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Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel

Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel; Two Hidden Gems at Duke University

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and JB Duke Hotels are two incredible hidden gems at Duke University. I’ve lived in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) since the early 90s and had no idea Duke University, famous for academics, medicine, and sports, also offers stellar accommodations. Not just one, but two first-class uniquely-styled hotels sit tucked in the Duke Forest on the edge of this picturesque campus. A majestic tree-lined drive greets visitors to the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club on the campus of Duke University. Comfortable leather chairs enhance the traditional southern décor in the Bull […]

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, Pittsboro is the county seat of Chatham County, named for William Pitt the Younger, the son of the first Earl of Chatham. Situated 17-miles south of Chapel Hill and 34-miles west of Raleigh, Pittsboro is the type of southern town that looks like it popped out of a movie set. With its tree-lined main thoroughfare replete with shops, historic architecture and dining options, this quaint town in the Heart of Carolina offers visitors an idyllic setting for a weekend pit-stop. […]

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

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 […]

Essentials for Visiting North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley Wine Region

Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, North Carolina Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina you’ll find the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. The area west of Winston-Salem, once famous for it’s Gold Leaf Tobacco is quickly gaining notoriety for a new yet old crop. The Grape. The first federally-recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the state is producing award-winning wines and attracting visitors to taste and enjoy. Finding the Yadkin Valley Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge just west of Winston-Salem, 65-miles north of Charlotte, and a little over two hours west of Raleigh, The […]