Arts / Culture / History, Entertainment & shows, Family Fun, Texas

A Magical Day at the Magnolia Market in Waco Texas

Magnolia Market front of building

 

If you were a fan of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” then you’re familiar with Chip and Joanna Gaines’s, Magnolia Market at the Silos. Since its opening in 2015, the two-and-a-half acre property in downtown Waco, Texas, has become much more than a store—it has become a significant destination.

I recently had a fun day exploring all that Magnolia’s had to offer. Driving to the location, visitors first spot the two iconic grain silos. Across from them is the 20,000-square-foot Magnolia Market. The property also contains a bakery, a garden and garden shop, and an outdoor area with artificial turf where the entire family can toss a football, play corn-hole, eat a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the laid-back vibe. Be sure to snap a selfie in front of the famous silos and red vintage truck with the Magnolia Market sign bolted to it. 

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Family Fun, Resorts, B&Bs, Inns, South Carolina

A Weekend Getaway to the Hammock Coast

South Carolina’s Hammock Coast offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of some larger popular beach destinations. Located just south of Myrtle Beach, visitors will discover pristine beaches, small-town beauty and a variety of activities for every member of the family. 

My husband and I visited Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island, two of the six areas that make up the Hammock Coast. We stayed at the beautiful Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, a great destination in itself and a jumping off point to explore the area.

Whether you prefer a beach ball or a golf ball, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is the perfect location for a weekend get-a-way to the Hammock Coast. The resort offers a variety of accommodations including beachfront condos, lakeside villas and homes. We stayed at Bridgewater, which features one- and two-bedroom condos with king or queen beds, a living area, fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and a balcony with breathtaking views of the  Atlantic Ocean. The private one-mile beach is just steps away, as well as an indoor and outdoor pool, a lazy river, and pool play plaza.  

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Arts / Culture / History, Food and Wine, Louisiana, Romantic get-a-ways

How to Do New Orleans in a Weekend

 

Bourbon Street, New Orleans at nightDINNER AT ARNAUD’S AND MUSIC ON FRENCHMAN STREET

DAY 1: One of the first things I like to do when I visit a new city is a Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour.  These are great for providing an overall tour of the city, highlighting the city’s history and helping you decide what to explore in greater depth. I suggest purchasing the unlimited 3-day tour ticket so you can explore at your leisure.

For an authentic Creole dinner, make reservations at Arnaud’s Restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter. Serving authentic Creole cuisine for more than 100 years, this family-owned restaurant is a great place for a romantic dinner. Request to be seated in the Jazz Bistro section which has a nightly live Dixieland Jazz band. Dine à la carté or choose from a three course “prix fixe” Table D’hôtel Menu. Be sure to try their signature side dish, Soufflé Potatoes with Béarnaise Sauce and end your meal with a local specialty—Café Brulot (for two) prepared table side and flamed with brandy.

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Arts / Culture / History, Entertainment & shows, Family Fun, Food and Wine, Louisiana

Exploring Louisiana’s Plantation and Bayou Country

While the city of New Orleans is a popular destination, one only has to travel an hour or less outside the city to get a different perspective of Louisiana’s rich heritage and culture. Visit sugar cane plantations, Louisiana’s swamps and bayous and chow down on some local Cajun food.

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Food and Wine, Mountain Adventures, North Carolina, Resorts, B&Bs, Inns, Romantic get-a-ways, Uncategorized

Romantic Inns and B&Bs in Western North Carolina

Front porch with rockers at Tiffany Hill B&B

 

Head to western North Carolina any time of year to experience the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Soak in the relaxing vibes with a stay at a mountain inn or bed & breakfast as a destination itself, or as a jumping off spot to explore the area.

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