4.16.2014

Drinks and Birdhouses at Chapel Hill's Carolina Inn

One of my favorite local hotels, The Carolina Inn, has joined Instagram. I know. I have lots of favorites here, but all my luxury hotels are truly different in the area, and all offer something exceptional and unique. The Carolina Inn is a beautiful, historic, antebellum-styled hotel in the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's campus. When spring rolls around, it's the perfect place for drinks on the porch.


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The popular Fridays on the Front Porch will kick off on April 25 and will run through early October from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Every Friday, there is live music with a different band, and Carolina Crossroads offers picnic offerings and drinks for a per person charge.

Chapel Hill is about 45 minutes from Raleigh with traffic, but I am going one Friday when the kids aren't in school.

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One of my most popular Instagram photos came from the Carolina Inn when I was there last fall to see some of the new renovations.

Every April, the Inn hosts its annual Birdhouses on Parade. I've not seen birdhouses in person for a couple of years now, but they are truly spectacular. The Inn's pastry chef, Sarah Thomas, made one for display this year. Most are made by N.C. artists.

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The birdhouses will be on display through Easter then the Inn will get ready for UNC graduation events and Mother's Day. The Inn is truly a special place to have afternoon tea, too. The Spring Afternoon Tea is served in the lobby Thursday through Sunday and features The Carolina Inn’s popular floral teas such as Carolina Blueberry and Vanilla Apple Hibiscus. Chef Clark prepares a medley of savory tea sandwiches, assorted sweets and chocolates, followed by a grand finale of warm scones served with fresh lemon curd, English Devonshire cream and jam.  And take it from me, the scones are good. 


Exterior of The Carolina Inn 

The Inn is also in its busy bridal season. My friends at Southern Bride and Groom told me that the venue probably does more weddings than any venue in the Triangle. The Inn completed a fabulous guest room and ballroom renovation last year. I've attended two weddings at the Inn. 

And if you're going to the Inn for an reason then do Valet Parking.  It's worth it. Parking is not easy to find in Chapel Hill. It can be done, but be prepared to walk. 



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4.13.2014

Southern Chat: Hot Dogs and Milkshakes in North Carolina's "Mayberry"

On the way back from the Primland Resort, I stopped in Mt. Airy, North Carolina for a quick lunch.

Mt. Airy, N.C. (also known as Mayberry)
Mt. Airy, N.C.


Mt. Airy is special in my home state because it is the late actor, Andy Griffith's, hometown. The fictional town named "Mayberry" from The Andy Griffith Show, is based on this mountain town near the Virginia border.




 
Tourists come in the bus loads to experience a little bit of the South's "Mayberry."  And just like in Mayberry, residents sit on the side of the street, and time does seem a little bit slower.

HinesSight Blog Travels to Mayberry (Mt. Airy, N.C.)
Just like in Mayberry, Mt. Airy, N.C. has a Floyd's Barber Shop



We had lunch at Walker's Soda Fountain.. Andy, Barney, and Opie would always go down to the drugstore for ice cream on the TV show, and Andy's girlfriend, Ellie, was a pharmacist in the store.

Hot Dogs at Walker's Soda Shop in Mt. Airy, N.C


In reality, Andy Griffith hung out at Walker's Soda Fountain after school. This store has been a staple in Mt. Airy since 1925.

Owner David Jones has owned the soda fountain for nine years, and he does a great impression of Ernest T. Bass, another crazy character from the show.  While there, he had a table of tourists from Ohio laughing hysterically as he delivered from some past lines from the TV show in Ernest T Bass's twang.

HinesSight  Blog Travels to Mayberry (Mt. Airy, N.C)
Soda Fountain owner David Jones


It' a great place to relive the good, old Southern days of time gone by.

HinesSight Blog Travels to Mayberry (Mt. Airy, N.C.)
My two enjoying a day of hot dogs and ice cream in Mt. Airy, N.C.


I added a little bit of today's times to the experience by ordering a coffee milkshop.  Not sure if coffee milkshakes existed in Mayberry, but they certainly do in Mt.Airy.

Coffee Milkshake at Walker's Soda Shop in Mt. Airy, N.C.
Coffee Milkshake


We only passed through Mt. Airy, but there really is a lot to see including a great Andy Griffith Museum and some TV set replicas. I'm putting Mt. Airy back on my list to explore another time.


Also, it has one of the best toy stores I've seen in quite a long time. Be sure to stop in the Mayberry Toy Company.  For more on Mt. Airy, visit the city's tourism website. 



4.09.2014

A View from the Rainy Gap Trail at Primland

I rarely post just one photo and call it a post for this blog, but I've been sick since Sunday night with a stomach virus. I did not want to miss #IGTRAVELThursday for the second week in a row because history is certainly in the making this week. It's exciting because our link-up is now in English, Italian, German, and Finnish. That's really exciting for our @IGTRAVELThursday IG community

My photo this week was taken on property at the Primland Resort in Meadows of Dan, Virginia on April 2. This area is gorgeous. And no, I did not go camping. As you probably expected, I stayed in supreme luxury accommodations surrounded by glorious nature.  And I'm talking about rugged nature filled with hiking trails, streams, and ponds.

The only way I got to see this spectacular view was to drive an ATV up the mountain, through streams, and over rock and stumps. It was a wild ride.


View of Rainy Gap Trail at the Primland Resort
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This photo is from the Rainy Gap trail, which is part of Primland's 12,000 acres. In the above photo, you are looking at the state of North Carolina as it is viewed from Virginia.

And just so you know I'm not such a luxury powder puff, here is proof that I drove an ATV.

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I'll have much more on the Primland Resort in my Pack Your Bags feature and on Skimbaco Lifestyle.

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