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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: 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

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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 

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America’s Largest Home: The Biltmore Estate


I’m a lover of big, historical homes. If there is history related to a place, I’m there.

One of my favorite sites to visit is the Biltmore House and Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. The estate is the home of the late George and Edith Vanderbilt, who created the house to be a country escape for family and friends. Mr. Vanderbilt chose the city of Asheville as the spot for his home after a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains with his mother in 1888. After six years of construction, he opened his home on December 24th, 1895. The finished 250-room French Renaissance style chateau included over four acres of floor space, 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. Three years later, Mr. Vanderbilt brought his new bride, Edith Stuyvensant Dresser, to the estate.

In 1900, the couple welcomed their only child, Cornelia Vanderbilt on August 22 in the Louis XV Room. Mr. Vanderbilt enjoyed the home with family and friends right up to his passing in 1914 at the age of 51. In 1930, Cornelia and her husband, John Cecil, officially opened Biltmore House to the public, to help boast local tourism during the Great Depression. Today, the house and estate are still family owned and operated and are enjoyed by thousands of people daily. The Biltmore Estate now includes a wine company, an inn, village hotel, and Antler Hill Village. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Be sure to check out some of my favorite rooms: the library and Mrs. Vanderbilt’s bedroom.

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Christmas at Biltmore

Take a step back in time and visit America’s largest home. Or if you want an American version of the Downton Abbey house, this is the place.

This past weekend, I visited the Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. As a North Carolinaian, I have been to the house before, but not at Christmastime and all I can say is WOW! This house is prettier than normal (if that’s even possible) and a sense of holiday joy is felt all around.

You are probably wondering “why should I visit such as fabulous house?” Well, here are the reasons why you MUST go to Christmas at Biltmore.

  1. Owner George Vanderbilt introduced his home to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895.
  2. It’s a one stop shop for carolers, Santa visits, and shopping.
  3. Breathtaking scenery, including mountains, Christmas trees, and architecture.
  4. A variety of tours to participate in, such as the Daytime Celebration and Candlelight Christmas Evenings.
  5. Turn a day trip into a weekend trip and take in everything the estate has to offer. A hotel and inn are located on the property.

Stay tuned for another post on Biltmore later this week!

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Let’s Go!

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Thank you for visiting my blog, The Adventures of a 20-Something Traveler! I’m Megan, a 20-something year old, with a love for travel, history, and excitement. Born in Texas, I have called North Carolina my home for over 20 years (my family moved from the Lonestar state when I was two months old). Quickly, the Tarheel state became one of my favorites and has the best of both worlds. Its beaches, big and small cities, and mountains are all within a short distance of each another.

My love for travel started at an early age. Annual vacations were a must growing up. Today, my travels have expanded into several trips and adventures per year. Some favorite destinations are: Charleston, SC, New York City, and anywhere in Texas. No matter what, though, my heart will always be at the beach.

My goal for this blog is to share my love of travel through tips, advice, vacation ideas, and much more. Stay tuned for a post about travel tips that can take the hassle out of any vacation, coming later this week!

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