About Leigh Powell Hines

Email: Leigh Powell Hines 

Welcome to this blog. I’m Leigh Powell Hines, based in Raleigh, N.C. As a former TV reporter and Communications Executive, I started the HinesSightBlog as a creative outlet/portfolio when I decided to trade in my briefcase for a diaper bag full-time when my second child was one in 2011. As someone who had to write about news for a living, I wanted my personal blog to center around topics that were never handed to me when I was in a TV newsroom.

Now that I am in my eighth year as a blogger, my site has evolved to cover many topics, but I like to stick to my core roots: Travel, Hotels, Food, and Life, all with my own Southern Spin. I believe a hotel is just as important as the destination itself when one travels and culinary adventures are in the center of it all. I adore afternoon tea and am in love with all things British.

Since leaving the office and the TV newsroom, I’ve written freelance for Forbes Magazine, Starwood, Travel sites, Visit Raleigh, and other publications. Now, I focus on my own sites as a content marketer.

Through my #OutaboutNC community on social media (we are currently over 20,000 strong), I promote travel and tourism in North Carolina. North Carolina is in the top 10 as one of the most popular states to visit. I firmly believe that locals know a destination better than anyone.

You can find me around the Triangle and North Carolina with my OutaboutNC moments. With a middle schooler and a fourth-grader, I don't get to travel as often as I would like for work because when Mama leaves town the household falls apart.

I turned fifty at the end of 2018. I am hoping to inspire others that age is just a number, and as we age, we just become better versions of our younger selves.

All content on the HinesSightBlog and OutaboutNC is managed and written or edited by me.

I feel blessed to have my community here and I thank you for being part of it.

My two children are now 13 and 9. I used to write about them more when they were younger. Those moments will always be a special part of my portfolio. Will and I have been married for 16 years and we have a senior poodle named Andy, who we adopted in 2017 as a rescue. Like your household, mine is busy. I try to concentrate on good, healthy recipes for my family. I'm also a sport traveling mom now exploring the Southeast so when I travel on those trips, I perceive them differently than I do as a vacation. I'm always on the search for value, local meals, and safe traveling.

The 9-year-old family diva

The 13-year-old foodie and my husband who are rarely photographed these days out of personal choice. 

Our rescue senior dog, Andy. He loves to be photographed. 

My children have their own opinions about travel. You can find travel through their eyes on HinesSightBlogKids on Instagram. I approve all that is posted by them. I mainly operate two Instagram accounts. You may learn about North Carolina at OutaboutNC and follow Leigh Powell Hines for Southern Life, Food, Travel, and Recipes

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