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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… Read More

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… Read More

Snow Cream Recipe – Making Snow Ice 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… Read More

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… Read More

Keysy Bars of the Florida Keys

You can step right off your boat and sit at the tables with the cute umbrellas...the view of the Atlantic is breathtaking.  Once Ed and I ordered a glass of wine and it was so bad we dared not throw it overboard...that would be polluting and an environmentally serious Innkeeper couldn't do that.  Luckily the wine list… Read More

Every Country Inn Needs an Old Pickup Truck

Every country inn really does need an old pickup truck. Ours is "Old Red" and she is part of the landscape...literally, because some days she won't move. Old Red has a 1968 Ford 390 engine in a 1979 Ford body. She has an automatic stick shift in the floor, and starts running wideopen in ANY gear. Folks… Read More

Dinner on the Ground – The Innkeeper’s Recollections

'Bet you never even heard of Dinner on the Ground. Sadly, it has been called a fading tradition. It seems these days I look up and things I thought would always be there are gone or leaving.  Dinner on the Ground is one of them. But for now they are still with us.  For many years it has… Read More

Another letter from the Big Mill Fur Person

Chloe announced to me several days ago that I should take a bath and make myself pretty because we were going to a special event. I didn't really think she meant it. I don't get out much, and we cats can be "subject to violent anxiety at any uprooting."  * Well, today we motored in a car into Williamston and gathered on… Read More

Toilet Seats : The Innkeeper Recollects

In the Florida Keys there is a pass through the mangroves called Toilet Seat Pass If you have ever spent any amount of time around the sea and in waterways, you will know that the locals have their own navigational aids. In North Carolina's Outer Banks on the island of Ocracoke you will see empty… Read More

That Illusive Green Flash

When you run a Bed and Breakfast, carving out time for your personal R&R can be a challenge.  But again this year I have made my escape!  I am in Islamorada on holiday with friends Joy and Patrick . We're staying at the paradise home of our friends George and Louise, who have headed to Alberta in search of ducks… Read More