Curt Simpson is a local celebrity of sorts, as host of Wallace Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Chat radio show, and an “in the know” local realtor, located in Downtown Wallace. He loves everything that makes up the quintessential and historic small towns in Duplin County and the stuff about the place that only a local could tell you!
Get your Wine & Movie Lovers Tour in Duplin County started off right by visiting the largest and oldest Muscadine winery in the South, Duplin Winery. Tastings at the tasting bar are a lot of fun and tours of the winery are free! You’ll learn about the nuances of wine sampling and the the 5 S’s of wine tasting: sight, smell, swirl, sip and savor. The gift shop is full of southern flair, souvenirs and lots of Duplin wines and tasty dips and sauces.
Address: 505 N Sycamore St, Rose Hill, NC 28458
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday & Saturday
Tours are 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Saturday
(Last tastings of the day are offered one hour prior to closing)
INSIDER TIP #1: The Muscadine Red Pepper and Onion Relish is delicious! Pick up a jar to take home in the Duplin Winery Gift Shop and check out their recipes – my favorite is the muscadine red pepper cheese spread!
INSIDER TIP #2: Check out Duplin Winery’s Events & Show Schedule and book a Getaway Package with us. We’d love to help you plan your visit!
Walk no further than outside of Duplin Winery’s Gift Shop, and you’ll find yourself in their on- premise restaurant, The Bistro. The food is great and the staff is very friendly. As you get ready to order your lunch, you’ll be graciously offered yet another tasting of a featured wine of the day. The wait staff will also help you select a wine pairing to go with your lunch.
After lunch at the Bistro, you’ll want to stop through the tiny Downtown Rose Hill. Who would think that this would be the location where the famous scene with the shadowy figures would be filmed in the movie Iron Man 3? Across East Church Street from the Trading Co. of Rose Hill, the crew transformed the two vacant shops into the First Tennessee Bank and The Rocky Top Restaurant. With the stage names still painted on the doors, the storefronts offer a prime photo-op – no doubt you will want to back up far enough to get the Rose Hill water tower in the shot!
INSIDER TIP: If you didn’t have desert at The Bistro, stop by Rose Hill Restaurant for slice of Duplin County’s famous Lemon Blueberry Pie.
In the summer of 2014, Downtown Wallace NC was transformed into a movie set for The Longest Ride, based on the best -selling New York Time’s book written by , Nicholas Sparks, author of many other books made into movies such as, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, and Safe Haven. Hope Smith, owner of Art of Hope, had her art and framing shop transformed into “Levinsons”, a men’s clothing store back in the 1940’s, around the time of World War II just for the movie. Stop in and see Hope and she’ll tell you about it! She’s got some beautiful artwork for sale as well! Her store is located at 105 W. Main St. in Wallace.
INSIDER TIP: Wallace is the home of the Carolina Strawberry Festival – that takes place, each year in month of May. It’s a really fun festival and a great time to visit Duplin County!
Downtown Wallace has quite a few quaint shops! Stop by Cavanaugh’s Gifts , The Glass Slipper, and all the other cute shops. To satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t miss Sweet B’s – they’ve got yummy cupcakes and other treats!
You will find the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Wallace very comfortable. They’ve got an excellent staff and the rooms are delightfully decorated and clean. They offer a free continental breakfast and a fitness center.
Address: 131 River Village Pl, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-9200
MIK's is a full service restaurant and sports bar, specializing in appetizers, a wide variety of hot wings and burgers, BBQ, seafood and more.
Address: 105 S Norwood St, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-5600
Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 5pm to 10pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to midnight
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm
INSIDER TIP: On Thursday nights, they have a great trivia night that’s a lot of fun to uncork, unplug, and unwind!
If you are up for more than a continental breakfast at the hotel, Shawn’s is a great spot to have a good Southern breakfast.
Address: 530 S Norwood St, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-6047
Before heading out for the next wine tasting, consider checking out The Stockyard Flea Market that opens before dawn each Thursday and Saturday morning at Wells Livestock Market in Wallace. Vendors set up their wares on the dirt lot outside the auction shed, which is now more famous for its open air flea market than its livestock sales. The long time flea market is commonly known as “The Stockyard”, and it attracts bargain hunters, antique hawks, and those hungry for homemade treats, produce or fruits, and fresh seafood from all parts of the State and beyond.
Address: 1562 N Norwood St, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-2161
Hours: starting at 6am Thursdays and Saturdays
Have lunch right there “The Squire”. They’ve got a great lunch menu. My favorite is the Korean barbeque beef sandwich paired with a delicious glass of Country Squire’s own the Sweet Scottish Heather Chardonnay. After lunch, take a walk around the building and see the beautiful outdoor sunken garden and three-tiered fountain.
A visit to the Tartan Tasting Room at The Country Squire Winery, you will not only enjoy the wines but also the hints of the Scottish heritage of its owners in the atmosphere. They’ve named several of their wines after favorite areas within “The Squire”, as well as designed the wine labels with a Scottish touch. The wines are always a big hit each year at the annual North Carolina Muscadine Festival and are available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Address: 748 NC 24 And 50 Hwy, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-276-1727
Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday