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Traveling with books

You are finally going to get to go on that vacation. Whether to the beach or a faraway country or on a cruise, what are you going to read? You need a good book when you are sitting on the beach or by …

Making memories

With hashtags #growingupgronski and #icecreamSunday, Meredith Gronski’s Instagram page is full of outdoor and ice cream adventures with the goal of making lifetime memories and enjoying the …

Seaside adventure

From a seaside boardwalk to a state park to award-winning dining and, of course, relaxing beaches, visitors to Carolina Beach will find plenty to keep them busy whether it’s for a day or an …

For the birds

Sylvan Heights Bird Park, roosted in Scotland Neck, is home to the largest waterfowl collection in the world. All told, the park hosts more than 260 species of exotic birds in a mind-boggling array …

Round and round we go

We can’t help but smile and be happy at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The wow factor captures us at first glance. It’s a wonderland of giant spinning works of art that are on level with a Hollywood movie set. As we stroll the 2-acre park, we discover some 30 wind-powered and whimsical whirligigs incorporating scrap metal parts as diverse as pinwheels, planes, stars and a sweet character on a bicycle.

In plane sight

Pilots have been known to fly their single-engine planes from Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia just to enjoy lunch at Low and Slow Smokehouse at Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield.

Prehistoric beasts meet modern activities

Whether you are a kid wowed by dinosaurs or an adult who likes to relax to live music, Sweet Valley Ranch offers a variety of activities for all ages. The animal park is home to more than 350 animals from all over the world. But it’s more than just a place to see animals up close. It also has seasonal events, tours, exhibits and one of the largest outdoor inflatable venues in the state.

The great outdoors

From hiking trails to fishing, Carvers Creek State Park is the perfect place to spend the day.The main access point at Long Valley Farm in Spring Lake opened in 2013. Six years later, the Sandhills …

‘A beautiful spirit’

Demetria Washington Davis says she has had a maternal instinct since her days in college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. That’s where she was given the nickname “Mama Dee” by a fellow track-and-field team member because of her reputation for helping others.

In 1920, Fayetteville boasted one of the largest music schools in eastern North Carolina. This school, known as The Fayetteville Conservatory of Music, occupied the Kyle House at 234 Green St. In …

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