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North Carolina Butterflies Delight

North Carolina butterflies delight - whether experienced in backyard butterfly gardens or at butterfly houses around the state. Read more on the blog of the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Association | 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.

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Follow the NC Barn Quilt Trail Through the Mountains

Discover the Quilt Barn Trails throughout Western North Carolina. Read more and find resource links on the NC Bed and Breakfast blog |

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.

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North Carolina Berries Delight Tastebuds

Delicious fresh blueberries are easy to freeze and don't lose their flavor. Find recipes on the North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns Association blog |

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.

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Your Best and Brightest Vacation Starts at an NC BnB

The best vacations start at a North Carolina Bed and Breakfast Inns Association member inn. Find your perfect stay and read more on the blog |

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.

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Strawberry Fields Forever

Farmer's Markets and You Pick Farms are a great way to buy and eat locally grown fruits and vegetables in North Carolina.  |

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!

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