Weekend Travels: North Carolina Arboretum

This arboretum and botanical garden is southwest of Asheville, North Carolina, within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest. Admission is free but there is a nominal parking fee. In retrospect, we should have gone here in the spring. It was blazing hot but the gardens were worth it. There is a…

Fleet Landing (Charleston, SC)

Setting Charleston’s Best Waterfront Restaurant has a view that is a distinctive destination unto itself. Housed in a 1940s retired naval building on the east side of the Charleston peninsula, Fleet Landing Restaurant features classic and contemporary Southern seafood fare in a setting that celebrates the area’s waterfront heritage. The restaurant’s “maritime chic interior” caught…

Rodney Scott’s BBQ (Charleston, SC)

After a day of touring Charleston and walking way too much and taking way too many pictures, we decided to swing by Rodney Scott’s on the way out of town. The setting was newish with a white subway tile lined, brightly lit interior punctuated by a silver, disco ball in the center. A promising smoky…

Leon’s Poultry & Oyster Shop (Charleston, SC)

Who knew some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever tasted would come out of a renovated garage in Charleston, SC? Let me start at the beginning. (I dare you not to hum the song!) One Friday morning, my husband suggested we go to Charleston for the weekend. We needed to get out of town….

Weekend Travels: White House Christmas Tour 2020

I’ve always had a fondness for Washington, D.C. ever since I lived there from 2010 – 2014. With history, shopping and a great culinary scene, what’s not to love? It’s a transient place but I still have a few friends in the area. When one of my friends told me she had tickets to the…

Review: Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant (Sevierville, TN)

Hearty Southern comfort food in a casual environment with signature apple fritters. We decided to take a fall weekend trip to Tennessee. As everyone can attest, this year has been one of the worst in recent memory which prompted the need to escape to the mountains for a couple of days. We aren’t major nature…

Husk: Charleston

The Story During one of our trips to the South Carolina coast, the wait was too long at Poogan’s Porch so we decided to try the original Husk restaurant. The light yellow facade exterior of the restaurant paired with the haint blue porch ceiling is quintessential Charleston. We got reservations on Resy to avoid a…

Review: Twin Creeks Lavender U-Pick

Sometimes Facebook suggestions can lead to opportunities one might have missed otherwise. A local lavender grower offered free entry to their U-Pick fields for essential workers. Last year, we went to Southern Hills Lavender Farm in the Greer area that was small but nicely done. First Impression U – Pick Pics Thankfully, it was overcast…

Weekend Travels: Athens and Madison, Georgia

In the COVID-19 era, options are limited when it comes to travel. One tries to avoid public transit which results in day trips by car. We are currently avoiding major cities due to the ongoing protests. Over the past few years, we have been to most of the noteworthy small towns in the region (GA,…