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A Few Things to do in North Carolina Day Dec 13-16, 2017

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2017 Executive Mansion Holiday Open House in Raleigh NC

It is the Christmas season.  There are many ways to enjoy the holidays in NC.  One that I have heard about but never experienced is the NC Executive Mansion Holiday open house.  Stephanie, Maggie and I decided to visit this year. Below you will find some photos and quotes from other sources...enjoy:-)
"Take a tour of the N.C. Executive Mansion this holiday season. Visitors are invited to tour the home, take in the decorations and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local performing groups. The first floor of the Mansion will be decorated with N.C.-grown Christmas trees, floral and mixed evergreen arrangements, a whimsical gingerbread house and ornate mantle displays. Reservations are not required." Visit Raleigh NC "At 35,000 square feet, it is the third-biggest Governor’s mansion in the country." Walter Magazine
"The Executive Mansion was completed in 1891 and remains one of the state's finest examples of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture.&quo…

A Few Things to do in North Carolina this Weekend Dec 6-10, 2017

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

*Dec 8-10 is Wilson Winter Lights at the Wilson Botanical Gardens in Wilson NC
*Dec 8-9 is Edenton's Christmas Candlelight Tour in Historic Edenton NC.
*Dec 9 is the Candlelight Christmas Celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern NC
*Dec 9 & 10 is the 46th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour in Raleigh NC
*Dec 6-9 is the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House in Raleigh NC
*Dec 8-9 in Dillsboro NC you can attend Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries. 

Check out this week daily holidays....
Dec 6-St. Nicholas Day
Dec 7-National Cotton Candy Day
Dec 8-Natiional Brownie Day
Dec 9-National Pastry Day
Dec 10-Human Rights Day
Dec 11-International Mountain Day
Dec 12-Gingerbread House Day

As usual guys you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guarantee anything.  All photos are from the promotional event websites.  
Whatever you decide to do have a great…

Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC

It's fall, my favorite time of year.  Now is the perfect time to travel up to the Blue Ridge Mountains to experience the crisp mountain air and hopefully see the colorful fall leaves.  Erica and I decided to stop at a few of the many wineries in NC on our mini vacation.  On the way to Blowing Rock we took a slight diversion to Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC.
Here is what they say on their website...

"Located in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, the vineyard shares a similar climate and growing season to that of some of the best wine growing regions in Europe. The vineyard is one of the largest on the East Coast."
One thing I like about Shelton Vineyards is the fact that they have a restaurant. We decided to eat lunch and enjoy some of their delicious wines.  First stop was the Harvest Grill. 
We decide to try their wine flight.  It came out in a tiered display.  You may choose five wines.  As they served our flights, there were many "Oohhs" and "A…

A Visit to the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge

One place I knew I had to visit while I was in the Lake Lure area was the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Here is a quote from their website....
"Officially dedicated Oct. 19, 2013, the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge blooms on the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge in Lake Lure, NC. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge came together to create gardens on the 155 feet of the bridge and along a pathway at both ends of the three-arch span itself. With an emphasis on native plants, the Friends mission is to create a “Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful” for the enjoyment of the public.
Lovely view from the bridge... Love the doors decorating the garden.. Attention to detail is seen in this family of owls... Just a few of the plants along the path... Many lovely things to see... Bricked paved garden walkway... An invitation I could not pass up.... I really enjoyed my leisurely stroll on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.  
If you find yourself in…

A Few Things to do in North Carolina this Weekend Nov 29-Dec 3, 2017

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

*Beginning Dec 2nd is the Twilight Tour in Brevard NC
*Nov 30 is the Holiday Sip and Shop at the Garden Supply Company in Cary NC  *Dec. 2nd it the Holiday Open House and Christmas Concert at Lafayette Village in Raleigh NC *Starting Nov 29-Dec 3rd you can go to the Festival of Trees in Pinehurst NC *Firday Dec 1st is the Holiday Christmas Crawl in West Jefferson NC

*Dec 1st - Jan 2nd you can attend the many festivities at the 20th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas that is held at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill NC.  Check the dates for the events because they vary as to date and time.  Many of the events are ticketed so it would be best to check to see if the event is sold out. 
Let's check out the daily holidays Nov 29-Square Dancing Day Nov 30-National Mason Jar Day Dec 1- Faux Fur Friday Dec 2-National Mutt Day  Dec 3-National Roof Over Your Head Day Dec 4-National Cookie Day Dec 5-Bath…