The Best Things to Do in Elkin NC (Blue Ridge Parkway MM 229)

Main Street in Downtown Elkin NC

Just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, rocky ridges smooth out into the rolling hills and lively mountain streams known as the North Carolina Piedmont. North of I-40, Mt. Airy often steals the headlines. The charming mountain town is best known as the home of Andy Griffith and the setting for The Andy Griffith Show (a … Read more

Exploring the Schoolbus Graveyard, North GA’s Painted School Bus Attraction

Schoolbus Graveyard in the North Georgia Mountains

Located about an hour north of Atlanta in Habersham County, the Schoolbus Graveyard is arguably among the most unusual and intriguing roadside attractions in North Georgia. Surrounding Alonzo Wade Used Cars & Auto Parts– a 5-acre junkyard that has been in Walter Wade’s family for 60+ years– the colorful landmark embodies two classic clichés. One … Read more

Review of The Sweet Shoppe Bakery in Blue Ridge GA

Interior of Sweet Shoppe Bakery in Blue Ridge GA

Growing up in a lower middle class family in Atlanta, I vividly recall the visceral excitement I felt every time I’d get some spending money from mowing my neighbor’s lawn. My buddies and I would hop on our 10-speed bikes and ride down to the neighborhood Milk Jug convenience store. There we’d excitedly grab fistfuls … Read more

The 27 Best Waterfalls Near Asheville NC

Waterfalls near Asheville NC

Asheville’s reputation as a forward-thinking, nature-loving town in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains precedes it. Despite being only the 12th largest city in the state, Asheville still ranks among the most popular tourist destinations in North Carolina. In addition to the famous Biltmore Estate, the mountain town has a fantastic collection of art … Read more

The Best Western NC Christmas Tree Farms in Boone, Asheville, & Beyond

Best Western NC Christmas Tree Farms

Whether you’re continuing a lifelong Christmas tradition or getting your first ever live tree, picking out a tree from a Christmas Tree Farm is truly a magical holiday moment. Especially when you’re doing it among the majestic Blue Ridge mountain landscapes of North Carolina! Exploring rows of bright evergreens and finding the perfect one to … Read more