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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. [...]

Solo Road Trip 101 – How to Have Fun and Stay Safe

There's nothing more fun or freeing than hitting the open road for a much-needed change of scenery or excursion. Though traveling alone can be a great way to clear your head and de-stress, it's important to make personal safety your first priority. Here are a few helpful tips to remember when planning a solo road adventure. Leave Your Itinerary Behind Before leaving town, make sure you've shared your itinerary with a friend or loved one and give them a copy. No, it isn't necessary to rigidly schedule your trip, but letting someone know your plans is a good idea should [...]

How Best to Enjoy Tea and Scones in Ireland

Tea, scone, jam, and clotted cream. One of the most difficult aspects of planning a family vacation to Ireland is establishing a travel budget. Allocating funds for accommodations, airfare, and ground transportation are relatively straight forward but the uncertain and varying cost of food is the most challenging to project. Making allowances for "nice" dinners and splurges or simply estimating moderately priced meals necessitates calculation on a sliding scale with room for error. Having spent time traveling through Ireland, I've come up with a fairly reliable method of keeping meal expenses rather budget-friendly. I lovingly refer to it as, "tea [...]

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

March 2, 2017 @ 9:47 am
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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 [...]