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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 Mayberry it's set in is as infamous as the show’s beloved characters. Mayberry isn’t just a place in television lore, Mayberry comes to life in Andy Griffith’s real hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The quaint town that served as the inspiration for Mayberry located at the gateway to the Yadkin Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains rolls out the welcome mat to fans of the popular television show year-round. Mt. Airy is Mayberry It’s not a coincidence [...]

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. I'm not recommending rushing your visit, but I am saying it's a great place to do a lot if your time is limited. Make your way to historic downtown Wilmington and the River Walk and you'll be able to enjoy outdoor dining, shopping and great coffee all in one afternoon. Outdoor Dining Whether you're strolling the River Walk or touring downtown, there's time and place to stop along the way and enjoy a [...]

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

Toast! for breakfast Strolling Meeting Street is a wonderful way to start the day. As the city awakes, before the sun's heat seers down on the pavement, it's the perfect time to stop at Toast!  for a delicious Lowcountry breakfast. You wont' be alone Toast! opens each day at 6AM and is a perennial favorite breakfast spot. The coffee is good, food delicious and the faces are friendly. There's often a line outside, but the line moves quickly and the food is worth the wait. Extensive Lowcountry breakfast menu The Toast! menu is the quintessential compilation of lowcountry delicacies. Southern [...]

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 trip, I happened upon Rita's Seaside Grille in Folly Beach where I found good food, friendly atmosphere and the most amazing nachos I've ever had. Nacho ordinary nachos I love nachos. It's not unusual for me to order nachos as a meal. So, naturally, trying Rita's Signature Nachos was a must. In a word, WOW. Piled high, covered with cheese, tasty red and yellow peppers, giant chunks of fresh tuna, spicy jalapeños, and a surprise to my taste [...]

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

Traveling with kids means searching for fun and entertaining options to keep the youngsters entertained.  Finding a tour or attraction that's both amusing for children and adults is a tough balance to strike.  In Dublin, Ireland, Viking Splash Tours has the winning combination. What is a Viking Splash Tour? A Viking Splash Tour is one of the most unique tours I’ve ever taken. Passengers don Viking helmets,board an amphibious vehicle from the second World War called DUKWs, and tour Dublin’s City Center on land and sea. What You’ll See The tour begins across from St. Stephen’s Green, outside of Starbucks, [...]