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Iconic Tinkerbell sign at Pink Motel has drawn travelers for more than 65 years

On one of our trips to North Carolina a few years ago, I told Sweetums I had to stop to get a photo of the iconic Tinkerbell sign at Pink Motel. The motel is unremarkable, a 50s-era strip motel, but it is known for its large neon sign that features a Disney-esque Tinkerbell. The motel… Continue reading Iconic Tinkerbell sign at Pink Motel has drawn travelers for more than 65 years

(ODD)yssey, Blog Post

The Coral Castle: Featured stop from my ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

The following is excerpted from my book "A Guide to the South's Quirkiest Roadside Attractions," which is sold exclusively in stores and online from Books-A-Millions. Purchase it here for $16.95. The book features sites in 11 Southern states. I visited the Coral Castle in 2005 with my Baby Girl, who was 12 at the time,… Continue reading The Coral Castle: Featured stop from my ‘Guide to South’s Quirkiest Roadside Attractions’

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This tiny town is home to the Great Pumpkin weigh-off

Allardt, Tenn., a tiny spot on the map I’d never heard of before this year, has an amazing claim to fame: It is the home of the official pumpkin (and other giant veggies) weigh off. We were passing through on a short road-trip when we noticed a really cool water tower in Allardt and, of… Continue reading This tiny town is home to the Great Pumpkin weigh-off

Southern Thing Column

Rules of the Banana Sandwich are simple and finite

The column excerpted below originally appeared on It's a Southern Thing. To read the column in its entirety on SouthernThing.com, click here. Banana-and-mayo sandwiches are one of God’s simple pleasures: Cheap, easy to make and filled with that tangy-sweet combination that makes your mouth happy. Do I care that non-Southerners poke fun at this creation… Continue reading Rules of the Banana Sandwich are simple and finite