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Dining table decorated for Christmas at Biltmore Estate
Biltmore Estate at Christmas We took a trip to Asheville, NC recently, and beyond eating a TON of great food, we finally made to Biltmore Estate. I wasn't completely sure what to expect, but now I'm dying to return in warmer weather when the gardens and grounds will be in...
Henry River Mill Village While browsing for interesting stops on a recent trip to North Carolina, I saw this Atlas Obscura article on the abandoned Henry River Mill Village, and I immediately made it a priority! The company town was built around a mill in the early 1900s, and looks to...
This stunning storybook scene is the abandoned Houtou Wan Village, located on a small island off of China. Deserted due to inaccessibility and lack of resources, the village is now home to just a handful of elderly residents. (via My Modern Met and Bored Panda) Related...
Housed in a sprawling colonial mansion in old San Juan, Puerto Rico, The Gallery Inn looks like a perfect escape to me. Purchased and lovingly renovated by an artist, the property became an inn somewhat organically, hosting travelers beginning in the 1970s. Here's some picks for a weekend at...
The Trulli of Alberobello are an historic town of over 1,000 mortar- less limestone houses near the coastline of Southern Italy. Dating back to the 16th century, the unique structures were built from roughly worked limestone boulders brought from nearby fields. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the town...
Like something out of a fairytale, these bridges in the state of Meghalaya, India sprout out of the hillside, a tangled mess of tree roots both beautiful and sturdy. A photo essay by talented photographer Amos Chapple captures the tree root bridges, which can be a decade or more...
 I'll admit it: I'm dying to stay at the "real" Hogwarts castle (but can we talk about some rules regarding LARPing? those people scare me). Sadly, the Hogwarts of the Harry Potter movies is just a compilation of various castles, historic buildings and sets-- and likely due to licensing...
 Some people aren't squicked out by bringing their Starbucks cup into the lavatory when nature calls, but how many can say they made a point to sip their latte in front of a urinal? Now Londoners have that option at The Attendant, a coffee shop housed in a subterranean...
    ┬áThe small Polish village of Zalipie has a long tradition of covering homes in elaborate floral motifs, and the results are straight out of a fairy tale! As is so often the case, no one quite knows how the tradition started, but it's speculated that the painting began as...
Last week, we took a quick jaunt up to Traverse City, Michigan for some autumnal goodness. We were a little early for the full glory of autumn leaves, but did find some fantastic food and drink! Philips Cider Mill was a perfect roadside stop on the way up, with fresh...

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