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Texas Weekend Getaways

Full Disclosure: In exchange for an honest review, Glamping Hub is providing me with a stay at one of the properties listed in their new database Texas Getaways. I was not monetarily compensated. Stay tuned for the review!

I am so happy Glamping Hub contacted me about their new database, Texas Weekend Getaways. I had never heard of them before and spent hours browsing their sites and dreaming. With new constraints in my budget and PTO and dogs to consider, I’ve been dreaming about weekend getaways that are within driving distance from Austin, Texas and also will let me bring my two puppies. Glamping Hub’s Texas Weekend Getaways is such a great resource for those interested in a relaxing and secluded getaway in Texas. There are options that are pet friendly and for big groups. Their properties are carefully curated and they even offer unique options such as tepees and tree-houses! I hope to try out their service in February. Check back then for my follow-up!

Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas Weekend Getaways

Texas Weekend Getaways

Questions: Have you ever glamped or stayed in a tepee? What are your dream getaways?

Angel Oak in South Carolina

Angel Oak

3688 Angel Oak Rd.
Johns Island, SC
843-559-3496
http://www.angeloaktree.org/

I was going through my old photos to post a Throw Back Thursday on my Instagram account when I found photos from last July when I was road tripping through the Carolinas by myself. I drove to Charleston, South Carolina specifically to visit Angel Oak. Standing at 65 feet tall and believed to be over 1,500 years old, Angel Oak is by far the most magical tree I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing in person.

If you are ever in the area or are like me and just want to be in the area, they are open 9-5 and charge no admission.

Angel Oak

Angel Oak

Angel Oak

Biltmore Estates

Biltmore

I was invited to a wedding in a small town in North Carolina and used that opportunity to drive in and out of North Carolina three times to visit South Carolina and Virginia. This road trip sold me on solo travel. I drove into Houston to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina and then I drove to Charleston, South Carolina to spend the night. Then back up to north North Carolina for the wedding and the night. The following morning, I drove almost three hours to see a sight in Virginia, and then four and a half more hours back down to North Carolina to visit the Biltmore and spend the night in Asheville. In the span of 5 days, I drove a total of 24 hours. I’m still recovering but it was all worth it. I’m officially at 25 states now in my 50 states travel goal.

I didn’t know much about North Carolina and someone earlier in the year told me it was his favorite state. He’s been to 48 states. As I was driving through it and spent a day and a night in his favorite town, I just had to text him despite not being in contact with him much. I told him I get it! I am completely smitten with North Carolina and I especially love Asheville. I can see myself settling in a town like Asheville. It feels like a smaller, friendlier, more charming version of Austin. And I say this truly loving my hometown, Austin.

If hypothetically I lived in Asheville, I’d invest in the annual pass to the Biltmore. The grounds and gardens are so expansive and beautiful. I saw people bringing lounge chairs and blankets and bikes. As I was being shuttled from the house to my car, I asked the shuttle driver if he ever tired of the breathtaking views, seeing it day in and out. I have a theory that when humans get too comfortable and familiar in their relationships and surroundings, it’s inevitable they start taking people and things for granted. He told me he never tires of it because the surroundings change with the seasons. The gardens change with the seasons. He said he could spend his days off back at the Biltmore if he lived closer. And as I admired the views and remembered breathing in the scents of the gardens and greenhouses, I believed him.

Asheville, I have to come see you again.

Biltmore

Biltmore

Biltmore

Biltmore