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The 3 Lives of Bodie Island Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse - a Beacon for Seamen since 1848 Bodie Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1848 on North Carolina's Outer Banks near Oregon Inlet - but it had to be abandoned in 1859 because the foundation was shifting. And for those who don't know - it is pronounced body, like all the bodies that [...]

Fun Things to Do in Eastern North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina might seem laid back and slow with nothing to do. What a fallacy!  If you like history, canoeing, hiking, fishing, golfing, birding, antiqueing, outdoor dramas, eating local seafood and road food with Norman Rockwell scenes - then you will love Eastern North Carolina. Visit one of our charming coastal towns - watch [...]

Lost Colony Outdoor Drama – what Happened?

The mystery - What happened to the Lost Colony? Are they in Manteo or maybe still in eastern North Carolina? In 1587, a colony of 120 souls established the first English Colony in this new world on North Carolina's Outer Banks. Three years later when John White returned from England with supplies, the colony had [...]

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park & Eco Center

Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park is a fascinating world of birds There are more than two thousand birds from six continents in Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park located in Scotland Neck in eastern North Carolina. It is truly a bird watcher's paradise!  In fact, it features the largest collection of waterfowl in the world.  Founder Mike Lubbock [...]

Love Affair with PEEPS

Americans have a love affair with our marshmallow PEEPS ... and we eat more than our share - we will eat 600 million PEEPS this Easter. (I call them all PEEPS, even if they are bunnies.) PEEPS marshmallow candy - those bright-colored chicks and bunnies that we see at Easter have a long history. In 1953, [...]

Message of Easter Outdoor Drama

The Message of Easter - a free outdoor drama near Williamston, NC For thirty five years, the folks of Piney Grove Baptist Church in the Farm Life Community near Williamston, NC, have been performing  this 90-minute outdoor drama of the life and death of Jesus Christ. We love outdoor dramas here in North Carolina.  These home [...]

North Carolina Road Food – Mom and Pop Diners

Remember the Mom and Pop restaurants that were in every town? Well, we still have 'em here in eastern North Carolina. Take a ride with me to find the best local food east of Raleigh. I'm delighted to premiere the latest Big Mill B&B video: We've featured the 10 "must see" spots for off-the-beaten path diners and dives throughout Eastern [...]

Christmas Lights in Windsor- It’s Magic

Christmas lights in Windsor - you can see the glow from half a mile away! People come from everywhere to the small eastern North Carolina town of Windsor just to see these lights. Folks turn off their headlighs and drive slowly through the lighted arches, past elves and santas, angels and reindeer, cut-out critters and [...]

Snow Cream

It snowed on the farm...so we made snow cream. And when it snows in eastern North Carolina, we go all to pieces.  If the weather man predicts snow, we buy all the milk and white bread in every grocery store. Well, I buy heavy cream, popcorn and artichoke hearts. Then we hunker down and wait [...]

Keysy Bars of the Florida Keys-Part Two

In a June, 2000 USA Today article Jimmy Buffett names Ten of his  Favorite Watering Holes in the world. Two of these are in the Florida Keys: Louie's Backyard Restaurant and Lounge in Key West and Alabama Jack's in Key Largo. Speaking of Alabama Jack's, Buffett commented that many of the characters looked like they crawled right [...]