North Carolina – Food Drink

Beautiful Belmont, NC PullOverandLetMeOut

The Connection Between Beautiful Belmont, NC and Happiness

Is there a connection between Belmont, NC, and happiness? There's something about discovering a picturesque town that makes me happy so when I visited Belmont, I couldn't help noticing a joyful disposition overtaking me. Located approximately 15-miles west of Charlotte in Gaston County, this charming suburb bordered by the South Fork and Catawba Rivers is a veritable slice of Americana. The city dates back to the 1750s and…
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Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel

Washington Duke Inn and JB Duke Hotel; Two Hidden Gems at Duke University

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club and JB Duke Hotels are two incredible hidden gems at Duke University. I’ve lived in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) since the early 90s and had no idea Duke University, famous for academics, medicine, and sports, also offers stellar accommodations. Not just one, but two first-class uniquely-styled hotels sit tucked in the Duke Forest on the edge of this picturesque…
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Pittsboro, North Carolina PullOverAndLetMeOut

Pittsboro Is a Charming Weekend Pit-Stop in the Heart of Carolina

In what is almost exactly the geographic center of North Carolina you'll find the town of Pittsboro. Established in 1787, Pittsboro is the county seat of Chatham County, named for William Pitt the Younger, the son of the first Earl of Chatham. Situated 17-miles south of Chapel Hill and 34-miles west of Raleigh, Pittsboro is the type of southern town that looks like it popped out of a…
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Plan an Epic Trip to Mayberry PullOverAndLetMeOut

Plan an Epic Trip to Mayberry This Year

Aunt Bee, Opie, Andy, and Barney – they’re all there. The Andy Griffith Show is classic television and the fictional town of Mayberry it's set in is as infamous as the show’s beloved characters. Mayberry isn’t just a place in television lore, Mayberry comes to life in Andy Griffith’s real hometown of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The quaint town that served as the inspiration for Mayberry located at…
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Wilmington, North Carolina PullOverAndLetMeOut

Outdoor Dining, Shopping, and Coffee – How to Day-Trip in Wilmington, NC

The great thing about a quick visit to Wilmington, North Carolina is you don't need a lot of time to see and do a lot of things. I'm not recommending rushing your visit, but I am saying it's a great place to do a lot if your time is limited. Make your way to historic downtown Wilmington and the River Walk and you'll be able to enjoy outdoor…
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Try Pop’s Diner for a taste of nostalgia at Carolina Beach

I go to the beach in the off-season because it’s the perfect time and place for a writer to write. However, I still like to explore and enjoy being a tourist as well. While spending a winter weekend working on my book at Carolina Beach, North Carolina,  I was directed to Pop’s Diner by a local. Pop’s is a delightful, old-time diner and proved to be the perfect…
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