Visiting Southern Pines NC

Under the Oaks : Visiting Southern Pines NCEvery now and then I like to explore outside Raleigh’s city limits and get lost in a little Southern Charm. Being in Raleigh we truly are at the center of it all, in North Carolina that is. Within an hour or so you can get mountains, beach, or a quaint downtown. My recent poison? The quaint downtown of Southern Pines, North Carolina.

For my birthday weekend two weeks ago I had rented a Mustang convertible just for fun and thought what better way to enjoy a beautiful North Carolina day than to go for a back-road drive, with the top down, and tunes blaring. It was great! What wasn’t so great? I was having so much fun that I got to Southern Pines with only an hour and a half before all the downtown shops closed. Note to the wise: when exploring a small North Carolinian town, arrive earlier in the day. Continue reading

Canada : Niagara Falls + Niagara on the Lake

Under the Oaks blog: Canada : Niagara Falls + Niagara on the Lake

Welcome to Recap #2 of our trip north. In the middle of DIYing it for my mom, we headed off to Canada for a day trip. Now that we both have our passports, it was easy for us to head up there while home. Plus, taking Jason to Niagara Falls for the first time was on my Official 30 before 30 Bucket List! Crystal touched on some of the same things in her review of Toronto last month, which is funny because we didn’t plan it that way!

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Upstate New York : Corning + Seneca Lake Wineries

Under the Oaks blog: Upstate New York : Corning + Seneca Lake Wineries #fingerlakeswinecountry

Happy Thursday! I am more happy than ever to see the weekend up ahead. It has been a long but good week back home and, even though we will spend most of our weekend cleaning and landscaping, I’m so ready for the weekend. We got in late Sunday and it has pretty much been non-stop since.

I’m really excited to share some trip photos with you! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of these already since I went a little instanuts on the trip. I just couldn’t help it! Upstate is so beautiful this time of year.

This post is pretty much about the first half our our week. We spent most of the days at my mom’s in Corning and a day at some of the Seneca Lake wineries.  While home, Jason and I decided we wanted to work on my mom’s basement. At the end of the week we are about halfway done with the remodel but it’s livable and 1,000x better than what it was. We cleared out a lot of junk, which was probably more difficult for me than her since most of it was my childhood things I left behind, but it was incredibly necessary.

We spent our vacation working hard…

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