With the long stretch of open road along I-40 East from Raleigh heading towards the beach, as thoughts of a stressful week at work or an overbooked schedule make way for relaxation and play, don’t miss a visit to the quintessentially North Carolinian small town of Wallace. In fact, make a stop coming to or leaving your beach getaway. You will wish you had sooner!
With the abundant farmland and rural areas seen while driving by, one could think that there is really nothing to see or do in Eastern North Carolina, except directly at the coast. And surprisingly, nothing could be further from the truth. Wallace is located in Duplin County off of exit Exit 385 and has within its footprint, some of the most quaint and unique shopping experiences you will find – a true delight for anyone that would say, “who knew?”
If antiquing is your thing, stop in and check out the hotel silver and the assortment of fine china at Collectibles by the Trax located at 108 NE Railroad St. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with some of the best baked goods you’ve ever tasted at Sweet B’s on 617 E. Sutherland St. Enjoy some cheese cake, perhaps. To be a little more adventurous, if you’ve never heard of a bacon topped cupcake, with just one bite, you’ll have added to your repertoire of all things yummy and good. Just about 10 minutes from downtown Wallace off of NC 41, is Riverside Barn Antiques, a 12,000 square foot space with an amazing assortment of antiques, collectibles, furniture, dishes, signs, artwork, and more. This is definitely a place to be transported back in time!
Downtown Wallace boasts some very cute home decor, fashion boutiques and gift shops. Cavenaugh’s Gifts of Distinction has been there for many years, and there are a few newer boutiques to discover, such as Forever Southern and The Glass Slipper. They carry a lot of the latest southern fashions and have items that would make great gifts, for yourself or someone else! Don’t miss Art of Hope, on Main Street, an inspirational art and custom framing shop with clientele from around the world.
Wallace has its share of good restaurants. See a full list here. If you’d like to try some local flavor, check out the winner of the 2016 Taste of Duplin “Hometown Favorite” Award, Mik’s. They’ve got some of the best North Carolina barbeque and if you happen to be there on Thursday night, you’ll enjoy their locally revered trivia night. The Mad Boar, near Wallace’s premier golf course community, River Landing, has an upscale ambience and live music along with a great menu for both lunch and dinner.
We look forward to your visit and seeing you around Wallace and in Duplin County!
There is nothing like a summer day of soaking in the sun while taking in the peaceful sights and sounds of nature.
Cabin Lake County Park, in Duplin County, is just the place to enjoy some relaxation and recreation in the great outdoors. The beautifully maintained park is open nearly year-round and has many nice amenities to enjoy. As you drive in, you might be greeted by Savannah, a Duplin County native, from Kenansville. She says that she meets many local residents as well as campers coming from all over the State of North Carolina as well as places like Delaware and Virginia.
Located about five miles north of Beulaville on Highway 111, the park’s amenities have something for everyone to enjoy, including a boat ramp, a 2.2 mile hiking trail and camping sites. If you enjoy paddling, you can rent a boat from the park for a reasonable cost. Cabin Lake County Park is host to a few fishing contests throughout the year with plenty of winners proudly featured in the photo album you can find in the Operations Center.
Have you got a family reunion or get together to plan? The picnic shelter with the playground located next to it is the perfect spot to gather. Enjoy the shade while the kids jump around and take a trip down the slide. For your convenience, public restrooms and bathhouses with showers are nearby making it easy to wash up and cool off after a day of boating and swimming.
For complete information about the park, visit their website or call 910.298.3648.
INSIDER TIP: If you leave the park and are ready for a bite to eat, check out Ann’s Thai Kitchen at 169 North Hwy 111 in Beulaville. They are locally-owned and a great little spot! Click here for a complete list of restaurants in Beulaville.
If the great April events around Duplin County are any indication of the fun that is in store for the rest of the spring season, then you are in for a real treat!
Saturday, April 20th marked Duplin Winery‘s Our Main Squeeze Wine and Music Festival at Duplin Winery’s I-40 Vineyard. Talk about a full-on, all day celebration of music and delicious vino! And it was a military appreciation event, to boot, treating more than 2000 military guests to complimentary entry. With the American flag waving high overhead on a gorgeous spring day, everyone from the guests to the food and craft vendors were rocking to performances by Spare Change, Classic Collection, and The Tams. Whether you wanted to tap your toes to the latest hits, or show off your best shag moves, this was the time to do it all.
Not to be outdone by the great tunes, the Winery featured three of its seasonal favorites – Carolina Country wine, Goin’ Coastal wine, and Raspberry Mango Lemonade Sweetzer. And for those more interested in the eats than the sips, event sponsor Bright Leaf featured a hot dog eating contest that was open to all who dared. The full day was surely entertaining for all, and it was one that gave back, too. Duplin Winery was pleased to present a $5000.00 donation to Vidant Children’s Hospital. Job well done!
So, what’s on tap next, you ask? Come on out this Sunday, April 28th for the Beatles tribute band, The Return, at the Duplin County Events Center, and be sure to check out the events calendar (insert link here) for all Duplin County has in store for May!
Anybody spot some blooms out and about? Thanks to longer days, shorter nights, and warmer sun rays, it’s time to say farewell to the winter blues and hello to the spring hues in Duplin County!
First things first! Easter egg hunts and preparations for everyone’s favorite bunny, Peter Cottontail, finish out the month of March, then April and May usher in outdoor festivities that take advantage of our fantastic Duplin County climate with warm days and breezy eves.
A couple of highlights to put on your list of Duplin to-dos for April include the Carolina Strawberry Golf Classic in Wallace on April 12th and Duplin Winery?s Our Main Squeeze Wine and Music Festival on April 20th at Duplin Winery’s I-40 Vineyard. So, get your drivers ready, and your wine glasses picked out, because spring fun is definitely in season. Be sure to check out the events calendar for Duplin County, as it will be updated regularly with more events and highlights to come.
Happy Easter and happy spring! Wishing you all the beauty of this new, energizing season!
Ahh, February. Time to do something extra special for the ones you love and to reflect on the moments and people that make your life that extra bit of sweet. From special wine tastings and love month menus to an evening of music and dance, here are a few ideas of how to entertain your number one valentine this month throughout Duplin County.
Get a head start on the Valentine’s evening rush, and begin your celebration a weekend early at the Country Squire in Kenansville on Saturday, February 9th for an evening of dance and music during the annual Call of the Drums fundraiser. The Barefoot Gypsies along with special guest dancers and musicians will perform with all funds raised benefiting Pet Friends of Duplin County. Find out more and purchase your tickets here.
As for dining on Valentine’s Day, make a date at the Mad Boar in Wallace or Southern Exposure in Faison and enjoy a special Valentine’s menu for you and your sweetheart, or reserve a romantic table at the Duplin Winery which will feature a specially prepared dinner for the occasion from 5pm-9pm.
But, the ways to say I love you don’t end after Valentine’s Day. Make a double date with Duplin Winery for an additional evening on Saturday, February 16th for their production of The Golden Oldies Show. And to satisfy your craving for some sweet sips, the Winery will be featuring a special tasting sheet and will offer special discounts for the occasion.
How’s that for spreading a little love around Duplin County? Cheers! xoxo