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Historic Wild Barn, Madison County, NC

The time is getting close for us. We will head back to the NC mountains as soon as it seems safe and all the advisories look good. Today I am reposting one of my very early blog posts. I’m not sure what we will be able to do when we arrive, but certainly, we will be able to enjoy the mountain backroads we love to explore! Stay Safe, Karen Near Banner Elk… Read More

Chihuly at night is always magical. If you can make your way to the Biltmore in Asheville by October 7, 2018, be sure to visit. Sixteen vibrant installations are spread out on the grounds and first floor of the mansion.   biltmore.com/chihuly

This is street art, Miami-style. The Wynwood Walls are fascinating, intriguing and just plain fun. Covering 80,000 square feet of old warehouse walls, 50 artists, from 16 different countries, showcase the very best in street art.  Far exceeding what is often called “graffiti”, one fan has dubbed the area a “Museum of the Streets.” These shots were taken during a typical Gallery Night, held the second Saturday of the month, but day… Read More

The famous Cliff Walk has fully re-opened after a two-year hiatus due to repairing storm damage.  But don’t be deceived, the “Walk” is no stroll on the beach! About a third of the free, 3.5 mile coastal path is across very rocky terrain.  Sometimes the large, relatively flat boulders provide fairly easy passage, but other portions require some climbing, as well as navigating loose, sharp rocks.  It could be treacherous if conditions… Read More

When the weather is gorgeous in the North Carolina mountains, there is nothing like taking in the incredible views. Hiking trails are abundant and for every level of ability.  These photos feature a stop right along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a short easy hike and a much more strenuous option – each with their own rewards.  Just pay attention to the descriptions (easily found on-line) and be sure to be prepared with the… Read More

Near Banner Elk and Beech Mountain, NC the roads are curvy, the vegetation lush and  the scenery pastoral.  Today’s route took us past a few spots on local quilt trails.  Each uniquely created quilt pattern is displayed on historic barns and showcases the mountain heritage of storytelling through artistic design.  Each turn in the road holds the promise of a new surprise: an incredible view, field of Christmas trees, patch of colorful day-lilies, whimsical mailbox or maybe, even… Read More

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