In a tradition that harkens back to our dating days, my husband and I have enjoyed many spontaneous day trips over the years. Our most recent trip was to Rocky Mount Mills, a former cotton mill located on the banks of the Falls of the Tar River. My husband had heard about the site from … Continue reading Rocky Mount Mills
The Hermitage of Montecasale
A statue of Saint Francis overlooking the Dolomite mountains on the property of the Hermitage of Montecasale. The simple stone architecture of the Hermitage Since my visit to Tuscany, Italy, I am often asked about the most memorable place I experienced there. While the trip was filled with many unforgettable views and moments, visiting the … Continue reading The Hermitage of Montecasale
Deruta is a medieval hill town in the Province of Perugia, located in the Umbria region of Italy. Deruta is known for majolica, the specific type of pottery produced there. Majolica, which is thought to have originated in Majorca, Spain, is distinguished by its white opaque tin-glazed surface.
Starworks Center for Creative Enterprise
When you think of traveling, packed suitcases and far-flung locations come to mind. However, day trips are one of the most fun and underrated travel experiences you can have.
If you’ve followed my photography for more than a few days, you’ll know that flowers are one of my favorite subjects. This year, to help feed my flower photography passion, we have made a point to explore more of the many botanical gardens in our state.
Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
Located on an island off the coast of Wilmington, N.C., Wrightsville Beach is one of my favorite beaches because of its stunning views, easy access, and special memories. Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Because it is only a 2-hour drive from where we live, Wrightsville has been the site of countless day trips for my husband and … Continue reading Wrightsville Beach, N.C.
National Harbor, Maryland
Scenes in National Harbor, Maryland While the east coast of the U.S. is known for having beautiful sunrises, anyone who has visited the west coast will say the sunsets here pale in comparison to those in west coast cities like San Diego. This adage was proven wrong during my recent visit to National Harbor, Maryland, … Continue reading National Harbor, Maryland
Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour
From holding hops to watching ingredients spin around in copper kettles, the Beyond the Pale tour of the Sierra Nevada Craft Brewery immerses visitors in the beer-making process. You would probably be hard-pressed to find someone who likes beer less than I do. Despite not being a beer drinker, I truly enjoyed the “Beyond the … Continue reading Sierra Nevada Brewery Tour
The Glorious Views of Asheville, N.C.
Located in the western part of N.C., Asheville is one of the most diverse and scenic cities in the state. Its location along the Blue Ridge Mountain range makes it a popular fall destination for tourists looking to see beautiful fall foliage. A 4-hour drive from where I live, we have been able to make … Continue reading The Glorious Views of Asheville, N.C.
San Diego, California
La Jolla, California Traveling has always been a priority for our family of three. As someone from a small town who had barely left my home state before going to college, I wanted my daughter to grow up knowing through first-hand experience that the world is vastly bigger than her immediate day-to-day surroundings. Beginning when … Continue reading San Diego, California