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They say home is where the heart is. If that’s in fact true, then I would easily classify Ponte Vedra, FL, a beach community just south of Jacksonville, as part of my home. I lived there part of the summer between my Junior and Senior year of college for an internship with my aunt Kathy’s company, Raymond James Financial. In addition, Kathy and my uncle Matt (my dad’s brother), and my first… Read More

After leaving Charleston, I wasn’t sure what to expect regarding our next destination:  Savannah, Georgia. Rumors preceded it… “Savannah is a blue-collar Charleston”  “It’s the Jewel of Georgia”, “The St. Patty’s Day celebration is one of the best in the South”, and things of the sort.  Sometimes I don’t like to know anything about a city until I get there in order to have an unbiased opinion.  Some things that I might… Read More

Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina and you feel it.  As you stroll through the cobblestone streets, you see horse-drawn city tours, mid 18th century homes and sprawling old growth trees.  It’s a city with deep-rooted culture.

Throughout this adventure, and one could even argue throughout life, I’ve learned there is never enough time to see and do everything we want.  I could easily spend a whole year or more exploring everything the United States has to offer.  Each little city and it’s residents, sprawling vistas, breweries, restaurants, gardens, roadside attractions – there’s so much to be explored.  But we only have about 2 months to skim the surface… Read More

(March 31st-April 1st) I’ve heard the stories. A hippy oasis in the middle of Appalachia.  Unique in North Carolina, especially in Western North Carolina.  Great food, great live music, beautiful scenery. And of course, home of the famous Biltmore Estates.  I can’t, with a straight face, sit here and tell you that those things aren’t completely true.  But that wouldn’t be the whole story of Asheville. After a long first day on… Read More