Home is Where the Heart Is

I think we knew that we’d miss home – miss Michigan – miss our family. I think we also expected North Carolina to feel more like home, sooner. Day by day, it does feel more like home, but I swear to God, something about going home in the thick of the fall season just makes your heart hurt something awful. Or maybe I’m just a hormonal pregnant women. That’s also a possibility.

Well the trip, as expected, was pretty perfect. Mom cooked for me, I got to see extended family, and we fit in lots of fall staples.

Notice the huddled over people wearing their down parkas? It was a high of 45 and windy on Saturday. Ha!

Eastern Market Detroit

But that didn’t stop people from swinging out to buy some fall essentials. πŸ™‚ The market was bustling on the day we stopped by, chock full of people buying all sorts of local goodies.

Eastern Market Pumpkins

Had to snap a few pictures. I’m a total sucker for market photos. Fresh food is just so darn beautiful, in my opinion πŸ™‚

Fresh Eggs Eastern Market

Another market stunner could be found at the flower stand. Swoon.

Fresh Flowers Michigan

And more …

Fresh Flowers Eastern Market

They have a fresh flower CSA here in Durham. Wouldn’t that be crazy awesome to get fresh flowers weekly? Now that’s something I could get used to. πŸ˜‰

Michigan Made Products

Until next time, Michigan. I’ll be missing you.

Howell Michigan

Charmed by Charlottesville

I had the pleasure of taking a quick trip up to Charlottesville last week and I’m so glad I happened to pack my camera, since this town is a beaut. I was literally only in town for a quick 24-hour conference, but I wanted to show y’all some snapshots of this beautiful city. If you haven’t visited, it’s an absolute must! The city reminds me a lot of Savannah with the architecture and Asheville with the scenery around you. It’s nestled right in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which to me, is absolute perfection.

Downtown was gorgeous, with lots of brick laid walkways, and outdoor restaurants to enjoy the southern heat. And by heat, it was like 95 degrees the day I was there πŸ˜€ Most people ate inside πŸ˜‰

Things to Do IN Charlottesville

In addition to lots of restaurants and shops, traditional row house architecture filled in lots of downtown as well. I wanted to sneak in to adjacent neighborhoods to snag a few pictures as well, but with the way the downtown corridor was laid out, I had a tricky time finding any! Next trip, I’m going to sleuth a few down, since I’m sure they’re gorgeous!

Downtown_Charlottesville

Another thing on my Charlottesville bucket list for next time – stay at this sweet Bed and Breakfast! Love!

Charlottesville_Bed_And_Breakfast

Ha, and if you know me, you know when I saw this pretty little Farrow & Ball sign, that I just had to stop and snap a photo. Chic signs, people, the world doesn’t have enough of them.

Farrow and Ball Locations

Charlottesville’s downtown was beautiful, but equally stunning is the University of Virginia Campus. I love all the history of this space and how old everything was. Just like Duke University here in Durham, the University of Virginia also has a stone wall that runs along the perimeter of the campus. It’s so lovely – isn’t it!

University of Virginia Campus

Lucky for me, at the conference I was at, I just happened to be sitting next to a lady that works part-time at Monticello (what?!) so she was giving me lots of fun scoop on the campus, from her indepth knowledge of our man Jefferson.

Like this serpentine wall along the campus gardens was apparently built that way since it was stronger, and only needed one row of bricks. It’s also really neat looking in person.

Serpentine Wall

All the campus architecture was incredibly detailed, with lots of ornate touches. The building below is where my conference was held.

University_Of_Virginia_Buildings

Many of the buildings on campus had some crazy pillar action, making them look ultra swanky. πŸ˜€

UVA_Campus

One of my favorite sections of campus was the campus lawn, where buildings flanked a large, open, grassy area. Here are a few of the photos I snapped along that section.

I loved this door, and the large, black shutters around it.

University_of_Virginia_Architecture

Here’s a close up shot of the windows next to this door.Β I thought that was such a cool and unique detail on the bottom sash.

Southern_Plantation_Shutters

Love me some herringbone patterned brick work, too!

Herringbone_Brick_Pattern

I’m already planning a weekend escape to Charlottesville with Jay, soon.Β Here are a few destinations that were must stops for me this trip, and a few that I’ll be visiting next time!

University of Virginia Campus

Everything’s free! And gorgeous πŸ˜‰ Parts of campus are designated world heritage sites so it’s really a must see if you’re in the area!

Downtown Charlottesville

Equally as charming, the downtown area is known for it’s excellent restaurants, walkable locations, and downtown outdoor pedestrian mall.

Monticello

If you love the campus architecture, you’ll love Monticello even more! I think we can all agree that Jefferson’s got some mad taste. Here is the website for more info.

Wineries

A scenic mountain backdrop with a glass of locally made wine in hand. Yes, please! Check out this website for a list of local wineries in the area!

Outdoor Recreation

Charlottesville is at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so there’s lot of outdoor recreational locales! Here’s a full list of locations.