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October 25 is the day for this year’s rendition of the Barbecue Festival in uptown Lexington, North Carolina, and organizers are expecting over 100,000 attendees for the 31st annual event. The Parade of Pigs kicks off just before 9am, and then the food tents and fun opens up just around 10am. The festival is consistently on best-of lists and other must-do rundowns when it comes to food festivals, so this one is certainly one to cross off from your barbecue bucket list.
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According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.
What’s Bald Head Island?
Situated off the coast of North Carolina, Bald Head Island does its thing as a vacation wonderland. The business and industry is based on you coming to visit, so hurry up and head down for a trip. It might not have the charm of a seasonal seaside village, but what it does have is the attention to detail of what most are looking for when it comes to rest and relaxation. Thanks to past storms the island is no longer truly an island by some definitions, but you're going to need to get there by boat. So we say it counts.
How To Get There
Those coming in to North Carolina should probably make their way to Wilmington, and then from there it’s about 90 minutes to where you’re going to pick up the ferry. Travel by boat only takes 20 minutes, and it will set you back around $25 per adult for a round-trip fare. Things depart out of Deep Point Marina in Southport, and ferries leave the mainland on the hour and from the island on the half hour. No need to worry about the rates for taking your car, as that’s not an option—we’ll get to that in a minute.
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Before we do anything else, this writer needs to clear up that the town in North Carolina is pronounced BOW-Fort, as in bow tie (the town of Beaufort in South Carolina goes by BU-Fort, as in Buick). It’s part of the Crystal Coast, North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks, and it used to be called Fishtown, for reasons you can probably gather from the name.
Today, most of the old fishing vessels have been replaced by sailboats, yachts, and leisure crafts, but rest assured it is still all about boating in Beaufort. Because its location is approximately halfway between Cape Cod and Key West, it serves as a stopping point for many ships on the Intracoastal Waterway, as well as a landing point for those crossing the Atlantic. As is the case with Keuka Lake in Hammondsport, if you’re not getting out on the water in Beaufort, you’re missing out on what makes the Crystal Coast the Crystal Coast: The barrier islands.
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At least according to the calendar we’ve officially made it through the winter, and now that April is here it’s time to move the beer festivals outdoors. The lagers, ales, and everything in between have been rolled into parks, squares, and plazas across the country. So pick a festival and raise a glass to the season at these three beer festivals—cheers!
Los Angeles Beer Festival
Start figuring out what you and your friends are doing this weekend, as it’s already time for the Los Angeles Beer Festival. Things are scheduled to start flowing on April 6, and there are a couple sessions from which to choose. Stuff takes place at Paramount Studios, and it’s $40 per person for the afternoon session as well as the evening session—the latter runs between 5pm and 8pm.
Local and international beers will be on tap, there will be plenty of food from trucks, and there’s even music to keep you motivated as you work through unlimited samples and sips. Angel City Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and Lost Coast Brewery are just some of the breweries scheduled to be in attendance, so you know this is going to be a good time.
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It’s already April, and that means it is officially time to start thinking about warm weather vacations. If you’re thinking about taking the family—or just the friends—down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this summer we’ve got some good news for you. One of the area’s iconic lighthouses just kind of finished a pretty lengthy rehab and renovation, and it’s getting ready to show itself off once again to both tourists and locals.
A couple years ago the Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was already going under the knife for a nip and tuck, but the engineers discovered that it was in worse shape than originally thought. Fast-forward to the present and it’s just finishing up some aesthetic improvements, as well as some structural upgrades to ensure that it’s good-to-go for years to come.
No, this is definitely not an April Fools joke. North Carolina has declared that April will be "Beer Month" throughout the state. There are plenty of options for getting sloshed across all of NC, from a Beer Lover's Weekend at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro to a tour of the Front Street Brewery in Wilmington, to limited-edition beer flights in Blowing Rock.
The official NC Beer Month website has tons of event recommendations as well as a trip planner that focuses on specific regions (coast, mountains, piedmont).
Just make sure that you get some Bojangle's Chicken in between the beer runs.
It was a busy weekend for NASCAR fans with plenty of racing action taking place down in Daytona Beach, Florida. Crazy crashes during Saturday’s race forced even the fans to the hospital—looks like everyone is at least stable—and Sunday brought Jimmie Johnson his second ever Daytona 500 victory. You could call it the Super Bowl of the series, so it’s understandable that this week might be a little disappointing after all that excitement. That’s why we suggest nursing your NASCAR hangover at their Hall of Fame over in Charlotte.
They’ve got pretty much everything and anything on display at the hall, and they’ve even found the space to cram in 31 full sized racecars as well. Over 50 digital displays help recreate history right in front of your eyes, and there are even plenty of buttons so you can choose exactly what you want to see, hear, and feel. There’s even a moonshine still on display to represent some of racing’s good ol’ days—ha.
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This weekend, Safe Haven, based on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name, will take movie-goers on a tour of Southport, N.C., where the movie was filmed last year.
Here's a look at where to eat, what to stay, and what to do on your own romantic Southport getaway.
Where To Eat
Safe Haven stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough had an on-screen date at one Southport's most popular restaurants, Ports of Call Bistro & Market, located at 116 N Howe Street. The restaurant serves a Mediterranean lunch and dinner menu, including tapas you can order at the bar. They also serve a traditional Southern Brunch on Sunday. Take a look at their menu or make reservations at portsofcallbistro.com.
If you love lemurs and want to see them in their native habitat, you’re going to have to get to the island of Madagascar, where the animals are natives. But if you can’t quite make it to Africa (or Sir Richard Branson's island sanctuary for them), there’s a pretty good plan B: the Duke Lemur Center, at Duke University in Durham, NC, not far from the Raleigh/Durham airport.
The center at Duke is home to the world’s largest sanctuary for prosimian animals, which includes lemurs, bush babies, aye-ayes, and other adorable creatures.
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The Spoleto Festival USA has just announced its program lineup for 2013, ranging from Greek tragedy to graphic novels.
The 37th season of the fest, taking place at various venues in Charleston, SC, runs from May 24th through June 9th and features 160 performances by 45 artistic ensembles in various genres.
One of the south's most iconic fattening foods, the Krispy Kreme donut, turns the big 75 this year. To celebrate, the city of Winston-Salem, NC is throwing a massive party. It makes sense since this is the birthplace of the sticky, melty, oh so yummy donuts.
This Friday night is when the free-and-open-to-the-public shindig goes down in downtown with live music, food stalls and trucks, and (obviously) glazed goodies. If you can't make it, no worries. The Krispy Kreme Cruiser, a tour bus full of tasty snacks, is traveling the country and delivering donuts to the masses. You can follow the bus online to see if it's stopping where you live.
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The summer is fully underway, and if you’re anything like us the warm weather has you yearning for a frosty adult beverage. Thankfully breweries large and small have already read our minds, and they're pumping out pints of the finest summer ales and lagers. While there are plenty of places to indulge in a few summery sips, here’s three summer beer festivals worth the price of admission:
Summertime Brews Festival
It gets pretty darn toasty down in North Carolina, so what better way to cool down than with a few cold ones in Greensboro. To celebrate the season, both tourists and locals alike will be hitting the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, July 14 for what organizers bill as the state’s favorite beer festival. The fun runs from 2:30pm to 8pm which is plenty of time to learn a little but about craft beers, and to indulge in one too many.
The festival will offer up unlimited samples and sips from over 50 different breweries, and of course there will be plenty of music, food, and other entertainment to keep everyone upbeat and happy. Tickets to this year’s event will set you back $30 if you order online in advance, but if you are having a little analysis paralysis about attending there just might be $35 options available at the gate. Thomas Creek Brewery, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, and Boone Brewing Company are just some of the vendors prepared to provide plenty of samples—cheers!