Marathon Village Nashville: A Creative Shopping District in an Historic Auto Factory

I love the idea of taking old factories or warehouses and giving them new life. Luckily, this is a pretty common thing in the creative community around the world, keeping historic buildings intact while giving creators a place to flourish. Along this line, you’ll find The Source market in Denver, The West Bottoms in Kansas… Continue reading Marathon Village Nashville: A Creative Shopping District in an Historic Auto Factory

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art // Kansas City, Missouri

I’ve been to a lot of museums. Every city I visit includes a trip to the local art museum(s). Besides the fact that museums are often free (a definite plus for a budget traveler like myself), I really enjoy the peace and quiet you find there. And of course, I love looking at the art.… Continue reading Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art // Kansas City, Missouri

See Rock City Gardens // Chattanooga, TN

Rock City is a classic American tourist attraction. It uses beautiful natural surroundings, and then mixes in some weird, kitsch-y stuff to create a very strange yet magical world. Located in the American South, Rock City is on top of Lookout Mountain, straddling the line between Tennessee and Georgia. Most people visit while staying in… Continue reading See Rock City Gardens // Chattanooga, TN

Guide to The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is a must-see attraction for anyone that loves architecture, history, and gardens. Keep reading for my full guide to the Biltmore, including what to do, things to know, top tips, and a sample itinerary for the day. … I took a week-long road trip earlier this year through… Continue reading Guide to The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Steampunk HQ: A Steampunk Museum & Gallery in Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru, New Zealand is mostly known for its beautiful Victorian style architecture. The white-washed buildings and old warehouses have been preserved in the Historic Precinct. As you walk the cobblestone streets, you may believe you’ve actually been transported back to the 19th century. All of this makes it the perfect setting for Steampunk. Because of… Continue reading Steampunk HQ: A Steampunk Museum & Gallery in Oamaru, New Zealand

Christchurch Botanic Gardens // Christchurch, New Zealand

One of the first things I look for when I visit a new city is the local gardens. Maybe there’s a big botanic garden; maybe there are decorative gardens set alongside an historic home; or maybe it’s just a small park with cool flowers. But whatever it is, if plants are involved, I want to… Continue reading Christchurch Botanic Gardens // Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch Art Gallery // Christchurch, New Zealand

Last week marked the six year anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake. In February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the city, leaving massive destruction in its wake. The Christchurch Art Gallery survived the earthquake, though some damage had been done. The gallery packed away its art while nearby buildings were demolished, and the gallery itself was… Continue reading Christchurch Art Gallery // Christchurch, New Zealand

Wellington Botanic Garden // Wellington, NZ

The Wellington Botanic Garden is one of the main attractions in New Zealand’s capital city. Nestled into the hills of the city between Thorndon and Kelburn, the gardens are a place for both tourists and locals alike. Highlights of the gardens include the Lady Norwood Rose Garden, the Treehouse Visitor Center, a sculpture trail, the… Continue reading Wellington Botanic Garden // Wellington, NZ

Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ

The Queens Gardens in Nelson, New Zealand is a beautiful garden park and a great place for a morning or afternoon stroll. Inspired by Victorian-era ornamental gardens, Queens Gardens is filled with a variety of plants, flowers, trees, and sculptures. Within the park, you’ll find the Boer War Memorial, a lone California Redwood tree, a… Continue reading Queens Gardens // Nelson, NZ

City Gallery // Wellington, NZ

The City Gallery is a small art gallery in Wellington, showcasing contemporary visual art in a free and public space. Rotating exhibits feature local, national, and international artists, and art in all mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, and audio/visual. During my visit to the City Gallery, two main exhibitions were on; Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs… Continue reading City Gallery // Wellington, NZ