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How Best to Enjoy Tea and Scones in Ireland

Tea, scone, jam, and clotted cream. One of the most difficult aspects of planning a family vacation to Ireland is establishing a travel budget. Allocating funds for accommodations, airfare, and ground transportation are relatively straight forward but the uncertain and varying cost of food is the most challenging to project. Making allowances for "nice" dinners and splurges or simply estimating moderately priced meals necessitates calculation on a sliding scale with room for error. Having spent time traveling through Ireland, I've come up with a fairly reliable method of keeping meal expenses rather budget-friendly. I lovingly refer to it as, "tea [...]

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

Outside of Charlotte, North Carolina in the town of Pineville is the birthplace of America's eleventh president. On November 2, 1795, James K. Polk was born in a log cabin on a 150-acre farm on land owned by his father in this corner of Mecklenburg County. The eldest of ten children, Polk spent his youth here along the Little Sugar Creek before moving west to Tennessee. Today, the James K. Polk home is a state historic site dedicated to his memory and honoring the legacy of America's eleventh president. Visitor Center and Museum Begin your visit at the Visitor Center [...]

Discover North Carolina’s First Salt Therapy Spa

March 2, 2017 @ 9:47 am
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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 inside a Himalayan Salt Cave where the therapeutic nature of salt and a tranquil healing space join forming a unique rejuvenating experience. I'd just finished a three-and-a-half hour car ride when I picked up a brochure for the Salt Spa of Asheville and thought this might be just the thing to help me unwind after my drive. Here's what I discovered. What's Halotherapy? "Halo" is the Greek word for salt. For centuries, humans have known of the health benefits of salt [...]

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

February 23, 2017 @ 9:24 am
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is one of America's oldest working plantations. It's also one of the most photographed and a favorite tourist destination situated just outside of Charleston, South Carolina in Mount Pleasant. With its rich heritage dating back to 1681, an engaging story, and a storybook low-country setting, Boone Hall Plantation brings forth to the public its history spanning 330-years each day. Here are five reasons this famous southern plantation is a must-see. The Scenery From the moment the car tires meet the gravel road leading to the tree-lined drive, the scene is set for an experience unlike [...]

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. In 1917, Carrie and Arthur Dillard opened what is the present-day Dillard House in the North Georgia Mountains when they welcomed their first lodger. Today, after one-hundred years and thousands of guests later, Dillard House Inn in Dillard, Georgia is celebrating a century of welcoming guests, providing comfortable lodging, and serving up heaping portions of Southern Hospitality. A Rich History The Rock House Inn is the original boarding house which opened in 1917. The [...]