Fall Fun at the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk NC

Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk NC

Most of us are familiar with Groundhog Day, wherein a large rodent (a.k.a. Woodchuck) checks to see his shadow on February 2 and helps to predict when Winter will end.  But have you ever heard about how one quaint North Carolina mountain town uses a fuzzy caterpillar known as the Woolly Worm to make similar predictions?  Held … Read more

Fall Fun at the Ellijay Apple Festival (aka Georgia Apple Festival)

Kids Play Area at the Georgia Apple Festival in Ellijay GA

We’ve been empty nesters for a few years now. But family-friendly fairs and festivals are still one of our favorite ways to celebrate the arrival of Autumn.  Our home state of Georgia can get miserably hot and humid during the dog days of summer. But Fall brings cooler temperatures, lots of fun outdoor activities, and … Read more

The 12 Best Hendersonville Apple Orchards for Apple Picking & More

The Best Hendersonville Apple Orchards for Apple Picking, Hayrides and more

[Updated August 15, 2023] Did you know that North Carolina is the 7th largest apple producing state in the USA? Or that Hendersonville Apple Orchards are the most prolific apple producing orchards in the state of North Carolina?     There are a whopping 19 Hendersonville apple orchards, which is pretty amazing for a Blue … Read more

The Best Lake Day Gear & Accessories for Summer

Lake Day

My lady and I are HUGE lake day lovers, and have been for years.  Since travel is work for us, a day at the lake feels like a vacation, with time for swimming, enjoying a lake float, grilling food, watching birds and butterflies, and just hanging out with friends and family.  We’ve been going to Lake … Read more

The 7 Best Restaurants in Franklin NC & Macon County

Best Restaurants in Franklin NC- Gracious Plates on Main Dining Room

After managing various restaurants in Atlanta for 7 years and reviewing restaurants professionally for 28 years, I’d like to think I know a few things about the culinary craft.  You can’t go into small mountain towns expecting the same diverse array of options you’ll find in larger cities like Asheville, Charlotte, and Roanoke.  But in our … Read more

Asheville River Arts District: A Guide to Galleries & Restaurants

Cotton Mill Studios in Asheville River Arts District

[Updated July 3, 2023] Over the last decade, Asheville has emerged as a progressive haven of arts and culture in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The town is known for its fiercely independent spirit, with myriad “green” restaurants, breweries, and countless Asheville art galleries and artists’ studios popping up over … Read more

The 10 Best Things to Do in Waynesboro VA (Augusta County)

South River Greenway Picnic Area in Constitution Park, Waynesboro VA

[Updated June 26, 2023] It’s been said that the most important considerations when it comes to real estate are “location, location, location.”  If that’s truly the case, then the town of Waynesboro VA might as well be sitting on a gold mine.  With a population of 22,000+, this delightful mid-sized mountain town is located in … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Luray VA (Gateway to Shenandoah)

Luray Singing Tower in Luray VA

[Updated Jun 20, 2023] Located in the heart of Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley, Luray is the county seat of Page County and one of just four access points for entering Shenandoah National Park.  Established in 1812 on 10 acres of land near Hawksbill Creek, the small town of around 4,800 residents is a warm, welcoming … Read more