Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Great Outdoors in North Carolina  

Try old and new sports from the mountains to the coast

Let's start in the middle, the Piedmont, at the William B. Umstead State Park.  This 5600 acre park has campsites, streams and lakes for swimming and fishing, over 20 miles of hiking and a 14-mile trail for cycling and horseback-riding.  Perfect for a family get-away, a solo bike ride and hike, or the perfect picnic.   Look at your options here

How about a canopy tour?  See the Blue Ridge mountains up-close on your zip line!  Believe it or not, this mode of transportation has been around since the late 1700s. In China and Australia,  zip lines serve as bridges to cross rivers and gulleys.   Navitat offers a variety of aerial rope-slides, complete with training.  Visit their website for more information.

On the coast, you can try kite boarding or kite surfing.  Although kites have been used since the 1800s to help propel carts and ships, it's a relatively new sport.  Like a lot of surf-related sports, it bloomed in Hawaii and spread along the US coasts.   Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks provide the ideal spot.  See if this will be your next new sport at this link. 

As you and your family visit our state to enjoy all it has to offer, complete your day in comfort and style with a room at one of our hospitable member bed & breakfast inns at

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Wineries abound throughout the state    

In the past, wineries had fallen on hard times, but over the past 15 years or so, there has been in boom in the business here in North Carolina.  There are over 100 operating vineyards now throughout the state.  Check out the map here for locations. Look for event and tasting descriptions here.

You are sure to find a place for a good time and good wine. WRAL in Raleigh has begun a documentary called "Grape Expectations" about the history of vineyards in North Carolina and the first episode featured Vintage Inn Bed and Breakfast in Yadkinville.  See part of the broadcast here.

You'll always find a lovely, welcoming NCBBI member B&B Inn nearby.   Find one here