Getaway Color Ways: Emerald Village

You'll see lots of vibrant colors on the Black Light Mine tours!

This weekend I'm heading out on a family vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN. While we won't be staying in North Carolina for this trip, it got me to thinking about a lot of our state's mountain getaways & the hidden gems that our western region has to offer, like Emerald Village. Since it's Memorial … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: US National Whitewater Center


Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, the US National Whitewater Center is all about playing, relaxing and learning! Their mission is "to build stronger communities by promoting healthy and active lifestyles, developing environmental stewardship and encouraging family and civic interaction. It's a … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: BrickMagic LEGO® Festival

LEGO pics

The 4th annual BrickMagic LEGO® Festival is taking place this weekend, May 9-10, at the Embassy Suites in Charlotte, NC. The festival is for LEGO® lovers of all ages, and if you're like most people, you never get too old to play with them. The folks that participate in this festival aren't just … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Daniel Stowe Bontanical Garden


  Back in 1991, retired textile exec Jonathan Daniel Stowe decided that he wanted to begin creation on an outdoor project that future generations could enjoy for years to come, and that's how the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden came to be in Belmont, NC. Stowe set aside 400 acres of … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: All Aboard in Hamlet, NC

Hamlet Depot & Museum

For today's Color Ways post we're heading to the town of Hamlet, North Carolina, which is located in Richmond County. Hamlet is a must-visit for anyone who loves the railroads and trains; the town is steeped in railroad history! There are 3 free railroad museums in Hamlet and plenty for visitors to … [Read more...]

Be Proud & Make it Proud!

NC map w:heart

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." - Abraham Lincoln … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Tryon Palace

Part of the beautiful Kellenberger Garden area

Visiting Tryon Palace, located along our coast in the town of New Bern, is like stepping back in time. Tryon, built back in the 1700's, was the royal governor's home in the Province of North Carolina. The palace was named after William Tryon, North Carolina's colonial governor during that time, and … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: NASCAR Hall of Fame

The NASCAR Hall of Fame

  If you're a racing fan, chances are you've been to Charlotte, North Carolina before, either to see a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, or to visit the popular NASCAR Hall of Fame. The hall is an interactive entertainment center where visitors can learn all about NASCAR, it's history … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: National Day of Unplugging 2015

Did you know that on average Americans spend 12 or more hours a day looking at a screen? Whether it's a computer screen, a phone screen, tablet screen.....that's A LOT of screen time! That's why this weekend, March 6-7, is the National Day of Unplugging. It's a 24-hour period, from sundown to … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Winterfest Smoky Style

Winterfest logo

With all of the snow we've had these past few days, this is the perfect weekend for Winterfest Smoky Style, a celebration of winter, that takes place in Haywood County on Friday & Saturday. It's an annual festival that always goes to the dogs.....the main stars of the event! Folks come from all … [Read more...]