Recap|Open House @HubbsCornMaze + Enter Giveaway to win #familyfun day! #10yearsofhubbs #VisitNCFarms

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 SobeSavvy.com was invited to join Media, Corporations and County Officials to Hubb’s Farm & Corn Maze Open House with Lunch on the Farm. It was my first time visiting their farm, located in Clinton, NC, and I (along with my guest Cecilia from Food Diary of a City Girl) had a blast! Take a look at the youtube video below to see how we all embraced our inner child at the Open House!

https://youtu.be/n0thUhdNNUY

I’m giving one lucky reader a chance to have a blast with their family and win a ‘Crops of Fun’ day this Fall at Hubb’s Farm and enjoy their upcoming family events. (Keep reading for details on how to enter the giveaway.) But first let me share with you why Hubb’s Farm should be on your to -do list of Fall Fun activities.

Hubb’s Farm ‘Crops of Fun’

Hubb’s Farm 10th annual Fall Festival and Corn Maze is under way with two new additions to the popular attraction – Paydirt Pete’s Treasure Mine, where visitors “mine” for treasures, and a mini zip line. During the open house, we all had a chance to experience all the activities but mining for treasure was unique. I not only hit ‘paydirt’ but got to take the gemstones I learned about and discovered home with me as a nice souvenir.

Paydirt Pete’s Treasure Mine at Hubb’s Farm

  

Mini Zipline at Hubb’s Farm

The 10-acre corn maze promotes this year’s theme: Carolina Gold Rush, celebrating the discovery of gold in America, which occurred in North Carolina. Hubb’s Farm bills itself as “Growing Crops of Fun,” with activities that include a pumpkin patch, tractor-drawn hayride, a double-barrel 17-foot giant slide, a giant jump pillow, Rope Mountain, Cranky the Combine, Animal Acres, “Crops of Fun” Play Land, Toddler Town, Giant Sand Box, House of Corn, Human Foosball, the Hubb’s Express Train Ride, a covered picnic area and more. I especially appreciated how clean the farm was and how thoughtful they were to include a ‘Baby Hubb’ area for new moms to have a comfortable place of their own!

The Baby Hubb at Hubb’s Farm

Now that you know some of what to expect at Hubb’s Farm, make plans to attend the Fall Festival event, held each weekend through Nov. 11 with the farm opening on Fridays from 6-10 p.m., Saturdays from noon-10 p.m., and Sundays 1-6 p.m. In addition to the fun themed weekend activities, Hubb’s Farm promotes education with school tours for kindergarden-3rd graders in the fall and spring. Each school tour includes educational elements from history to math.

Events at Hubb’s Farm

Themed weekends include: Hay Bale Festival, Sept. 23-24; First Responders’ Weekend with Blood Drive, Sept. 30-Oct. 1; Thank A Farmer Weekend and Overalls Pageant, Oct. 7-8; Pirate Invasion, Oct. 14-15; Freedom USA Weekend, Oct. 21-22; Scarecrow Express and Halloween at Hubb’s, Oct. 28-29; Tough As A Farmer Competition, Nov. 4; Smashing Pumpkins Sunday, Nov. 5; and Last Dance, Nov. 11. 

Map of Hubb’s Farm

It was a pleasure to meet Tammy and John Peterson, who started Hubb’s Corn Maze shortly after the birth of their son, Luke, 10 years ago. Tammy grew up on the farm, but John had never been to a corn maze. “We are creative people and we were asking ourselves, ‘What can we do for a youngster?” and also, we knew there was a lack of things to do in Sampson County. We wanted something for families to do.” Being the creative people that they are, the corn maze evolved into “Crops of Fun,” a whirlwind of entertainment activities involving three seasons – fall, Christmas and spring. 

Tammy Peterson speaks to media guests during Hubb’s Farm Open House

          
SobeSavvy Tip :  Make sure to shop for your pumpkins while on the farm. They have many varieties and great prices!

Pumpkins for Sale at Hubb’s Farm

Now that you have learned about how great Hubb’s Farm is, check out the giveaway details:

#SobeSavvyGIVEAWAY – One reader will win (1) Family Pass Silver-good for a one day visit to Hubb’s Farm Fall Festival and Corn Maze Sept. 16- Nov., 11, 2017
Click>>HERE<< to enter. Contest ends 9/27 and winner will be chosen randomly. 

#SobeSavvyGiveaway to Hubb’s Farm for the day!

For more information, contact the farm at http://www.hubbsfarmnc.com . I look forward to returning with my family and hope you are inspired to check out Hubb’s Farm, one of the state’s largest agri-tourism farms, this Fall! Don’t forget to spread the word and enter the giveaway.

GOOD LUCK! *Giveaway has ended. Congrats to K.Massey and family! Enjoy!*

Hubb’s Farm

10276 US Hwy 421 N

Clinton, NC 28328 

info@hubbsfarmnc.com

910.564.6709

Special thanks to Hubb’s Farm for hosting us and partnering with SobeSavvy.com to facilitate this awesome giveaway!

Leslie H. ,Founder SobeSavvy.com ~Posing with Pumpkins at Hubb’s Farm

Lots of Good Vibes Only + #FamilyFun @ColorVibe5k in #Raleigh ~ Race Recap #colorvibe5k #tumeyummies

The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh~SobeSavvy.com Recap

I couldn’t think of a more fun way to spend a bright,warm Saturday morning than to join thousands of colorful spirits in the Color Vibe 5K run in Raleigh. My family and I, aka #HeighPartyof3, were thrilled to experience this event, as it was our second 5K together. If you saw my #SobeSavvygiveaway for this event, then you know how everyone in the community gets excited for this event! We got there early and joined others in a Zumba warm up class. We danced and did some awesome moves to stretch our muscles out prior to the main event. Here is our “Before” the run + our shirts are still clean picture:

The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh “Before”

It was such a festive atmosphere at the Triangle Town Center. They had a little Color Vibe Village with all sorts of run related merchandise and also Yum E Tummie drinks to enjoy. Plenty of water was on hand and bananas to fuel us up for the run. You can also check out #tumeyummies on social media to see fun run pics before and after the race!

Say Tum-E Yummies! ~The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh

It was time. We all lined up in waves as the DJ pumped the tunes and WE WERE OFF !! This course basically took us around the entire perimeter of the huge mall parking lot with some turns along the way. While I chose to wear sunglasses (you get free ones with your Color Vibe shirt as part of your registration swag), my husband actually prefers a different kind of eyewear. SobeSavvy Tip:  Sport a pair of swimming goggles to make sure the color dust stays clear of eyes and contact lenses!

Let the Fun Begin~The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh

Our little one, aka #outandaboutAva, now age 6, is on her way to becoming a road race veteran. She did a pretty good job setting the pace for us! This is an untimed run and meant to be fun, so walking, jogging, dancing are all welcomed along the course. At some point, she got carried and treated to a piggy-back ride but hey that’s what any Dad would do for his daughter!

Run, Jog, Walk, Carry~ The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh

The color stations were a blast..LITERALLY! Yellow,Blue,Green,Purple,Pink..the powdery color dust comes of easier than you think, so embrace it! Tum-E Yummies also handed out wipes at the end of the race, but it’s best to cover your car seats in towels and/or change your tee if you want to protect your car for the ride home. But really, it was so fun and getting dirty has never been easier. The color powder is biodegradable and washes out pretty easy!

“COLORS” The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh

This was a well organized event and I would suggest you get out there and do this fun run with your friends/family. The Color Vibe Good Vibes Tour 2017 does a great job at merging fitness and fun, something me and my family enjoy doing together! WATCH video from our fun run with Color Vibe 5K Raleigh Good Vibes Tour 2017>here.  Be sure to go to their website >>http://www.thecolorvibe.com/ to see what city this fun run/walk event is coming to next!

 Hope to see you there next year!💜🏃💚

The Color Vibe 5k 2017 Raleigh ~”After”

#TravelTuesday Review @BigBusDC #DC #BigBusTours #FamilyTravel 

Have you ever been on an open top, double decker tour bus? They are so much fun when visiting a city and you want to see as many sites as you can in a short time! This Labor Day weekend, my family and I took one for the first time in Washington DC aboard the hop-on hop-off sightseeing BIG BUS.

When we visited Arlington, VA earlier in the year, we didn’t get a chance to use our vouchers due to Mother Nature not being on our side. However, this weekend the weather was picture perfect for our visit to the nation’s capital. 

BIG BUS Tours Washington DC

No matter if you are a DC native or this is your first time (or you’re return visitor like me), BIG BUS Washington DC is a great way to take advantage of exploring attractions, museums and more at your own pace! Here are some of the reasons a ride on the BIG BUS should be on your ‘Things to do in DC‘ list: 

  • Unlimited Rides for 1 or 2 days.
  • Fantastic Photo Ops & Amazing Views
  • Hop Off and On at Any Stop
  • Live-guided or recorded Commentary (free headphones are provided)
  • Family-Friendly (kids under 5 yrs old travel free, age 5-15 yrs pay reduced fare)

    There are 3 Day Tour loops: Red, Blue, Yellow that will take you all around the District. You can even transfer between the routes, just be sure to know the last departure times. SobeSavvy Tip: Download the Free BIG BUS App for an interactive city guide map route planner and more >>>>here

    My #HeighPartyof3 chose the “Red Loop”, which has 22 stops and is the official tour of the National Mall including the National Memorials and Monuments. Take a look of some of what my husband, our daughter #outandaboutAva and I experienced during our tour : 

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 1- Union Station

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 2- US Capitol

    Inside Air & Space Museum | BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 4

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 5- Smithsonian Castle

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 6- Washington Monument West

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 7- Bureau of Engraving

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 8- Jefferson Memorial

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 10- Lincoln Memorial South

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 13- African American History & Culture Museum

    BIG BUS Washington DC ‘Red Loop’ Stop 19- Madame Tussauds

    There are options to complete your sightseeing experience by creating a combo and adding on extras such as top attractions like Madame Tussauds to further your Washington, DC experience. We enjoyed seeing not only seeing historical figures and celebrities in wax but also joining all 45 commanders in-cheifs in the U.S. Presidents Gallery. Check out my >>>Youtube video <<< recaping some of the fun at STOP 19 of the ‘Red Loop’, Madame Tussauds + see more photos via fun slideshow>> here.

    Where to Buy BIG BUS Tickets

    • From any uniformed BIG BUS staff
    • www.bigbustours.com
    • The BIG BUS mobile app
    • On the bus at any BIG BUS stop
    • Your hotel
    • By phone : 1-877-333-8689

    I hope to check out the other routes as well as try their night tour which offers an illuminated look at the Capital’s world-famous memorials and monuments. BIG BUS Tours are also in other US Cities like Miami, New York, Las Vegas and more. My family and I really enjoyed the BIG BUS Tour and hope you are inspired to take one soon!

    #HeighPartyof3 loves to explore & have fun ~ Thanks for the memories BIG BUS Tours !

    Hey #NC Moms, Head to @UPlaceNC for #BacktoSchool Shopping Fun in #ChapelHill #UPlaceNC #shoplocal

    Today is the first day of school for #outandaboutAvawho is going into the 1st grade! Excitement is in the air but she is prepared to go back to school in style thanks to our recent shopping day at University Place. This beautiful shopping area is located in the heart of the Triangle region and is the only enclosed shopping mall in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I had fun shopping with my little one and wanted to not only share our finds but inspire you to go check out the great sales at the following stores:

    Glee Kids 

    Leaving out the store.. full of “glee” | Glee Kids store, University Place

    If you like big style for your little one, Glee Kids is a baby & clothing store you should not ignore! We saw a ‘Sale’ sign that caught our eye for one of my favorite brands for children, Tea Collection. Tea styles offer easy-fit items with globally inspired styles perfect for my girl on the go! There’s so many cute fashions, accessories and cool bookbags too, choosing what she wanted was easy to do!  

    #outandaboutAva shopping at Glee Kids

    Cool & Cute Backpacks for girls/boys at Glee Kids

    New Arrivals , Gift Items and more at Glee Kids

    Great Customer Service at Glee Kids

    Shopping Find: Girls Ruby Graphic tee from Tea! From Glee Kids

    The Heather Pocket Patch Dress from Tea+ Unicorn Lip Balm found at Glee Kids

    The Red Hen 

    Shopping at The Red Hen | University Place

    Looking for a variety of clothes, toys, books, shoes and more? Then, The Red Hen is your ideal store! This resale and gift boutique offers great prices on previously owned name brand clothes and carry new and/or local items. They won Indy Week’s Best of the Triangle: 2017 Best Children’s  Clothing Shop and provided a wonderful ‘shop local’ experience. 

    Shopping Around at The Red Hen

    Shopping Find: Carters Black Vest | The Red Hen

    Too cool for school! Shopping Find: Vest + Gap Pink & Black Polka Dot Skirt | The Red Hen

    Shopping Find: Lands End Leopard Cardigan Sweater | The Red Hen

    Burlington Shoes

    Back to School ‘Sale’ smiles at Burlington Shoes

    I don’t know about your kid, but my child’s feet seem to grow overnight! Which means new shoes for back to school are essential. Tons of shoes, socks and backpacks are available and on sale until Sept. 10th, so hurry there now !

    Fun Times + Shoe Shopping with Dad at Burlington Shoes

    Emoji Socks Rock! Shopping Find: Emoticon 6pk socks | Burlington Shoes

    Shopping Find: Nine West ‘Wilmah’ Girls Ballet Flats | Burlington Shoes

    I appreciated how I was able to shop with ease and thoroughly enjoyed our time at the mall. After all was said and done, we had a few shopping bags plus lots of back to school shopping fun! 

    University Place ‘Back to School’ Shopping Fun with #outandaboutAva and her Mom, Leslie Founder of SobeSavvy.com

    UNIVERSITY PLACE

    201 S Estes Dr 

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Looking for a #SundayFunday #Staycation in #Raleigh ? Visit #NorthHills + @RenRaleigh #renhotels

    Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, however the opinions/photos 100% are my own.

    People like to ask the question: If you could pack up and go on a mini vacation, where would you go? For me, sometimes the fun can be found right in your own city! I shared in a previous post that North Hills is a great place to Stay, Eat, Play when looking for a staycation getaway. Well last Sunday, I revisted North Hills and checked into the newly renovated Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel.

    SUNDAY FUNDAY + Things to Do 

    If you follow my Instagram @SobeSavvy and checked out my Instastories, you may have seen the shopping and dining fun I had in North Hills. My family and I strolled along before picking up my birthday freebie at Sephora. We then made a lunch stop at one of our favorite pizza spots, Pielogy before checking in. There are just so many ways to spend the day in North Hills and Renaissance Raleigh is conveniently close to all of the exciting things to do!

    Renaissance Raleigh is just steps away from endless shopping, dining and exciting entertainment in the coveted North Hills

    In addition to family fun options, there are plenty of date nights spots and places to go with your girlfriends in North Hills.  I met 
    up with 2 friends to enjoy Level 7 Rooftop Bars latest cocktail, Frosé which is Frozen Rosé Wine. It left a great impression on us ladies which I shared on video>>here

    Say Frosé ! @Level 7 Rooftop Bar                                          

    I also met up with some fellow NC Bloggers for a “Bloggers and Bar Bites” sampling event at BoneFish Grill which I had the pleasure of hosting. They have new menu items on their hand-crafted Happy Hour (which is EVERYDAY) that you can read more about >>here. After all the Sunday Funday was had, it was nice to not have to drive home but to enjoy an overnight stay right there at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel.

    STAY

    The Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel is a four star property with 229 rooms, meeting spaces and a new bar/restaurant/lounge named 41Hundred. In case you missed it, read about the Grand Opening >> here and the many reasons you should drink and dine there.
    The entire hotel recently went through a renovation, so I thought it would be great to feature and share with my local SobeSavvy readers who want to know where to go for staycation. I had a chance to experience their luxury hospitality with my husband and our daughter and it was such a wonderful stay!

    Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel Lobby | Photo Credit: Barry Heigh, SobeSavvy.com

    The bright and airy lobby had flowing ceiling artwork and this beautiful spiral staircase that was ideal for a fun mini-photo shoot before my night out with the girls!

    The lovely staircase at the Renaissance Raleigh is the perfect place to make a Grand Entrance

    Lobby Level of Renaissance Raleigh

    Check in was quick and friendly. Our room, a 2 Queen + sofabed type, was very spacious and our daughter, who is fondly referred to on the blog as #outandaboutAva, made herself right at home! 

    Our Princess, #outandaboutAva , enjoys a Queen size bed !

    Sofabed + 7th Floor Views at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

    The room decor had a style that while modern was still classic. My husband realized that we did not have to tune into our daughtet’s tablet for her favorite shows because their state of the art flat smart TV screen allowed us to sign into our Netflix account just as if we were home! There was also plenty of connectivity throughout the room for all of our laptops, tablets and cellphones. 

    In room work space at Renaissance Raleigh

    So our daughter liked the beds, my husband was fond of the technology, as for me my favorite thing was the bathroom shower. It was A-MAZING! Besides the normal showerhead, it had two separate horizontal water jets which basically gives you a back massage while showering. Pure bliss.Their Aveda products were just the icing on the cake for me as far as amenities.

    WORK + PLAY 

    The second floor of the lobby is what I like to refer to as their ‘living lounge’. It’s part contemporary living room, part modern lounge with an open space which includes plenty of comfy couches, a ping pong table and a couple of connect five board games set up for anyone to use them while socializing and having a few drinks. Another reason this refined lounge area represents ‘living” to me is because of the use of outdoor elements for indoor decor. 

    Lounge Area | Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

    Family Fun Spaces at Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

    My daughter turned to Disney Channel and we played a few games of connect four +ping pong! This use of space is fun and creative. They also have various size boardroom and conference areas for you to book your corporate needs.

    Exterior of Pavane Boardroom at Renaissance Raleigh

    DINE

    After a restful night, we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast buffet in their unique lobby restaurant, 41Hundred

    Breakfast Buffet at 41Hundred Restaurant | Renaissance Raleigh Hotel

    There were plenty of choices on the buffet which includes the option of made to order omelettes, pancakes or french toast from the a la carte menu.  The variety of fresh fruit and pastries on the buffet caught our eyes as well. Everything was delicious! My husband who is a breakfast enthusiast, said their “Breakfast was fit for a King” ! Yep, my King’s breakfast stamp of approval means alot. Dining here was a great way to start the day prior to check out. 

    Rise & Dine ! Enjoying the Breakfast Buffet at 41Hundred Restaurant,Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

    My #HeighPartyof3 enjoyed our staycation here. Good Food ✔ Comfortable Beds✔ Great Service✔ Awesome Amenites✔ Convenient Location✔…they had all the bases covered and hit a home run in our minds! When seeking a local staycation hotel, make Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel one of your top choices.

    Exterior View Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

    Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel

    4100 Main St at North Hills

    RALEIGH, NC 27609

    #TravelTuesday | Top 4 Reasons to Visit @WilmingtonNCoast for #FamilyTravel #WilmingtonNC

    Disclosure: Thank you to Wilmington and Beaches CVB for your assistance with itinerary and attractions to facilitate this review. 

    Leslie Heigh, Raleigh-based freelance lifetyle/travel writer/blogger at Wilmington and Beaches CVB Visitor Center’s main office~505 Nutt Street

    I planned to visit Wilmington, NC for my 44th birthday this year and met up with family & friends to enjoy my birthday themed weekend: #44bytheshore. Why Wilmington? It is an easy 2 hour drive from where I live in Raleigh, NC plus I love the city and all it has to offer. From the beautiful beaches and shores, variety of attractions, restaurants and tours, Wilmington, NC has alot to explore!

    Welcome Bag courtesy of Wilmington and Beaches CVB

    My family did a daycation here last year (see travel guide here) and we had so much fun! Now that our daughter is older, we looked forward to an extended stay and having her revisit some places we went to before while also discovering new family friendly activities to do. 

    STAY |The Hilton Wilmington Riverside, located on the Cape Fear River in historic downtown Wilmington, was our hotel for our two night stay. We loved how convenient it was to restaurants (such as The Basics, located in The Cotton Exchange across from the hotel) as well as attractions (like the Wilmington Railroad Museum). Stay there for enjoyable river views from their renovated rooms, the pool /tiki bar and access to the 1.75 mile Riverwalk! For more of a look inside the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, click here.

    Inside the Hilton Wilmington Riverside

    If you are planning a visit to Wilmington and not sure if it is a good fit for your family, I’d like to share with you my         Top 4 Reasons to Visit Wilmington,NC for Family Travel 

    1. BEACHES

      #outandaboutAva & her Mom at Kure Beach   

      Did you know that Wilmington, North Carolina has 31 miles of pristine shoreline with luminous sandy beaches? During our visit, we enjoyed 2 out of 3 island beaches: Carolina Beach Kure Beach. The sun played hide and seek during our 2 nt stay but we still found time to play in the area known as, Pleasure Island . 

      Carolina Beach Boardwalk                            

      Since we arrived on Thursday, we got to check out the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Blast concert with fireworks and also the seasonal amusement park. There’s plenty of sweet treats on the boardwalk but if you love donuts save room for Britt’s Donut Shop!

      Britts Donut Shop

      Kure Beach Pier                                                  

      Kure Beach, North Carolina is known for its Kure Beach Pier , oceanfront park and four miles of uninhabited beach. The award winning aquarium is there also so this beach is kid-friendly. To get here was an easy 20 minute drive from our downtown Wilmington hotel. Check out more photos from our visit to both of the beautiful beaches >>>> here.

      Enjoying a Mommy and Me moment

    2. FOOD 

      Visit Wilmington, NC aka ‘Foodie Paradise’

      See more food pics from this trip>>here. Wilmington, NC has alot of great restaurants and notable chefs making this city a foodie paradise. During our visit to Carolina Beach, we enjoyed Kate’s Pancake House for breakfast. This restaurant is popular because it serves some of the most original pancakes and waffles. It’s only open until 1pm but this is a great place to fuel up for the day on the way to the beach or Aquarium.

      Breakfast Time at Kate’s Pancake House

      Looking for a quick lunch in Downtown Wilmington ? Chop’s Deli: a Boar’s Head Delicatessen would be that destination. They offer made to order salads and classic deli sandwiches, as well as soups and spectacular paninis. Their walk up window serves the hungry masses from 11pm to 3am on summer weekends. We decided to sit outside for some sunshine and people watching as we enjoyed a salad, some soup and a sandwich. Don’t forget to wash it down with their homemade lemonade. Everything was fresh and delicious! 

      Chop’s Deli, Downtown Wilmington                    

      No trip to the coast would be complete without a visit to a quintessential seaside seafood restaurant. Michael’s Seafood, founded by it’s namesake, the late chef Michael Mcgowan and his wife Shelly in 1998, is that place. We had a bowl {2 bowls actually} of it’s international award winning seafood chowder. My 6 yr old basically inhaled the first bowl! This restaurant is not only family-friendly but a perfect dinner option if you are looking for amazing seafood and great service. 

      Michael’s Seafood Restaurant ~Seafood Chowder

      Since we were in Wilmington to celebrate my #44bytheShore birthday, we were delighted to dine at The Basics. They serve simple dishes made with basic ingredients, however, they still manage to elevate our tastesbuds with amazing flavors. Our server took good care of the table and we never felt rushed as we lingered over great food, wine and conversation. If you are staying at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, this restaurant is conveniently located across the street in The Cotton Exchange. Take a look at this drool-worthy pic I shared on IG of the Filet Mignon w/goat cheese at The Basics : 

      The Basics, Filet Mignon Entree, IG@SobeSavvy

    3. Historic River District

      The majestic Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

      Travel to Wilmington, the biggest city on North Carolina’s coast, to learn about its unique history, which predates the civil war. There is no better way to learn about it than to take one of their myriad of tours. This visit we took a Wilmington Trolley Tour, which for over 19 years has been providing visitors with a colorful tour of the city. This 8 mile tour highlights architecture, civil war history and also speaks honestly about the racial strife that was a part of Wilmington’s history. Our driver was excellent. He was informative and entertaining at the same time. I highly recommend this family-friendly tour! 

      All smiles after the Wilmington Trolley Tour

      We also went on self-guided tours and walked along Riverwalk Downtown Wilmington and Cape Fear River. We made many discoveries on foot, like the City Market, a great Saturday morning Riverfront Farmers’ Market and many more shops and stores Downtown. See more photos of where our feet led us>>>here

      Taking a walk along the historic Riverwalk, Downtown Wilmington

    4. Family Fun Attractions

    #outandaboutAva gets ready for some family fun at the Fort Fisher/NC Aquarium

    When it comes to family fun, we let our daughter, #outandaboutAva lead the way to places where she can imagine, learn, explore and play! Wilmington, NC has some great options that everyone would love to visit such as the Fort Fisher NC Aquarium

    SobeSavvy.com at Fort Fisher NC Aquarium

    The Wilmington Railroad Museum , a great place to explore family-friendly activities in Wilmington’s River District. 

    SobeSavvy.com at the Wilmington Railroad Museum

    …and the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, which served as a perfect place to play indoors on a rainy day. 

    #outandaboutAva #CMoW #PlayToLearn at The Children’s Museum of Wilmington

    Visit & Follow my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/soBEsavvy as I will continue to give you an inside look and share more details plus photos from these 3 family fun attractions. 
    Those are just some of the great reasons to visit Wilmington, NC’s Historic River District & Island Beaches. Check out http://www.gowilmingtonandbeaches.com before you go and see the many ways to explore and to get information for your next family getaway. My family & friends enjoyed our short but sweet 48 hours here and are already making plans to return next year. Hope you are inspired to make memories there soon!

    #44bytheShore Family & Friends Getaway to Wilmington, NC Historic River Distict & Island Beaches


       


      Top 5 BIG TOP #FamilyFun Moments at #UniversoulCircus #BestCircusEver , now in #Raleigh thru 8/20! 

      Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to review the show and share my thoughts with you! My opinions are 100% my own.

      Now in its 24th season, UniverSoul Circus returns to Raleigh bringing big time fun under their Big Top Tent in the East Lot of PNC Arena! My mom and cousins, joined my husband and I in celebrating our daughter’s, fondly referred to on the blog as #outandaboutAva, 6th birthday. Attending UniverSoul circus was actually the kickoff to her birthday (since it was the evening before) and let me tell you, she had a blast!

      We all had an amazing time at this action packed show and enjoyed seeing the brand new exciting production. One of the reasons I believe that this show is America’s premier family entertainment attraction is because its fun for people of all ages and its good for the soul! You’ll laugh, dance and be in awe of the talented acts that are full of “pure unadulterated energy” !

      While there were many memorable and unbelievable moments during the show, I wanted to share my Top 5 BIG TOP #FamilyFun Moments  

      1. Dancing with Detroit’s own, The Fresh Clownsss!  Known for their popular dance “JuJu on that Beat”.Photo Credit: UniverSoul Circus              
      2. Getting our mind blown watching the Bone Breaking Contortionists from GuineaPhoto Credit: UniverSoul Circus              
      3. Traveling to Trinidad and Tobago by way of perennial favorites Caribbean DancersPhoto Credit: UniverSoul Circus              
      4. Riding an elephant (for an extra cost of $10) was a first for #outandaboutAva and her cousin. A memory they will cherish forver! 
      5. Being thoroughly entertained by Ringmaster Lucky Malaysi of South Africa and his amazing sidekick, Zeke!Photo Credit: UniverSoul Circus 

      To see my full photo/video recap, check out my youtube video>>>>here.

      Visit http://www.universoulcircus.com for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules.  Ticket prices range from $16 through $40.  Prices vary by venue and by day.  *For PNC Arena be prepared to pay $20 cash for parking* Also follow on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.
      I hope you go and check out this show before it leaves Raleigh, NC or next time it is in a city near you. UniverSoul is the perfect family date night to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or to simply have fun ! 

       

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