Sometimes summer getaways and summer weddings involve some driving time–ours took around 12 hours! So we turned our long, extended trip into a fun road trip! We broke up the driving time into four hours each day, and made sure to make pit-stops at interesting places or curious shops.
I’ve always wanted to go to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina and after some researching, found out it was only 40 minutes off from our route. It was definitely worth it! Such a sight to see and to imagine the wealth and the people who lived and visited there. I could imagine the Victorian jewelry that was worn throughout the hallways of the estate–the dark, maroon colored walls and enormous fireplaces would compliment the black enamel and rose cut diamonds of the time.
Also stopped at a few antique jewelry shops along the way. I found some amazing pieces–like a Victorian snake ring with an Old European cut diamond set head, an Art Nouveau double serpent ring set with a turquoise that had natural black veining, and an Indian TOTE ring for my friend Brooke. The shops that I stopped at didn’t want to be mentioned online and they don’t really have a presence on the internet. Most places were in the middle of nowhere and didn’t really know what the word Blog meant. So I will conceal their identity!
We finally made it to our destination, a small town outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and celebrated a wonderful marriage and wedding. Our trip back home involved going over the speed limit and only stopping for gas/food, while laughing hysterically to Amy Schumer Pandora station. Here’s to many more fun road trips and finding hidden treasures!