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Simply Carolina: My NC Bucket List

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I absolutely love my home state of North Carolina! From the mountains to the coast and everything in between, the Tarheel has something for everyone. This state is full of historic sites and attractions that are must-sees. Even though I have live here for my whole life, there are still many things I want to experience. Here is my NC bucket list.

  • Climb Old Baldy on Bald Head Island
  • Go to the ghost town of Portsmouth
  • Visit NC potters in Seagrove
  • Visit the Life and Science Museum in Durham
  • Climb Mount Mitchell
  • Visit the Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill, the oldest restaurant in NC.
  • Visit St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, the oldest church in the state.
  • Go to a race at the Orange County Speedway
  • Run on an old Nascar track in Hillsborough
  • Do some shagging, shucking and jiving at the NC Oyster Festival
  • Raft the Nantahala
  • Climb the stairs to the top of the Corolla Lighthouse.
  • Take a dip in Lake Lure, the setting for that famous scene in Dirty Dancing.
  • Tour the USS North Carolina.
  • See the wild ponies at Shackleford Banks.
  • Slip down Sliding Rock.
  • Learn about sea turtle rescue at Topsail.
  • Visit the Carolina Raptor Center at Latta Plantation.
  • Climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
  • Paddle board on the Intracoastal Waterway.
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Simply Carolina: Holidays in Winston-Salem



It’s the most wonderful time of the year! During the holiday season, there are lots of things to do, including cooking, decorating, shopping, and wrapping presents. But, there is also another important part to the season – participating in some of the traditions throughout Winston-Salem. Growing up, some of the events below were must-dos to complete the holidays. Here are the can’t miss events for the holidays in Winston-Salem.

  • Holidays at Old Salem- As an alumna of Salem College, the holidays at Old Salem was always one of my favorite times of the year. I loved the decorations in the Square and buildings. Some of the events at the historic site include Saturdays with St. Nicholas, Christmas Lovefeast at St. Philips, and the Candle Tea. My favorite, the Candle Tea, is sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of Home Moravian Church. The event is held in the Single Brothers’ House and is made up of singing Christmas carols, learning how the Moravian beeswax candles are made, enjoying Moravian coffee and sugar cake, and hearing about the history of Salem. Visitors will also experience what life was like in early Salem through hearing stories and viewing the putz, which is the miniature replica of the town. Lastly, the meaning of Christmas will be shared through the lighted Nativity putz.
  • Tanglewood Festival of Lights- Open nightly from November 18th to January 1st, the Tanglewood Festival of Lights is now in its 25th season and is one of the largest light shows in the Southeast. The 4 mile route has over 100 light displays that you can drive past. In addition, attendees can shop the festival’s gift village, have a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and warm up by the fire at S’moresville. Hayrides and carriage rides through the Festival of Lights are also available.
  • The Winston-Salem Jaycees Holiday Parade and the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting- For many, the holidays don’t begin until this evening occurs. This year, the Winston-Salem Jaycees will host it’ 26th holiday parade through downtown Winston-Salem. Businesses, organizations, school groups, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and many more will march down the parade route as we welcome the holidays and you guessed it, the guy in the big red suit, Santa Claus! Many parade go-ers will then attend the next event, the annual Christmas tree lighting, hosted by the Jaycees’ event partner, the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnerships. The tree lighting will take place directly after the parade. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 5p.m. with the parade route starting on Fourth Street on Poplar Street and ending at the intersection on Liberty Street.
  • UNC School of the Arts Presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet- the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA)’s performance of The Nutcracker has been a holiday staple in the Camel City for decades. Each year, students from the university put on 10 performances of Tchaikovsky’s world-famous ballet, complete with the Sugar Plum Fairy, Nutcracker Prince, Clara, and the Mouse King. The matinée and evening shows will be performed daily December 9-10 and 14-18. Tickets are currently on sale.
  • A Bethabara Christmas- Venture back in time to the 1753 Moravian settlement of Bethabara. On Saturday, December 3rd, visitors can experience holiday traditions of the historic site. There will be music by Downtown Sounds, beeswax candle demonstrations, and other Christmas traditions.
  • Fox8/Old Dominion Holiday Concert- This Winston-Salem holiday tradition is a musical way to spread holiday cheer and get in the spirit of the season. Fox 8 news anchors hosts a concert by the Winston-Salem Symphony, filled with a carol sing-along. This year’s concert is Saturday, December 17th at 7:30pm and is free with a canned or non-perishable food donation. The donations will be given to the Salvation Army Food Banks throughout the Piedmont Triad.
  • Handel’s Messiah– Another musical way to ring in the holiday season with the Winston-Salem Symphony is their annual performance of Handel’s Originally written for Easter, George Handel’s classic musical work made its debut in Dublin in 1742. Now, known as a Christmas piece, Messiah is performed throughout the world, including right here in Winston-Salem. This year’s productions will be on December 13th and 14th at Centenary United Methodist Church with conductor Robert Moody and special guests.

Article originally published in Forsyth Magazines. 

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Simply Carolina: Going to Carolina in My Mind

 

North Carolina-one of my favorite places in the world. Trust me, I could make you fall in love with everything Tarheel state related and here’s why:

1. We have the best of both worlds-beautiful mountains and beaches.
2. UNC v. Duke basketball rivalry is a can’t miss.
3. The Wright Brothers and the gift of aviation.
4. We have all four seasons.
5. BBQ–need I say more?
6. There is a city for all types of people.
7. There are TONS of places to have fun for a day-trip, such as Carowinds, The Biltmore Estate, and the Outer Banks.
8. We all know the wonderful taste of Cheerwine.
9. North Carolina is known as “The Hollywood of the East Coast.”
10. You can’t beat the music and musicians from the state. James Taylor, Scotty McCreery, Ben Folds….(the list goes on and on:) )

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Simply Carolina: The Best of Winston – Salem

Recently, Southern Living magazine made a shout-out to my hometown, Winston-Salem, NC. The article, titled “10 Things You’re Missing If You Haven’t Been to Winston-Salem,” lists 10 things you are missing when you come to the Camel City.

As a native of Winston-Salem, I’ve decided to take the list and chose my top 5 favorite things. (And yes, this was very difficult to do.)

Classic Bakery – Dewey’s Bakery

Serious Chocolate – Black Mountain Chocolate

Vineyards and Wineries – Sanders Ridge, Raffaldini Vineyeards & Winery, and Childress Vineyards

Swank Historic Hotel – The Kimpton Cardinal

The Art House that R.J. Built – Reynolda House Museum of Art

Visit the original article at: http://www.southernliving.com/travel/things-to-do-in-winston-salem-nc?xid=socialflow_facebook

 

 

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Simply Carolina: Cheerwine Cupcakes

Happy Simply Carolina day! There is a special post planned for Wednesday, so I’m celebrating Simply Carolina two days early.

I love absolutely love this recipe and there is nothing more Southerner than a cup of ice cold Cheerwine.

Don’t know what Cheerwine is?  The beverage is a cherry soft-drink, founded in North Carolina. Trust me, it is a must-try! This soft-drink has multiple uses, including being made into quick and easy cupcakes!

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 12 ounces Cheerwine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavor
  • Maraschino cherries
Frosting: 
  • 4 cups Cheerwine
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups of powdered confectioner sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside
  2. Whisk together cake mix, Cheerwine, and cherry flavor. Pour into prepared pans and bake according to package instructions. Cool completely.
  3. In a saucepan, boil down the Cheerwine until it has reduced to 1/2 cup.
  4. In a mixer, cream butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar on medium speed. Slow speed to low and add Cheerwine reduction. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, adding additional sugar if needed.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with maraschino cherries.

Enjoy!

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Simply Carolina- Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

It’s recipe time for today’s Simply Carolina! This BBQ sauce is a classic in South Carolina and is often referred to as the “South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce.” Trust me, it’s a can’t miss.

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend well.

Enjoy!

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Simply Carolina

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

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My Tarheel Food Must-Tries

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It’s almost time to reveal a fun and exciting project I’ve been working on! The project, Simply Carolina, will feature stories, recipes, and cities related to North and South Carolina.  For a little preview, here are the must-try restaurants in the Tarheel state.

Put food and travel together and I’m a happy camper! So, when I saw an article titled, “15 Restaurants In North Carolina That Will Blow The Taste Buds Out of Your Mouth,” I knew I had to read it.

Out of the 15 restaurants mentioned, I made a 5 must-try bucket list.

1:Darryl’s Wood Fired Grill in Greensboro: Who doesn’t love BBQ with a signature sauce?
2: Hurricane Mo’s in Kitty Hawk: Dine on a meal of shrimp, wings, and tacos with a great view of the Outer Banks.
3: Dame’s Chicken and Waffles in Durham: Chicken and waffles, does anything get more Southern?
4: Johnny’s Pizza in Apex: You can’t keep me away for a good slice of pizza for too long!
5: The Cowfish in Charlotte: Where else can you get burgers and sushi at the same place?

To view the complete list, visit: http://www.movoto.com/blog/opinions/north-carolina-restaurants/?src=fb

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The Road to the Super Bowl

  
Super Bowl 50 is just a few days away. No matter if you are rooting for the Broncos or Panthers, it’s always fun to know a little bit about the history of the game and it’s famous location- Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. 

  1. The Super Bowl was first played in 1967, following the 1966 regular season. 
  2. It was created as a merger between the NFL and the AFL, the American Football League. 
  3. The winning team is awarded the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
  4. The game is an unofficial American holiday and is termed “Super Bowl Sunday.” 
  5. In 2015, Super Bowl XLIX became the most-watched American television program in history. 

Tomorrow, I take a deeper look into the game’s famous location. 

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Hollywood of the East Coast

It’s always fun to recognize the locations of scenes in movies, but it’s even more fun to recognize a place when you know it’s exact location.

North Carolina has been deemed as the “Hollywood of the East Coast” and due to it’s frequent films and television shows, the city of Wilmington is nicknamed “Wilmywood.” Movies, such as  “Dirty Dancing,” “The Hunger Games,” and many more have been filmed in the Old North State.

Let’s take a roadtrip to these 10 hotspots seen in famous motion pictures.

“Dirty Dancing” – Lake Lure 1. Dirty Dancing, Lake Lure

“The Hunger Games” – Henry River Mill Village and Triple Falls 3. Henry River Mill Village and Triple Falls, The Hunger Games

“Safe Haven,” “A Walk to Remember,” “Dawson’s Creek” – Town of Southport 4. Town of Southport

“Cold Mountain” – Haywood County 9. Haywood County, Cold Mountain

 

“A Walk to Remember” and “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” – Wilmington 10. Wilmington

“Forrest Gump” -Grandfather Mountain 11. Grandfather Mountain, Forrest Gump

 

“The Green Mile” – Blowing Rock 13. Blowing Rock, The Green Mile

 

“Talladega Nights” – Lake Norman 14. Lake Norman, Talladega Nights

 

“Patch Adams” – The Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway                           13. Patch Adams

“The Longest Ride” – Wake Forest University 

For more information and pictures courtesy of: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/nc-famous-film-locations/

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