Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina’

postheadericon Symmes Chapel aka {Pretty Place}

pretty-place

 

There are no words for how beautiful this chapel is!  It sits atop of Standing Stone Mountain and offers breathtaking views as far as your eye can see!  It also marries more than 100 couples per year, wow!

If you’re visiting Dupont State Forest it’s only a short drive away.  It is located at the YMCA Camp Greenville in Cleveland, SC.

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postheadericon Campfire Lodgings ~ Review by Travel and Photography Today

Campfire Lodgings

 

Campfire Lodgings Mountaintop Camping – Asheville, NC

Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, NC, Campfire Lodgings was a perfect place for our first trip in the new travel trailer!  It offers paved back-in sites with full hookups and each site has a grill and picnic table.  The premium sites have a million dollar view (pictured above) and the other sites are just a short walk from the open common area so everyone can enjoy it.

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postheadericon North Carolina Winery: Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin Creek Vineyard {Photo Essay}

 

Elkin Creek Tasting Room

 

Elkin Creek Vineyard is located in Yadkin Valley Wine Country, just one hour north of Charlotte and only 20 minutes from the Virginia border!

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postheadericon Charlotte, North Carolina {Photo Tour}

Charlotte, NC

 

Represents Industrial Growth!  Located at Bank of America Plaza on Tryon St. in Uptown.

Represents Industrial Growth! Located at Bank of America Plaza on Tryon St. in Uptown.

 

Notice the side of the building resembles a quilt?  African American women would make quilts that had hidden messages in them to help the slaves escape.

Notice the side of the building resembles a quilt? African American women would make quilts that had hidden messages in them to help the slaves escape.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

 

 

Skyline of Charlotte, NC

 

The colorful artwork, which some refer to as “Bobbins,” creates a whimsical entry plaza for Time Warner Cable Arena. The piece highlights the Carolinas’ textile history and celebrates its craft and ceramic traditions.

The colorful artwork, which some refer to as “Bobbins,” creates a whimsical entry plaza for Time Warner Cable Arena. The piece highlights the Carolinas’ textile history and celebrates its craft and ceramic traditions.

 

Wachovia Atrium

Wachovia Atrium

 

 

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

 

 

Mint Museum

 

Mellow Mushroom

 

Located at The Green, a 1.5 acre downtown literacy-themed park with sculptures of giant books, pages, and a walkway of sounds.

Located at The Green, a 1.5 acre downtown literacy-themed park with sculptures of giant books, pages, and a walkway of sounds.

 

Charlotte Sculpure at The Green

 

Ratcliffe's Flowers

 

Located on Trade St. and Tryon St.  The future is represented by a mother and child.  The mother figure emerges from a bower of branches, leaves and flowers of dogwood, which is the state flower.  Stretched between branches is a hornets nest to make it more specific to Charlotte!

Located on Trade St. and Tryon St. The future is represented by a mother and child. The mother figure emerges from a bower of branches, leaves and flowers of dogwood, which is the state flower. Stretched between branches is a hornets nest to make it more specific to Charlotte!

 

Industry represented by a woman millworker, recalling Charlotte's early textile factories.  The secondary figure at her knees represents the children who labored alongside their parents in the mills during the days before enactment of child labor laws.

Industry represented by a woman millworker, recalling Charlotte’s early textile factories. The secondary figure at her knees represents the children who labored alongside their parents in the mills during the days before enactment of child labor laws.

 

An African American man represents the builders of the first railroads in Charlotte, begun in the 1850's, leading to the city's status as a transportation hub.  The number 1401 commemorates a steam locomotive named "Charlotte" which once pulled trains through the city.  A second element picturing an eagle with feathers encircling its back represents air transportation!

An African American man represents the builders of the first railroads in Charlotte, begun in the 1850’s, leading to the city’s status as a transportation hub. The number 1401 commemorates a steam locomotive named “Charlotte” which once pulled trains through the city. A second element picturing an eagle with feathers encircling its back represents air transportation!

 

Charlotte, NC

 

Uptown, Charlotte, NC

 

walkcharlotte

 For more information on Charlotte or to download a walking tour map visit www.Charlottesgotalot.com

 

 

postheadericon Snow Tubing in North Carolina

Snow Tubing

 

One of the greatest things about living in central North Carolina is the close proximity to the mountains and the beach!  Within just a few hours you can be soaking up the rays or speeding down the slopes.

Here are 8 different ski/tubing resorts within just hours of Charlotte, NC.  Most operate from late November through mid-March and openings largely depend of the weather conditions so check each website for accurate operating days and times.

*I have not visited these attractions (except Jonas Ridge) and they’re in no particular order*

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postheadericon Triple Falls ~ Asheville Waterfalls ~ {Photography}

 

Triple Falls is located in Dupont State Forest, 40 miles southwest of Asheville, NC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good To Know:

 

  • You may recognize this waterfall from the widely popular movie the Hunger Games.  This particular waterfall has the scene where Peeta is hiding in the mud and Katniss finds him.
  • Sky Top Orchard is nearby and a great place to pick apples (seasonal).
  • For the outdoorsy types, I highly recommend camping at Black Forest Family Campground if you plan on exploring the area!
  • If you’re visiting in the summer and want to plunge into the icy mountain water check out Sliding Rock, A Natural 60 ft. Waterslide in the NC Mountains
  • Also visit High Falls and Hooker Falls which are on the same hiking loop!  I wrote about all three a few years ago!  Visit that post here.

 

     


    postheadericon Lake Norman, NC ~ PaddleFit

    PaddleFit is a unique fitness system that combines land and water fitness to give you the ultimate workout! 

    I’m excited to share that My Aloha Paddle Sports and Fitness and my great friend, Dana, are now offering PaddleFit 3 classes right here on Lake Norman

    What is it Like?  I’ve heard it explained like this…. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) meets boot camp!  You get to do both land and water fitness activities which targets your whole body, especially your core.

    Do you have to know how to SUP?  Absolutley not!  You will take an assessment and get a customized program based on your own personal goals. 

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    postheadericon Five Fun Ways to Enjoy Fall with the Family

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    postheadericon Carolina Balloon Fest 2012 {Photography}

     

    Hot Air Balloon

    Carolina Balloon Fest 2012  {Photography}

     

    Carolina BalloonFest 2012

     

    Red White and Blue Hot Air Balloon

     

    Statesville, North Carolina

     

    Hot Air Balloon with Basket

     

    Balloon Crew Carolina Balloon Fest

     

    2012 Balloon Festival

     

    More to Come Next Week!!

     

    Hot Air Balloon with Flame

     

    Carolina BalloonFest

     

     Carolina Balloon Festival 2012 Pictures

     

    Enjoy the Festival and Have a Great Weekend!

    Click here for more info on the festival!

     

    Location: 

    Statesville Regional Airport
    260 Hanger Drive
    Statesville, NC 28625

     

    postheadericon Mark Your Calendar ~ Carolina Balloon Fest 2012

    Save the Date for One of the Largest Hot Air Balloon Events in the United States

    The Carolina Balloon Fest 39 is coming, rain or shine, from October 19-21 and it’s an event you don’t want to miss!  Every year thousands of people attend this fun, family friendly event filled with live entertainment, a kid fun zone, and hot air balloons!  Bring your chairs or blankets and watch 50 hot air balloons participate in mass ascension.  Every seat is a good seat!

     Schedule ~ For the complete schedule click here.

    Friday October 19th – Launch Window:  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    This is Fan Appreciation Launch and Concert – FREE Admission – Gates open at 3pm and close at 8:30.

    Saturday October 20th – Launch Window:  8:00am – 9:00 am and 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Gates open at 7 am and close at 8:30 pm

    Sunday October 21st – Launch Window:  8:00am – 9:00 am and 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Gates open at 7 am – FREE admission to each Veteran with a Military Card
    Gates close at 6:00 pm

    Kid Zone, Live Music, Beer and Wine Tasting 

    Various bands will be playing live on stage and there is a great kid zone with inflatables.  Some activities are free, others charge a nominal fee.  Beer and wine tasting is available for a nominal fee.  Advance wristband purchase available.  Eat Street is where you’ll get your yummy ‘fair food’ 

     

    Know Before You Go

    • The event is CASH ONLY
    • Pets are not permitted
    • No outside food or drinks
    • Tickets are $12/Adult the day of the event, children 6-12 are $6
    • Advance Purchase Tickets are $6/Adult $3/Child – Weekend Passes Available
    • Hot Air Balloon Rides available for purchase.  See here for details.
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    Good Tip

    • We love to pack a few card games/small games to play while we are waiting for the launch.  We also keep a cooler in the car for before/after!  Less chance of a cranky kid 😉

    To See More Pictures of the 2011 Balloon Fest Check Me Out on Facebook!

     

    Location: 

    Statesville Regional Airport
    260 Hanger Drive
    Statesville, NC 28625

    Grass field parking is located next to the venue.  General parking remains open until filled, then vehicles will be directed to off-site parking.  You can spend some time waiting in a traffic line to get in.  Plan accordingly! 

     

     

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