James K. Polk’s Birthplace; America’s 11th President

March 9, 2017
Outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in the town of Pineville is the birthplace of America's eleventh president. On November 2,…

Discover North Carolina’s First Salt Therapy Spa

March 2, 2017
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A few minutes away from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, you'll discover Blisstime. What's Blisstime? It's found…

Five Things That Make Boone Hall Plantation a ‘Must-See’ When Visiting Charleston

February 23, 2017
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is one of America's oldest working plantations. It's also one of the most photographed and a favorite…

100 Reasons to Visit The Dillard House

Okay, I'm not really going to list one hundred reasons to visit The Dillard House, but take my word for it, there are at least 100.…

The Williamsburg Winery; A Tour and Tasting of Fine Wine

February 2, 2017
Thomas Jefferson had a vision that one day, Virginia would grow grapes and produce wines to compete with the great wines of Europe.…

Discover Patriots Point and ‘Walk in the Steps of Heroes’

January 26, 2017
The USS Yorktown as seen from the deck of the USS Laffey Destroyer. Standing at the waterfront looking across Charleston Harbor,…

Essentials for Visiting North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley Wine Region

January 19, 2017
Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, North Carolina Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina you'll find the…

Plan an Epic Trip to Mayberry This Year

Aunt Bee, Opie, Andy, and Barney – they’re all there. The Andy Griffith Show is classic television and the fictional town of…

Outdoor Dining, Shopping, and Coffee – How to Day-Trip in Wilmington, NC

The great thing about a quick visit to Wilmington, North Carolina is you don't need a lot of time to see and do a lot of things.…

Toast! – it’s what’s for breakfast in Charleston

July 13, 2016
Toast! for breakfast Strolling Meeting Street is a wonderful way to start the day. As the city awakes, before the sun's heat seers…

Rita’s Seaside Grille – Nacho Ordinary Beach Food

The South Carolina Lowcountry is renowned for many things, especially its cuisine. While enjoying the sun and surf on a recent writing…

Visiting Dublin with Kids? You’ll want to become a Viking

June 10, 2016
Traveling with kids means searching for fun and entertaining options to keep the youngsters entertained.  Finding a tour or attraction…

Holy cow! It’s a butter museum!

In planning our visit to Cork, Ireland, I knew there were certain places I simply had to visit.  Saint Finbarr’s Cathedral, St.…

National Geographic is celebrating 100-years of our National Parks

April 19, 2016
"There's no place on earth like our country's National Parks." So states Ford Cochran, Director of Programming for National Geographic…

Traveling light with PackGear: A product review

March 23, 2016
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I'm forever searching for tips and tools to help make traveling easier.  I've recently discovered a product called  PackGear. …

Try Pop’s Diner for a taste of nostalgia at Carolina Beach

February 23, 2016
I go to the beach in the off-season because it’s the perfect time and place for a writer to write. However, I still like to explore…

What happens when a pug goes on holiday?

January 22, 2016
Let’s face it, when we choose to travel with our pets sometimes it becomes more about finding a place willing to accept our critters…

Tupelo Honey Café adds Southern flavor to Asheville’s dining scene

January 8, 2016
Asheville, North Carolina has a lot going for it. The city is home to the Biltmore Estate, oodles of craft breweries, breath taking…

2015 was a superlative year; check out the best of Pull Over and Let Me Out

December 29, 2015
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As another year winds down to an end, it's fun to look back and reminisce.  I especially enjoy reflecting on the good times spent…

A visit to the Hinds Head in Bray; neighbour to the Fat Duck in iconic village

A guest post by Michael Hepworth of Perfect Travel Today The HINDS HEAD in the picturesque village of Bray in Berkshire, England,…

Triangle Food Tour is a tasty way to discover Durham’s historic past and culinary present

December 2, 2015
I'm a big fan of food tours. A walking food tour is a terrific way to learn about a city while enjoying some of its best culinary…

Is a travel vest for you? A look at the SCOTTeVEST Travel Vest for Women

November 24, 2015
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For a while, I've seen this product advertised and thought to myself it would be perfect for traveling hands-free.  It's called…

Ash Lawn-Highland; Why you’ll want to visit James Monroe’s home in Mr. Jefferson’s neighborhood

November 21, 2015
If you find yourself in Charlottesville, Virginia for a trip to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, by all means, be sure to include…

Arrowhead Inn B&B – a charming inn in the heart of Durham, NC

November 5, 2015
Majestic magnolia’s and cheerful flowers welcome me as I arrive at Arrowhead Inn Bed & Breakfast in Durham, North Carolina.…

October is Virginia Wine Month on the Monticello Wine Trail

October 17, 2015
Thomas Jefferson had a vision for viniferous activity in his beloved Virginia.  Though perhaps his grape-growing dreams didn't…

The Maryland Renaissance Festival, celebrating 39 years of medieval fun

Autumn days in Annapolis, Maryland remind me of what I love about the area where I grew up. Bright, clear days on the water front,…

Is your personal data secure when you travel?

September 23, 2015
Traveling is fun and taking a break to get away from it all is vital to our happiness and health. However, while enjoying vacation,…

Taverna Agora serves delicious Greek cuisine to Raleigh’s vibrant downtown

September 12, 2015
I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as a “foodie” per say, however, when I happen upon fare that's memorable for all the right…

Bardot French Brasserie at The Aria in Las Vegas -Michael Mina’s take on classic French cuisine

A guest post by Michael Hepworth of Perfect Travel Today BARDOT FRENCH BRASSERIE at the swanky Aria Hotel in Las Vegas is the latest…

Pawleys Island, South Carolina, proudly remaining ‘Arrogantly Shabby’

August 28, 2015
Travel along the South Carolina coast, encounter the famous Grand Strand, and you'll quickly learn it’s an exciting, popular resort…

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro – a zoo review

August 14, 2015
North Carolina is one of those amazing states that offers a little bit of everything in the way of sight-seeing and travel destinations. …

Lights, camera, action – Silverspot is coming to Chapel Hill

August 7, 2015
If you live in or are considering traveling to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the charming college town is about to get more entertaining.…

Five reasons to select a Select Registry Bed and Breakfast

July 31, 2015
If you’re a fan of staying at a Bed & Breakfast or if you think you’d like to try one, it’s always important to do your…

Myrtle Beach bound? Duplin Winery – The Winery of the South – is now open

July 18, 2015
Cool, Sweet & Easy Wines for Three Generations - That's the motto at Duplin Winery of Rose Hill, North Carolina.  The family-owned…

Seven kid-friendly things to do in Charleston

Considering a family vacation to Charleston? There's so much to do in Charleston, you're likely to have a tough time deciding where…

Why you need to see Savannah from the back of a hearse

June 26, 2015
  I'm not being ghoulish when I say this, but the best way to tour Savannah, Georgia, is from the back of a hearse. Savannah…

Charleston’s John Rutledge House Inn; An elegant B&B, so why did I bring a kid?

The John Rutledge House Inn, 116 Broad Street Charleston, South Carolina The John Rutledge House Inn is located in the heart of…

The Airborne & Special Operations Museum is a must-see in the heart of historic downtown Fayetteville

June 5, 2015
If your summer travels include a trip along I-95, be sure to say, Pull Over and Let Me Out, when you get to Fayetteville, North…

Balsam Mountain; a cabin rental beyond all others

May 29, 2015
One of my favorite vacations was when the family spent a week in a cabin we rented in the mountains.  The scenery, fresh air, and…

A photo-journal of Wings Over Wayne 2015

May 21, 2015
On Saturday May 16, 2015, I attended my first air show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina.  It was…

Linville Caverns; see life inside a mountain

May 15, 2015
In the Highlands Region of the North Carolina Mountains it's possible to see a mountain from a most unique perspective - from inside…

Five things you’ll love about National Harbor

Just south of Washington, DC along the banks of the Potomac River near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge in Prince George's County, Maryland…

How to plan your trip itinerary using historic markers

May 1, 2015
I love historic markers. They have a great deal to do with the name of this website, and if you follow me on Twitter, you'll see…

Mad Dogs, the story of “Ruff” riders Down Under

April 24, 2015
I was recently asked to read and review a children's 'travel' book. The book is called Mad Dogs, but just call these canines the…

Visiting Western North Carolina? Say Cheese!

There's a trail of cheese in Western North Carolina appropriately named, The Western North Carolina Cheese Trail. I had no idea…

10 Things families love about Fontana Village Resort

In our modern era of social media, video games, cell phones and 24-7 television, finding a way to take a break from it all and relax…

World Beer Festival Raleigh coming to Moore Square Saturday April 11th

March 31, 2015
The 10th Annual World Beer Festival Raleigh takes place on Saturday April 11th at Moore Square Park downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.…

Virginia’s Hanover Tavern; Yes, George Washington slept here

Virginia's Hanover Tavern; Yes, George Washington slept here On a recent trip to Virginia which allowed me the opportunity to stay…

What you need to know before visiting the Biltmore Winery

March 13, 2015
What you need to know before visiting The Biltmore Winery In 1985 the winery on the Biltmore Estate first opened its doors to the…

Air Force Thunderbirds will be at Wings Over Wayne

March 9, 2015
Air Force Thunderbirds will be at Wings Over Wayne The Air Force Thunderbirds are coming to Wings Over Wayne May 16-17, 2015 at…

Seven favorite B&Bs along the I-95 Corridor in Virginia

March 5, 2015
Seven favorite B&Bs along Virginia's I-95 Corridor The I-95 Corridor running through Virginia is busy, that goes without saying.…

‘All Aboard’ for the Wilmington Railroad Museum

February 24, 2015
'All Aboard' for the Wilmington Railroad Museum On a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina I was looking for something interesting…

Take a ‘Sip-Trip’ through NC Wine Country

February 20, 2015
Take a 'Sip-Trip' through NC Wine Country From the mountains to the coast, the wine industry in North Carolina is growing. Vineyards…

Downton Abbey comes to Biltmore

February 17, 2015
Downton Abbey comes to Biltmore Matthew Crawley is taller than I expected and Lady Mary's engagement gown is stunning. No, I'm not…

The Wrightsville Beach Mailbox; a love story

February 12, 2015
The Wrightsville Beach Mailbox; a love story "Leave a note." Those simple words written on the outside of a mailbox launched an…

Fish & history start 2015 off right at Fort Fisher

January 25, 2015
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…

Childress Vineyards is a winning pit stop in Lexington, North Carolina

January 17, 2015
Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina After a fun visit to the Great Wolf Lodge in Concord to celebrate my son's birthday,…

Michie Tavern is the place to get a taste of the 18th Century

January 7, 2015
Historic Michie Tavern in Charlottesville, Virginia A road trip to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is a classic journey into American…

Pull Over and Let Me Out names its top 5 of 2014

December 28, 2014
Can it be? Is 2014 really coming to an end? Sounds so clichéd, yet I find myself saying something to that effect this time each…

Finding the Griswold Christmas tree in Little Switzerland

December 2, 2014
Little Switzerland Fraser Firs in the North Carolina Mountains If you're a fan of the movie Christmas Vacation, you know well the…

Morro Bay and the delights of the Pacific Highway

November 25, 2014
A guest post by Michael Hepworth Morro Bay in California is a quiet sleepy fishing town north of Santa Barbara that Is famous for…

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

November 12, 2014
The vineyards at Philip Carter Winery in Hume, Virginia   Rolling hills, vibrant leaves, the fragrant aroma of wood burning…

Five reasons you’ll fall for Colonial Williamsburg

November 5, 2014
Mild autumn temperatures and beautiful scenery in Colonial Williamsburg make it a fall favorite.   Living in the southeast,…

Sip and savor fall colors in the North Carolina Mountains

October 15, 2014
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…

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

August 27, 2014
Taking kids to historic locations can be a risky proposition. Will the kids get bored? Will there be enough to engage young imaginations?…

Take a culinary trip around the world in Chapel Hill

August 6, 2014
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.…

The Lazy Daze Festival in North Carolina

August 4, 2014
A guest post by Nicola Williams Image courtesy Town of Cary The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in the state of North Carolina…

Finding the Italian Renaissance in Raleigh

July 28, 2014
The NCMA West Building houses an extensive collection of Italian Renaissance Art works Marco Polo did not bring pasta to Italy from…

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

July 22, 2014
A visit to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill evokes thoughts of the famous Bell Tower, the Dean Smith Center, the…

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

Chef Hamm's delicious sampling at Cafe 121 in Cary, North Carolina Come hungry, wear comfortable shoes, pace yourself and be prepared…

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

June 25, 2014
Featured advertiser   The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Maryland We drove to Emmitsburg, Maryland…

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

June 18, 2014
Featured advertiser Twisted Leather Bags Entrance to Tryon Palace in New Bern, North Carolina No, Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram…

Fort Bragg-a remote retreat on the Mendocino Coast

June 13, 2014
A guest post by Michael Hepworth Fort Bragg is a quiet Northern California coastal town off the Mendocino coast, and part of the…

Is a food tour the best way to explore Raleigh’s culinary scene?

  There's a lot happening in Raleigh, North Carolina these days. The city is one of the fastest growing in the country and…

Discovering North Carolina’s Haw River Wine Trail

May 21, 2014
  In the center of North Carolina between the mountains and the coast the Haw River flows. The land along its shores  between…

Old Salem in Winston-Salem

April 19, 2014
Old Salem in Winston-Salem, North Carolina With third-grader in tow I head to North Carolina's fifth largest city, Winston-Salem,…

Carmel ramps up the wine-tasting experience

April 7, 2014
A guest post by Michael Hepworth courtesy Trip Advisor The town of Carmel is certainly a unique place to visit. First of all the…

Tips for choosing the right beach house

March 25, 2014
A guest post by Lori Aitkenhead.   If you are interested in an Outer Banks vacation this summer, now is the time to start making…

The Mast Farm Inn; upscale dining and lodging in the North Carolina Mountains

March 7, 2014
Historic Mast Farm Inn Is it a romantic hide-away? Is it a place to escape day-to-day life? Is it a historic mountain retreat suitable…

Oxnard looking to ramp up food offerings

February 7, 2014
A guest post by Michael Hepworth   What is the perception of Oxnard, a seaside town about 70 miles from Los Angeles and on…

How to have off-season fun on the Outer Banks

January 25, 2014
It all started when my son received a kite as a Christmas present. It's a really nice kite – too nice to end up stuck in a tree…

United States Botanic Garden – D.C.’s hidden treasure in pictures

January 10, 2014
United States Botanic Garden in pictures is a guest post by contributor Katrina Morrocco of Cary, North Carolina. Washington, D.C.…

Five favorite historic sites discoveries of 2013

January 3, 2014
With the passing of another year it's always fun sitting back and reflecting on the many stops I've made along the way.  2013 was…

The Winery at Bull Run – where history and fine wine converge

December 18, 2013
As a child I visited what my father reverently referred to as the “hallowed grounds” at Manassas, Virginia. The Stone Bridge…

“Christmas on the Potomac” Gaylord National Harbor’s holiday spectacular

December 11, 2013
Photo courtesy of Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Look up and admire. That's my advice upon entering the Gaylord National…

How to avoid the biggest pet-travel mistakes this holiday season

November 26, 2013
With the holiday travel season revving up many of us will be looking down at furry, brown-eyed loved ones and considering bringing…

“Brother Joseph and the Grotto”

November 23, 2013
A follow-up to a story that ran earlier this year....... In December of 2012 I visited the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama.…

“Porsche by Design:Seducing Speed” the automobile as art at the NCMA

November 19, 2013
Porsche Type 901 Prototype, 1963 Courtesy of Don and Diane Meluzio “Porsche. There is no substitute.” Up until a couple weeks…

Golf, antiques and Dewberries in the NC Sandhills

November 14, 2013
 The Market at Muse Bros. Store  422 Carthage Street  Heading south on US-1 in North Carolina there's a visible change in topography…

Photographing the American South

November 10, 2013
Living and traveling in the American South provides abundant scenery for amazing pictures. I'm always delighted when others enjoy…

Arundel Castle in the South of England – from the 11th century to today

October 29, 2013
Magnificent Gothic architectural features are prominent at Arundel Castle. Lords, ladies, knights, kings and tales of castle intrigue…

24 Hours in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington is a historic port city along the Cape Fear River in North Carolina. Steeped in history ranging from pirate visitors,…

50 New Things

October 16, 2013
While taking a long walk the other day I had an “ah ha” moment. It wasn't one of those sudden monumental life-changing epiphanies…

Sunday Snapshot!

October 13, 2013
It's always exciting to be invited to share my work on another travel blog.  Today I'm honored to have a photograph featured as…

Is a trip to an indoor water park for you?

October 7, 2013
I'm not a water park girl. I'll put that out there from the start. It's never been one of my favorite things. Nonetheless, for the…

Losing a treasured traveling companion

September 13, 2013
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When the phone rings at 3:43 am it's never good news. The call came Saturday August 3, 2013. It's a call forever etched in my memory.…

There’s a Presidential detective story waiting at Madison’s Montpelier

September 6, 2013
Proceeding through the gates along the scenic driveway leading to Montpelier the unsuspecting traveler may not be fully prepared…

Five things you’ll love about a Bed & Breakfast

August 20, 2013
Hood House in Hood, Virginia Homey, cozy, romantic, charming, quaint... these are only a few adjectives that come to mind when thinking…

Fried Chicken and Bubbles; a fun pairing at Virginia’s Early Mountain Vineyards

August 2, 2013
  When I first heard the name of the event I had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept. Fried chicken with bubbles?…

Paradise Springs Winery – “The Gateway to Virginia Wine Country”

July 17, 2013
Driving through the D.C. suburbs in Northern Virginia one's first thought isn't, “I'm in wine country.” Traffic, road construction,…

Raleigh Pub Crawl and Haunted Adventure; mixing history with a cool beverage

July 12, 2013
The term pub crawl can conjure some frightening images. When combined with the words haunted adventure the imagination can run wild.…

Valley Forge with Grandma and an eight year old in 95 degree weather – it was fun

July 5, 2013
Taking summer trips to historic places can be risky depending on where you go. Crowds, high temps, cranky traveling companions can…

Four top destinations waiting for you in Hampton Roads Virginia

June 26, 2013
Is it Hampton Roads or is it Tidewater, Virginia? It's both. The region is known for the Hampton Roads waterway which is one of…

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Bull Durham” with the Durham Bulls

June 19, 2013
“This …. is a simple game. You throw the ball. You catch the ball. You hit the ball.”   There are so many great quotes…

Philadelphia’s Valley Green Inn – a historic tavern on the Wissahickon

  Thank goodness my Garmin knows where to take me. I can see it might be a challenge finding my way to the Valley Green Inn…

Mermaids aren’t just folklore in Norfolk’s Ghent district

May 14, 2013
Mermaids. Mysterious maidens appearing in the folklore of many cultures around the world. The mythological creatures from the sea…

Checking out the Chinese influence in Mexicali and more

May 1, 2013
A guest post by Michael Hepworth Hepworth is originally from the U.K. and lives in California. He blogs extensively about restaurants…

Chatham Vineyards on Virginia’s Eastern Shore – Bordeaux Meets the Chesapeake

April 17, 2013
  Perhaps less renown than other viniferous regions of the state, the Historic Eastern Shore of Virginia is an amazingly beautiful…

North Carolina Museum of Art; where art and nature combine

April 9, 2013
  The North Carolina Museum of Art is an amazing treasure in the Heart of Carolina. Located in Raleigh it is one of a small…

Norfolk, Virginia prepares for Spring Town Point Wine Festival

April 3, 2013
I learned a new word today. Viniferous- adj. Wine-producing I also learned Virginia is fifth among viniferous grape-growing states.…

Journey to see an incredibly historic door

March 22, 2013
Have you ever visited a tourist site that left you feeling kind of disappointed? I've traveled the Petersburg/Richmond corridor…

Why a freezing cold visit to Arlington National Cemetery is worth every minute

March 1, 2013
A wind chill of sixteen degrees – that's cold. Thank goodness the sun was popping out in fits and spurts from behind the clouds.…

Middleton Tavern in Annapolis – a colonial tavern in a capital city

  Middleton Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland   On a recent trip I made my way back to one of my favorite historical dining…

The Ave Maria Grotto – “Miniature Miracles” in Cullman, Alabama

January 31, 2013
Driving through Alabama we stopped for the night in the town of Cullman. Cullman is about equal distance between Huntsville to the…

A winter day in Annapolis, Maryland

January 23, 2013
The Capital dome is a renowned part of the Annapolis sky line.   I grew up a few short miles west of Annapolis, Maryland and…

Smoky Mountain Brewery – Gatlinburg’s answer for good food and beer

January 11, 2013
It's winter in the Great Smoky Mountain town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  That means the community is alive with tourists, hikers,…

Elvis Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo; a tiny home for the “King of Rock n Roll”

January 8, 2013
I can only imagine how bitter-sweet that winter day was in 1935. As I stand in the tiny front room of the two-room house where Elvis…

Ivy Green – Home to America’s “First Lady of Courage” Helen Keller

January 4, 2013
“Wasn't she purdy?” Okay, maybe she said “pretty” but the docent’s Alabama drawl and obvious affection for Helen Keller…

Five favorite travel discoveries of 2012

December 31, 2012
2012 was a pretty exciting year. I'd been a local travel writer for a while, but finally decided to branch out and write for myself.…

Five things you’ll love about Helen, GA during the holidays

December 15, 2012
Helen, Georgia is a re-creation Bavarian village nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia boasting a rich heritage…

Christmas shopping in the land of lost luggage

December 11, 2012
  The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama is where items left behind on planes, at airports or lost in transit…

For a moving and educational stop on vacation, visit the cemetery

November 21, 2012
It's not a ghoulish fascination attracting me to cemeteries - it's a love of history. From the time I was a child I enjoyed trailing…

Waterman’s serves a meal with a view in Virginia Beach

November 16, 2012
Half the fun of being at the beach is finding the perfect location for delicious seafood. In addition to good food, atmosphere is…

A day on the USS Enterprise

November 13, 2012
I spent part of Veteran's Day weekend in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Naval Base.  My family and I had the good fortune of…

57th Fighter Group Restaurant in Atlanta combines fine food and aviation

November 9, 2012
Hartsfield Jackson Airport may be the busiest airport in Georgia and the world, but DeKalb Peachtree Airport is the second busiest…

CowParade North Carolina 2012; Have you “herd” the moos?

November 2, 2012
    The world's largest public art event is in its final month in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg does Halloween right

October 26, 2012
  Each autumn Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia transforms into a scary spectacle certain to frighten even the bravest…

Visit Jamestown Settlement and spend an afternoon in the 17th century

October 23, 2012
13 years before the Pilgrims set foot on Plymouth Rock 104 brave men and boys established the first permanent English Colony on…

A day in a corn maze

October 16, 2012
Autumn is the most colorful time of year and with the changing leaves comes a plethora of fall activities. A recent trip to a corn…

“Hands-on-History” is a child’s delight at Mount Vernon

October 12, 2012
      “Hands-on-History” is more than a catch phrase, it's a kids' delight at Mount Vernon. George Washington's…

Ft. McAllister; where history and nature unite in the Georgia Low Country

October 9, 2012
A few years ago I spent a memorable Labor Day weekend camping at Fort McAllister Historic Park on the banks of the Ogeechee River…

The North Carolina Museum of Art – an unexpected treasure in the Heart of Carolina

October 5, 2012
Paris, France, Florence, Italy – these are cities one typically thinks of when talking about art capitals of the world. Imagine…

How a girly-girl overcame fear to take vacations with a reptilian twist

October 2, 2012
I've always been a girly-girl. Even as a kid during my Tom-boy stage where I wore football jerseys, short hair and adventure meant…

Temecula – California’s other wine country

September 28, 2012
    While visiting San Diego I ventured outside the city and took a day trip to the wine country in Temecula. Prior to…

8 Things I learned about apple-picking

September 25, 2012
I love this time of year. The first crisp fall days make me want to get out and savor the autumnal beauty and mild temperatures.…

How a peanut plantation helped me share my love of history

September 21, 2012
  One of the things I love most about traveling is learning the history of the place I'm visiting. Maybe it's the history buff…

You’ll love the hard-shell patients at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center

September 18, 2012
Along the Georgia Coast about half way between Savannah and Jacksonville, FL is Jekyll Island. Once known as an exclusive winter…

Battleship North Carolina by day – Ghost Ship by night

September 14, 2012
The USS North Carolina participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific during WWII, earning 15 battle stars. The USS…

Kayaking winery tour – a perfect combination

September 12, 2012
  I have found the most unusual winery tour.  SouthEast Expeditions on Virginia's Eastern Shore combines a water adventure…

September 11th – a day of remembrance

September 11, 2012
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  I usually post a travel article on Tuesdays, but today is a day of remembrance. Let us keep all those who lost their lives…

Surratt House and Museum; home of the first woman executed by the US government

September 7, 2012
Have you ever visited a place and for some reason it stayed with you? I'm not talking about fond memories. I'm talking about a feeling…

Five things you’ll love about glamping

September 4, 2012
  Do you love the great out doors and spending time in the woods  but don't consider yourself rugged enough to sleep under…

Apple season is here – where are you going picking?

August 31, 2012
September is here and that means apple season is upon us.  If you want to go apple picking -now is the time to make plans for a…

Asheville’s Moose Cafe; You’ll find country cooking and a big moose too

August 28, 2012
I enjoy good food and dining out but I'm not a big “foodie.” There are those in the world who live-to-eat. I'm more of an eat-to-live…

Visit Babyland General Hospital and see the Magical Cabbage Patch

August 24, 2012
Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia is a place I visited out of love. It was the one thing my mother wanted to do when…

The Ava Gardner Museum – Hollywood glamour in a small southern town

August 21, 2012
I take great pleasure in visiting small town museums. They fascinate me and the staff are typically there because they love what…

Chihuly is at the Dallas Arboretum

August 17, 2012
Ever hear the expression about people who live in glass houses? Glass artist Dale Chihuly was probably the architect of those homes.…

Take the Gone With the Wind Tour that brings Margaret Mitchell’s novel to life

August 14, 2012
Clayton County, Georgia is the ancestral home of Margaret Mitchell and is the official home of ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Peter Bonner’s…

Hildene; An original Gilded Age estate in Vermont with presidential ties

August 10, 2012
The Battenkill Valley in Vermont evokes images of winding rural roads, cozy cottages, covered bridges, maple syrup and cow-filled…

Make a stop on the Dahlonega Wine Trail in North Georgia

August 7, 2012
  Driving through Dahlonega in North Georgia the green road signs are easy to see and worth following. The breathtaking views…

St. Augustine’s haunted history

August 3, 2012
  Places like Charleston, Savannah and New Orleans immediately come to mind when one thinks of haunted American cities. However…

Ferry Farm – George Washington’s boyhood home and why you’ll “dig it”

July 31, 2012
Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia was George Washington's home from the time he was 6 years old until he was 20. It's the place…

8 things you’ll love about traveling alone

July 26, 2012
There was a time I couldn't have imagined taking a vacation by myself. However, one summer when I was single I decided to do just…

Big news; Shamu can’t fly

July 23, 2012
  Shamu is a whale so to say, “Shamu can't fly” isn't an unusual statement. It's rather intuitive. However it's a lesson…

Take a scenic boat tour in South Carolina’s low-country

July 20, 2012
  This fair-skinned girl loves going to the beach, but I can't take a full week of lounging in the sun so I always look for…

You’ll find a love story at Belmont

July 17, 2012
On a recent trip to historic Fredericksburg, Virginia I took a detour off the traditional 'touristy' path and discovered a love…

Finding Your Irish Roots At The Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon

July 15, 2012
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I recently had the pleasure of guest blogging for GotIreland. Each summer there's an arts festival in the town of Boyle in County…

Five fabulous historic places for you to discover on the road less traveled

July 10, 2012
  Sometimes the best attractions are the ones you hadn't anticipated finding. For example the time my friend Elaine and I vacationed…

Asheville’s awesome brew pubs and craft beers

I love visiting Asheville, NC.  It's a fun 'artsy' city in the western part of the state nestled in the North Carolina Mountains.…

A ghostly adventure in Roswell, Georgia

May 11, 2012
  I'm a big fan of ghost tours mainly because I learn so much history about an area.  My husband and son went ghost hunting…

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor – your starting point in Charm City

May 9, 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland is often called ‘Charm City’ but is also known as the ‘City of Neighborhoods.’  When planning a visit…

Crooks Lake Lodge – the fly fishing experience of a lifetime

May 8, 2012
  Birds chirping, water gently lapping and a soft breeze blows as you gaze at the clear blue sky. Have you ever longed to get…

An Urban Winery in North Carolina

May 7, 2012
  I recently visited an Urban Winery in Morrisville, North Carolina.  It was a fascinating and educational visit.  Having…

Glamping in Ireland

May 3, 2012
Okay, maybe I won't make it back to Ireland this summer, but I've got another reason to return. I've never gone glamping in Ireland.…

From America to the Emerald Isle

April 20, 2012
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‘How long are ya home for?” This is a question visitors to Ireland often hear. Whether you have Irish roots or simply want to…

Glamping in the North Carolina Mountains

April 20, 2012
  The beauty and majesty of the North Carolina Mountains lures travelers seeking adventure from all over the state, country…

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