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.


21 Fabulous Things to Do in Malta.

  Where can you find the perfect balance of historic sites and blissful beaches? The tiny island of Malta, with its Knights and prehistoric sites, offers amazing historical treasures. And the gorgeous beaches along the Mediterranean will soothe your soul. With a sister-in-law that lives in a house dating from the 17th century, I knew we were in for an amazing historical journey through the small island country of Malta. Lucky for us, our kids also love history. Especially lucky for us, our Maltese family proved to be perfect tour guides, showing us both the famous historical sites and...

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7 Fabulous Must-See Malta Beaches

Malta’s rich history, beautiful architecture, and prehistoric sites entice visitors, but after hours of touring, there’s nothing more relaxing than a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. While many popular beaches sit among a throng of 5-star hotels, we prefer the less crowded, locally recommended “secret” beaches and bays for snorkeling and sunbathing. In fact, you might find yourself alone at some of our favorite Malta beaches! 7 Fabulous Must-See Malta Beaches: Privacy While You Unwind One of the best things about being married to my husband—besides that he’s kind, brilliant, a great father, and puts up with all of...

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7 Things to Do in Charleston, SC

When hectic school days and heavy work schedules leave your family feeling frazzled, there’s nothing like an escape to Charleston, South Carolina. With its beautiful beaches, family friendly attractions, and rich history, you’ll soon find yourself sipping sweet tea on a porch swing, breathing in the salt air, while the weight of the world slips away. There’s something rejuvenating about Charleston. Things to Do in Charleston, SC: Escape for a Week or a Weekend Our family loves Charleston, SC. While we live three hours northwest of the city, we feel a special connection to the area. My husband and...

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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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