Lazy Days at the Lazy 5 Ranch

The Scimitar Horned Oryx, one of many endangered animals the Lazy 5 Ranch takes care of.

Spring (weather) has finally arrived! For good this time we hope! The weather here has been so nice over the past few days that I've been thinking about different ways to spend some time outdoors. Then, a friend reminded me about a fun little ranch we used to go as kids, and now she's taking her … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Penland School of Crafts

Various types of art are always on display at the gallery. 
Photo Credit: Penland School of Crafts

March is National Craft Month, so today we're heading to one of North Carolina's most inspiring spots for artists....The Penland School of Crafts. Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the school is surrounded by quiet, rural countryside and mountains in the distance. It's the perfect place for … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: The Avett Brothers


 “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." - Plato I'm a huge music fan. Any genre will do, as long as it's a good song! A few years ago my boss Ben introduced me to a group called The Avett Brothers  and I've been a big fan ever … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Celebrate Nat’l Quilting Day at the NC Arboretum

NC Arboretum's Quilt Garden
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  Tomorrow, March 15th, is National Quilting Day. Established in 1991 by the National Quilting Association, it's a day to celebrate the art of quilt making and all of the folks who work hard to create those distinctive patterns and designs. Quilting, which dates all the way back to ancient … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Wilkes Playmakers

Wilkes Playmakers logo

This weekend, I'm heading back to Winston-Salem for another showing of Shakespeare's Coriolanus at the Hanesbrands Theatre. And while Winston isn't too far down the road, it occurred to me that I don't even have to leave Wilkes County to experience the theater. Wilkes Playmakers is a non-profit … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Winston-Salem, NC

I. Bonn Apothecary, located in historic Old Salem

This weekend, Mandy and I are planning to take in Coriolanus, a Shakespeare play, at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC. The show is presented by National Theatre Live, and is based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. The Hanesbrands Theatre is part of the … [Read more...]

When Life Gives You Snow……

Jack checking out the snow!

Go outside and play in it!! Our big winter storm finally arrived around lunchtime on Wednesday, and it's been a beautiful sight to see! There's nothing like a good snow with enough accumulation to really dig into and play. My dog Jack has thoroughly been enjoying himself :)   Almost … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Krispy Kreme Challenge

KK Challenge logo

There's gonna be a lot of eatin' and runnin' this weekend on the North Carolina State University campus. Saturday, February 8th will mark the 10th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge! Race participants start out on the college campus, run 2.5 miles through the streets of Raleigh straight to a local Krispy … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day


It's time to get inspired! Today, January 31st, is National "Inspire Your Heart with Art" Day. The holiday was designed to celebrate the positive impact that all of the arts have on our lives. Whether you enjoy viewing paintings at a museum or taking in a concert at a local venue, art affects us all … [Read more...]

Getaway Color Ways: Birds of Paradise Exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Beautiful colors! Love that touch of the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid

It might be cold outside, but today we're heading to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for a little piece of paradise! Located in Raleigh, the NCMNS is the state's most visited attraction, as well as the largest museum of its kind in the entire southeastern US. Their goal is to educate … [Read more...]