Oct06

There are endless things to do and sites to see all year round in North Carolina. However, autumn is an especially beautiful season in our state. In fact, there are so many things to do this fall, it’s hard to narrow them down. We want to help. Here are some of the top things to do in NC this fall.

Sample Some Hard Cider

You can sample hard ciders all over the state, but here are a few fan favorites:

Bull City Ciderworks

Try Off Main, their original hard apple cider. You can’t go wrong with a classic! Or if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you will enjoy Sweet Carolina, infused with local honey. Check out their menu for more delicious options.

Flat Rock Cider Company

Their motto is “Orchard to the Glass” for a reason. They grow their own apples and blueberries and source other ingredients from the local community. Flat Rock’s year-round ciders are delicious, but keep an eye out for their incredible seasonal ciders as well! 

Black Mountain Cider + Mead

Black Mountain Cider + Mead takes their cider process very seriously. With heavy influence from England, they craft their beverages with such care and attention to detail, it is unmatched. 

See the Beautiful Fall Foliage

There is no shortage of awe-inspiring views in our state. If you want to see the fall colors from a mountain-top (and who wouldn’t?!), these are the best fall views in North Carolina.

Blue Ridge Mountains

Take a drive up Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ll be amazed by the diversity of colors you see. If you want more time to soak it all in, there are tons of hiking trails with incredible views as well.

Blowing Rock

Located just 15 minutes from Boone, Blowing Rock is a great place for everyone! Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, arts, museums, food and drinks, or shopping, you will enjoy Blowing Rock. 

Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States, and for good reason! Scenic drives, gorgeous hiking trails, and breath-taking waterfalls. What more could you ask for?!

Go to a Pumpkin Patch

What is fall without pumpkins? Sure, you could go pick one up from the grocery store down the road, but what fun is that? Nothing beats going to a pumpkin patch and picking one fresh off the vine.

Hubbs Farm

Located in Clinton, Hubbs Farm is one of North Carolina’s favorite pumpkin patches. Every year, they create an unimaginably unique cornfield to get completely lost in, on top of 20 other attractions.

DJ’s Berry Patch

Although it is known for its juicy strawberries, DJ’s Berry Patch also grows pumpkins, along with several other fall fruits and vegetables. Whether you need pumpkins for Halloween jack-o-lanterns or Thanksgiving pies, DJ’s has what you need.

Johnny Wilson Farm

Granite Falls is home to this eventful pumpkin patch. Pick apples, pet farm animals, enjoy a 20 minute tram ride, find your way through a 3-acre cornfield, and at the end of your visit, all paying guests get to pick out their own pumpkin!

Visit a Haunted Attraction

Marr Branch Haunted House

Based on hundreds of Google and Facebook reviews, this is one of the best haunted attractions in North Carolina. It is very fun, very scary, and very affordable. It is rare to find a high quality haunted house for only $20!

Kersey Valley Spookywoods

This attraction also has a huge, nationwide fanbase. Kersey Valley has over 1,000 5-star reviews on Google! Its themed stages include Murder of Crows, Leon’s Chop Shop, and Teddy’s Playhouse.

Haunted Forest at Panic Point

This attraction is not for the faint on heart. Rated as a PG-13 event, Panic Point is a terrifying and thrilling adventure. Some of their most popular attractions are Howling Hayride, Dark Trail, and Killers in the Corn.

Whether you like the spookier side of the season, being surrounded by changing leaves, or enjoying traditional Autumn food and drinks, North Carolina has something for everyone this Fall. 


If you’re looking for a relaxing break away from it all, we’d love to welcome you to the Inn on Bath Creek. Call us on 252-923-9571 to request your room today. Alternatively, click here to contact us online.

Staycation
Apr30

Many of us enjoy traveling somewhere for our vacation. Upon arrival, it’s easy to forget the headache that may have come as part of planning a holiday away. Planning your travel, finding accommodation, budgeting your trip – a vacation involves a bit of work!

When you think about it, the reason we go on vacation is to get away and recharge. Sure, it’s great to see new places and try new food, but R&R is what many of us are after. If you’re in need of a vacation, but can’t actually get away, a staycation could be the perfect choice for you. 

What is a Staycation? 

Put quite simply, a staycation is a vacation where you get to stay at home. That’s right, you don’t actually have to go anywhere. You may think this is impossible or pointless. After all, the point of a vacation is GO somewhere, right? Wrong! The goal of any vacation is to have fun and relax! Staycations can actually be just as exciting and refreshing as a normal vacation (if you do it right, of course).

Do You Need a Staycation?

Most of us spend our day to day lives running from one place to the next. The list of chores seems never ending. Is it time for you to take a break? While a vacation away may not be on the cards for you, you can still enjoy a staycation. Here are some signs you need a staycation. 

Everything and everyone is getting on your nerves: You’re normally a pretty happy person but lately, you’ve been irritable. You’ve always loved your co-worker’s jokes, but recently they’ve become unbearable. The sound of birds singing used to make you smile but now all you do is cringe.

You’re on autopilot: You’re just going through the motions of your life. Wake up. Eat. Go to work. Eat. Come home from work. Eat. Go to bed. Wash, rinse, and repeat every day. You feel like you’re trapped in a monotonous time loop.

Everything feels like it’s “too much”: There are bills to pay, mouths to feed, and a to-do list that seems to get twice as long every time you check it. Life can be overwhelming. It feels like you’re one minor inconvenience away from having a mental breakdown.

You’re always tired: Even when you get your 8 hours of sleep, you never feel rested. You wake up tired, roll out of bed, and spend the rest of your day wishing it was bedtime already.

You’ve become a workaholic: You have a bad habit of bringing your work home. You’re glued to your phone checking emails, talking to your co-workers, and doing research because you just had a great idea in the shower. This is supposed to be your time to unwind and spend time with loved ones.

How Could This Benefit You?

A staycation doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, there are many benefits to choosing a staycation over a getaway.

Save money: Choosing a staycation over a traditional vacation can easily save you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. You’re saving money on hotels, gas, and travel expenses. The only things you really have to worry about are food and entertainment.  

More time to relax: Since you don’t have to worry about traveling, you have way more time to relax.

Easier and quicker to plan: You don’t have to buy plane tickets, book a hotel, or sort through all the tourist attractions. You don’t even need to get permission from your boss because you can have a staycation over the weekend!

No packing: The only thing worse than packing is unpacking. With a staycation, you don’t need to do either.

No travel anxiety: Traveling is stressful. Traffic. Airports. Layovers. Ugh. If going on vacation is going to make you MORE stressed, what’s the point? Stay home!

What Do You Do on a Staycation?

Take a walk: Whether it’s at a local park or just around your neighborhood, taking walks has been proven to relieve stress and make you happier.

Take a guilt-free nap: You deserve one!

Get some sun: Grab your favorite drink, play your favorite music, or pick a book and lay out in the sun. It’s the best source of Vitamin D which decreases depression and improves your immune system.

Try a new recipe: Sometimes we get in the habit of cooking/eating the same thing over and over again and it gets boring. Spice it up a little! Here’s one of our favorites.

Read a book: If there’s a book you’ve been wanting to read, now’s the time!

Have fun in your backyard: You can play sports, plant a garden, or start a fire and roast marshmallows. Get creative!

Movie night: Get popcorn, candy, your favorite drinks, turn out the lights and enjoy your home theater.

Game night: Time to dust off those old games in the closet! Hopefully you have all the pieces…

Start a project: There are thousands of DIY projects you can find on YouTube and Pinterest. Here are a few ideas!

Reflect: Take this time to think about yourself. Who are you? How do you feel? What are you grateful for? Reevaluating your situation and perspective will help you feel refreshed after your staycation is over.