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Of the three state regions - Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal - Coastal Eastern North Carolina (ENC) is home to brackish waterways, seafaring and military communities, undersea & land historical sites, arts & crafts, and sustainable farms. Accessed via Albert J Ellis airport in Jacksonville, Wilmington Int'l airport, road-tripping I-40 or sailing, ENC has a number of regional finds that characterizes its coastal, Southern history.
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114 W Water St, Windsor, NC 27983, USA
West of Outer Banks and just north of Greenville, Windsor Super Market in Windsor, NC is a collaborative, local farmers market housed in this 2,000 square foot piece of modern architecture that was constructed by ingenious high school seniors of...
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108 W North St, Kinston, NC 28501, USA
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This casual, family-friendly, lively diner venture by Chef Vivian Howard is a stone's throw from the "mothership" Chef & The Farmer restaurant and doesn’t skimp on quality nor sourcing locally. Here, foodies nosh on local and gourmet oysters like...
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40 Patriots Hall Dr, Currie, NC 28435, USA
An influential glimpse into the Revolutionary War between the patriots and loyalists lies right outside of Wilmington at an 87-acre preservation site in Currie, NC. Here, a reproduction Dutch two-pounder cannon, mounted on an English "galloper"...
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117 Queen St, Beaufort, NC 28516, USA
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This culinary mainstay serves up French-influenced, American-style sandwiches, entrees, cocktails, and generations-old desserts tucked away in this bistro on Queen Street. Here you’ll find homemade bloody mary mix and locally sourced crabs in the...
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120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501, USA
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Yes, there's a real, Court of Sommeliers' certified sommelier in ENC. Waiting for that elusive reservation slot at Chef Vivian Howard’s acclaimed Chef & The Farmer restaurant to open up? Stop by for a sip or two next door at The Wine Shop, Chef...
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120 W Gordon St, Kinston, NC 28501, USA
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Fried foods are a Southern staple that've been perfected over generations. Chef Vivian Howard elevates and modernizes this fried shared plate with a side of an otherworldy cup of ranch ice cream that's creamy, cold, tangy and a fun yet tantalizing...
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Forest Rte 153A, Swansboro, NC 28584, USA
Just east of Swansboro right off of North Carolina Hwy 58 is the Cedar Point Tideland Recreation Area - part of the Croatan National Forest - for lovers of all-things nature, outdoorsy, and adventurous. Bordered by the White Oak River on the West,...
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605 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC 28584, USA
At the Cedar Point BP and Grill, an artisanal Southern product called hoop cheese is honored by putting a slice of Southern history into every gargantuan sized Hoop Cheese Biscuit resulting in down home, gut-busting, fluffy, creamy and oozy...
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100 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA
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Home to the 2013 Fire on the Dock North Carolina Competition Dining Series Champion, Executive Chef Gerry Fong, and his crew at Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant have been heating up the restaurant scene with "locavore" cuisine by fusing his Asian...
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311 N Herritage St, Kinston, NC 28501, USA
As the first gold LEED certified brewery in the nation, Mother Earth Brewing (MEB) offers free brewery tours at their sustainable facility in downtown Kinston. There you'll learn brewing, canning and bottling techniques in addition to the science...
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114 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA
Liz Biro’s Top Chef Farmers Market Tour and Cooking Class in Wilmington, NC lets guests experience the Southern cuisine revival. This Port City tour begins on Saturday morning at locally-owned Hot Pink Cake Stand and was led by the journalist and...
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420 Broad St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA
The New Bern Firemen's Museum provides history buffs with a unique perspective on the New Bern Fire Department - one that echoes through the Civil War. Housed in a cozy museum just off of Hancock Street, the museum pays homage to the Southern (and...
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911 Lejeune Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28540, USA
In Jacksonville, NC, resides the Beirut Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial in a quiet, historical area adjacent to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Jacksonville was home to many of the victims of the Beirut bombing that occurred on October 23, 1983...
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421 Rowan Rd, Hampstead, NC 28443, USA
After living in Japan for a few years, we were delighted to discover Ash's Japanese Maple Nursery tucked away on private property in a pine and hardwood maple forest. Thomas and Nancy Ash offer numerous varieties - Oshio-Beni, Crimson Queen, Red...
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751 State Rd 1204, Greenville, NC 27858, USA
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You know you’re in the right place for barbecue when the trail of smoke billows around the intersection of B's Barbecue Road and 43, and everyone at the picnic tables are silent and focused on their plates of food. B’s barbecue has been serving up...
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915 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC 28584, USA
In a whimsical little cottage East of the White Oak River resides Christina's Wine Boutique. Collectibles are spread throughout the cottage among the domestic and international collection of wines. Wine from local vineyards such as Duplin Winery...
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410 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC 28584, USA
When people think of North Carolina they picture coastal plains, marshes, and miles of Atlantic coastline – not private islands – that’s only reserved for exotic locales, right? Not this cottage which provides the rest and respite that many...
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911 Cedar Point Blvd, Cedar Point, NC 28584, USA
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There are a number of watering holes in the South. Harrika's Brew Haus is one of them and was also voted by Draft Magazine as one of America's 100 best beer bars (South). In addition to stocking an average combination of 700 (+/-) domestic and...
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256 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA
Eastern North Carolina's proud heritage is rooted in New Bern's existence as the state's first capitol. It's also the birthplace of Pepsi-Cola thanks to a gentleman named Caleb Davis Bradham. In 1893 it was invented in a family-owned drug store...
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1011 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557, USA
Located in the Carteret County port and fishing town of Morehead City, a mother-daughter team founded this retailer for the benefit of culinary students, professionals, and enthusiasts with a growing selection of local and international high-end...
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47206 NC-12, Buxton, NC 27920, USA
Born in an old, renovated motel in the small Hatteras town of Buxton, NC, are devilishly divine Apple Uglies. Likened to an apple fritter, these gigantic pieces of fried dough stand apart from its regular donut counterparts. Admittedly the result...
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46379 Lighthouse Rd, Buxton, NC 27920, USA
At 208 feet, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in America. The beacon from the light can be seen some 20 miles out to sea and since 1870 has warned ships and sailors of the notorious Diamond Shoals, a 14-mile series of shallow...
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105 W Church St, Swansboro, NC 28584, USA
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A town never overshadowed by the more popular Emerald Isle beaches, Swansboro's friendly city by the sea constructed the Church Street Inn located in the heart of downtown. Only two years old and perched above the Church Street Pub and Deli - home...