Monday, November 12, 2007

Taken any good road trips lately?

We live in a great place for road trips, and this past weekend brought me ample opportunity to be reminded of that.

First, I headed to Durham – home of my alma mater, Duke – for an event for alumni of the university’s student newspaper. The highway was filled with cars displaying flags for the ACC football teams playing on Saturday, including UNC Chapel Hill and N.C. State (my beloved Blue Devils have never been a football powerhouse, alas).

The afternoon was so crisp and clear, I envied those who got to spend it outside watching football. Newcomers should put road-tripping to one of our ACC schools for a football or basketball game on their to-do lists.

From there, I headed west on I-40 to the Asheville area, which was hosting the city’s annual film festival. Perhaps I had the drought to thank for the brilliant red-and-gold leaf display along the way, unusually bright for mid-November.

The fest has a tradition of honoring a film actor each year, and this year’s guest was Tess Harper, star of “Crimes of the Heart,” “Tender Mercies” and the N.C.-filmed “Loggerheads.” North Carolinian actors Andie MacDowell and Robby Benson also made appearances. I caught two pretty good flicks, a documentary about Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal (“I Have Never Forgotten You”) and a feature about illegal immigration (“Under the Same Moon”). As always, I appreciated the chance to bypass typical popcorn fare for some thought-provoking movies I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to see.

I’m glad to see Charlotte nurturing its own fledgling film festival scene, and I’d love to see the local Charlotte and/or Cackalacky film festivals follow suit with bringing in a headlining actor and/or director to highlight, which would help boost the festivals’ profiles and ticket sales.

In the meantime, I’m grateful I live in a state that has several enjoyable film festivals, along with a lot of other great attractions, just an easy interstate drive away.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recently took a road trip back to Long Island, where I'm from. Got to enjoy some real bakeries and I used my turn signal, too.

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh that's just hilarious! Next time feel free to stay on Long Island and drive down the expressway with your turn signal on while you enjoy your "real" baked goods. Please...

8:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My wife and I recently drove along the Blue Ridge Parkway for the first time. Having moved from the New York area to Charlotte not too along ago, we were worried we would not be able to enjoy the fall foliage as much as we did in New England. The Blue Ridge was amazing and we were not disappointed. We also purchased Hiking the Blue Ridge Parkway, a great book from Amazon about hikes along the Blue Ridge. -Tom

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We went to the Columbia zoo yesterday. It is a great little day trip for the family.

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice Southern Hospitality.

Long Island is known for it's great bakeries. I also grew up there and have fond memories of Sunday morning bakery stops.

Charlotte has none to speak of. I'm talking BAKERIES, not the few little places locally that you can get a decent birthday cake. Maguerittes (now closed) was so/so at best. Edible Art is good, but cake only. Nova's is down right overpriced grocery store quality goods.

The grocery stores in L.I. even have great baked goods. None of this multi colored Crisoco filled crap.

So lay off the fellow New Yorker. They are just telling it like it is.


Now if I want good grits or biscuits it's the South for sure. Without a doubt. New Yorkers can't make a biscuit to save their lives.

So stop the belittling. Each region is good at their own thing.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

have aroad trip for you ALL YANKEEs hop in their car and head NORTH until you get home. Enjoy the colorful trees

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heres a great trip for you go to HARRAHS and enjoy the wonderful ride and stop off at WAYNSEVILLLE and see the Historic town and stop at the MAST general store there. They have a wonderful brand new super 8 right on the hioll with beautiful sunsets and sunrise. Food in Cherokee has not risen to the occasion yet Im going for a CARRABAS there but its Indian land and lots opf red tape;

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bridges barbeque in shelby is a fun ride and nice to go the backroad to Boone; Or Lexington barbeque is my favorite and a great town is Lexington ; Nice place for a future automotive plant also.

7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of the "Yankee" comments just further support the entire worlds stereotypical views of the South.

Way to go. Keep on promoting the ignorance.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I moved here from Texas a couple of years ago. I am surprised and amused at the differences I never expected. The ski resorts in the rockies would NEVER admit to having fake snow - nobody would show up. Here, it makes the news every night! Are we going to head up to ski on that icy, rough stuff? No way!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My absolute favorite (short) road trip is to Asheville to the Biltmore Estate. Season passes are really cheap too! I love the gardens in the spring and the decorations in the winter. If you haven't been, please go!
Also can't forget Charleston- love the walking tours.

2:43 PM  
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