The weather is once again beautiful in Eastern North Carolina and it is the perfect time to get outdoors. Maxwell Mill Park in Pink Hill offers a wealth of activities for the entire family. If you are planning a ?stay-cation? or looking for things to do while in the area, be sure to put Maxwell Mill on your list.

The park is a full service membership RV and camping facility that has trails for hiking and biking, areas for fishing, WiFi, and even a swimming pool. Enjoy the gorgeous 75 acre cypress mill pond by canoe or kayak available for rent. Active duty military is always welcome and eligible for a 10% discount. Maxwell Mill Park is open year round for the absolute nature lover. For more information and park photos, visit www.mawell-mill-park.com

Do you love fresh and local produce, but can?t make it to a farmers market? James Sprunt Community College has teamed up with local farmers to bring you Eastern Carolina Food Ventures. This website is a network of local famers that offer their goods for sale to the online community in a sustainable system.

Goods that are available for sale include baked goods, fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, honey, jams & jellies, herbs, and meats. Customers make their selections and pay for the order online via credit or debit card by Wednesday at 12PM for a Thursday delivery. Orders are delivered to a predetermined location (such as JSCC or Duplin General Hospital) or delivered directly to a restaurant for chefs.

Eastern Carolina Food Ventures is currently serving Duplin, Sampson, Pender, Johnston, Lenior, Wayne, Wake, and Jones counties. There are no minimum orders and the network is always searching for more growers to participate. For more information and to place an order today, visit www.farmersfreshmarket.org/easterncarolinafoodventures/

One may have a hard time picturing a modern spa and salon in the quiet little town of Faison, but that is exactly what Robin Smith has created with Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa. Smith has 18 years of experience in the beauty business and is a former cosmetics teacher at James Sprunt Community College. Mainstreet offers typical hair care services, as well as facials, salt scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and microdermabrasion. The salon has an upscale feel without having to travel into the big city and pay boutique prices.

Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30AM-until. Robin is the sole worker in her business, so please make an appointment with her by calling 910-267-0700.

Mainstreet Salon and Day Spa
216 West Main Street
Faison, NC 28341

If you plan to travel into Duplin County or anywhere in North Carolina, for that matter, be sure to check out the Homegrown Handmade website. Homegrown Handmade offers lists of things to do and see in any area of the Carolina Foothills, Peidmont, and Coastal Plains you visit. The website and guide have a compiled list of activities and attractions that are unique to North Carolina. Homegrown Handmade has gathered information on events such as the Muscadine Festival, farm sites like Tarkil Branch, art galleries, gardens, and more.

The focus of the site is to enlighten tourists and residents of the local goods, services, and attractions to promote business. The project was developed by The North Carolina Arts Council, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, HandMade in America, and Golden LEAF. Check the website for information on the attractions in Duplin County or to order a guide at http://www.homegrownhandmade.com.

Attention Eastern North Carolina, here is your chance to mingle and network with industry professionals and enjoy some of Duplin County’s finest attractions. The 2011 Tourism Mini-Summit is being held March 2 at River Landing Country Club. This event will consist of educational sessions with topics such as eco-tourism, sports marketing, attracting retirees, the Hertitage Tourism Project, film industry, and the gated community of River Landing.

Along with the mini-summit, there are other activities slated around the event. The night before, Duplin Winery will be holding a wine tasting. Immediately following the mini-summit, River Landing’s chef will be preparing a buffet of fresh seafood and Southern Cuisine. After lunch, choose one of three complimentary events of Buckner Hill Plantation/Liberty Hall Plantation tours, Country Squire/Duplin wine tastings, or a tour of the River Landing grounds. At your own leisure, enjoy a round of golf on River Landing’s award-winning course for a special discounted rate.

For more information, rates, and to sign up, visit uncorkduplin.com and click on the 2011 Tourism Mini-Summit PDF file. Sign up quickly to take advantage of special early-bird rates!