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Father’s Day Golf Package Giveaway

Tell us your favorite memory with your Dad in the comments on the 
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and be entered to win our Father’s Day Golf Giveaway at River Landing in Wallace, NC!

two award-winning courses 

River Landing is a planned residential community located off of I-40, just a 35-minute drive from Wilmington and just over an hour from Raleigh. Tucked away near the coast of Eastern North Carolina, River Landing is a picture perfect community, complete with world-class club amenities while still maintaining the charm and ease in a small Eastern North Carolina town.

The community is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses, challenging the experienced golfer while offering five sets of tees to make the courses enjoyable for any player type.


great food & good times


Located just outside the gates of River Landing, you’ll find the Mad Boar Restaurant that provides an upscale yet casual place for lunch and dinner.  It’s the perfect place to relax after 18-holes out on one of River Landing’s courses.  Enjoy American cuisine as well as the fresh seafood selections from the nearby Carolina Coast.

The Mad Boar’s Executive Chef and his staff bring years of experience and culinary talent into play to create a wide variety of menu items as well as unique and delicious daily specials. The famously popular Mad Boar’s salad bar is always filled with the most tempting selections. 

Enjoy live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night in the Murphy’s Irish Pub as well as daily drink and dinner specials!

They are open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week!


For Father’s Day, as well as any occasion, we look forward to seeing you in Duplin County!  Come uncork, unplug and unwind with us!

4 Reasons to Be Excited About Duplin County’s Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival

Things are warming up as Spring is just around the corner!  Duplin County’s Spring festival season kicks off with the Blue, Brew & ‘Que on Saturday, March 30 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Duplin County Events Center in Kenansville.  Here are four reasons to GET EXCITED!

#1.  SIX BANDS TAKING THE STAGE

It’s the love of bluegrass music that inspires the musicians.  They put their heart and soul into it.  At Blue, Brew & ‘Que, we will have 6 groups with chart-topping albums that appeal to all age groups; children, teenagers, young and middle-aged adults as well as senior adults.  As Doyle Lawson, of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, says, “When you’re an artist, you bare your soul to the world…it’s a big thing when you put your emotions on the line like that.” 

#2.  SIX NORTH CAROLINA MICROBREWERIES

Most folks know Duplin County as “coastal wine country” in North Carolina.  We are excited to have two of our local wineries, The Country Squire and Duplin Winery join us.  And we are thrilled to have several North Carolina microbreweries, bringing their craft brews for tastings!  Check out the Blue, Brew & ‘Que website for a complete list.

#3.  20 COOK TEAMS SERVING #NCBBQ

Imagine 20 cook teams all competing in a whole hog barbeque cook-off!  It’s going to be a day of the best-of-the-best in Duplin County.  Bring your appetite for some authentic #NCBBQ!

#4.  DUPLIN COUNTY EVENTS CENTER IN KENANSVILLE

The Duplin County Events Center is located right off of I-40 at exit 373.  It’s the perfect place for an Eastern North Carolina festival or event, rain or shine!  Save some money and get your tickets in advance by clicking here.



For more information about Duplin County, visit our website or call us at (910)296.2181.  Let us create a custom escape package for you!  We look forward to seeing you here!

A Golf Getaway at River Landing is A Hole In One

 

two award-winning courses  

River Landing is a planned residential community located off of I-40, just a 35-minute drive from Wilmington and just over an hour from Raleigh. Tucked away near the coast of Eastern North Carolina, River Landing is a picture perfect community, complete with world-class club amenities while still maintaining the charm and ease in a small Eastern North Carolina town. The community is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses, challenging the experienced golfer while offering five sets of tees to make the courses enjoyable for any player type.

  • Two “Top 50” Golf Courses, by the NC Golf Panel. 2010-2017

  • Named a “Top 50 Best Master-Planned Community in the U.S.,” by Where to Retire 2005-2015

  • Named one of the “Top 50 Golf Communities in America” by Luxury Golf Homes magazine

  • Rated “#1 Coastal Golf Course in North Carolina” by NC Magazine

  • US Open Qualifying Course 2011, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

  • AJGA Junior Open– 2012

  • North Carolina Women’s Amateur 2011

  • 3 Holes in North Carolina’s Dream 18 – Business NC Magazine

beautiful accommodations

Award-winning accommodations make visiting River Landing a blissful experience. If you’d like to stay inside the gates, you have the option of staying in one of the luxurious two-bedroom Clubhouse Suites or one of the private four-bedroom Guest Cottages. Directly outside the gates to River Landing is our Holiday Inn Express, which is an easy-to-access and affordable option.

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Choose from packages that include 18 holes, 36 holes or 54 holes on either course.  Or, come learn from the pros at the River Landing Golf Academy with individualized training on everything from putting to your full swing.

great food & good times

Join us for one, two, or three nights and stay while relaxing to the sounds of nature and enjoying great food and drinks from our Mad Boar Restaurant just outside of the gates.


For more information about Duplin County, visit our website or call us at (910)296.2181.  Let us create a custom escape package for you!  We look forward to seeing you here!

 

 

Celebrate North Carolina’s Official Veterans Day Parade in Duplin County

November is a special time in Duplin County as we celebrate all veterans and active duty military in our annual Veteran’s Day Parade.  The parade takes place in the Town of Warsaw on November 3, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm.  The entire county will be swelling with pride!

The 2018 parade theme is “Marching Towards 100”, honoring all those who served this great country and all of us who are marching towards the 100th parade in November 2020. 

Started 1921, Duplin County is home to  “The Oldest Consecutive Veterans Day Celebration in America.”  To add to this remarkable distinction, Warsaw subsequently became designated as a Veterans Day Regional Site in 2012 by the Veterans Day National Committee.  On June 24, 2016, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted the Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw in Duplin County as the official State Veterans Day Parade. The bill to adopt the parade was ratified on June 15, 2016, and signed into law by the governor on June 24, 2016.

Duplin County is surrounded by several major military bases located all throughout Eastern North Carolina.  We invite you to Duplin County for a truly amazing day of patriotism, family fun, and entertainment!  It’s a day to honor our service men and women from all five branches of the military for protecting our freedom and this fine country we call home, while we remember those who gave it all. 

Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the Warsaw Baptist Church followed by the amazing NC BBQ lunch at the Warsaw VFD Downtown Fire Station.  We have some great restaurants in Duplin County – and if you haven’t been to The Country Squire for dinner, you need to check it out.  It is truly an experience!

2018 Veterans Day Regional Site – Schedule of Events

7:30 – 9:30 am:     Masonic Pancake Breakfast at Warsaw Baptist Church

9 am – 4 pm:           Food & Craft vendors, and more

10 am:                      VFW Memorial Services at Veteran’s Park

11 am:                       Fly Over / Special Forces Parachute Jump and the Parade begins

12 pm:                       BBQ lunch at Warsaw VFD Downtown Fire Station

1 – 4 pm:                  Visit the Duplin County Veterans Museum on East Hill Street, the Truck Show, fun and entertainment for all

We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County!  For more information visit our website or contact the Duplin County Tourism office at 910.296.2181.  Be sure to check out our Escape Packages and premier Festivals and Events!

 

NC Weekend’s Bob Garner Finds Some “mmm-mmm” Good Eats in Duplin County

The truth is that you can find almost anything that’s really good to eat right in Duplin County.  A date night location, or a place for celebrating special occasions?  Duplin County has these venues! If you haven’t yet sampled much of this rich variety, I suggest you start exploring and enjoying!

UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Weekend” cameramen have recently joined me in producing reviews of Rose Hill Restaurant, and both The Mad Boar and Sensation Farmhouse Restaurant in Wallace. (These segments will begin airing in late October.)

An increasing number of visitors passing through Duplin County each year can find an agreeable meal no further than a mile or two off the Interstate.  And for Duplin’s lifelong residents, they also have plenty of places for a quick, delicious bite as they travel their ordinary paths, carry out their business dealings and grab a convenient meal on workdays.

For example, hungry persons anywhere near Shawn’s Restaurant in Wallace will want to start a great day with one of “Ms. Dorothy’s” legendary breakfasts.  Shawn’s serves practically every breakfast meat on the planet, with or without eggs, and not simply varieties of sausage, bacon, and ham, either. I mean smoked sausage, corned beef, steak, salmon, liver pudding and even pork brains.  Shawn’s breakfast patrons will all remember both the wonderful hash browns and onions and the oversize pancakes, as I sure did!

Right after Shawn’s breakfast rush dwindles, the awesome country lunch buffet is set out Tuesdays through Fridays until the place closes at 2:00 pm. (Saturday is breakfast only until 11 am.) I’m heading back soon to bury my face in the steak and gravy, barbecued chicken greens and more I’ve heard so much about.

Mik’s, also in Wallace, is an outstanding restaurant packaged as a sports bar. Too many people think mostly of large TV screens, wings and pub munchies. But Mik’s has a menu with depth and imagination, and the prices are really reasonable.  The place features hickory smokers, producing pulled pork barbecue, rib, brisket, turkey, chicken breast and smoked salmon entrée plates. 

I fondly remember my turkey nacho plate, with diced tomatoes, roasted red peppers, onions, “beer cheese,” bacon bits and perfectly pan-steamed broccoli. The turkey is listed “when available.” It’s hickory-smoked, sliced fairly thin and then chopped up more finely in the nachos. ‘Never had anything like it in my travels, honestly… fantastic.

Platters, sandwiches, and appetizers featuring fish and shellfish are terrific. How often do you find hickory-smoked salmon in a nice, hefty portion as a plate, with sides? Not frequently in my experience. I’m glad I was there on the right day, and Mik’s world-class broccoli and mac ‘n cheese made the day even better.

Mik’s offers an expansive bone-in and boneless wing choices with a dozen sauces; a specialty salad that’s a “cucumber wrap,” and a really strong line-up of hefty burgers. The Champ Burger is crowned with mac and cheese and “boom boom” sauce, which also goes great with any food in the place.  A barbecue sandwich, smoked salmon tacos and a Cuban sandwich – featuring smoked pork and melted pepper jack cheese – are all hearty and toothsome, as well.

The Filling Station in Kenansville is that most unusual of restaurants…the one that dares close on weekends.

Open Monday – Friday from 6 am to 2 pm, the place is loved for biscuits, “best burgers anywhere around,” chicken salad, authentic eastern fish stew (Fridays only), plate lunches and all sorts of home-style desserts.  Customers enjoy The Filling Station during their off-work days only if they stop by during regular business hours to pick up an order of chicken salad for Saturday or Sunday consumption.

For 37 years, the extended family has operated some version of what’s now called Brock’s Service on mostly rural NC 11-903 on the outskirts of Kenansville. Since 1977, it’s been a gas station, convenience store and auto service center.

It was a natural move for David Brock, with a quirky, inexplicable desire to run a restaurant – to also be opening “The Filling Station Cafe” – located right next door to the original location that was built by his father, Buck. The younger Brock helps run the grocery, including pumping gas, even as he’s currently doubling the size of his restaurant.

He decided long ago that we wanted to see his kids grow up and that five very long days was enough of a work week. He has had a life, and his kids have had their Dad. Good for him.  I’m spending a lot more time in Duplin County these days for various reasons, and I’m loving getting reacquainted with the culinary scene.  What a pleasure!

For more information about Duplin County, visit our website or call us at (910)296.2181.  Let us create a custom escape package for you!  We look forward to seeing you here!

Tourism & Visitor Spending on the Rise in Duplin County

2017 Visitor Impact for Duplin County
County Spending by Domestic Visitors Increases by 4.97 Percent to $41.95 million

 

The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced Thursday, August 23rd, that domestic visitors to and within Duplin County spent $41.95 million in 2017, an increase of 4.97% from 2016.


“2017 was an incredible year for the Tourism Industry in Duplin County as well as across North Carolina.  As we promote Duplin County as a destination and great place to visit, we truly appreciate our hotel, restaurant, and attraction partners as well as small businesses that all work together to create the great visitor experiences and results.  We look forward to another strong year of growth ahead.” states Amanda Justice, Director of Duplin County Tourism.

Tourism impact highlights for 2017:

The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 400 in Duplin County.

Total payroll generated by the tourism industry in Duplin County was $5.15 million.

State tax revenue generated in Duplin County totaled $2.45 million through state sales and excise taxes, and taxes on personal and corporate income. About $1.38 million in local taxes were generated from sales and property tax revenue from travel-generated and travel-supported businesses.

“North Carolina is a welcoming state and destination for travelers from across the world, and tourism continues to help drive economic development statewide,” said Secretary Copeland. “Tourism creates jobs and increases state and local tax revenues, growing North Carolina’s economy across all 100 counties.”

These statistics are from the “Economic Impact of Travel on North Carolina Counties 2017,” which can be accessed at partners.visitnc.com/economic-impact-studies. The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association.

Visit NC Executive Director Wit Tuttell added: “The continued growth in visitor spending is great for communities across our entire state. North Carolina’s continued position as the sixth most-visited state in the nation with more than 46 million visitors in 2017 reinforces its status as a premier tourism destination.”

Statewide highlights include:

State tax receipts as a result of visitor spending rose 4.2 percent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2017.

Local tax revenues directly resulting from visitor spending totaled $738.6 million.

The travel and tourism industry directly employees more than 225,700 North Carolinians.

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CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACTS:

Amanda Justice, Executive Director of Duplin County Tourism

910.296.2181;  director@uncorkduplin.com

 

 

Top 5 Reasons to Get to the 2018 Carolina Strawberry Festival


1.  IT’S FREE!

Whoever said the best things in life are free might’ve been talking about the Carolina Strawberry Festival taking place on May 11th and 12th in Wallace.  This year’s festival promises to be a jam-packed weekend with outstanding music, entertainment,  kids activities, and some great tasting food.

The Carolina Strawberry Festival is organized by a proud group of community leaders in the Town of  Wallace.  The festival kicks off on Friday, May 11th from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 12th from  11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The festival is a rain or shine event.

If you’ve never visited, Wallace is located just 40 minutes from Wilmington, Jacksonville, Clinton, and Goldsboro, and is as quaint as a postcard with a charming restored historic downtown district.

2.  GREAT MUSIC 

The excitement begins Friday night with the Strawberry Jam! The Band of Oz, a regional band that’s been dominating the beach music scene for 30 years, will be the big attraction. The Johnson Boys open the show at 6 p.m. followed by The Band of Oz at 7:30 p.m. You’ll want to bring your lawn chair so you’ll be comfortable all evening long. The Festival’s Beer and Wine Garden will be open all evening.

To round out the Festival, the band All My Rowdy Friends, a premier Hank Williams Jr. tribute band, and Chocolate Chip & Company from Myrtle Beach will take over the stage on Saturday night!

3.  5K RUN & 1K FUN RUN 

Saturday, May 12, kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Carolina Strawberry Festival 5K Run and a 1K Fun  Run/Walk for Stroke Awareness. The race is co-sponsored by Vidant Duplin Hospital. Runners should gather at the Wallace Train Depot, 206 SE Railroad Street for the start of the race. For more information on the races, please call Curt Simpson at 910-290-2194.

4.  LITTLE MISS STRAWBERRY PAGEANT

Festival-goers will have a blast with  amusement park rides, two cook-offs (one for strawberry recipes and one for BBQ), craft vendors, a Beer & Wine Garden, food tents, a classic car show, and of course the weekend wouldn’t be complete without the Miss Strawberry Pageant where little girls from Duplin County up to 8 years old participate.

5.  THE WALLACE DEPOT MODEL TRAIN

The Thomas Edgerton Model Train Room in the Wallace Depot will be open as a special treat for kids of all ages on Saturday.  The new interactive exhibit will be up and running for visitors.  Bring your crew to the front of the Depot — through the entrance on Boney Street.  Local history and train enthusiasts will be on hand to answer questions.

A great selection of food vendors will be there so everyone can taste all the flavors!  Enjoy Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Ice Cream, Deep Fried Berries, and fresh-picked strawberries for sale from Cottle Farms.   

We hope you plan to cut loose and enjoy everything planned at this year’s Carolina Strawberry Festival.

For more information about Duplin County, visit our website or call us at (910)296.2181.  Let us create a custom escape package for you!  We look forward to seeing you here!

Bluegrass, Craft Brews & NCBBQ in Duplin County

Duplin Bluegrass Festival, Blue Brew and Que

Join us for one day of awesome bluegrass music outdoors in Kenansville, NC at the Duplin County Events Center on Saturday, March 24th from 11AM to 7PM.

The Blue, Brew, & Que Festival will feature some of the best Bluegrass Music, NC Craft Breweries, and Bar-B-Que around.  Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and have your ID to receive your commemorative glass. 

Enjoy the sounds of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Band, The Malpass Brothers, VW Boys, Lonesome River Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.   We’ve got some great North Carolina breweries and our Duplin County wineries participating that you won’t want to miss!

Bill's Brewing, Double Barley, Mother Earth, Nickel Point Brewing, Duplin Winery, Country Squire Winery

Get an early bird discount!  Purchase your tickets in advance.  We love our military members – check out the special ticket price!

 

 

Great Food, Wine & Ghostly Guests at the Country Squire

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The Country Squire Restaurant, Winery & Vintage Inn, in Warsaw, is ripe with Eastern North Carolina history.  The original part of the building was constructed in the 1700’s and is home to the oldest wine tasting room in the state.  While being known for their great food and award-winning wines, many visitors over the years have claimed of having “ghostly” encounters while dining at the restaurant.  Frequent sightings of shadowy figures, strange noises and other phenomena have become part of its legend.  

The Country Squire’s owner, Iris Lennon,  notes that there is a “wee little girl” that makes her presence known every now and then.  Whether roaming the “Baronial Hall” which is the oldest part of the building or lingering in the “Jesters Court”, the folks at The Country Squire welcome the friendly spirits that make The Country Squire their home.

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The Country Squire Restaurant is the perfect place to bring the family for a tasty meal.  Enjoy a surf and turf dinner or their infamous Korean beef appetizer along with salads and sandwiches for lunch.  Before you leave, be sure to stop in the Tartan Tasting Room and gift shop.  In addition to their wines, check out their specialty food products and amazing gifts.  Our favorites are the chunky monkey butter and the dilly beans in addition to their jams, jellies, and hot sauces.

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For more information about Duplin County, visit our website or call us at (910)296.2181.  Let us create a custom escape package for you!  We look forward to seeing you here!

Visit Wine Country at the Coast of North Carolina

Springtime at the coast of North Carolina is amazing!  It’s a perfect time to plan a North Carolina beach getaway!   It’s also a  great time to enjoy the excitement in North Carolina’s coastal wine country.  Just an hour inland from the beach, you will find some amazing wineries in our collection of small towns throughout the beautiful coastal plains region. 

After you soak in the sun and the salt air, head inland and visit Duplin County to experience one of the ripest regions for wine lovers on the East Coast.  If you are visiting during the last weekend of March, stop through Kenansville at the Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival celebrating bluegrass music, North Carolina craft microbreweries and over twenty cook teams serving North Carolina barbeque.

Historic Downtown Wallace is home to the Carolina Strawberry Festival on May 3rd and 4th.  Live music, great food, and kids activities are all on tap.


Duplin County is home to the largest winery in the South, Duplin Winery.  If you are visiting the first weekend of September, don’t miss their 43rd annual Grape Stomp, taking place on Saturday, September 14th.  Festival-goers get a chance to stomp grapes with their bare feet and the best ones will have an opportunity to participate in a stomp off for a Duplin prize!  Throughout the afternoon, there will be special vineyard and production facility tours, as well as exclusive wine tastings.  The exclusive tastings book up fast, so make your plans soon!

Enjoy more agritourism and wine by visiting The Tipsy Bee.  Learn how small batch wine is made and about the muscadine grapes that you will see grow abundantly in our area.  Lunch or dinner at the Country Squire Restaurant & Winery is both an experience in local history as well as a surprise and a culinary delight.  Guests have come back time and time again, for over 50 years.  In keeping with this tradition of excellence, The Country Squire also has its own winery located in the 18th Century portion of the restaurant.  The local owners hail from Scotland, and a certain Scottish flair can be found throughout the restaurant in the decor as well as the winery itself.  Visitors also enjoy their Tartan Tasting Room & Gift Shopopen to visitors from Tuesday to Saturday (and by special appointment.) 

One of the best ways to enjoy being in Duplin County is to book one of our Escape Packages.  The Wine & Dine package is one of the most popular.  You can even book a package and stay right on site at the Country Squire at their Vintage Inn!  Check out the map to see our location.  For more information, please feel free to contact us, or click one of the buttons below.

                    
While you are at the North Carolina Coast, don’t miss many of the additional amazing destinations. Visit Topsail Island and stop in Surf City to see North Carolina’s 2nd most visited attraction, the Sea Turtle Rescue, or do some shopping in Historic Downtown Swansboro.  From either direction, Duplin County is just a little over an hour drive, so come and uncork, unplug and unwind with us!