FALL HIKING

Fall can be one of the most spectacular times of the year for walking and hiking. When you think of hiking in North Carolina, your mind likely goes to the Blue Ridge Mountains where the views are nothing short of breathtaking. For some of us, the flatter trails are more favorable, more accessible, and their scenery can be just as intriguing in a different way. There are some absolutely lovely places to hike right here in Brunswick County, NC. Here are a few to consider.

Brunswick Nature Park in Town Creek, NC offers walking and hiking trails, horse riding trails and kayaking trails: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/brunswick-nature-park/profile/)

At the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve in Leland, NC you will find 10 miles of hiking trails:

(http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/ev-henwood-nature-preserve/profile/)

Don’t rule out the coast. In the Town of Oak Island, NC you will find the Environmental Overlook Trails with all the beauty of coastal nature:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/oak-island/environmental-overlook-trails/profile/)

FALL DECORATING – and – A FESTIVAL

Fall is upon us in all it’s glory of trees changing color, incredible sunsets, cooler temperatures and sunny days. Fall festivals are in full swing and Halloween is approaching with it’s parties, trick-or-treating, ghoulish costumes and silly ones. Before long Thanksgiving will arrive and many of us will get together with friends and family to celebrate each other. If you are thinking of decorating for this colorful season, remember that even though you can find decorative seasonal items in national chain stores, there are many independent, locally owned stores in the area where you can find unique decorations for the exterior as well as the interior of your home.

Bridgers Old Fashioned General Store in Southport, NC is a great locally owned shop with goodies galore and more: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/southport/bridgers-old-fashioned-general-store/profile/)

At Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC you will find seasonal decorations as well as decorations for year round display in your home – all made by area artists and artisans: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/sunset-river-marketplace/profile/)

(The Artist’s Chair by Marsha Thomas)

Don’t miss the North Carolina Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach, NC this weekend (October 25 & 26, 2014) where you will find all kinds of arts and crafts for decorating your home – and more! (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/north-carolina-festival-by-the-sea/profile/)

Festival by the Sea Poster