11th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale

Come Join us at the 11th Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale! This much loved free event is a favorite of locals and visitors.  We will be having a wide variety of plant material for sale featuring perennials, annuals, herbs, native trees, shrubs and garden accessories.  In between your shopping, come sit awhile and […]

Halloween Ghost Ship in Southport!

Climb aboard the ghost ship! Little mariners will enjoy spooky tales of lost souls, pirates, and other mysteries along the Lower Cape Fear. Games and activities for goblins and ghouls include pirate bean bag toss, design your own trick-or-treat bag, ghost writing, and shadow drawing NC Maritime Museum @ Southport 204 E. Moore Street, Southport […]

Small towns continue to appeal to folks…

Holly Springs, N.C.: Quiet town in ‘Research Triangle’ emerges as new second-home market SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 BY  SHANNNON ROXBOROUGH Not all that long ago, to suggest Holly Springs, N.C., as a destination would have been a stretch. Up until the last decade of the 20th century, the central North Carolina town led a quiet existence, […]

Beaufort ties with Hammondsport, N.Y. for the #1 spot!

This year’s Coolest Small Towns in America contest had a tie for first: Hammondsport, N.Y. (shown above), and Beaufort, N.C. (Arion Doerr) We logged 368,000 votes in our seventh annual contest to choose the best hometown escapes in America. This year’s twist? A nail-biter of a finish that crashed our website (temporarily, of course!) and resulted […]

Ellerbe: Small town character in the Sandhills of NC!

Once known as a peach center, Ellerbe now features truck farming, tobacco farms, and poultry and swine farms in the surrounding area. Downtown has antique stores, a general merchandise store, a hardware; beauty salons, funeral homes, a realty/forestry office, a medical clinic, banks, churches, grocery stores, a feed, seed, and fertilizer store, a small-engine repair […]