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Fall Road-trip: Five Towns to See in the South

I just saw an article on Yahoo entitled, “Ten Towns to See in the Fall.” All ten destinations were certainly beautiful, but hello? The article didn’t mention one southern city! So, I thought I’d write my own list! And here goes…

1. Clayton, Georgia located in the Blue Ridge Mountains {all of Rabun County for that matter}

{image via travel and leisure}

2. Asheville, North Carolina~ the Biltmore House, Downtown Asheville, Grove Park Inn~ gorgeous all year, especially fall!

{Image via this site}

{Grove Park Inn}

3. Blackberry Farms 30 minutes outside of Knoxville, TN ~ the perfect combination of natural beauty and luxurious amenities.

{Images via Blackberry Farms website, Kiwi Collection}

4. Chattanooga has more than just the choo-choo! Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls, a lively downtown full of restaurants and shops, Rock City, Lookout Mountain~ great family place!

{Picture via Chattanooga Relocation Guide}

5. Abingdon, VA, is one of the most historical cities in the state. October is the perfect month to watch the leaves changing, and to get a little spooked at the Abingdon Spirit Tour!

{Barter Theatre one of the oldest nonprofit professional theaters in the nation.}

I don’t know about you, but I think this is a pretty good list! Maybe Yahoo will reconsider their’s!

Gracious Gal

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2011 Country Living Fair {Atlanta Show}

I am soooo excited about the Country Living Fair at Stone Mountain Park this year!!!  Truly, it’s been a while since I’ve looked forward to something this much!  I’ve never been, but from what I understand the vendors specialize in vintage {and vintage-inspired}, rustic, and re-purposed goods.  So it won’t be like your typical craft fair.

Here are some pics I pulled from the Country Living website:


Details: October 21, 22 & 23 at Stone Mountain Park 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See ya’ there!

Gracious Gal

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Anna Maria Horner {Southern Women Wednesday}

Sometime, somewhere, you have without a doubt seen the colorful, and gorgeous designs of Anna Maria Horner.  She is by far one of my favorite fabric and pattern designers.  But, what is so interesting to me about Anna Maria is not just her beautiful line of textiles, gift items, and sewing books {to name a few}, but the fact that she runs this successful business while being a wife and mother to 6~ yes, SIX~ kids!  I read her blog, I visit her site, I see the projects she works on… how does she have the time?!  And on top of it all, she seems to do it so gracefully!

Speaking of grace, Anna Maria has such a gracious heart.  In response to the 2010 Nashville flood,  {Nashville is where Anna Maria lives and my home away from home}, she started the Rainbow Around the Block quilting project for families in Middle Tennessee who lost so much in the flood.  The project brought quilters from across the country together to give flood victims a piece of art made with love.

“It is a simple mission, but it’s one that we hope will be far reaching and one that will give homemade comfort to as many people as possible.”

Watch this video to see some of the quilt blocks that were donated:

Rainbow.Makers

To keep up with Anna Maria, follow her blog… and prepare yourself to be “wowed” by this amazing, southern woman!

xoxo,

Gracious Gal

 

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