Thursday, October 18, 2012

  NCBBI Photography Contest  

 The North Carolina Bed & Breakfast and Inns (NCBBI) Association is looking for high quality, digital, color photographs that reflect the diversity of attractions and opportunities that draw visitors to North Carolina. These images will be showcased on a redesign of our high-profile State Association’s website (, but may be considered for other promotional material as well.

We are seeking images of the following: Nature scenes & vistas reflecting the natural beauty throughout our State  or  Outdoor activities -  hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, sailing, golfing, etc).  Also, Music, Culture & heritage, Historic site,  Annual festivals, Historic buildings & architecture, Theater,  Romance (couples enjoying our natural beauty), Arts & crafts, Gardens, Professional & college sports.

ELIGIBILITY: Photographers must be 18 years of age or older.

ENTRY DEADLINE: Thursday, November 15, 2012.

A winning photographer will be selected to receive a 2-night stay at a member B&B or Inn of his/her choice. 
All photographers whose photos are selected for use on our web site will receive: 
  • Name credit on all images. 
  • A 2-year free-listing as a  preferred vendor on Associate Members page of our website. 
  • Recognition in an article in our next InnTouch Newsletter
  • Pixel dimensions of at least 1024x768 at 300 dpi.    
  • Format: Photos should be saved in .JPG or .TIF format.   
  • JPG files should be saved in as high a resolution and least amount of compression as possible.
  • All photos must be copyright-free.
  • Photo captions must accompany all submissions as the file name, using the following convention: Photographers-Name-Location-Subjectofimage.jpg. As an example: debbie-vickery-durham-duke-chapel.jpg
  • If a photo contains the image of persons who are recognizable, model releases must be obtained from each individual.
  • By entering the contest, entrants grant NCBBI royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of their photographs.
  • Photographs should be submitted electronically to Carl Caudle, Vice-President of Marketing,
 QUESTIONS: Contact Carl Caudle, Vice-President of Marketing, at (864) 457-6288 or

Monday, October 15, 2012

North Carolina Haunted Places

Fun for the whole family at NC ZOO in Asheboro in October:   HOWL-O-Ween  and Batology, with the celebrated Boo at the Zoo on October 27 and 28th.  With treat bags and a costume contest, enjoy Guess the Weight Pumpkin and get a "boo" tattoo.  Plan your trips at North Carolina Zoo events.

The First Annual Blackbeard Pirate Jamboree on 26-27 October is out on the coast, on Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands.  This is sure to become a favored annual fall event. This free event will feature demonstrations of seamanship, naval weapons and 18th century games.  A scavenger hunt will be fun for everyone, as you watch the crew arrive in their 27-foot open boat.
Check out the website as additional events are planned.

 Try a Ghost Tour or Cemetery Walk in Asheville.
Look for the Pink Lady or stroll through the Riverside cemetery.  Spooky days and things that go bump in the night - it's all for your spookification!
While you are in the mountains, you can see the glorious colors of the fall trees.   Book a night or two at a member North Carolina Bed & Breakfast or Inn so you have a safe haven after an eerie ghostly tour!

Monday, October 1, 2012

North Carolina and the Civil War

       The logo to the right is recreated in memory of the buttons on the uniforms of North Carolina's soldiers during the Civil War. 
       North Carolina was the last state legislature-approved ordinance of secession on May 20, 1861. The War Between the States, from 1861-1865, was the deadliest in American history, killing over 750,000, with 35,000 of those North Carolinians.
       The North Carolina Department of Culture offers many opportunities to explore the state for battlefields and sites with a realistic view of life in NC during the nineteenth century, as the Civil War Sesquicentennial review takes place from 2011-2015.
       Go to Buncombe county to the birthplace of Zebulon Vance, colonel of the 26th North Carolina Regiment, and the state's wartime governor, 1862-1865. Vance served three terms as governor, and was also elected to the U.S. Senate.  Description of the homestead, Vance and his family, as well as other top Civil War sites are available here.
      Historic Stagville, in the Piedmont, has the remnants of one of the largest plantations in the South.  The Bennehan-Cameron families owned almost 30,000 acres and nearly 900 slaves.  When the Civil War ended, defiant former slaves at Stagville and Fairntosh destroyed the property.  Take a look at this website for more information.
      The Outer Banks History Center features a Civil War collection covering the wartime history of the area, and coastal military operations.   See some of their collection here.