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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 a visit to another founding father's home a few short miles beyond the gates of Monticello.  Mr. Jefferson's lifelong friend and America's fifth president, James Monroe's home, Ash Lawn-Highland, though perhaps less famous, provides a magnificent glimpse into the life of an important American and to life in the early 19th-Century. Beautiful in its own right From the moment the car turns onto the driveway, it's apparent why Monroe chose this location for his home.  The tree-lined driveway leading [...]

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, the charming historic downtown, fall festivals, and Navy football makes this time of year perfect for a trip to Annapolis. The historic port city is also the site of one of the largest and best-attended festivals in the country. For the past 39-years, the Maryland Renaissance Festival has been transporting guests back to the 16th-Century. Situated a few miles outside of ‘Naptown’ in Crownsville, shouts of, ‘Huzzah!’ may be heard echoing through the woods as [...]

The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro – a zoo review

August 14, 2015 @ 4:53 pm
North Carolina is one of those amazing states that offers a little bit of everything in the way of sight-seeing and travel destinations.  From majestic mountains, sandhills, history, wineries, and beaches, the variety of things to do in the Tar Heel state is fantastic. I recently had the chance to visit one of the state's perennial favorites - The North Carolina Zoo.  Located in Asheboro on over 500-acres, the zoo is home to hundreds of species of the world's most amazing animals. The Starting Point Every journey needs a starting point. For a trip to the North Carolina Zoo, that [...]

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 to go first.  This gorgeous coastal town offers unlimited possibilities for family fun, certain to keep young ones entertained. Here are seven fantastic options that will keep parents and young travelers happy. 1. Fort Sumter Catch the boat and take the journey across the bustling Charleston Harbor to Fort Sumter. Kids will enjoy the journey as much as the experience of visiting the historic fort. While at the fort, listen to park rangers tell the history of this [...]

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 is the oldest city in Georgia. Established in 1733, this port city once served as the state capital, it served as a strategic port in both the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and it’s been visited and called home by pirates, authors and industrialists. With such a varied history, Savannah has also gained notoriety for its visitors who came, but never left. Because of these long-term visitors, Savannah is considered one of, if [...]