Who doesn’t love a good road trip in the blooming beauty of spring?
Last week, I flew just west of the Mississippi and hit the road with my surrogate sister, Debbie Ferguson, beginning my trip in Jackson, Tennessee and ending my trip in Nashville.
I’d returned home for my nephew’s graduation from high school, the ceremony held in my old high school auditorium. I hadn’t set foot in that space in years and hadn’t taken a road with Debbie in just as long!
Naturally, I hit Jackson’s Carriage House Antique Mall, where I picked up some vintage bookends and an orange wood holder for the fireplace, then attended the annual Humboldt Tennessee Strawberry Festival and parade. This year was the 75th year celebration and they honored all of the living past princesses. My beautiful Aunt Suzanne, the 1954 Strawberry Festival princess (shown here center in our group photo) once rode the parade float.
I took off on I-40 East, a gorgeous drive through the mountains and stayed at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, one of the oldest hotels in the country. Discovered the Tobacco Barn, an amazing, enormous warehouse overbrimming with wonderful antiques, and perused ScreenDoor, Oldfellows, Sweeten Creek and Nostalgique in Asheville.
A beautiful tufted leather sofa I spotted at Asheville’s Tobacco Barn
We had lunch at Chelsea’s Tea Room on Boston Way in the historic Biltmore Village, NC. Very southern, which I love, of course! Onto Chapel Hill/Durham with an overnight in Blowing Rock, stopping in Boone and then Greensboro at the Market Place Antique Mall and GrandDaddy’s Antique Mall in Burlington.