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Balsam Mountain; a cabin rental beyond all others

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 outdoor activities; it was the perfect getaway.  That’s why I had to learn more when I found out about this unique way of renting a mountain cabin. Tucked in the Balsam Mountains of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge, is an out-of-the-ordinary community of rental homes called Balsam Mountain Handpicked Homes. The resort is the latest addition to a number of  Natural Retreats located all over the country and the world. Where is Balsam Mountain? Balsam Mountain […]

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 sits National Harbor. Though a relatively new addition to the waterfront, the multi-use development has quickly become a popular tourist destination. With its direct access to I-95 it’s well worth taking the time to pull over and visit National Harbor. Here are five things you’ll love about National Harbor:   Shopping There are over 150 shops and stores at National Harbor. From outlet stores, well known retailers, to quirky one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques; there’s truly something for everyone.   […]

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 is getting difficult.  Family vacations should be a time to unplug and reconnect with the people we love.  Finding the right location to make our escape isn’t always easy or affordable, but I’ve found a mountain resort designed with families in mind. Fontana Village Resort in Western North Carolina is situated in the Nantahala National Forest at the gateway of the Smoky Mountains. With its breath taking views and unspoiled beauty, it’s no wonder […]

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

Seven favorite B&Bs along Virginia’s I-95 Corridor The I-95 Corridor running through Virginia is busy, that goes without saying. However, this heavily- traveled stretch of American highway is usually a mid-way point for travelers heading to destinations north and south along the east coast. It’s with this thought in mind, I ventured out to explore an often overlooked form of lodging along I-95 – the Bed and Breakfast. Why choose a B&B over a hotel? There’s an abundance of reasons to stay in a B&B; comfort, more personalized, B&Bs can often accommodate special requests such as vegan or gluten free […]

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

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 for enjoying adventure, scenery, gourmet dining and Southern hospitality? The answer is a resounding yes to all of the above  at the  The Mast Farm Inn  in Valle Crucis near Banner Elk in the North Carolina Mountains. The Mast Farm Inn sits perched high in the Blue Ridge Mountains over-looking incredible vistas that are beautiful year-round.  The main house features 7 elegant, en suite guest rooms and there are 8 cottages on the surrounding 10-acre property. […]