Back from the South

While many of you are heading south to attend the Haven conference, (I wish I were going!), we just returned north from a trip down south.

My family and I just took our annual trip to the Southport, North Carolina area.

While my husband spent time on the golf course with his dad, the boys and I ran around town.

While I was there,

I had to make sure I admired the charming southern architecture…

Southern Homes with porches

Here is everything I love about southern homes…big front porches, hanging ferns, plantation shutters in all the windows and a porch swing!  Just perfect!

Houses like that really make me want to move!

We spent one morning down by the water.

Southport, NC waterfront

Southport, NC pier

Watching fisherman,

and the local wildlife.

Southport, NC - Such a sweet southern town!

The town of Southport

is such a sweet little southern town.

While we were there, we did a lot of shopping…

Candy Shop in Southport, NC

Although mostly in fun stores that the kids liked!

The candy store/Christmas shop had some hilarious ornaments.  I had to pick up a few of these margarita ornaments. I plan to save one for our annual MOMS club ornament exchange party!

They had ornaments and rooms decorated

for almost every holiday.

We also played miniature golf

over on Oak Island.

Oak Island Golf

And spent more money than we should have in the arcade.

We collected pine cones,

played with some darling doggies,

(while Rosie was back home at the kennel)

and swam in the pool every afternoon.

One night we had dinner out at the golf club

 with a group of friends and family.

We were lucky enough to eat in the beautiful wine room

where we dined last year.

The food was fabulous once again…

and needless to say,

so was the wine!

The rest of the club was just as pretty.

Coastal Decor in Southern town of Southport, NC

I loved all the coastal touches.

Coastal bookcase - trip to Southport, NC

It really was a lovely place.

We had a wonderful trip down south.

The weather was gorgeous

and we enjoyed plenty of quality family time.

What more could you ask for?

Do you have any family trips planned for the summer?

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  1. No trips planned here as of yet. I do wish I had a big southern front porch. Looks like you had a great time. I'm not going to Haven either and live here, but I am meeting a bunch of bloggers at dinner tonight.

  2. Hi Shelley!Looks like a fantastic trip.We will all head to our annual week at a lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin in August. We will also go see my family back in PA in July. Looking forward to both of those outings!xoxAHope this finds you well!

  3. Awww poor Rosie!!! 🙂 Looks like a lovely trip! I'm headed to the other side of the country later this summer to visit family – haven't been back in 12 years so I'm really looking forward to it!!!xox

  4. Welcome back! Looks like you had a wonderful trip! I would love to visit the south someday. I just adore the architecture of the homes there!

  5. Oh! I loved this! I just did a similar post since we've just returned from Hilton Head! All about the live oaks and the Lowcountry style homes! You would probably like it! And…I LOVE the Caribbean and might just choose to live on St. John if I could! Have a great week!

  6. Very nice pictures… looks like a wonderful trip to NC! I missed these xmas-shops here in Germany… the margarita ornaments are sooooo cute!!!!Have a nice day!~Jutta

  7. Sounds and looks like a wonderful vacation. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Thanks for sharing. Visiting from the Picket Fence but have been following for awhile.

  8. I live in NC, but had to look up on a map where Southport is. I obviously haven't been there, although I've been to Sunset Beach, which is a little South of where you are. No trips planned this summer. We've already been to SoCal and Savannah, Georgia twice. Would love to go to the mountains where it's a little cooler. Stopping by from Inspiration Friday.

  9. Thanks for the memories. Our last beach trip before my mom had her stroke was to Oak Island. I don't normally play miniature golf with my family, but this vacation I did. Your picture brought back those good memories. Thanks.

  10. Sounds & looks like you had a wonderful trip!! We're headed to California in July. The kids can't wait!

  11. Looks like you had an amazing time! I totally agree with what you said- when I visit the South I want to move there! I in in LOVE with Savannah and keep begging my DH to move there someday. Just found your blog from the Serenity Now Link Party. I love your blog! New Follower :)Join my "All Things Pretty" Blog Hop!

  12. This sounds like a great vacation, Shelley! Glad you got away and had fun with your family.

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