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A Few Things to do in North Carolina this Weekend March 14-18, 2018

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Over the Falls Restaurant in Wake Forest North Carolina

My daughter and I were in the town of Wake Forest and decided to find a restaurant for lunch.  We did not know the lunch options, so we consulted google.  One that popped up and had good reviews, 4/5 stars on Yelp, was Over the Falls.
The restaurant has a nice dining area and a relaxed, casual bar. Here is a quote from their website. ​
"Come Discover Over the Falls in Downtown Wake Forest, NC and our Award Winning Specialty Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pizza & Wings." 

The food was excellent.  Erica and I decided to share a wrap sandwich and get two sides.  The bartender split the wrap and our sides items for us which was very helpful.  If you go I recommend the Bruschetta, it was delicious.  I would order that again.  Check out their menu here.
Over the Falls is within walking distance of the downtown strip.  There you can find shops, more restaurants, and a brewery.  I would like to return and check out more of downtown Wake Forest and of course return to Over the F…

A Few Things to do in North Carolina This Weekend March 7-11, 2018

Time to start planning your weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC this weekend....

*March 10th is the Cape Fear 8th Annual Beer and Wine Festival in Wilmington NC
*March 9-10 in Monroe NC you can attend the Carolina Lily Quilt Show. *March 10-11is the Open Barn Event at Celebrity Dairy.  I have been several times so I am adding one of my photos... *March 8 in Washington NC you can enjoy a Dueling Pianos event. *March 10 at Cloer Family Vineyards in Apex NC you can sip wine and enjoy music at  "Toast and Tunes". *March 10 is the Americana Concert in Fayetteville NC Lets not forget those daily holidays... March 7-National Cereal Day (What is your favorite cereal?)
March 8-International Women's Day
March 9-Get Over it Day
March 10-Salvation Army Day
March 11-Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 12-Napping Day (Sounds good to me:-)
March 13-Organize Your Home Office Day

As usual guys you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guaran…

The Hickory Nut Gift and Antique Shop in Chimney Rock NC

While exploring Lake Lure and the surrounding area I discovered a unique and inviting gift shop.  The name of the shop is The Hickory Nut.   I drove past this shop several times while exploring the area.  On my final day, I decided I would regret if I did not stop in for a visit. I was glad I did!
As you can see from the photos there is something for everyone. From my overview of the shop I found seasonal decorations, plants, home decor, antiques,  crafts, and endless gift items. 
The address of the shop is 215 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720.  It is located on the main road between The town of Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village.  The phone number I found for them if you want to check hours is 828-625-2211.
So, if you find yourself in the Lake Lure area I suggest you check out The Hickory Nut Gift shop.  You may find an unexpected treasure.
Happy Travels and Adventures Everyone! KathieyV:-)

What North Carolina has a State Rock? Yes, and I know what it is....Granite

Were you aware that states have a designated state rock?  I know we have the state bird, and the state flower but I was not aware of the state rock.  I looked it up on Wikipedia and they have a list of  "U.S. State Minerals, Rocks, Stones and Gemstones."  
So what is our state rock you ask? Our state rock is Granite.
"The General Assembly of 1979 designated Granites the official Rock for the State of North Carolina." Quote from the Reference Desk I like to think that I am staying true to my home state of NC because I have granite countertops.  Full disclosure, when I purchased my countertops, I had no idea this was the state rock/stone:-)
"The State of North Carolina has been blessed with an abundant source of "the noble rock," granite. Just outside Mount Airy in Surry County is the largest open face granite quarry in the world measuring one mile long and 1,800 feet in width. The granite from this quarry is unblemished, gleaming, and without interfering s…

Raffaldini Vineyards in Rhonda NC, This is a Blast From the Past Updated From Oct 2010

Several weeks ago, (Update: back in 2010), Joe and I decided to head to the mountains for our 34th wedding anniversary.  (Update: He left me at year 37 so he is no longer in the picture.) We love the Blowing Rock area, so we decided to head up there and do a bit of hiking off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Someone at work suggested that on our way we stop off at the Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery. She said it was not far off the highway and the wine was excellent and the setting beautiful.  So I found it online, plotted our course and off we went.......

Nice welcoming entry.  I thought I was in Europe.
Let's go in for a tasting... Click here for info and pricing of their wine tastings.
Wine is a relatively new experience for me.  I have only been enjoying wine for the last few years.  You could say I was a late bloomer.
I thought most of the wines at Raffaldini were lovely.  I usually shy away from the reds; I find them bitter, too overpowering for my developing wine palate. I lean a bi…

A Few Things To Do In North Carolina This Weekend Feb 28-March 4, 2018

Time to start planning your weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC this weekend....

*March 3rd you can fly a kite at the Kite Festival in Cary NC *March 1-11th you can go to Kure Beach NC and see The World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.  According to the website shows are held on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. *March 3 is the 91st Annual Star Fiddler's Convention in Biscoe NC
*March 2-4 is the North Carolina Potters Conference in Asheboro NC *Feb 28 at Trail Irish Pub in Morrisville NC they are playing Game of Thrones Trivia. *March 3rd in Chapel Hill NC you can attend The Carolina Circle's 31st Annual Powwow. Let's not forget those daily holidays... Feb 28-National Tooth Fairy Day March 1- National Peanut Butter Lovers Day March 2-World of Prayer Day March 3-Peach Blossom Day March 4- Hug a PI Day March 5-Multiple Personality Day March 6-Dentist's Day As usual guys you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I…