N.C. Wine Guide
Did you know that North Carolina has over 100 wineries and a new North Carolina Wine Guide has officially arrived and is available free of charge. The wine guide is funded and produced by the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, but it will now be distributed through the Division of Tourism and can be ordered online or by calling 1-800-VISITNC or 1-877-3NC-WINE.
You can also visit their website for downloadable ready-to-go wine trails. (Click here).
Who Knew? NC has a Potato Festival!
It’s true. I just discovered that the North Carolina Potato Festival will take place in Elizabeth City on May 18th from 10 am. until 10 p.m. Some of the fun and unique activities include:
- “Anything but Fries” Restaurant Challenge
- National Potato Peeling Contest
- Little Miss Tater Tot Contest
- Lucky Duck Derby Race
- Car & Motorcycle Show
- Cornhole Tournament
Live musical performances on the Main Stage are planned throughout the day and feature a wide array of music. In addition, there are arts and crafts, concessions, activities and rides for children, and a grand finale Street Dance under the stars.
Interesting facts about potato growing in North Carolina
- North Carolina produces over 18,500 acres of potatoes for commercial sale valued at approximately 23 million dollars.
- North Carolina also ranks about 17th in the nation in cash receipts for potatoes.
- Most of North Carolina’s potatoes are grown in Northeastern North Carolina along the coast.
- Potatoes grow best in Northeastern North Carolina due to the rich, sandy soil and high mineral type soils found there.
- February is known a potato-lover’s month.
Encounters: U.F.O. Experience
New Encounters UFO Exhibit at Broadway at the Beach
The world’s first exhibition exploring historical and present-day reports of U.F.O’s opens April 2013 at “Broadway at the Beach” in North Myrtle Beach. This family-friendly exhibit features seven galleries that will have over 200 original and reproduced artifacts and models that explore the ancient mysteries of Egyptian Hieroglyphics, the mysteries of Area 51 and Roswell, the famous Easter Island statues, and military involvement in the phenomena. Continue reading
East Coast Shag Classic Benefits “Women of Hope”
Top beach music bands will converge at Wrightsville Beach for the second annual East Coast Shag Classic on President’s Day Weekend. The Blockade Runner Beach Resort will host the event February 14-17th. Continue reading
Pier House Restaurant, Myrtle Beach, SC
Now is the time to beat the summer crowd and avoid long lines at some popular restaurants in the Myrtle Beach area. The Pier House Restaurant features beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open-air lounge. Continue reading
Traveling “Down South” the Right Way!
Since relocating to a beautiful coastal town in North Carolina—leaving behind my old life in the greater Washington, DC, metropolitan area– I have had a true “conversion” experience. My eyes have been opened, my mind enlightened, and joy has filled my heart – I have become a “true Southerner.”
Since my conversion, you will no longer hear four-letter words from my mouth– except for the occasional “y’all” or “yes’m.” I also sleep later, drive slower, and wear the T-shirt that says: “I wasn’t born in the South, but I got here as fast as I could!” Continue reading