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beamer
11-20-2005, 05:31 PM
My son will be arriving in New River North Carolina in a couple days for school. Thought I'd see if anyone here is familiar with the area & might have suggestions on interesting places to see & do, historical stuff, whatever.

Thanks,
Tim

WillBrink
11-20-2005, 05:44 PM
My son will be arriving in New River North Carolina in a couple days for school. Thought I'd see if anyone here is familiar with the area & might have suggestions on interesting places to see & do, historical stuff, whatever.

Thanks,
Tim

I don't have an answer for you as I have not been there. Always wanted to check out Chapel Hill myself. Many people from the north east are moving south to places like NC as you can get FAR more for your $$$$ there is land and housing, etc.

erp7e
11-21-2005, 03:51 AM
I have some family (including my mom in Winston-Salem) and friends in North Carolina and have been there quite a bit. Where your son will be is probably about an hour from Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, which is a really nice beach and there's a lot of stuff to do.

There are a lot of cool cities in NC, including Charlotte and the Chapel Hill/Raleigh/Durham area, but you will not really be close to them. If you are into Civil War and historical stuff there is plenty around to that end, including some stuff in Goldsboro that I recall. Western NC is beautiful with the mountains and outdoor stuff to do and all if you are into that. Really it depends what you are into. In general, there is great eating everywhere in NC, and in my opinion the best pork barbecue in the nation (close race with Tennessee though). I will have to go with Texas for the best beef barbecue, but I digress.

If you are used to the northeast, the mid-atlantic states will seem a lot more laid back and easygoing, and with nicer people and better food! I spent four years in Virginia and loved it.

JHalstead
11-21-2005, 02:25 PM
Better food? I spent a week down there earlier this year interviewing for a job and catching the Myrtle Beech bike rally week (cruisers, not crotch-rockets). Some very neat countryside down there, and even the drive down I-75 was beautiful. But everywhere I went it seemed to me that every item of food offered was deep fried or dripping grease. It took me two weeks after I got back to fight off the weight I put on down there.

beamer
11-21-2005, 03:03 PM
Did you say BARBECUE? He LOVES to barbecue!!! I've been reading about N.C. & they sure do seem to be proud of their BBQ. He will enjoy that. Goldsboro sounds like a pretty cool place, looks like plenty of neat places to check out close by. I've always wanted to check out the east coast. If he ends up stationed there for a length of time I will definately make a trip out there.

erp7e
11-22-2005, 01:21 AM
Yes, love the barbecue and the fried food. Must be used in moderation if you want to avoid the cardiac catheterization table. But on a weekend here or there it is one of life's simple pleasures.

sean
11-23-2005, 03:16 PM
It ain't a barbeque without beef brisket and red sauce. Damn yankees and their pigs and vinegar. :-)

erp7e
11-27-2005, 07:17 AM
I have to agree that beef brisket, especially as done in Texas, is something to behold.

However, I have never heard anyone refer to people in North Carolina as 'yankees.' This definitely has to be a first.

I can only guess that you've never been there, as this is one of the most 'southern' states I've ever seen, and I've either lived in or spent a good deal of time in many of the southern states. People tend to judge most harshly those things which they know nothing about, and I suspect that is the case here.

As a side note, North Carolina fought on the confederate side in the Civil War (therefore, not a yankee state - sorry that our educational system has failed you).