Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Beautiful Carolina

From the mountains to the shoreline, North Carolina offers so much variety for our visitors.  Take advantage of the last month of summer to get a closer look.

Bald Head Island has a wild weekend of dancing, music and food!   Eat lobster and crab, barbequed chicken or smoked beef brisket.   Get out on the dance floor to the beat of a variety of bands.  Smell the salt water and dip a toe, too.    Check out the details for a weekend that is sure to satisfy! Labor Day Music Extravaganza on Bald Head Island

Go west and enjoy a mountain song festival in Brevard.  This seventh annual celebration features a "foot-stomping, banjo-picking celebration of bluegrass and "newgrass" music.  It is a benefit for the Girls' and Boys' Club of Transylvania county.  Breathe in the fresh mountain air, listen to the outstanding artists, enjoy nature events with your children, eat delicious food. There are many other area interests close by, so you can stretch out your time - relax and enjoy! Get the details here.

Stick to the middle, in our Piedmont, and sip some wine at Pinehurst's 24th annual Food and Wine Festival.  There will be more than 40 international wineries present, with wine seminars, tastings, culinary demonstrations and nightly dinners. During the day, you can golf, play tennis or visit a spa.  They have it all - delight every bit of you at this wonderful event. Wine and food and more!

Visit our website to find an NCBBI member Inn nearby For the best in Southern hospitality look here.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Carolina BBQ   

      In May 2009, Adam Richman and his Travel Channel show, Man v. Food, visited the Backyard BBQ Pit, in Durham, to sample Eastern North Carolina chopped pork barbecue.  But North Carolina has been famous for its BBQ long before that!
      Begin in the east at Pigman's Bar-B-Que on the Outer Banks, that started out as a small shop  in the late 1980s, but has won "Best on the Beach"  and been featured in Southern Living magazine. Check out the menu here.
      In the Piedmont,  visit Lexington, the "Barbecue Capital of North Carolina."  The Lexington Barbecue Festival has been around since 1984.  Plan to go on October 27th for the 29th annual BBQ festival.  Learn all about it here.   US News and World Report ranked Lexington as #4 on its list of the best cities for barbecue this year.
      Travel through the mountains to Murphy and visit Herb's Pit BBQ for that delicious western BBQ. North Carolina sauces vary by region; eastern North Carolina uses a vinegar-based sauce, the center of the state enjoys Lexington-style barbecue which uses a combination of ketchup and vinegar as their base, and western North Carolina uses a heavier ketchup base.
      Check out the go-to site North Carolina BBQ Society and use their trail map and find your bliss.Find a spot to rest your contented body for a good night's sleep as you eat your way through North Carolina at NCBBI.