Along the road in Charles City, Virginia
Back in December, Greg and I had the chance to spend 24 hours in Bristol, a city that straddles the state lines of Virginia and Tennessee. I posted about that quick visit and gave it the title 24 Hours in Bristol, and I almost, without realizing my mistake, gave this post the same title since that is about the same amount of time that we spent there.
We were in town to watch a debate between the 5 Democratic candidates for Governor of Virginia. After that, I managed to find a few moments to capture some of the flavor of this city.
Next time, we’ll try for a longer stay!
The Candler Building was built in 1906 by Coca-Cola magnate and former Mayor Asa Griggs Candler. Standing on the site of one of Atlanta oldest churches, it was the city’s first skyscraper and tallest structure at 17 stories.
Now in the Hilton Curio Collection, the building underwent painstaking restoration and reopened as a hotel in 2019. Some of the features include:
- Beau-Arts style, drawing upon the principles of French neoclassicism and incorporating Gothic and Renaissance elements
- Picturesque, hand-carved marble staircase capped with The Candler Hotel’s iconic winged lion
- Ornate décor using brass, mahogany & marble materials, that weaves an intricate family story is infused throughout the hotel
- Lobby featuring two original Tiffany glass windows
- Mysterious secret bank vault below ground
- A historic Ballroom, completely transformed
- A variety of window styles and layouts on each of the 15 stories
- Detailed arched windows with elaborate cornices that crown the building, radiating its historical effect on downtown Atlanta
Passing through Greenville, SC on the way to Atlanta, GA
My son’s negative Covid test meant that we were able to travel to Atlanta for a 48 hr stay over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Despite being home to over 6 million people, we were able to remain socially distanced and follow precautions while thoroughly enjoying the outdoor festive decorations.
These images are a mixture of Fuji and Android, most taken on the fly in cccoooolllllddddd temps. I’m definitely not bragging about these shots … just trying to give you a taste of the city!
We stayed in Midtown and despite the frigid temps, the sun was shining and we braved the cold to explore the area.
We stayed at the Georgian Terrace Hotel which opened it’s doors in 1911.
The Georgian Terrace Hotel is right down the street from St. Marks United Methodist Church which was erected in 1902.
We spent Christmas evening at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens which boasts an incredible light show set to music. Truly magical!
What a joy it was to be with family in such beautiful outdoor surroundings. I am a fortunate woman indeed!
Stay healthy, my friends! Wear a mask! Do it for others if not for yourself.
Covid-19 Update: Since I picked back up on blogging, I’ve been sharing brief updates about our travels. Rest assured, we are taking precautions. Wearing masks, eating outdoors or take out (or in empty restaurants), and hand sanitizing.
We are doing our part to keep ourselves and therefore, others, safe!
Bristol Virginia and Bristol Tennessee are two cities that share more than a name. They share a Main Street! State Street, which runs through the middle of these two cities is the official state line, and the iconic sign shown below is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bristol, Viriginia was officially designated the Birthplace of Country Music by the U.S. Congress in 1998, and the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, attracts 75,000 visitors per year.
Bristol, Tennessee is the home of the Bristol Motor Speedway, a place that hosts a fantastic holiday light show which runs for 8 weeks throughout the holiday season. Part of the proceeds from the lightshow support the Speedway Children’s Charities.
Recently, Greg and I spent 24 hours in Bristol … both Bristols!
We stayed at The Bristol Hotel, a “Virginia remix of a Tennessee Classic” built in 1925 and recently renovated into a gorgeous boutique hotel.
We enjoyed cocktail hour on the rooftop bar, enjoying the views of the city and of the Appalachian Mountains.
After that, we spent a couple hours winding our way through the lightshow at the Motor Speedway. What fun!
Brunch at Vivian’s Table the next morning offered delicious food and fun photography.
It was a quick, but super fun getaway in the middle of this busy holiday season.
I truly hope that you are finding some moments of happy during these difficult days.
Stay Safe! Wear a Mask!
Covid-19 Update: Since I picked back up on blogging, I’ve been sharing brief updates about our travels. Rest assured, we are taking precautions. Wearing masks, eating outdoors or take out (or in empty restaurants), and hand sanitizing. We are doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe!
Two weeks ago, Greg and I spent the weekend exploring some of Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and part of that time was spent in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
“Where the borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia converge, a path to new worlds appears. Early native Americans traveled through it along a game trail, before English-speaking settlers, including Daniel Boone, came through in the 1700s to carve out what became known as Wilderness Road. According to many accounts, between 200,000 and 300,000 settlers came through the Gap into Kentucky and beyond from 1775 to 1810” – https://www.nationalparks.org
I was standing in Virginia when I took the next photo and looked upon Kentucky.
In this last photo we celebrated Life and Election Results ❤