Rare Sea Turtle Nest at Ft. Fisher, NC

Check out this WECT video on a rare sea turtle nest found at Ft. Fisher.

http://www.wect.com/clip/11586665/rarest-sea-turtle-nests-at-fort-fisher-state-recreation-area

A Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle, which is considered to be the rarest sea turtle, nested at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area on Sunday. The most endangered sea turtle rarely nests on the North Carolina coast, according to Alyssa Taylor with the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

Sea Turtle Adventure at Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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On a recent vacation to Ocean Isle Beach I had an unexpected adventure! I was sitting on our 11th floor condo porch enjoying my coffee and taking in the beautiful ocean view when I noticed a small crowd gathering on the beach by the dunes.

It was early in the morning and not many people were on the beach, so my curiosity was peaked. With camera in hand, I headed down to see what was happening. The first thing I noticed were strange tracks in the sand leading up to the dunes and back down to the ocean.

Then I noticed several people in T-shirts which identified them as volunteers for OIBSTPO (Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization). A small group of volunteers were digging carefully in the sand looking for a nest that had just  been dug by a female turtle.  Because of the recent tropical storm, Ana, and the sand erosion, the volunteers were  relocating the eggs to a safer nesting area further up the beach. A volunteer with a clicker counted the eggs as they were removed from the nest. Today’s total: 125 eggs! Continue reading

Downton Abbey Visits the Biltmore

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

Downton Abbey fashion exhibit at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.

“Changing Fashions for Changing Times” Now at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Nc.

Fans of the popular PBS television series Downton Abbey don’t have to travel to Highclere Castle to experience firsthand what life was like at Downton Abbey or to view original costumes of their favorite characters. The Biltmore House, the grand 250-room Vanderbilt estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is showcasing 47 costumes from the show during its exhibition: Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times, which runs from February 5th through May 25th, 2015.

See my full article which appeared in Luxe Beat Magazine’s April 2015 issue at: Downton-Abbey-Visits-the-Biltmore

NC Beer Month Continues

Wilmington Celebrates NC Beer Month

Want to know what’s happening locally for NC Beer Month? Check it out on the NC Official Tourism Site.  Wilmington’s Top Hops Spots include: Front Street Brewery which has been a star attraction for 20 years, and five newcomers – Flytrap Brewing, Ironclad Brewery, Broomtail Craft Brewery and Wilmington Brewing plus Good Hops Brewery in Carolina Beach. And keep your eyes peeled for the perfect souvenir: a Freaker, the knit koozie created in Wilmington.

NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC

NC Beer Month in Wilmington, NC

NC Beer Month

Get Ready for a  Cold Draft

April is NC Beer Month

April is NC Beer Month

April is North Carolina Beer Month, and for the third year in a row there’s an exciting array of activities lined up. More than 90 breweries – from the mountains to the coast – are participating, ranging from decades-old, award-winning brewhouses to newbies on the block eager to make a name for their batches. It’s a month-long celebration offering dozens of beer-inspired festivals, tastings, dinners, special discounts, travel deals, giveaways and more. You can be certain that by the time April comes to a close, you’ll have an even better appreciation for North Carolina’s thriving beer scenes.

To learn more about NC Beer Month and get a list of events, special tastings and sweepstakes happening throughout the state, head over to http://www.ncbeermonth.com.

Downton Abbey Comes to Biltmore

 

Staff prepare Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Staff prepares Downton Abbey Fashion Exhibit at Biltmore (Photos Courtesy of Biltmore)

Downton Abbey Costumes on View at Biltmore

“Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” opens at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, Feb. 5th and runs through May 25, 2015.

Don’t miss this exciting exhibit of 47 costumes direct from London on display at the 250-room Vanderbilt estate. The costumes are displayed in rooms throughout the house that represent where they would  have been worn in the corresponding Highclere Castle, the setting for the show.

Leslie Klingner, Curator of Interpretation at the Biltmore,  spoke with me about the exhibit. “What has really struck me as the costumes have come in, is their exquisite details. They are absolutely gorgeous in person, and it’s so exciting to see them close up in the correct settings.” Continue reading

See the skyscraper that inspired the Empire State Building

Model for Empire State Building

Model for Empire State Building

Winston-Salem is best known for the Moravian culture on display in its historic Old Salem community. But visitors passing through downtown often look at one of the city’s skyscrapers and have a feeling they’ve seen it somewhere before.

Winston-Salem’s Reynolds Building was the model for the Empire State Building, one of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers. The connection is so strong that executives from the Empire State Building sent the Reynolds Building a thank-you card on its 50th birthday.

The Reynolds Building was constructed in 1929 by Shreve and Lamb, who would design the Empire State Building a few years later based on the same plans. The iconic shape of the two buildings is the same, though the Empire State Building has 102 floors whereas the Reynolds Building has 22.

For nearly a century, the Reynolds Building was the home office for the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The Reynolds Building was named “Building of the Year” by the National Association of Architects, won the 1984 Art Deco Society of New York award for best restoration and was the tallest building in the South for 35 years. The building’s future is undecided and it may take on a new role as a luxury hotel.

(Reprinted from Visit North Carolina: Project 543)