I’m going to be away for a few days, celebrating a very special event with family. So blog posts and the Facebook page will be pretty quiet during the last part of October.
Which reminds me, this time of the year is a wonderful time for a day trip or weekend get away to various points around our state. VisitNC.com has been keeping us updated with Fall color reports if you feel pulled West, towards the mountains. Asheville is always calling me and the Biltmore estate alone deserves a full day’s tour. If you’ve not taken a candlelight Christmas tour at Biltmore yet, now is the time to plan that visit.
Another favorite spot to the west, at slightly lower elevation, is Chimney Rock and Lake Lure. I especially like that Chimney Rock is dog friendly, allowing my pup to hike some of the trails with me. Of course, you’ll want to bring the camera along to capture Fall in full glory, and perhaps learn a few tricks of the trade at a nature photography workshop.
If you’re drawn to points East, where sandy beaches and ocean blues are the colors of fall, Wilmington and the island beaches might be your preferred destination. Foodies can eat their way around the area October 17th – 24th during Encore Restaurant Week in Wilmington, when participating restaurants serve specially priced menus. In historic downtown Wilmington, you could take the self-guided Back Door Kitchen Tour and peek inside the kitchens of nine select residences on October 20th.
Further north yet still east, the Outer Banks celebrates local seafood during the inaugural Outer Banks Seafood Festival in Nags Head (around mile post 16.5) on October 20th. About 20 local restaurants will serve dishes featuring fish and seafood caught along the Outer Banks. Besides fresh seafood, the event promises musical entertainment, activities for the kids as well as demonstrations and fish tales from event partner Outer Banks Catch. The Outer Banks Catch is a program “to promote and educate seafood lovers about the numerous advantages of requesting what’s in season and locally caught.” Fun fact: If you’ve purchased NC seafood from Locals Seafood here in the Triangle, you’ve bought from one of the Outer Banks Catch market partners!
Of course, there’s much more to explore in North Carolina and the NC Division of Tourism has all the information you’ll need to plan a Fall weekend (or week long) get away on their website. I hope you enjoy the remains of October and I’ll see you back here soon!