Welcome to our Ramblings feature as we help you explore Lovely Things NC.


Enchanted Airlie

November 23 – December 22.  Share in the joy of the holiday season with family and friends as you stroll the festive grounds of Airlie Gardens. Featuring over one million colorful, twinkling lights, Enchanted Airlie is a must-see holiday tradition. Voted as one of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events, this beloved annual event features holiday flowers, musical entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus and a variety of provisions like coffee, hot cocoa, cookies and more. Tickets sell out in advance, so reserve yours early and get in the holiday spirit.  (Visit NC)

The Most Whimsical Restaurant In North Carolina Belongs On Your Bucket List

When you think whimsical, what comes to mind? For me I think of fairytales, of places that exist on earth but feel as if they originated elsewhere. From landmarks to destinations, to natural attractions – there are plenty of places in North Carolina that achieves that certain ‘whimsical’ factor, but what about dining?  (Only In Your State)

Carolina Philharmonic: Holiday Pops at the Carolina

November 21 – 24. Kick off your Holiday Season with a romp through many of the season’s most spirited and heartwarming melodies. David Michael Wolff leads The Carolina Philharmonic. Our most popular concert of the year – on the Eve of Thanksgiving – now has an encore Matinee performance on the Saturday after. (Pinehurst Southern Pines)


Vineyard Road Trip

We picked a beautiful sunny day to zip up the road to East Bend, and a stop at Flint Hill Vineyards and Divine Llama. We got there just as they were opening the doors at the restored 1800s historic farmhouse they call home.

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