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Celebrate Sage at the Sage Festival in Windsor, NC

In spring we celebrate the beautiful Sage plant. Bertie County and the surrounding counties in eastern North Carolina grow 15,000 acres of Clary Sage. This sage is in the Salvia family; I remember my mother calling the red salvia that is so popular “scarlet sage.” Clary Sage is a beautiful plant that grows upright and… Click to learn more about growning and using Clary Sage

Roanoke River Rock Fish Stew Recipe

The mighty Roanoke River is heaven for the Rock Fish Fisherman Check for dates for when the Roanoke River basin is open for Rock Fish fishing or Stripers with some rules, of course. The minimum limit is 18 inches and only one river bass above 27 inches can be kept, in the creel, as they… Click to get Rock Fish Stew Recipe

Message of Easter Outdoor Drama

The Message of Easter – a free outdoor drama near Williamston, NC For thirty nine 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… Click to read about the Message of Easter Outdoor Drama in easatern NC

Great Backyard Bird Count – At Big Mill B&B Farm

Bird lovers everywhere  join in the Great Backyard Bird Count We love the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. It’s easy to participate and it helps the birds. You sign up on the website and agree to count birds for at least 15 minutes on at least one of the 4 days of the bird count… Read more

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 headlights and drive slowly through the lighted arches, past elves and Santas, angels and reindeer, cut-out critters and… Click to see more Christmas Lights

Williamston in the News!

The “Dart” Found Williamston Fox News-Detroit does a segment called “throw the dart.” Wherever the dart lands – that town gets a call. Well, it landed on Williamston, NC, and they called the Martin County Travel & Tourism Authority. There was a fun video of small town meets big city.  My nephew Barney Conway took… Read more

Skylight Inn – Legendary Pulled Pork Barbecue

You can smell the vinegar & red pepper before you enter the door of the Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina Since 1947, Pete Jones and family have been serving this tasty eastern North Carolina style barbecue (always pork) to locals and folks who are willing to travel long distances. They cook whole hogs, over… Read more

Fruit Stands and Pick-up Trucks

In summer, folks flock to farmer’s markets to get all those fresh fruits and vegetables. In small towns we grow our own and go to roadside stands. And in very small towns, we count on the farmer who sits by the road in the back of his pickup truck loaded with things from his large… Read more

Bunn’s Barbecue – Great “Road Food”

For great pork barbecue in eastern North Carolina, Bunn’s Barbecue in Windsor has to be on your short list. Driving up, you might wonder if this really is a restaurant.  There’s a Texaco pump out front – that’s because before 1938, Bunn’s was a service station. Inside, old signs hang on the walls, but the… Read more