It’s official. 2014 is a great year to be a butterfly in North Carolina! NC State Parks even proclaimed this the Year of the Lepidoptera (aka butterflies and moths). Because it took such a long time for spring to finally show itself this year, caterpillars got a late start.
That means August is showtime for butterfly spotting all across the state. Whether you’re visiting North Carolina on vacation or you’re lucky enough to be a NC resident exploring new places around the state, you’ll find dozens of ways to enjoy and appreciate these amazing beauties.
Photo by Paula Roberts of Old Maid’s Ramble quilt square on Bill Buckner Barn — the first barn quilt to go up in Yancey County, NC
Back in 2001, when Donna Sue Groves painted a wooden block in a quilt pattern and hung it on the outside of her barn to honor her mom (a quilter), she had no idea that over the next thirteen years, that would become the inspiration for largest grassroots public arts movement in history.
Donna’s homage to her mother has spread to 48 states and as far north as Canada. But, what most folks don’t realize is that the largest concentration of quilt blocks in the U.S. is right here in the mountains of Western North Carolina where you’ll find over 200 quilt squares on nine official quilt trails.
If you’re lucky enough to be staying at one of our member North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns over the next few weeks, we predict you’ll be sampling fresh-picked blueberries on the breakfast menu. According to the NC Agriculture Commissioner, the state’s blueberry crop will be one of the best in years and blueberries should be available for picking into July.
With summer right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your “V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N!”
Summer vacation brings with it significant expectations for relaxation, fun and excitement. When deciding where to stay on your vacation, most of us automatically factor in things like location, cost and amenities.
But what about safety, comfort, quality and cleanliness? Do you just assume that any place you select will have passed an “inspection” of some sort? We’re sad to report, that is NOT a safe assumption — and it’s one that can spoil your best laid plans for a worry-free time of fun and rejuvenation.
How we wish the red, juicy, “fresh-from-the-fields” strawberry season in North Carolina could last forever.
Depending on weather and temperature ranges, the strawberry picking season in NC starts in late April and, in certain parts of the state, will stretch into the first or second week of June. It is a glorious time to be alive!