Author: Richard Christensen

5 Reasons to Visit the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

  If you have ever wondered what it’s like to live a life of opulence, then you will love a visit to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Measuring a massive 6,950 acres, this private estate dates back to the 1889 when George Washington Vanderbilt II, the son of a wealthy businessman, fell in love with the surrounding landscape and decided to build the property as a holiday home. Today, it remains the largest privately owned house in all of the United States which is why it is Asheville’s largest tourist attraction. Walking onto the property, you will...

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How To Care For the Soil In An Organic Garden

Whether you are entirely new to gardening or simply want to turn over a new leaf, organic gardening is easier than you may imagine. The key is to relax about the odd nibbled leaf or garden pest. Instead, the key is to focus on creating an ecosystem that can feed you healthily and sustainably while still functioning at its best as a natural system. Many gardeners go through the motions, spending little thought on the soil. Remember, soil is an ecosystem – teeming with life. Disturbing that balance is the fastest route to a garden disaster. So, how do...

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Brewpub Review: Jolly Pumpkin Detroit Michigan

I finally had a chance to check out the Jolly Pumpkin brewpub in Midtown, Detroit this week. My previous attempts were thwarted by large weekend crowds. Tuesday afternoon presents a much better opportunity. I’ve heard about, and even seen on TV, their sour beer collection and wondered if it lived up to the hype. In a quickly transitioning neighborhood, if a new venue doesn’t measure up it won’t last too long amongst the competition. After all, Metro Detroit Brewing Company is already well established right across the street. One item that drew me to the Jolly Pumpkin, besides my...

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12 Amazing Family Attractions in Downtown Detroit

Despite the hard economic times of the past few decades, Detroit is experiencing a great rebirth. Within this transformation has been an awakening of both the old and new. Century old family attractions, such as the aquarium on Belle Isle, have been restored to their former glory. More modern venues have been built too. The Michigan DNR’s Outdoor Adventure Center brings the great Up North to the city. Campus Martius Park has become a social, as well as, symbolic center of Downtown welcoming families to relax and play. The river front, long since abandoned to failed industry, is being...

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The D Discount Pass Offers Big Savings for Detroit Activities

The D Discounts Pass is one of the easiest ways to save money on activities and attractions in Downtown and Metro Detroit. Currently offering discounts at 15 locations for 2017, the D Pass typically gives you 20% off admission prices. That’s a huge savings when you’re treating your family to a day at Legoland or the Henry Ford Museum! The pass is free and all you need to do is head over to the official Visit Detroit website to sign up and print off your bar code. Or, keep it handy on your mobile device and save some paper....

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