Strawberry Picking Time in North Carolina

Luscious, just-picked strawberries from North
Carolina's U-Pick Farms. Who can resist?

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North Carolina has U-Pick Strawberry fields all over the state.  Pickin' season in eastern North Carolina is April, May and June. It's later in the Piedmont and in the western part of the state. And the jam is like no other!

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Christmas Lights & More Christmas Lights in Windsor

Christmas lights twinkle in the small town of Windsor, NC, at Christmastime

windsor-christmas-drive-thrFolks from everywhere flock to this tiny eastern North Carolina town to see the spectacular display of lights, some almost swoon. Herman and Therman Hoggard, two of the Hoggard triplets, decorate all year long so folks of all ages can enjoy this wonderland. There is also Sherman, and he helps when he can. Continue reading »

The Battle of Fort Branch – On the Roanoke River

Load your muskets, it’s time for the Confederates
to defend the Roanoke River at Ft. Branch

Battle of Ft Branch near Hamilton, NC

Yankees arrive with horses and canons – they fight to the death.  All that is left is smoke and few men. This Civil War Reenactment happens the first weekend in November every year near the small eastern North Carolina town of Hamilton.  It feels real. Continue reading »

Enjoying Kinston in Eastern North Carolina

I went to Kinston, in Lenoir County, NC in search
of a “dough burger” and found much more.

Downtown Kinston NC historic district cooking store Barbaros

After eating a famous dough burger at Lovick’s Cafe, friend Kathy and I decided to stroll Herritage Street in Kinston’s Historic district.

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The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

The LOST COLONY – Has it been Found?

Lost Colony Outdoor Drama in Manteo, NC

(Photos by permission of Lost Colony Outdoor Drama)

English colonists settled on Roanoke Island in Dare County, North Carolina over 400 years ago. But to this day, the mystery surrounding their disappearance is still very much alive, especially in Manteo, where the production of the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama is in its 74th season. Continue reading »

Beaufort Grocery Company – A Fun Place to Eat at the Beach

BEAUFORT GROCERY COMPANY is one of those special restaurants where there is always something new on the menu board out front.

Beaufort Grocery Restaurant in Beaufort, NC

It is right on Queen Street in the historic district of the small seaport town of Beaufort, just a few steps from the waterfront. And do remember Beaufort is pronounced Bo’ fert in North Carolina.

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Oden’s Store & Antiques

Lynda Oden holds down the fort at Oden's Store
on a North Carolina country road near historic Bath, NC

Oden's Store near Bath North Carolina is old country store off the beaten path

She has been there for as long as I can remember. This old country store is crammed full of treasures – depression glass, furniture, old signs, old tools and all the things you can't wait to discover.

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Historic Edenton Pilgrimage of Homes

Edenton, NC is breathtaking in spring – the colonial houses,
the landscape, the old plantations … all speak history

Beverly Hall - Edenton, North Carolina Pilgrimage of Homes

(Photos courtesy Chowan County Tourism Develpment Authority)

On April 29 and 30, 2011, fourteen of these original private homes, dating from 1764 to 1910, will be open to the public for Edenton's Biennial Pilgrimage of Homes and Countryside.

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Rock-n-Ride Bike Week – Outer Banks of North Carolina

Rock-n-Ride Bike Week on North Carolina's Outer Banks
April 16-25, 2011, will have some amazing scenic rides

Fun things to do in Outer Banks NC - Rock n Ride Bike Week with Georgia Satellites and Mojo Collins

Bikers cruise the same stretch of beach that pirates patrolled 300 years ago.

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Miniature Horse Spring Fling in Williamston, NC

Don't miss the Spring Fling Miniature Horse Show on
June 14-16 2013, in Williamston, North Carolina.

miniature horse Williamston NC by Peggy Rogerson

(Photo by Peggy Rogerson of Peggy Rogerson Photography)

And you can see them showing in all their finery at the East Coast Miniature Horse Club (ECMHC) Spring Fling Miniature Horse Show June 14-16, 2013 at the Senator Bob Martin Ag Center in Williamston, NC.

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Message of Easter Outdoor Drama

Message of Easter outdoor drama in the
countryside of Williamston, NC is in its 34th year

Outdoor drama Message of Easter Williamston NC

This 90-minute play depicts the final days of Christ – his joy and his pain. The members of Piney Grove Baptist Church perform nightly under the stars to as many as 2,000 onlookers.

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Sporting Clays at Hunter’s Pointe

Sporting Clays is one of the fastest growing sports in the USA.

Sporting Clays championship in Washington NC

The 2011 North American Grand Prix Sporting Clay Shoot and the East Coast Championship both will be at Hunter's Pointe, March 16-20, right here in eastern North Carolina in Beaufort County.

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Elizabethan Gardens – a Cooking Green Workshop

 A fun thing to do in Eastern North Carolina: Elizabethan Gardens recipes and cooking with herbs classes

(Chives from the herb gardens at Big Mill Bed & Breakfast. Photo by Chloe Tuttle)

Another great reason to visit North Carolina's Outer Banks – to attend the "Green for Herbs" cooking workshop March 19th at Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo on Roanoke Island in Eastern NC. 

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Sunnyside Oyster Bar – an Authentic Raw Bar

Sunnyside Oyster Bar in Williamston, NC is
little changed from 1935 when it first opened.

Sunnyside Oyster Bar Williamston NC

Folks still siddle up to the bar, order either oysters (raw or steamed) or shrimp. They have added crab legs and scallops. Don't expect any trimmings other than crackers and some really good secret-recipe hot sauce.

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Cotton Fields Quilt Shop

Quilt shop near Big Mill Bed and Breakfast
As you can see, quilters are quite resourceful!
(Notice the chain snake and plastic bag clips for decoration)

What a wonderful surprise to be driving through the countryside in Beaufort County, North Carolina, and right in the middle of nowhere-up pops Cotton Fields Quilt Shop.

Cotton Fields is in a double wide trailer – but don't think for a minute it isn't wonderful. It is! You enter into a palatte of color, rows and rows of cotton fabrics. Time was when all smal towns in North Carolina had fabric stores, but no more. So this shop is paradise if you are a quilter.

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