30 Fun Facts About North Carolina State History & Culture


North Carolina, nicknamed the “the Tar Heel State,” is filled with a rich history of colonial heritage, Appalachian culture, and noteworthy natural landmarks. Encompassing 53,819 square miles, the state’s diverse landscape ranges from coastal plains and fertile Piedmont to placid mountain lakes and towering mountains that are perfect for snow skiing and snow tubing. Although … Read more

The 10 Best Romantic Getaways in the North Georgia Mountains

Romantic Getaways in North Georgia

Looking for a well-deserved escape to a place where you can relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with the one you love? The idyllic landscapes of Georgia’s Blue Ridge mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for some of the state’s best romantic getaways. Whether you’re the type of lovebirds who prefer lazy days cozied up beside the fire and getting … Read more

The 15 Best Things to Do in Roanoke VA

Appalachian Trail hiker on McAfee Knob at Sunrise

[Updated January 15, 2022] With a population of around 100,000 people, Roanoke is both the largest city along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the largest in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region. Extending its size, the Roanoke metropolitan area incorporates the neighboring city, Salem, as well as several small historic villages. It gives the whole scene a … Read more

The 20 Best Downtown Asheville Restaurants for Foodies

Proper Asheville Restaurant

[Updated January 13, 2022]  The first time we visited the city back in 2012, we were absolutely blown away by the Asheville food scene. For a 45-square-mile mountain town with a population of around 84,000, the sheer number of critically acclaimed downtown Asheville restaurants was staggering even then. As it turns out, the city is … Read more

The 10 Best Restaurants in Roanoke VA (Virginia’s Blue Ridge)

Rockfish Restaurant in Roanoke VA

[Updated 1/12/2022]  The city of Roanoke VA has no shortage of great restaurants to choose from. With a population of around 100,000 people– the largest of the many mountain towns along the Blue Ridge Parkway– there are eateries of every ilk to satisfy any possible craving you could have. My wife Emma and I have been … Read more

The 20 Most Beautiful Wildflowers in Virginia (& Where to See Them)

Groundhog Meadow Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway VA with Coreopsis Wildflowers in the foreground

The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia offer a rich, biodiverse terrain with lots of mountain streams, waterfalls, high-altitude meadows, and extensive forests. It’s a perfectly fertile place for the beautiful Virginia wildflowers to flourish. Not only is this an ideal setting for catching amazing scenic vistas and spotting wildlife, but the many microclimates found within the … Read more

Pet-Friendly Cabins at Forrest Hills Resort in Dahlonega GA

Interior of Forrest Hills Resort Cabins in Dahlonega GA

From the historic Smith House Inn and Old Storehouse Inn to Barefoot Hills and the Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa, there are lots of different hotels in Dahlonega GA for visitors to choose from.  But for our money, the Forrest Hills Mountain Resort & Conference Center ranks among the best places to stay in … Read more

The 15 Best Lakes in the Virginia Mountains to Visit

Nothing quite ups the ante on a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains like nestling in beside a beautiful mountain lake. In our eyes, Virginia lakes are some of the most remarkable in the nation. The lakes of Virginia– particularly those in the western reaches of the state- tend to be geared towards tourists, with … Read more

The 10 Best Campgrounds in North Georgia

Campground at James Sloppy Floyd State Park GA

Day trips exploring the North Georgia State Parks, waterfalls, and other outdoor attractions are fun and rewarding in their own right. But camping overnight (or for the weekend) allows us to explore these natural wonders in much greater depth. There’s nothing quite like being fully immersed in the sights and sounds of nature, cooking your own … Read more