My parents and I had a walk down memory lane (more them than me) as we took the pioneers’ trail down to the big city of Liberty, North Carolina for the semi-annual Liberty Antiques Festival. Twice a year in the last weekends of September and April, more than 400 dealers from more than 25 states descend on the quaint town of Liberty for the ultimate ho-down of antique furniture, pottery, jewelry, glassware and other fun stuff. This makes for a great weekend staycation or short trip. You can get your antiquing on plus eat at the down home vendors serving homemade ice cream, lemonade, kettle corn and Carolina BBQ. Also, another plus of the festival is that no crafts or reproductions are allowed so you know you are looking at the real deal. Just make sure you don’t hit a cow on your drive in.