It is that time of year again… When the heat index reaches triple digits in New Orleans, it is time to head north to Newport, RI. We took a five day leisurely drive from New Orleans to Newport traveling some of the way along the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina and Virginia. The Parkway offered amazing views of the Smokey Mountains and Shenandoah Mountains at some high elevations. Fortunately the days were clear and crisp offering us expansive views with no fog. It was perfect driving weather for our convertible. We spent one of our nights in Little Switzerland, North Carolina at a great hotel where we sat outside sipping wine and feasting on a seafood and prime rib dinner while overlooking the valley below. Although, flying gets you there much faster, there is something special about taking the time to drive across the country and see the beautiful sights. We are looking forward to doing it again in the fall when we return south to New Orleans to escape the cold New England weather.