History, hidden tacos and Detroit-style pizza in Raleigh-Durham

Raleigh – part of the Triangle area of North Carolina – seemed far away for us. For quite some time, my husband and I would say we’d go, but each time, something else would come up.

WRAL azalea garden
WRAL Azalea Garden

However, history, the promise of a taco crawl and North Carolina’s azalea season were calling.

In April 2022, we made the short trek (3 hours from Myrtle Beach) to Raleigh for spring break.

The space between Myrtle Beach and North Carolina is full of history. Don’t be surprised if driving down a side highway you stumble upon a Civil War site or upon an old church or cemetery that’s been around since Pre-Civil War times. One of those pre-war sites was our first stop at the Old Bluff Presbyterian Church, a historic church founded in 1758 and built in 1855 near Godwin, N.C. The grounds even have an old spring that “quenched the thirst of the Highlanders, both Patriot and Loyalist,” according to the church history website.

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A road trippin’ summer and fall and looking ahead to 2017

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Leaf peeping off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville

My, oh my, has it been a while since I took a moment to reflect (and write) about our recent travels. It has been a very busy year. This summer and fall, we took quite a few road trips to escape the summer heat of Myrtle Beach and to go leaf peeping in the mountains. Continue reading

A July weekend in Richmond, Va.

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Beautiful cast iron in Richmond

Virginia’s state capital, Richmond, is often over looked for the more touristy destinations like Arlington, Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.

However, not considering this revitalized city would be a mistake.

We chose to go to Richmond for many reasons including the chance to eat at one of our favorite restaurants, Peter Chang’s.

Richmond is full of history and many pieces of that history are on full display throughout the city, but some are more subtle like the cast iron handrails in the picture to the left and need to be found to be enjoyed. Continue reading

Foodie finds in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is a tourist destination. People come from all around to enjoy the beach, sun and fun.Farm Fresh produce

In a tourist town, it is sometimes hard to find a restaurant doing something different or a place where you can get items actually grown/made with love and care instead of for the masses.

When we first moved here in 2008, there were only a few places that really took pride in locally-sourced foods and homemade recipes. Continue reading

Music city is more than just music

Nashville is known as Music City. The bars downtown are full of country music lovers and musicians hoping to make it big. I am neither of those. The best part of a country song is when you play it backwards and the singer gets their car back, their dog back and their girlfriend back. (yes, I know that is a horrible joke.)

But, when the opportunity to stop in Nashville on the way home from Bourbon Country arose, we jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading