Julie Thompson-Adolf, Garden Geek TravelingMom

Julie Thompson-Adolf, Garden Geek TravelingMom

Julie Thompson-Adolf is a garden and travel writer, organic grower, nature lover, Master Gardener, ecoadventurer, and local foodie...who still has to convince the kids to eat their veggies. She is the author of the blog Garden Delights, where she shares her love of all things green and helps readers learn to grow their own organic gardens. A former PR executive, Julie travels throughout the world with her Swiss husband and dual-citizen children, visiting European family or searching for botanical treasures. Follow along as she experiences beautiful gardens, ecoadventures with kids, and fabulous local food.


16 Things to Pack for a Protest

When the world is topsy turvy, causing you sleepless nights and many angst filled days, it seems easiest to wallow in chocolate and hide under the covers. While chocolate and chick-flicks might make you feel better for a bit, they can’t fix big problems. Instead, sometimes you need to raise your voice–loudly. No matter your cause–whether it’s a Women’s March or Pro-Life rally–the First Amendment protects our rights to peacefully protest. Stand up and be heard—but be safe. Here’s a list of must-have items to pack for a protest. I’m not a rabble rouser. Crowds make me crazy, and...

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14 Great Things to Do in Seattle, Washington with Kids

From whale watching to dodging flying fish to trolling for, well, trolls, you’ll find a wide variety of great things to do in Seattle, Washington for the entire family. (Just be sure to pack your raincoat.) Things to Do in Seattle with Kids Spring break travel typically skips our family. When I grew heirloom plants to sell at our local farmers’ market, I couldn’t abandon the greenhouse in April, when temperatures in South Carolina often soar to scorching in a heartbeat. Then, when our daughter decided to attended high school at a local university, her spring break arrived a...

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4 Family-Friendly Seattle Restaurants and What to Order

Seafood lovers, beware: you’ll never want to leave Seattle. From the flying fish at Pike Place Market to the outlandish oysters offered in seasonal dishes, Seattle is a seafood lover’s dream. But don’t worry. There’s also something for non-seafood eaters. Here are four family-friendly restaurants in Seattle that cater to both fish-lovers and hamburger connoisseurs. Family-Friendly Restaurants in Seattle I’ve always loved seafood. Although my parents proclaimed me the “world’s pickiest child,” turning my nose up at pizza and eating plain iceberg lettuce as my only vegetable, I’d consume crazy quantities of shrimp, fish, crab, and lobster. They couldn’t...

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Discover a Sweet Destination: Grove Park Inn Asheville, NC.

Visions of sugarplums may be dancing in your kids’ heads this holiday season. The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville NC turns those sweet dreams into reality with its annual National Gingerbread House Competition. For our family, an afternoon outing to meander among the creative confections always tops our list of favorite holiday activities. (The gingerbread cookies served by the fireplace make a yummy, festive treat, too!) Grove Park Inn: Home to the National Gingerbread House Competition. Every December, our family creates gingerbread houses. I’ll bet yours does, too. I admit, while I can grow a garden full of food...

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Explore History and Horticulture at Biltmore House and Gardens.

Do you love rich history, beautiful design, and gorgeous gardens? Is a trip to the mountains for fall leaf peeping in your plans? Do you miss the Sunday sagas of  “Downton Abby”? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Garden Geek Traveling Mom Julie Thompson-Adolf shares why it’s time to head to Asheville, North Carolina to discover the Biltmore House and Gardens. Exploring the Biltmore Estate—the Home of America’s ‘Royalty’ Like most travel and garden writers, I love playing tourist and exploring new places. But I also enjoy tour guide duties when friends and family come to...

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America’s Most Haunted Hotel: Arkansas’ 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa

Are you brave enough to spend the night at America’s Most Haunted Hotel? From glowing orbs to ghostly shenanigans, Arkansas’ 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa claims visitors can share rooms with “guests who checked out but never left.” Or, if you’d prefer a good night’s sleep, you can play ghost hunter on a group tour. Whether or not you believe in ghosts, the ghoulish history of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa will make you shudder. Celebrate Halloween in America’s Most Haunted Hotel Do you believe in ghosts? Would you spend Halloween in America’s Most Haunted Hotel, the 1886 Crescent...

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Free Saturday Night Lights: Tryon International Equestrian Center

Do you have a horse crazy kid in your life? Did you dream of owning a pony when you were a child? Did Rio create Olympic dreams in your favorite family equestrian? No matter if your experience with horses is limited to a fancy carousel ride or you’re a competitive jumper, Tryon International Equestrian Center provides a perfect place to play with ponies — and Saturday Night Lights is FREE. Tryon International Equestrian Center: Horse Haven Near the Blue Ridge Mountains It seems like rite of passage—the love affair with horses many of us experience at a young age....

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A Sherlock Holmes Fan’s Dream Day: Visiting Reichenbach Falls and 221B Baker Street

Do you have a Sherlock fan in your life? We do. In fact, our 15-year-old daughter, Kristen, recites quips from the BBC Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch while wearing Sherlock-inspired attire and spouting facts and quotes from each episode. She’s the ultimate fangirl. Besides reading the original stories about Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and re-watching each of the television episodes five times on NetFlix, how does a true Sherlock fan wile away the years, awaiting the new season? If you’re a die-hard fan, you hike to the top of the Reichenbach Falls to pay homage to...

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Free Family Fun at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR.

Where can you spend a family-friendly, fun day enjoying the great outdoors,while giving your kids a taste of culture and a bit of art education, too? Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR, beautifully blends art with nature. It also provides access to everyone with free admission daily, part of the mission of founder and Walmart heir Alice Walton. Pack a picnic and get ready to be inspired. Art Museum Inspiration Growing up outside of Chicago, I spent many days meandering art museums, happily wiling away hours lost in thought. Honestly, is there anything as inspiring as...

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8 Great Things to Do in Asheville, NC that Teens and Tweens Will Love.

With lazy summer days on the horizon, Asheville, North Carolina provides the perfect destination to escape the heat and entertain the troops. With cooler mountain air and beautiful scenery, Asheville’s quirky charm, intriguing history, and unique destinations make it a perfect day trip. It’s also ideal for a full-blown, weeklong family vacation. Exploring Asheville, North Carolina with Kids We’re lucky. In less than an hour, our family can escape the South Carolina heat and venture to the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the temperatures typically dip ten degrees cooler than in Spartanburg. Often, we head out for a hiking adventure, but...

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