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7 Things You'll Love about Lynchburg, Virginia PullOverandLetMeOut

7 Things You’ll Love About Lynchburg, Virginia

of the They say, “Virginia is for Lovers.”    They must have had Lynchburg in mind when the expression was coined.…

The Angel Oak Tree Near Charleston; a Free Low Country Favorite

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. ~ Joyce Kilmer Located near Charleston on Johns Island is The Angel Oak.…

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,…

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…

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

Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is one of America’s oldest working plantations. It’s also one of the most photographed…

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

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

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.…

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…

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

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

October is Virginia Wine Month on the Monticello Wine Trail

Thomas Jefferson had a vision for viniferous activity in his beloved Virginia.  Though perhaps his grape-growing dreams didn’t…

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…

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

  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…

How to plan your trip itinerary using historic markers

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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. …

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

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

“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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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

  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…

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…

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…

A ghostly adventure in Roswell, Georgia

  I’m a big fan of ghost tours mainly because I learn so much history about an area.  My husband and son went ghost…

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