Coastal North Carolina
Coastal North Carolina
Welcome to Coastal North Carolina! http://www.coasthost-nc.com/ Our first stop was the Silver Coast Winery for a tasting. Greg sampled reds, while I tasted whites. We enjoyed learning about the wines with our well-informed host, and liked several of the wines, deciding to buy a bottle of one red and one white. The winery has tours, an art gallery, and gift shop with some unique items. The winery is in a lovely rural setting. http://www.silvercoastwinery.com/
Branching of Rt. 17 to Rt. 70, we stopped in Havelock. http://cityofhavelock.com/ Crabby Patty’s has very good seafood. My grilled scallops and Greg’s soft shelled crab were flavorsome! They came with hush puppies and a choice of sides. The décor is funky and fun, service was good, and the price of $32 for two filling meals seems reasonable.
After spending the night in Havelock, we continued our drive north. At Neuse River Recreation Area in Croatan National Forest, we found a treasure! A campground, picnic area, and beach all look inviting. So much did the beach call that I took off my flip flops, and went wading! There are shells and cypress knees everywhere, by there was enough open space to cool off and see some tiny fish and a camouflaged crab, which was eyeing my toes in a suspicious manner! Other than Greg and I, no one was to be seen in that very pretty area! Hiking, biking, camping, swimming, and fishing seem like good recreation choices. Driftwood type trees add much interest to the beach. http://www.cs.unca.edu/nfsnc/recreation/neuse_river.pdf
Another treasure is Tryon Palace in New Bern, the original governor’s mansion and first permanent capital in the colony of North Carolina. The palace itself is spectacular and luxurious! It’s constructed of red brick with ornamental crown molding, beautiful fireplaces, and elaborate chandeliers. But there’s more! Several other buildings and gardens are part of the museum, so visitors can see how the less rich lived in the 1770s in North Carolina. An expert tour guide took us throughout the Governor’s house, showing us such rooms as the Butler’s Office, the Government Meeting Room, bedrooms, and servant’s quarters. Stories about the governor, his wife, and the times, help the time period come alive! Some of the more interesting artifacts for us were the harpsichord, clothes, and dinner table. The kitchen, stables, smokehouse, and fabulous gardens of all types (we love these) are self guided. There are interpretive guides in several areas, including the kitchen and blacksmith shop. Unfortunately, no photography is permitted in the palace! Allow several hours at least to tour the museum. The ticket price of $15 per person allows two day admission. http://www.tryonpalace.org/palace.html
New Bern itself is picturesque! Bear statues of all types decorate the town, including a sporty bear, a patriotic bear, and a Colonial bear. They’re fun to look for! Shopping, restaurants, historic sites, and parks make the town worth a look! There are bed and breakfasts, a fireman’s museum, and art galleries. http://www.ci.new-bern.nc.us/
Lunch was at El Tapatio in Washington. My Chicken Taco Loco was enormous, and I couldn’t finish! Greg’s Lunch Special #9 was a burrito, enchilada and beans. It was good! Lunch was $14.55 before tip!
Driving the back roads, we saw many sights we would not have seen on the interstate! Some were tobacco fields, the old Asa Manning Farm Life School, ruins of buildings, an ice cream stand, and the historic, pretty town of Edenton. The town was founded in the late 1600’s, bestowing it with a history rich in Colonial, Revolutionary, Civil War and contemporary life. St. Paul’s Church was founded in 1701! The Courthouse was built in 1767! There are many homes that are beauties of Colonial, Antebellum, Victorian and early 1900s architecture. The visitor Center has much interesting information about the town’s history. http://visitedenton.com/
Coastal North Carolina has charm, history, and fun! We look forward to returning and making new discoveries, off the trails!