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Our trip to Folly Beach was great. The little “island” has so much charm. We ventured into Charleston one evening… Amazing. Can’t believe I had never been, especially considering it’s so close. I look forward to going back and staying a bit longer.

Here are few pics I took with my {newly purchased} i-phone. Which I haven’t put down!

Of course I loved that everything around was “Ashley”…


We ate breakfast twice at The Lost Dog {sweet potato pancakes- yummo!}


If you have been to Charleston, have you noticed the number of houses that are leaning like this one?


Chick-mobile on Folly…


I loved being able to walk the beach in November!


Every detail of Charleston was pretty.


Sunset and sailboats in Charleston.


Fountain in Charleston.


Gracious Gal


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Impromptu weekend trips are the best

We’re headed to Folly Beach for the weekend (and a quick run to Charleston while we’re at it!) Looking at the lack of blog entries over the last month, you might can tell I’ve been a bit busy. So we’re pretty excited about our mini getaway! I plan on doing a whole lotta nothin’ over the next three days… especially since it’s the last “free” weekend before the holiday madness begins.

photo via folly beach now

Enjoy your weekend!

Gracious Gal

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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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Cades Cove

There is a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that for me, is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Though there are many places I have never been, I can’t imagine anything that could be more peaceful or breathtaking than Cades Cove.  Riding through the 11-mile loop, you will without a doubt encounter your share of wildlife including deer, fox, rabbits, and turkeys.  On our most recent trip, we were so excited to come across a mama black bear and her three tiny cubs!  I felt so lucky to watch them in their habitat, though definitely respecting their space {a mama bear is nothin’ to mess with, or any bear for that matter}.

If it’s your first time to Cades Cove, I definitely suggest taking your time, stopping at the cabins and churches still standing from the mid-late 1800’s.  May through September, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the loop is reserved for hikers and bicyclist from sun-up to 10 a.m.  According to my “Cades Cove expert” hubby, the best time to go is during the week around the month of September.  If you plan on driving the loop, expect to spend over two hours in the park.  Find more info here.

My favorite thing about Cades Cove is I feel my eyes can’t get wide enough- if that makes sense!  It is so breathtaking; I want to take it all in.  I feel so far away from my everyday worries.  So simple, yet so gorgeous and thrilling at the same time.  It’s truly a gift.

Pretty, huh? 🙂

Gracious Gal

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Anthology Magazine: “Print is not dead!”

There are few publications out there today that truly inspire me… leave me in “awe”.  Honestly, the magazine racks that line the check-out counter used to be my favorite part of the grocery store experience.  These days I just find them more under-whelming than anything.  Which is why I was thrilled to stumble upon Anthology

Anthology’s pages encompass all that is creative, beautiful, thoughtful, and so much more.  It’s so refreshing to find a publication that is not full of ads (they have a limit), but rather full of topics celebrating travel, decor, entertaining, design- all the pretty things about life!

This is only their third issue, but I cannot wait to see what’s next!  Click here to subscribe. 

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