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Favorite Southern Places

Today, I am sharing pictures from some of my favorite Southern places.  They are presented in no particular order but I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place.

Sarah P Duke Gardens, Durham NC

 

Duke Chapel, Durham, NC

 

The Beach Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

 

Charleston, West Virginia

 

Lake Watauga, Tennessee

 

Charleston, South Carolina

 

Wing Haven Gardens, Charlotte NC

 

Hart Square, Catawba County, NC

 

Christmas Tree Farms, Ashe County, NC

 

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tennessee

 

The Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina Tennessee Line

 

The Parthenon, Nashville Tennessee

 

The Memphis skyline view from the Mississippi River

 

Harbor at Beaufort, NC

 

Churchill Downs Louisville Kentucky

 

Shiloh Baptist Church Hamptonville NC

 

Old Salem, Winston Salem NC

 

Bell Tower On NC State Campus, Raleigh NC

 

Downtown Village of Pinehurst NC

 

Park In Downtown Old Fort, NC

 

Black Mountain, NC

 

The Pisgah Covered Bridge, Asheboro NC

 

Looking Glass Falls – Transylvania County, NC

 

The Pirate House Restaurant, Savannah Georgia

 

Seagrove, North Carolina

 

Mabry Mill, Virginia

 

Biltmore House, Asheville NC

 

Chattanooga Tennessee

 

Close up Stone Mountain, GA

 

Daniel Stowe Gardens, Belmont NC

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing these pictures with you.  We have enjoyed our day trips and other adventures and I can honestly say that when I return to North Carolina I know my heart is at home.

Thanks for stopping by.

A Visit to The Sanitary Restaurant, Morehead City, NC – Well….Almost

 

The Carolina Princess Returning From A Full Day of Deep Sea Fishing

The Carolina Princess Returning From A Full Day of Deep Sea Fishing

Last week when I shared our visit to eastern North Carolina you may have noticed that I did not mention eating seafood.  There is a real good reason for that and now it seems comical but at the time it was very disappointing.

When we started planning our Morehead City visit, we started remembering the wonderful seafood we ate at the Sanitary Fish Market in downtown Morehead City on a previous visit.

The restaurant was established in 1938 and the Garner family has been serving fresh seafood in downtown Morehead City for three generations. In the beginning the restaurant served fresh seafood caught by local fisherman.  Their goal is to provide the highest quality food available in the cleanest environment possible.

Here is a link to their website:  http://www.sanitaryfishmarket.com/home

We decided to eat there on Saturday night. As we approached the restaurant, we noticed a very dark cloud and thought for sure we would have a thunderstorm.  We just wanted that to happen after arriving at the restaurant.  There is a large parking lot for patrons of the restaurant across the street and as we approached it, noticed it had started to rain.  Mr. D let me out at the door of the restaurant and I put our name in for a table.  As he approached the parking lot there was a large downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning.

To complicate matters, there was no parking places available in the parking lot.  I could see Mr. D making laps in the parking lot.  In the meantime, they called and our table was ready.  I told the host I was waiting for Mr. D to park the car and he told me to let him know when he arrived. He was very nice and understanding about the situation.  By now there were sheets of rain and even if he would have parked the car, he would have been drowned trying to get to the restaurant.  I went back to the front of the restaurant and he passed by.  Then the host called that our table was ready again.

I made a very disappointing decision and told him that we would just have to leave.  I went outside and motioned for Mr. D to pick me up.  We were very disappointed but knew that for some reason this wasn’t going to work out.  We went to another restaurant and ate and the food was good but I know in my mind I was comparing it to The Sanitary Restaurant.

Now it seems kind of funny as I think of Mr. D making laps in the parking lot as if he had joined NASCAR.  As the thunder and lightning was so close and so loud, I realized I might have been risking a little to much for a good meal. Everything doesn’t always go as planned when we are vacationing but I know that experience will be one we will remember for a long time.

Of course, we did eat that wonderful eastern style barbecue on Sunday at Kings in Kinston and it erased the disappointing memory of the night before.

Thanks for stopping by.

Springtime at My House

I think Spring has finally arrived in the foothills of North Carolina.  Here in Conover we have been experiencing beautiful Spring days.  There has been quite a few rainy days but I always treasure the rainy days in Spring because I know in late July and August I am usually praying for rain.  Today I am sharing with you the flowers blooming in my yard at the moment and giving you a glimpse of Spring time in North Carolina.

Chives starting to bloom at my back door

Chives starting to bloom at my back door

One of the hostas that I recently divided and transplanted.

One of the Hostas that I recently divided and transplanted.

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An Azalea that is starting to bloom

The lilac bushes below were here when we bought this house almost nine years ago.  I love them and the fragrance is wonderful.  The purple iris were some that have been transplanted twice from my Mother’s yard.

My side yard with Iris and the lilac bushes in bloom - That is my neighbor's Lab, Scooter in the background

My side yard with Iris and the lilac bushes in bloom – That is my neighbor’s Lab, Scooter in the background

The purple Lilac that came from my Mother's yard

The purple Lilac that came from my Mother’s yard

The Iris below is in my front yard and you can see the trunk of my crepe myrtle tree on the left.  My sedum and daylillies are in the background.

Iris starting to bloom in our front yard

Iris starting to bloom in our front yard

Azaleas are so pretty and grow so well in the South.  This one was already established in our yard when we purchased the house.

A closeup of the azalea in bloom

A closeup of a large azalea in my backyard

 

Azaleas in Bloom in our side yard

Azaleas in Bloom in our side yard

Over the past few years I have begun to love different colors of foliage and the Japanese Maple is one of my favorites.  Below I am sharing a few pictures of the Japanese Maples in our neighborhood.  The one growing in our yard was given to Mr. D as a Father’s Day gift almost nine years ago and it has really grown beautifully.

 

Japanese Maple in our side yard

Japanese Maple in our side yard

 

Another neighbor's Japanese Maple that I admire so much

A neighbor’s Japanese Maple that I admire so much – The neighbor and the beautiful trees

A dwarf Japanese Maple in a neighbor's yard

A dwarf Japanese Maple in a neighbor’s yard

I don’t plant many annuals in my yard anymore but I plant them in containers and they are portable and can be used anywhere in my flower beds.  I visited the garden center at our local Home Depot yesterday and I will share my potted plantings when I finish.

Happy Spring and thanks for stopping by.

Closeup of Japanese Maple foilage

Closeup of Japanese Maple foliage

Raleigh NC – One More Time

On Monday I wrote about our recent road trip to Raleigh, North Carolina.  Today, I am sharing some more pictures from our visit.  I need to share the first one and get it out of my system.  This was a snapshot of the NC State flag on Hillsborough Street and that is adjoining the NC State campus.  I am part of a UNC Tarheel and Duke Blue Devil family so for me, an extremely loyal State fan, it made me feel as if a little part of me had returned to my home.

NC State Flag On Hillsborough Street

NC State Flag On Hillsborough Street

The picture below has nothing to do with Raleigh but I was amazed when we were snapping pictures on Hillsborough Street and saw this sign.  Matthews Construction is located here in our small town of Conover and we attend the same church as the Matthews family.  Just a small world sign I wanted to share with you.

Local Construction Company Sign

Local Construction Company Sign

The picture below is of the Bell Tower on the NC State Campus and we snapped the picture as we were leaving Raleigh.  You can see from the picture that the weather was exceptionally beautiful on the day of our visit.

Bell Tower On NC State Campus

Bell Tower On NC State Campus

The picture below is of the campus at State.

Photo Of NC State Campus Grounds

Photo Of NC State Campus Grounds

As we were leaving downtown, we walked over to the Govenor’s Mansion.  It is a stately old building and has such beautiful grounds.

The Govenor's Mansion

The Govenor’s Mansion

 

This is the entrance to the NC Museum of History located in downtown Raleigh.  I loved the Museum and it had so many wonderful exhibits of North Carolina that I have visited and many places I still yearn to visit.  I was especially happy to see interactive exhibits that would definitely interest young children.  I think the highlight of my visit was the exhibit about manufacturing in the South and the “Mill Hill” community.  As I was a part of that, I was really surprised to see that it was considered an integral part of the history of North Carolina.  I can imagine the surprise of my parents if they new the weaving room and card room of a mill was in this museum.

NC Museum Of History

NC Museum Of History

Outside the Museum are Agricultural exhibits.  I snapped this picture of the Muscadines and Scuppernongs as they are considered to be very native grapes of North Carolina.  I wanted to write a blog about them and include recipes.  However, I haven’t been able to find many recipes to feature.  Does you have one that you would like to share?

Information Sign Outside NC Museum of History

Information Sign Outside NC Museum of History

Inside the Museum is a section that could be a museum in itself and features all the sports greats of North Carolina.  Below is the jersey worn by David Thompson at NC State and information about him.  No, I don’t have a picture of anything that featured UNC Tar Heel great Michael Jordan but I will tell you that Michael Jordan was influenced by the play of David Thompson when he was growing up. Enough said.

David Thompson's NC State Jersey

David Thompson’s NC State Jersey

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The picture below is of one of the sport coats worn by Norm Sloan when he was coach at NC State.  They won a national championship in 1974.  It really stirred some memories for me of how big basketball was and is for the state of NC.

Norm Sloan's Plaid Jacket

Norm Sloan’s Plaid Jacket

Jim Valvano’s suit is in the museum and it was such an exciting time when they won the National Championship in 1983.  There are also video clips that you can watch in the museum and you better believe I watched the ending of the NC State/Houston game for the Championship in 1983.  It still brings tears to my eyes after all these years.

Jimmy V's Workout Suit

n Jimmy V’s Workout Suit

So, I hope you enjoyed this tour of one of my favorite places in the world.  I was super excited to visit and Mr. D said he could see my excitement and was glad he suggested this as my birthday road trip.  As far as I am concerned there is only one state and that would be NORTH CAROLINA.  Thanks for stopping by.

Black Mountain, Montreat, Old Fort and Lake James – Beautiful North Carolina Places

Have you ever road down the Interstate at about 70 miles an hour and whizzed past a town, lake or landmark and said, “Someday, I am going to stop there.”  We visited Black Mountain, NC last Saturday and it is just a few miles from Asheville on Interstate 40.  We have passed the small town many times on our way to Asheville but never stopped.  It is a picturesque location in the mountains of North Carolina. We also visited Montreat that is a small community surrounding Montreat College.  On our way home we stopped at Old Fort and Lake James.  We enjoyed our day and it was good to visit charming places that make up such a beautiful part of our state.

First, here are the pictures from Black Mountain.

Street View Of Downtown Black Mountain

Street View Of Downtown Black Mountain

Another Street View - Black Mountain

Another Street View – Black Mountain

We ate lunch at this restaurant.  I had pizza and Mr. D had a sub.  The food was delicious and I was fascinated with the crust of the pizza as it was crispy on the outside but had a very chewy texture.  This restaurant is probably the most popular restaurant in downtown Black Mountain but there are many options for a meal.  The choices include the Red Rocker Inn for breakfast and a German restaurant.

Very Popular Pizza Restaurant in Black Mountain

Very Popular Pizza Restaurant in Black Mountain

Garden In Front of Downtown Shop -Black Mountain

Garden In Front of Downtown Shop -Black Mountain

From Black Mountain we went to Montreat.  It is only a few miles away and is in a lovely setting.  The population of the town is around 700 people and they do not have one traffic light.

Entryway to Montreat NC

Entryway to Montreat NC

 

 

People in Hammocks by River way in Montreat, NC

People in Hammocks along the river in Montreat, NC

Flowers In Bloom In Montreat

Flowers In Bloom In Montreat

 

Close up of Flower In Bloom - Either a Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel

Close up of Flower In Bloom – Either a Rhododendron or Mountain Laurel

From Montreat we returned to Old Fort, NC and as many times as I have traveled Interstate 40, I have never stopped in Old Fort.  It is a very small town but is very pretty.

Historical Sign - Downtown Old Fort

Above is a historical marker in downtown Old Fort.  The picture below is of a park downtown and I loved the picture with the Crepe Myrtles in bloom.

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Below is a close up view of a Crepe Myrtle and I love their lacy blooms.

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Depot At Old Fort, NC and is now an Art Center

Depot At Old Fort, NC and is now an Art Center

We visited the Museum in Old Fort and it is small but informative.  The setting is very pretty.

 

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Cabin @ Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort, NC

Cabin @ Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort, NC

River beside Mountain Gateway Museum

River beside Mountain Gateway Museum

 

Outdoor setting at Mountain Gateway Museum

Outdoor setting at Mountain Gateway Museum

On the way home we stopped briefly at Lake James located in McDowell Count.  The Lake has 150 miles of shoreline and a state park.  There are many access areas for boating and swimming.

Lake James - Burke County, NC

Lake James – Burke County, NC

 

Another View of Lake James, NC

Another View of Lake James, NC

Oops!  I almost forgot this picture.  Camp Ridgecrest is near Old Fort and the cross is on their campus.  We have seen this cross many times from the Interstate and wanted to take a picture of it.  We went to the Camp and they told us the best vantage points to take the picture.  We were very pleased to FINALLY be able to do this.

 

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We had a fun day and our mission was accomplished to take the time to stop and enjoy places along the Interstate that we have never taken the time to visit before.  Maybe that will be the theme of our road trips in the future.

Happy Weekend Everyone.  Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

Three Reasons Why I Love Calling North Carolina Home

Three Reasons Why I Love Calling North Carolina Home:Mother's Day 2013 - Daniel Stow Gardens Dianne 027

(from 100 North Carolina Icons written by Michael Graff for Our State Magazine)

Calabash Seafood – Just inside the state line, the Seafood Capital of the World is right here in N.C.

Daniel Boone – When the most famous frontiersman of all time married and settled down in Rowan County, Boone said, “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.”

Brown Mountain Lights – Burke County’s unexplained lights still show at random times, especially in the fall, leaving us in the glow of the mystery.

 

And that is three reasons why I love the State I am in!

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