It's a long road trip for us to get to our annual family reunion in Mississippi so to break up this year's drive, we planned to stop and explore the beautiful state of Alabama. With three days, we explored as many of the highlights as we could.
As we travel, we enjoy botanical gardens of all shapes and sizes but at home, we are lucky enough to have Norfolk Botanical Garden on our back doorstep where we can enjoy beautiful flowers all spring and summer and a spectacular holiday light display in the winter. This family-friendly spot is a great place to host a wedding or just spend an afternoon.
"It doesn't matter how old you are. Buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised nine year old was given $100." -Unknown
If you are visiting the Hampton Roads areas, visiting the Hermitage is a great way to spend the afternoon. As locals, it is a hidden gem worth repeat visits. The Hermitage is peaceful, quiet, educational, beautiful, and a family-friendly place.
For three short, very precious weeks each spring, Burnside Farms explodes with color as 2.5 million tulip bulbs bloom across 15 acres. The result is spectacular and the farm opens to the public for a not-to-be missed "pick-your-own" event.
Berkley Plantation is a family friendly and a history buff's bonanza! It is not in the center of the Williamsburg tourist attractions, which is a plus for us and we thought it was worth the short drive to visit. The plantation is peaceful and beautifully situated high above the James River.
"Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different." -C.S. Lewis
"Anxiety isn't weakness. Living with anxiety, turning up and doing stuff with anxiety, takes a strength most will never know." -Unknown
"Safety is something that happens between your ears, not something you hold in your hands." -Jeff Cooper
"In life, it's not where you go - it's who you travel with." -Charles Schultz