Happy Memorial Day! I hope that your holiday weekend has been filled with lots of family and friends, great food and beautiful weather.
We are in the mountains of North Carolina enjoying all of the above this weekend. I was looking forward to some peaceful days after last week’s conference, but it has been anything but quiet.
I thought that you might enjoy seeing some of the beautiful flowers that are blooming right now in the mountains to start your week.
Native Mountain Azaleas
The butterflies like them
Hybrid Azaleas in many shades of pink and white
We watched the peony begin to bloom
It opened up just a little each day
This year was the prettiest we have ever seen it
Lupines come in several shades
The bees like the purple ones
I love the pink color of the Mountain Laurel
It is in full bloom right now
Enjoy your week!
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Gwen Pratesi is a James Beard Foundation Award Finalist in Journalism and award-winning travel writer. She is the author and owner of PratesiLiving.com with her husband, coauthor of Southern Heat, and co-owner of On the Road Culinary Adventures, a culinary travel business. She is a contributor to the Travel section of U.S. News & World Report and freelances for other publications including The Points Guy, USA TODAY, Cruise Critic, Travel + Leisure, Garden & Gun, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, Reader's Digest, Forbes Travel Guide, Smarter Travel, TripAdvisor, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine and World Travel Magazine. Her work has also been featured on MSN, Yahoo!, Business Insider, and SheKnows.
Gwen chronicles her love of international travel and experience as a professional home cook on PratesiLiving.com, where she shares the stories of some of the world's most sought-after destinations and cruise lines, highly regarded chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, wine and spirits producers and culinary artisans.
She and her husband traded in big city life in Atlanta for shorts and flip-flops on Fernandina Beach, Florida. They are enjoying the coastal lifestyle with their Tibetan Terrier, Rhythm.
It sure looks beautiful there! We had rain and winds yesterday, but the sun is out this morning. Anxious to read about everything you cooked! Happy Memorial Day to you and Roger.
Enjoy the mountains, Gwen. What a great place to be on this hot Memorial Day weekend. I do love me some rhodedendron!
Lovely! Enjoy your trip!!!
just lovely, beautiful… looks like the weather is just perfect too
Gorgeous sites indeed. Glad you are enjoying cooler weather 96 here right now!
That was really soothing to the eyes. Thanks for sharing your beautiful mountains!
These are beautiful – thank you! Mountain Mondays always make me feel so good.
Beautiful!! Makes me want to move to NC, NOW!
I’m finally back in the mountains of Colorado, and it is so good to be back! The blooms you shared are just as stunning. Thank you for sharing with me today! I hope you had a lovely holiday. Have a week full of good food, laughter and love!
What stunning pictures! I have never been to NC, but your photos certainly inspire me to go.
Lovely post, Gwen. Thanks for sharing these beautiful, colorful images. I huge reminder to get off my butt behind the computer and enjoy this time of year outside. 🙂
On another note, just wanted to mention how great your blog is looking. Kudos to you and your designer.