Oak Island, North Carolina

Facts & Figures County: Brunswick Website: https://www.oakislandnc.com Attractions: Ahoy! Doughnuts Carolina National Golf Club Oak Island Par Three at South Harbor Oak Island Jungle Golf (mini golf and arcade) Oak Island Parks & Recreation Ocean Crest Pier OKI Scoop Shop and Donuts Pirate’s Deck Restaurant Shagger Jack’s Restaurant North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher PhotosContinue reading “Oak Island, North Carolina”

Pinehurst Resort

Facts & Figures Address: 80 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374 County: Moore Phone: (855) 235-8507 Website: https://www.pinehurst.com Activities: Boating Croquet Cycling Golf Tennis Swimming Accommodations: Carolina Hotel Holly Inn The Manor Carolina Villas Condos at Pinehurst Photos Overview Opened in 1895, Pinehurst Resort is known as “The Cradle of American Golf.” Located in theContinue reading “Pinehurst Resort”

Raven Rock State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546 County: Harnett Size: 4,810 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:00am to 7:00pm Phone: (910) 893-4888 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/raven-rock-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Fishing Hiking Horseback Riding Paddling Picnicking Photos Overview Located along theContinue reading “Raven Rock State Park”

Ocracoke Island

Facts & Figures County: Hyde Population: 948 Zip Code: 27960 Area: 9.6 square miles (8.6 square miles of land, 640 acres of water) Resources: Ferry System: https://www.ncdot.gov/divisions/ferry/Pages/default.aspx Lodging: https://ocracokeguide.com/accommodations Ocracoke Light Station: https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/ols.htm Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Shop: https://www.teachshole.com Photos Overview Ocracoke Island is a remote barrier island off the coast of NorthContinue reading “Ocracoke Island”

From BBQ to Sweet Tea: Ten Things I Love About North Carolina

I’ll never forget the feeling of crossing over the North Carolina state line on I-77 South when moving here from Northeast Ohio back in November of 2013. It was a completely different feeling crossing over that state line, knowing that this would be our new home, rather than just a vacation destination for a week.Continue reading “From BBQ to Sweet Tea: Ten Things I Love About North Carolina”

Pilot Mountain State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 1792 Pilot Knob Park Rd., Pinnacle, NC 27043 County: Surry and Yadkin Size: 3,872 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (336) 325-2355 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/pilot-mountain-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Hiking Horseback Riding Paddling Picnic Shelters/Tables Rock Climbing/RappellingContinue reading “Pilot Mountain State Park”

North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Facts & Figures County: Dare Areas: Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, Nags Head, Roanoke Island, Hatteras Island Attractions: Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island The Lost Colony Jennette’s Pier Jockey’s Ridge State Park Wright Brothers National Memorial Bodie Island Lighthouse Oregon Inlet Pea Island National Wildlife RefugeContinue reading “North Carolina’s Outer Banks”

North Carolina High Country

Facts & Figures Counties: Allegheny, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, Yancey Cities: Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone, Burnsville, Jefferson, Linville, Sparta, Spruce Pine, Sugar Mountain, West Jefferson, Wilkesboro Attractions: The Blowing Rock Blue Ridge Parkway Grandfather Mountain Lin Cove Viaduct Linville Caverns Linville Falls Mast General Store Mystery Hill Tweetsie Railroad Photos OverviewContinue reading “North Carolina High Country”

Pullen Park

Facts & Figures Address: 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606 Size: 66.4 acres Opened: March 22, 1887 Hours: Attractions open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm Phone: (919) 996-6468 Website: https://raleighnc.gov/places/pullen-park Management: The City of Raleigh, Department of Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Amenities/Attractions: Aquatic Center Theater Carousel Kiddie Boats C.P. Huntington Train Pedal Boats LakeContinue reading “Pullen Park”

My First Blog Post

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” —Henry David Thoreau A New Year’s Goal One of my new year’s resolutions this year was a digital detox and to spend less time connected to my iPhone. As a result, I have found myself withContinue reading “My First Blog Post”

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