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 their annual Blue, Brew & ‘Que Festival on March 28th, 2020, to enjoy 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 1st and 2nd, 2020. 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 44th annual Grape Stomp, taking place on Saturday, September 12th, 2020. 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 Shop, open 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!
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.
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!
It’s Springtime and Duplin County is ready to roll with our Festivals and Events! If you haven’t visited, coming to one of our festivals is a great way to get a flavor for what we are all about – sweet wine, great food, strawberries, North Carolina barbeque and the wonderful people who live in our small Eastern North Carolina towns. We want you to come and have a great time. Here is our round-up of events:
A Taste of Duplin & More
Friday, April 26th – 5 PM to 8:30 PM
Duplin County Events Center, Kenansville
Delight your taste buds, visit with old friends, make new friends, and experience your Duplin County like never before. A Taste of Duplin & More offers the unique opportunity to experience Duplin County for the first time, again!
This event is created by Uncork Duplin County, Duplin County’s Tourism Development Authority. Our event is focused on creating a refreshing, fun and relaxed atmosphere while highlighting everything that makes Duplin County a great place to live and visit. A Taste of Duplin & More is designed to promote and position Duplin County businesses and the Duplin County Events Center as local tourism destinations.
Celebrate Duplin County! Come Uncork, Unplug & Unwind with us!
Saturday, April 27th – 10 AM to 6 PM
Warsaw’s Memorial Park
Come out and get to know Warsaw and get ready for a good time! Tap your toes to some great live music and enjoy some wine slushies from Duplin Winery, a beer garden, as well as…
**Comedian Freddie Pierce at 1:00 pm
**Backyard whole hog pork COOK-OFF (non- sanctioned): cash sales
**Pony rides by ‘Pony Pal Parties’
**Horse-drawn wagon rides
**Mule and plow demonstrations (interactive)
**Variety of vendors
Carolina Strawberry Festival
Friday, May 3rd – 6 PM to 11 PM and Saturday, May 4th – 10 AM to 11 PM
The Carolina Strawberry Festival is an annual event in Downtown Wallace. Whether you are a visitor or a local, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy a great time in Eastern NC. Both Friday and Saturday nights will include live music and entertainment including Band of Oz, Train Wreck, Heartsong Tribal, the Catalinas and more. Enjoy dancing, a beer & wine garden, food and craft vendors, Dakotah & Friends Dinosaurs, kids activities, locally grown strawberries and more! Thanks to Thurman Parker Photography for the festival photos and Hope G. Smith for the beautiful festival art she creates each year!
We look forward to seeing you in Duplin County this Spring and especially at our festivals and events. For more information about Duplin County and our getaway packages, please give us a call at (910) 296-2181. We look forward to seeing you!
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!
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.”
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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.
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!
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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.
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!