North Carolina Ramblings – June 26, 2018

Welcome to our Ramblings feature as we help you explore Lovely Things NC.


Mile High Bike Parks

Cross County and Downhill mountain bikers enjoy the best of both worlds in North Carolina’s mile high town of Beech Mountain. (Destination Magazine)

kai·ak, ky·ack, ky·ak, kayak (ing) the Catawba River

I’m not sure my daughter can top her Father’s Day gift to me this year. She set the bar rather high for herself when she took me to the US National Whitewater Center (USNWC) for kayaking on the Catawba River.

Southport 4th of July Parade

For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. The celebration has grown from colonial times to today’s festival where 40,000 to 50,000 people come each year to bathe in the richness of spirit commemorating Old Glory.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial on the Battleship 

July 1,4, 6-8, 13-15 * Wilmington. Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, a young lieutenant relieves his captain of command during a typhoon. Shows will be held on the USS North Carolina on weekends, and there will be a special show on the Fourth of July. Tickets must be purchased in advance. (Our State Magazine)


 10 North Carolina Wineries Where you Can Also Eat

It’s no secret food and wine are a match made in North Carolina wine country heaven, and a number of the state’s wineries and vineyards offer dining options that make for a perfect pairing during your visit. (Visit NC)

Chilling at Childress Vineyards – Wine/Food

Our trip to Childress was a chance to try some new wine, but also to partake in a culinary experience. The winery features a beautiful Bistro, with some truly excellent food, and reservations are strongly advised.


10 Great Books by NC Authors to Read this Summer

From murder mysteries to historical tales to laugh-out-loud essays, these books by North Carolina authors are sure to fill your summer reading time with fun and adventure. (NC DCR)


Nature Across the Carolinas: Fiber Art with Quilts

July 28 -September 16,  Ashville. This exhibit showcases the work of three leading fiber artists who explore Western North Carolina’s mountains, meadows and marshes using fabrics and fibers. Their quilted wall art offers a link to familiar images of this region, echoing the Arboretum’s role of connecting people with plants. (NC Arboretum)

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