July 21, 2017

On the Road: Your WV, TN & NC Recommendations!

Hello Friends! We're in the midst of planning for a few summer trips on the horizon, specifically in Charleston, West Virginia; Cleveland, Tennessee; and Kinston, North Carolina.

While we've nailed down a few destinations in each area, we'll be making roadtrips out of these upcoming excursions and would love additional recommendations — either in town, en route from VA or nearby stops worth wandering off the beaten path for...

  • In West Virginia we're looking forward to a proper tour of J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works, 7th generation Appalachian salt makers.
  • Tennessee will focus on visiting with family, and we've got our eye on a stop at FleaLand flea market.
  • Later we'll drive south for a couple overnights in Kinston, the home of one of our favorite PBS shows, A Chef's Life. We're looking forward to eats at Chef and the Farmer and Boiler Room Oyster Bar along with a stay in a quaint Airbnb that caught our eye while looking in the area.
In general we love a good local eat or sweets spot, antique and thrift stops, or anything a little unique to the area. As usual, we'll be posting daily snaps in real-time over on Instagram and in our stories if you'd like to follow along. Thanks in advance for taking the time to help us plan — we're looking forward to hearing what you think are must-sees and dos in these areas!

UPDATE: Thanks for all of your incoming recommendations! We're beginning to amass quite the bucket list and will update below.
  • The Wild Ramp, Huntington, West Virginia
  • Tamarack, the best of West Virginia roadside stop
  • Cratch's Furniture & Pottery on Hwy 264 W in Washington, North Carolina to sniff out our dog statues
  • Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, North Carolina
  • Peach orchard picking in North Carolina

Find more of our travel recaps right here — a few past favorites include roadtripping to Asheville, a stay in Upstate New York and our most recent trip to Italy.


  1. Don't forget to stop in Washington, NC to check out Cratches on Hwy 264 W to see if they have concrete dogs for your entry.

    1. Yes! Thanks for that reminder!

      Tim and Mary


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