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Simply Carolina: My Favorite Things about NC

June 26

North Carolina-one of my favorite places in the world. Trust me, I could make you fall in love with all things about the Tarheel state 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: South Carolina’s Hidden Gems

Travel the road less traveled, go off the beaten path…we all know the quotes that tell us to travel away from the busy places. You know what? Those quotes are true. Sometimes the best travel and memories are made within the “hidden gems.” For today’s Simply Carolina, there is anything better than the hidden gems of South Carolina.

Walahalla – A mountain city, full of history.

 

Chattooga River – Hiking, whitewater rafting, and waterfalls? What more could you want?

 

Abingdon Manor in Latta – A bed and breakfast inn, complete with a Greek Revival Style.

 

Cooper’s Country Store in Salters – Shop for smoked hams, shotguns, and everything in between before hitting the road again.

 

Bluffton – This little city is home to charm, cafes, and cute shops.

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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: Clemson,SC

  
Clemson, South Carolina, home of the Clemson Tigers, is today’s Simple Carolina featured city. Located in Pickens County, Clemons was originally called Calhoun after John Ewing Calhoun. In the late 1700’s, Calhoun bought land in Fort Hill. His fourth child, Anna Maria and husband Thomas Green Clemson moved into the estate in 1872. Years later, the Fort Hill Plantation was moved to the State of South Carolina, as stated in Clemson’s will, which said his wife wanted the family’s land to be used for a purpose. This family estate soon became Clemson University and in 1943, the city’s named was changed from Calhoun to Clemson.

Today, Clemson is known for it’s sites and entertainment, including the ones below. Trust me, there is something for everyone of all ages.

Attractions:
Fort Hill Historic House
South Carolina Botanical Garden
Hanover House

Places to Eat:
’55 Exchange
1826 Bistro
Calhoun Corners

Recreation:
Lake Keowee Marina
Hartwell Boat Rentals
Upstate Scuba
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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- The History of the Palmetto State

South Carolina is one of my top ten favorite places to visit. With each trip, I love learning more about the state’s history and importance. My appreciation for history takes over and I always leave with a few more little known facts.

Here are a few of my favorite South Carolina fast facts.

  1. The state was originally part of the English colony, Province of Carolina, and was named after King Charles I.
  2. There are 46 counties and regions include: the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charleston Metro Area, Coastal South Carolina, and Sea Islands.
  3. Roughly 4.6 million people live in the Palmetto state.
  4. Columbia is the state capital and largest city. Charleston is the 2nd largest city with nearly 660,000 people.
  5. A quick timeline of South Carolina’s history:

16th century- 1st explored by the Europeans

17th century- Native Americans expel most of the Spaniards

1670s- The English begin arriving to the colony

December 20, 1860- South Carolina becomes the 1st state to secede from the Union.

1960s- The Civil Rights Movement proved to be transformative in the state

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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- My Special Place 

 
I now know what Scarlett O’Hara meant when she said the land of Tara gave her strength. Everyone has a special place, a place they call home, a place that gives them strength, and a place where all their worries go away. For me, that special place is Charleston, South Carolina.

The Holy City is more than just saltwater, beautiful streets, and Palmetto trees. It is a city full of history, meaning, and offers something for everyone. 

After exiting the highway on my way into town, all of the familiar sites and sounds captured my senses. Quickly, my worries washed away and I knew I was back at my second home. 

From the history to the harbor, Charleston will forever be my special place. 

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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!

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