Simply Carolina


Raleigh, NC 

If you have ever listened to the song “Wagon Wheel,” you probably heard the reference to the city of Raleigh. For today’s Simply Carolina we are heading to the capital of North Carolina-Raleigh, complete with history, tourist must-sees, and food.

1: In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh directed John White to build the “Cittie of Raleigh.”

2: Raleigh was officially named the center of government for the state in 1792.

3: The Native American Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian tribes were the first settlers. The land is also the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first child born to English parents in the new world.

4: Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University, which was founded in 1887.

5: Today, the city is the second biggest in the state.

Places to Visit: 

NC State Capitol –Learn a little bit about the history of North Carolina’s government. This building is currently home to the office of the governor- Governor Pat McCrory.

NC Museum of History – Calling all history fans! This is a “don’t miss” stop where you can learn about the history of the Tarheel State.

Walnut Creek Amphitheater- Catch a show or listen to a concert at Raleigh’s amphiteater. A favorite spot to relax and unwind from the day.

NC State University – Anyone else a Wolfpack fan? Visit the campus of NC State University and join the Pack!

Historic Yates Mill County Park- This wildlife park is perfect for a hike or just a picnic by the pond. The park features an 18th century water-powered mill that is still in operation.

Places to Eat: 

42nd St. Oyster Bar and Seafood Grill- A perfect place to get some oysters and seafood!

Andy’s Wings and Burgers- Want some down-home comfort food? Visit Andy’s! This restaurant is a great spot, located in the heart of the city.

Carolina Barbecue of Garner – You can’t visit a Southern city without having some delicious BBQ. No matter what’s your BBQ style, one thing is for sure-this place is delicious.

Cappolla’s  Pizza and Grill – Grab a slice of pizza and enjoy some Italian food, below the Mason Dixon line!

Baker’s Dozen Donuts – Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this spot! Visitors can feast upon tasty donuts, before touring around the city!



North Carolina and South Carolina are two of my favorite states. As a traveler and lover of history, I always like to learn about the places I’m visiting. For this week’s Simply Carolina, here are five quick facts about each state. Did you know the Carolinas originated as one colony?

North Carolina:

  1. State nicknames include the “Tarheel State” and the “Old North State.”
  2. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts was founded in Winston-Salem.
  3. Babe Ruth hit his first home run in Fayetteville on March 7, 1914.
  4. North Carolina is the nation’s leader in furniture, tobacco, brick, and textile production.
  5. The state’s motto is: Esse quam videri, meaning to be rather than to seem.

South Carolina:

  1. The state dance of South Carolina is the shag.
  2. The Palmetto state is leading the nation in peach production and shipper east of the Mississippi River.
  3. South Carolina entered the Union as the 8th state on May 23, 1788.
  4. The Civil War started at Fort Sumter.
  5. Duncan Park Baseball Stadium in Spartanburg is the oldest minor league stadium in the nation.

Don’t forget YOU can join in the Simply Carolina fun!

If you live in either state, I want to hear your stories, recipes, etc. about the Carolinas. Simply fill out the contact form on the contact tab at the top of my blog with your information and story.





It’s here! I’m so excited to finally reveal a new project, Simply Carolina!

Simply Carolina will be part of my blog and will showcase North Carolina and South Carolina. As a native North Carolinian, my love for the Tarheel state is strong. From traveling and learning, the Palmetto state is also one of my favorites.

Every Wednesday, you’ll learn something new about the Carolinas and it’s residents. Stories will feature: cities, towns, a tourist attraction, local recipe, local citizen making a difference, a military tribute to a Carolina resident, and much more!

What makes Simply Carolina extra special is that it needs YOUR help! If you live in either North Carolina or South Carolina, I want to hear your stories, recipes, etc. about the Carolinas. Do you have a special story about a summer trip to the Outer Banks each year or did you grandfather from the Carolinas serve in the military?

I want to hear your stories and share them with others. Simply fill out the contact form on the contact tab at the top of my blog with your information and story.

I’m so excited about Simply Carolina! Let’s get started by going to “Carolina in my Mind.”


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