By Dave and Mary

Fantastic Porch Ideas from the Road

On the road van Looking for inspiration?

The porch ideas Dave and I share here should do the trick.

With cameras in hand, Dave and I have been taking to the road to bring you some wonderful front porch pictures and ideas. We hope to get to your neighborhood one of these days to show off porch and home ideas from your locality.

Tarboro NC Front Porch
We saw this wonderful porch on a road trip through Tarboro NC
Take your time and browse our front porch pictures to get ideas from the wonderful places we've traveled. You'll find plenty of...
  • Porch decorating ideas
  • Ideas for various front porch designs
  • Porch columns and porch railings ideas
  • Neat examples of porch ceilings, porch flooring and porch steps
  • Inspiration for your porch furniture and accents
  • Also lots of landscaping ideas, planters, hanging baskets

Porch Ideas from Our Road Trips

Hillsboro, Virginia

the community of Hillsboro VA in Loudon County VA
Small, quaint Virginia town, Hillsboro VA
Dave and I traveled with our family to a rural, one-street community in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We enjoyed walking up and down the Charles Town Pike enjoying their patriotic porches.

Lynchburg, Tennessee

Front porch of Miss Mary Bobo's Restaurant in Lynchburg TN
Visit Lynchburg, TN and enjoy Miss Mary Bobo's front porch
Dave and I took a short trip to Lynchburg recently and found all kinds of southern charm. Porches, whiskey and Tennessee summer heat. We crossed this small town on foot enjoying the many porches and shops.

St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine FL home with wide porch steps
St. Augustine, Florida
Southern charm, Spanish architecture and the oldest city in the US - that's St. Augustine. With its rich history and southern appeal near sandy beaches, you'll enjoy the porch ideas in this friendly town.

Mary and I spent an afternoon here and thoroughly enjoyed walking the streets and snapping pictures.

If you have the chance, take a day or two to enjoy this richly blessed southern city - St Augustine, Florida.

Fredericksburg, Texas

beautiful fretwork on porch in Fredericksburg TX
Fredericksburg, Texas
You won't be disappointed when you visit this Texas Hill Country town. Plenty of fabulous front porches, lots of history, and that good all Texas hospitality.

Mary and I enjoyed a few days with our friends from Vintage Woodworks and toured this wonderful community

We know you'll enjoying seeing our favorite porch sites - Fredericksburg, TX.

Madison, Indiana

front porches along street in madison indiana
Madison, Indiana
Charles Kuralt said of Madison that it is "The most beautiful river town in America." Mary and I fell in love with this quaint but vibrant town along the Ohio River.

Madison overflows with beautiful porches, an amazing downtown area, and events and festivals throughout the year. We found picturesque porches on every street along with some of the nicest people we've encountered.

Enjoy our pictures covering spring and Christmas - Madison, Indiana.

Naples, California

view of Naples California canal and homes
Canals, boats, porches, and patios of Naples
Naples, California, is located near Long Beach and could easily remind one of Venice Italy with its picturesque canals.

Homes lining the canals have beatiful southern California porches and patios; all of which can give you lots of ideas.

Newport Beach, California

collage of Newport Beach porches
Newport Beach Beauty
Newport Beach is an amazing California community and host to television shows like the OC. It also has beautiful front porches too!

Not only do they have lots of beach activities to include sailing, fishing, and more, but also magificent homes and neighborhoods to explore.

View our photos and discover this amazing community - Newport Beach, California.

South Pasadena, California

south pasadena home with beautiful front porch and landscaping
South Pasadena, California
South Pasadena, California, is located near Los Angeles and is a quaint community with lots of history and beautiful front porches nestles on tree-lined streets.

We share photos of these lovely porches to give you some neat ideas for your porch. You will be surprised at some of the unique and wonderful ideas you'll find.

View our photos and discover this amazing community - South Pasadena, California.

Holdrege, Nebraska

holdrege nebraska country porch with rocking chairs
Holdrege, Nebraska
Holdrege, Nebraska is located almost in the geographical center of the U.S. More importantly, it is a wonderful community with quaint homes and picturesque front porches. The residents of Holdrege take great pride in maintaining and decorating their porches.

You can get a myriad of porch ideas to include some amazing porch roof and column options.

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Rancho Palos Verdes front yard landscaping and porch
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rancho Palos Verdes is like an oasis in the metropolitan area of Los Angeles. Somewhat mountainous with a rugged coastline and beautiful beaches, this southern California community can boast about its beautiful front porches.

We found porch ideas you can use on your front porch or yard no matter where you are located.

View our photos and explore the community of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Lexington, VA

picturesque front porch in Lexington VA
Lexington Virginia
Stroll along Lexington streets and you'll find plenty of beautiful front porches. You might even discover the one with a cannon perched in a corner.

We found ideas for sawn balusters, privacy porches, and a bit of civil war history along the way.

See our fun front porch ideas from these Lexington, VA Pictures.

Bell Buckle, TN

Decorated front porch in Bell Buckle TN
Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Bell Buckle TN is off the beaten path but well worth a stop. Really small southern town hospitality at its finest. We were there during the Christmas season and got a real taste of southern charm.

As small as it might be, Bell Buckle has some happening front porch ideas and goes all out for the holidays.

Deland, FL

colorful front porch in Deland FL
Deland, Florida
Deland Florida is not only a great place to sky dive (Dave took the plunge), it is also fantastic for front porches. They also look neat from 14,000 feet and falling fast!

We enjoyed the many streets lined with beautiful front porches in all designs and colors. You'll love the town of Deland as much as we did and wouldn't might going back.

Check out our fun trip to Beautiful Deland Fl.

Westhaven Porchfest, Franklin, TN

kate schettler perfoming at Westhaven Porchfest
Westhaven Porchfest, Franklin, TN
A porchfest is a neighborhood event whereby musicians play a wide variety of music on front porches. Fun for the whole family, people stroll the streets listening to different bands and singers, socializing and creating a sense of community.

Mary and I traveled to the Westhaven neighborhood in Franklin, TN., to enjoy their first porchfest. Not only did we enjoy the music, art fair, and other festivities, we also got to see some amazing front porches.

Athens GA

University of Georgia, Athens GA
University of Georgia
Athens GA is home to the University of Georgia and grand southern porches. Stroll along fraternity and sorority row to capture the true essence of these beautiful homes and front porches.

But that's not all. We found a myriad of front porch ideas along the side streets of pleasant neighborhoods. We discovered several front porch ideas we know you will want to see.

See our Athens GA Pictures.

San Francisco

Seven Sisters in San Francisco California
San Francisco's Painted Ladies
San Francisco attractions include many world renowned structures, the most famous being the Golden Gate Bridge. However, it also boasts some of the most beautiful porches like those on the "Painted Ladies".

We selected porches with some unique features to give you lots of ideas for your own porch. From colorful Victorian-style homes to enclosed porches, San Francisco has interesting front porches around every corner.

Pacific Grove California

colorful front porch in Pacific Grove CA
California's Pacific Grove
Pacific Grove California is home to a massive monarch butterfly migration and fabulous porches. Although known for its Victorian porches, we focused on small porch ideas and they were abundant.

The porches in Pacific Grove were very colorful on restored vintage wooden bungalows. It was evident that homeowners took pride in making their front porches something to behold. We know you will enjoy the information we share; you will get plenty of ideas for your own porch too.

Sausalito California

stucco front porch staircase in Sausalito California
Beautiful Sausalito California
Sausalito California is a small hamlet just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a vibrant community, rich in picturesque beauty, sailing ships, and wonderful front porches.

Be prepared to walk up and down hills as the town is set among the hills of California. Houses, situated beside and almost on top of each other, boast porches of all designs.

Interestingly, we found many front porch ideas we believe you will enjoy and possibly use for your porch and home.

Abingdon VA

classic front porch rocking chairs in Abingdon VA
Abingdon Virginia
Abingdon VA is a quiet community with an illustrious history and not far from the Great Smokies.

Abingdon VA is home to the famous Barter Theater, brick sidewalks, and porches loaded with ideas. Rich in history and the arts, you are sure to find a relaxing time in this quaint town. We sure did and enjoyed taking in all of the wonderful porches.

Lewis Center Ohio

charming front porch in Lewis Center OH
Lewis Center OH
Lewis Center Ohio is a bustling community on the outskirts of Columbus Ohio.

Lewis Center is home to not only tons of shopping but also located near Alum Creek State Park. We like the streets lined with well-kept landscaping and of course - porches! We hit a bonanza of small porches we know you'll love too.

See our Lewis Center Ohio Pictures.

Powell Ohio

nice wrap around porch in Powell OH
Powell OH
Powell Ohio is a small historic community about 20 miles from downtown Columbus Ohio.

Powell lies in the scenic Olentangy valley and has been named one of the best places to live in the United States by CNN/Money Magazine. We loved the porches of Powell - many of them being home to local businesses and shops.

Durham North Carolina

open porch with iconic column brackets in Durham NC
Durham NC
Durham North Carolina is home to Duke University and is renown for its medical technology centers. But we love their array of fantastic front porches!

Walking the quiet neighborhoods of Durham and capturing their porches on camera to give you great porch ideas was nothing but fun!


Tarboro NC Porches

gable roof over porch entrance in Tarboro NC
Tarboro NC Porch Bonanza
Tarboro is located in central North Carolina, a small quaint community with friendly folks, quiet streets, and fabulous front porches!

We tried to capture the serenity of this neat southern town in our photos of their front porches.

Duck North Carolina Beach House Porches

Beautiful front porch on beach house in Duck NC
See Duck North Carolina Beach Porches
We discovered Duck, North Carolina on a trip down the eastern seaboard. We enjoyed the beach and the wonderful beach home porches too!

Mary and I had a ball walking the streets and taking photos to share with you. You'll see some amazing homes with grand porches; a nice way to enjoy the beach!

Spring Porches of Franklin Tennessee

Spring time porch in Franklin Tennessee
See Franklin TN's spring porches
Franklin Tennessee is a quaint southern town whose porches come to life in the spring.

Walking the brick lined streets and taking in the sights of beautiful dogwoods and azaleas was sure fun. And we got a myriad of porch ideas too!

See our photos spring porch pictures from lovely Franklin Tennessee.

Victorian Homes of Cape May NJ

Victorian porch in Cape May NJ
See all the Victorian porches
Cape May NJ is a charming seashore town on the southern tip of New Jersey - with the most beautiful Victorian porches you'll ever see. Dave and I kept pinching ourselves as we walked up and down the streets of this small town.

Notice the detailed porch railings, porch steps, blue porch ceilings. Fabulous porch decorating ideas, too.

See our lovely porch pictures and our video fromCape May NJ.

Beach Homes in Lewes, Delaware

Beach home with beautiful porch in Lewes, DE
Plans for Beach Homes
Just across the Chesapeake Bay from Cape May NJ we landed in Lewes, Delaware where we came upon some wonderful beach homes that, of course, have great porches. Street after street of wonderful beach home plans. Lovely colors.

Not your Grandma's beach house - these are high style. We got there just as the sun was setting...magical.

Like beach homes? Check out our beach house design section too.

Front Porches of Winston-Salem, North Carolina

spacious front porch in Winston-Salem, NC
Winston-Salem North Carolina
It's easy to find wonderful porch ideas in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We found oodles of great porches just walking through quaint neighborhoods lined with towering trees and among friendly folks. It was fun seeing how they were furnished and decorated and all of them seemed to say - "come, sit a spell".

On your next trip through Winston-Salem and Clemmons NC, be sure to turn down the many side streets; fantastic porches await!

See the porches of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Blowing Rock NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains

log cabin front porch in Blowing Rock
Blowing Rock North Carolina
Our friend, Anna, who lives in NC in a most magical craftsman style home introduced us to Blowing Rock. Talk about a place to visit, this is it. A very small town off the Blue Ridge Highway - it's packed with charm and joyfulness.

We walked up and down the streets, photographing porches, flowers, inns and the main street.

George Washington's Back Porch

Mount Vernon VA - Overlooking the Potomac River from the George Washingon home
Mount Vernon VA
We visited Mount Vernon, Virginia, home of George and Martha Washington. Wait till you see their undeniably beautiful view of the Potomac River.

You can't help but notice the stately porch columns and grand size of this magnificent porch. Cozy? Perhaps not, but I would have loved to sit with Martha and George.

Tiffin Ohio - Our Home Town

Traditional porch style in Tiffin Ohio
Tiffin OH
We visited our home town of Tiffin Ohio to capture the place and porches we knew so well as kids.

It was fun seeing what had remained the same and what had changed over the years. Who says you can't go home again!

See our porch pictures and video from our home town of Tiffin Ohio.

Charleston South Carolina

typical southern porch in Charleston SC
Historic Charleston SC homes
There's nothing like the porches in the South. From wide wrap-arounds to side porches, Charleston South Carolina has gorgeous porches!

Whether you walk the streets or take a horse and buggy tour, there's a grand porch on every street. From seafood to history, Charleston is a fun city to visit - and see porches!

See our porch pictures and videos of Charleston, South Carolina.

Richfield Ohio

classic Victorian porch in Richfield Ohio
Richfield OH
Richfield Ohio, a north central Ohio town, has some neat porches. Take a morning stroll through this quaint community and you'll be apt to find many decorated and well designed porches.

Savannah Georgia

riverboat in Savannah Georgia
Savannah GA
Savannah Georgia is one of our favorite cities for porch ideas. You can't beat the hospitality, parks, and beautifully decorated southern porches.

In a short time you might see outdoor weddings, river boats, bagpipe players, and a myriad of front porches! Take some time and enjoy all that Savannah has to offer- we did.

Beaufort South Carolina

Southern mansion with front porch in Beaufort SC
Beaufort South Carolina
Beaufort SC is a quiet seacoast town that you are sure to love and we love their porches!

We loved the area so much we spent an extra day taking pictures of their wonderful porches to give you porch ideas. Afterwards, we relaxed on swings placed in their park along the waterway and watched the sun set. It's a tough job but....

Leipers Fork TN

downtown Leipers Fork TN
Leipers Fork Tennessee
Leipers Fork TN is a small rural community just outside of Nashville TN. We love its small-town feel and relaxing nature. Here even the store fronts have cozy porches.

If you get the opportunity to visit, take in their shops and art galleries.

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