Travel Wish List

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With shopping season in full swing I have put together my Top Ten Tar Heel Travel Wish List for 2006. It's a blend of beauty, solitude, romance and sports.

If I could take a trip in December it would probably be to the Grove Park Inn to enjoy a warm beverage by the roaring stone fireplace with childhood friend Bill Covington playing the grand piano and an incredible gingerbread house collection nearby. Okay. Here's my top ten:

1. January getaway to Lake Mattamuskeet (above) to watch snow geese and tundra swans
2. Train trip to Charlotte for Panthers game
3. Grandfather Mountain in July for Highland Games
4. Romantic getaway to Edenton

5. Ocracoke for some serious songwriting and seafood

6. Road Mountain in late June for rhododendron spectacle

7. Pinehurst and pottery excursion

8. Spa weekend at Grove Park Inn in Asheville

9. Beaufort for fun in the sun and shrimp and grits at Clawsons

10. April weekend to see neo-tropical songbirds on Roanoke River