Fall Break getaway — Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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This summer when my grandmother and cousin visited, we had a little time on our hands. We spent most of it watching the entire Downton Abbey series.  Of course, that warranted a trip to the Biltmore Estate!  It was the closest thing we have to the Abbey, after all.  [Read more…]

There’s no place like home

I love the little things that make Northeast Tennessee home. Our family is really a homebody-type clan. We like to travel but don’t usually stay away for longer than a couple of days. It’s always nice to get back in our own beds or sit on our own couch because, as they say, there’s no place like home. When we do go out of town, I like to see the places that make our new scenery unique. While an Olive Garden dinner is fine, it’s also available nearly anywhere in the country. When we travel I want to find something that I can’t get anywhere else.

So when YOU come to Northeast TN, here are some things that you might see!

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Some summer entertainment in Asheville

This post contains affiliate links.  We had a gift certificate to spend at Mayfel’s.

Today we took a short road trip over the Blue Ridge Mountains into Asheville, NC.  We enjoyed the beautiful weather while looking at the gorgeous mountain views.  The skies were absolutely blue and had the prettiest, puffiest clouds ever.  When we arrived in Asheville drove around for several minutes looking for a parking spot.   It reminded me of the National Lampoon European Vacation when the family drives around Big Ben and Parliament for hours.  At least while we were stopped at traffic lights I could watch the hackey sack players in the small park for some summer entertainment.  Finally my husband remembered a little parking area that we used in the past so we circled around once again.  I noticed this beautiful church and had to take a picture of it!

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NC residents: What are your kids doing this summer?

Let’s talk about summer activities.    Soon school will be out (yay!) and then we’ll be having those daily “What are we doing today?” moments (not so yay).  What are your kids doing this summer? That honeymoon period of sleeping in and laying around the house all day gets old pretty quickly with kids.  If you work outside the home, you may be concerned with childcare arrangements throughout the summer months.  If you’re home in the summer, the kids will expect a full itinerary of activities and entertainment.  Before you know it, they’ll be asking “Can we…..(fill in with expensive, exhausting outings).”   When Carolina Summer Camps asked me to share their site with you, I knew it would be of interest to you busy moms and dads.     Carolina Summer Camps is an excellent resource for parents who live in North Carolina.   Organized by city and then by themes, this website has resources for parents in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.    Summer camp was always one of my favorite weeks of the summer.   I went every year and looked forward to catching up with old friends.  It was also a good opportunity for me to learn important skills like responsibility, working with others, and enjoying the outdoors.  If your child hasn’t had this experience yet, why not consider it this summer?

Tricities Tuesday: Mayfel’s restaurant in Asheville, NC

Okay, my Tricities posts are expanding.  There’s just so much I want to share with you about this wonderful area in the heart of the Appalachia Mountains!   This past weekend, we visited Asheville, NC to attend the Yo Gabba Gabba show.  We arrived a bit early and had some time to spare after we picked up our tickets.   Eat at the concession stand while we had the heart of Asheville to ourselves?!  No way!

We decided to take a stroll downtown to see what we could muster up for supper.  We started out at a wonderful crepe place, but my kids weren’t interested. How they could pass up Nutella-and-strawberry crepes, I’ll never know.  We passed a multitude of chocolate shops and bakeries before we finally found Mayfel’s on College Street.

Alright, disclaimer time.  I feel that I must tell you, when you go to Mayfel’s, you’d better show up hungry. Because they are very generous with the portions.  But if you don’t have much of an appetite, don’t let it stop you….just grab a dessert instead.  The beignets looked AMAZING.  There was a layer cake (such an understatement) in the case when we walked in that literally called out my name.  It did!!   [Read more…]

Summer Camps in and around Asheville, NC

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If you have an active child, chances are you’re scrambling to figure out what to do this summer to keep your busy one….well, busy!   Have you considered a summer camp?   It can be surprisingly affordable and so rewarding.  I remember going to summer camp nearly every summer when I was a child, and those are some of the best memories of my childhood.  I made lifelong friends there, and the impact on my life was extraordinary. What an amazing gift to give your child! 

Local camps and activities can sometimes be hard to find.  If you’re in the North Carolina areas of Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem, you are in luck because the camp sites have been compiled for you!  Visit Carolina Summer Camps for a wealth of information including website links and contact numbers.   The site is very easy to navigate, so you can easily find whatever you’re looking for. [Read more…]
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