Fourth of July: America’s Holiday

Happy Fourth of July! 

What do you have planned this long holiday weekend? I have been on vacation mode. Mr. B and have been taking a few days off for an easy getaway to La Jolla and San Diego, which is about a two-hour drive from our home. This Fourth of July, aka America’s Holiday, I thought I’d share a handful of my favorite vacation pictures from years past featuring Old Glory. Whatever it is you have planned, be sure to have a happy and safe one!

One flag, one land, one heart, on nation evermore.    — Oliver Wendell Holmes

Carmel, California

In 2015, we spend the holiday in the charming community of Carmel, California. I previously crafted a unique post about the lovely homes of Carmel. This was actually one of my earliest posts on the website so in case you missed it, you can read it here. 

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Above & Below: Carmel, California

In Fall 2015, we spend two weeks back east visiting Massachusetts and Rhode Island. I posted about the Boston Public Library, the Cape Cod hotel we stayed at in this post, and visiting Edith Wharton’s beautiful home, The Mount, in this post. The next couple of pictures are a couple of my favorites from that trip. scuituate lighthoue american flag via Reviving Charm

In an attempt to do something different, last year we spent the holiday in Julian, California. Julian is a small town (population approx. 1,500) tucked away in the mountains of San Diego. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember that I shared this picture last year. I’m not sure what it is about Julian that lures me back. There is absolutely no good shopping in this little town and there is only one real decent place to stay. Their Main Street is a missed opportunity because it is filled with one trinket souvenir shop after another. I did, however, manage to find one great home decor shop in town and some vintage shops in the region. Naturally, I discovered a few things to bring home and I shared my finds with you in this post. Heaven knows why, but for some weird, crazy reason I really like Julian. Maybe it’s their infamous apple pie that draws me back? julian california flag image by Reviving Charm


I took this picture while visiting Brookline, Massachusetts (a Boston suburb) on our trip to New England last Fall. When I took this picture I remember falling in love with everything about this house, including the black door. I didn’t notice the location of the mailbox slot until looking at the picture months after I took it. I never thought of putting a mailbox slot at the bottom of the door but it makes sense. It’s unobtrusive and if anyone tries to peek in they really won’t be able to see much. But I wonder if I would get tired of bending over each day to pick up mail scattered across the floor? I’m going to guess yes.

I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do. I thought it was particularly appropriate for today since I like to consider Friday the “door to the weekend”. It’s a weekend full of possibility since Mr. B and I don’t actually have much planned. What about you?

Thankfully, I only have one thing on my calendar this weekend and that is to meet a friend at the Long Beach Aquarium with her active 5 year old twins. I don’t spend a lot of time around children so this should be quite the eye opening experience for me. I look forward to spending time with them and having fun but my only goal is to make sure they don’t get lost or go home scraped, bruised, or with any broken body parts. Wish me luck!black door brookline massachusetts via REVIVING CHARM

Sidenote: I love the look of a black door so much that I devoted an entire post to it. If you missed it you can check it out here.