Asheville, NC: All we Remember, and More

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  Art, music, great food, a young, fun-living culture: what’s not to love? Our first, and until now, only visit to Asheville was almost accidental, as a stop at the end of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We certainly "covered the necessities", such as walking the city, exploring the galleries and touring [Read more …]

Surveying the New and the Old of Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte-skyline day

  Our first, very brief visit to the state’s capitol city. It is, overwhelmingly, a city of new. New high rises and retail developments, new stadiums, new light rail system–mostly big, and mostly flashy. The biggest in the city–the corporate emblems of the city are Bank of America (which, being boomers, we [Read more …]

Charleston Hotel and Restaurants


  We spend our nights in The Vendue, a beautifully remodeled art hotel located in the center of historic Old Town and near many of the cities primary sights and best restaurants. The roof deck has one of the most popular rooftop bars in the city and the common areas are filled with art [Read more …]

Charleston Historic Sights, Museums and Homes

Charleston-slave mart

  Although we began our search for Charleston’s history with a couple of guided walking tours (see our June 27 post), one can’t help but to absorb some of the city’s history just by walking the historic streets, both of the southern section of the old city (most of which was destroyed and rebuild [Read more …]

Charleston Historic Walking Tours

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  Walking tours are a great way to see and to learn the history of a city. This is especially true in a city like Charleston, which virtually oozes history. We spend both our mornings in the city on walking tours.   Historic Charleston Walking Tour. The material alone would [Read more …]

Revisiting Charleston, SC

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  Charleston is one of our favorite U.S. cities. How could it not be? Its beautiful colonial mansions and homes, its history, its graciousness and of course, its low-country cooking. Since we get back to the city so infrequently, we had a lot of catching up to do. The itinerary for our [Read more …]

Revisiting the Southeastern U.S.


It had been a number of years since we were in the southeast (excluding Washington, D.C., which we visit every couple years. A return trip was long overdue. This trip covered parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, D.C. It was bookmarked by two of our favorite cities: Charleston, South [Read more …]

Catching Up with Amador and El Dorado County Wines

Sierra Wine Country We generally enjoy, but do not specifically search out Sierra Wines–wines which focus primarily on Zinfandel and Rhone and Tuscan varietals. Our primary exposure to them is from trade tastings including Zinfest, Rhone Rangers and this week’s Wines of El Dorado tastings. We were, however, been anxious to revisit [Read more …]

Two Great Days in Lake Tahoe


Our Carson Pass timeshare was “only” about a forty-five-hour drive to South Lake Tahoe. We spent two of our six days (including two days driving from and two San Francisco) at the lake. The first day was to reacquaint ourselves with an area with a leisurely drive around the lake, taking in the [Read more …]

Lunches in Sacramento

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Although it is not far away from San Francisco, we seldom get to Sacramento, the capital of California. We recently had the opportunity to do so when we drove from San Francisco into the Sierras by Lake Tahoe and decided to stop there for lunch. Since we arrived about a 45 minutes before our lunch [Read more …]