hiking lookout mountain

Five (more) days in Asheville, NC (again)

We love Asheville. Have I mentioned that? This was our third and longest visit, and it has officially become our long weekend getaway destination of choice, for the reasonable driving distance from our base in Central VA, the delicious beer and food scene,...

dog at freeman park carolina beach

Three days in Wilmington, NC

Our trek from Central VA to Wilmington, NC went through our friends’ driveway in Virginia Beach. It’s not the most direct route, but it was the ideal one for us. Bugsy rabidly enjoyed her first true beach experience and the...

dog at birdsong brewing, charlotte

One day in Charlotte, NC

Campground If you google “campgrounds in Charlotte,” you’ll see several dots outside Charlotte’s I-485 perimeter loop, and just one dot inside the circle: Elmore RV Park and Campground. Despite some low reviews, we stayed there for its proximity to the center...

airstream by french broad river

36 hours in Asheville, NC (visit #2)

We love Asheville! Despite being sick, we still managed to visit a few new breweries (and one old favorite), and of course we ate tacos. The scene around downtown on New Year’s Eve was festive and fun, but instead of reveling we took...

hiking green knob trail blowing rock

Two days in Blowing Rock, NC

Blowing Rock was our last camping stop of the trip. While we had mixed feelings about the adventure coming to a close (a regular-sized bed! and a regular-sized bathroom! and our friends back home! –versus– excitement! and exploration! and new...

dog hiking near asheville

Two days in Asheville, NC

We started our trip (after a stopover at my sister‘s in Burlington, NC) in Asheville, known as Beer City, USA. There is so much to eat and drink in this hip little city in the mountains. (See also: visit #2 and...