I thought I'd start a thread on some of our favorites here (towns, shops, restaurants etc) to recommend to the newcomers. Plus a few interesting tidbits and stuff. Hope this is helpful and entertaining! If not then please just ignore.
Natives: Hop on in and add your own! Feel free to add new categories too.
Newcomers: If you have any questions just ask.
Some of my fave Restaurants:
- Mama Dips (Chapel Hill)
Magnolia Grill (Durham) - Chef Ben lived next door to my grandmother when he was a little boy.
- My fave place closed down so please add to this one!
- Sanitary Restaurant - (Morehead City)
Back Porch (Ocracoke)- great crab burgers! (met the lead singer of Abba there once)
- Sbarro - Four Seasons Town Centre (Greensboro)
- Taste of Thai (Raleigh NC)
- Jersey Mikes (franchise found everywhere)
- New Hope Commons (Chapel Hill) - can't remember name of the place!
- Ram's Head Rathskeller (Chapel Hill) - the kids like the cave room.
- Zacks (Burlington) You have NOT had a hotdog till you've had a Zack dog!
Fast food burgers
Fast food breakfast -
Bisquitville & Bojangles
Some of my faves stores/shops:
A Southern Season (Chapel Hill) HUGE store filled with gourmet foods (YOU WILL
Rose Furniture (High Point) HUGE
store! LOVE IT!!!!!!
Neuse Sport Shop (Kinston) Pets welcome.
Replacements Ltd (Greensboro) "World's largest selection of old & new dinnerware", China, Cystal, Silver etc.
Books, newspapers, etc:
A Coach's Life by Dean E. Smith
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Cold Mountain: A Novel by Charles Frazier
Coasting the Mountains: A Guide to Western North Carolina by Judy Barnes
Blackbeard's Cup and Stories of the Outer Banks by Charles Harry Whedbee (love
his books on NC legends! I recommend all of them)
Pirates, Ghosts, and Coastal Lore: The Best of Judge Whedbee
The Legend of Nance Dude by Maurice Stanley (unbelievable true story)
Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham
Favorite places to Visit in the NC Mountains:
The Churches of the Frescoes (Jefferson)
Cherokee (would add Maggie Valley but lots of the local attractions closed down due to the bad economy - What a shame too!
Favorite Places to Visit at the NC Coast:
Beaufort - be sure & check out the old burying ground!
Best place to sit back with a drink and just chill:
The Dock House (Beaufort)
The Jolly Roger (Ocracoke)
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
The Catalinas: Reunion: Live at the Cellar
"The great popular heart is not now and never has been in this war. It was a revolution of the politicians, not the people."
-N.C. Civil War-time governor Zebulon Vance
Worst place for mosquitoes:
Ocracoke & my backyard!
Be prepared for some serious crowds if you venture near Banner Elk during the local Wooly Worm Festival. (learned this the hard way!
South Carolinians are RICE eaters
North Carolinians are POTATO eaters