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2023 is North Carolina’s Year of the Trail, and Moore County is commemorating the occasion through the Pinecone Pathways program.

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Marsh Cruises: Cruising the Crystal Coast

Marsh Cruises specializes in custom cruise experiences in the Swansboro and Emerald Isle area of North Carolina. Our family was invited to join Captain Darryl Marsh on his 24 ft. BayRyder Skiff for a completely unique adventure through the salt marshes and backwaters....

Touring Charlotte Motor Speedway

We were recently invited on a behind the scenes tour of Charlotte Motor Speedway, the one of a kind motorsports complex located in Concord, NC. Charlotte Motor Speedway is home to NASCAR races such as the Coca-Cola 600 on their quad oval track. It also hosts the Bank...


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As the proud founder of NC Eat & Play, I want to welcome you to our community. We want to be your destination for local wanderlusting in North Carolina. I created this space to help locals discover great food and activities for sensible budgets and everyday play. I’m proud to serve as a Chief Curator and influencer for North Carolinians, where every day, my team and I highlight and celebrate local businesses and establishments in North Carolina. 

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2023 Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival Recap

2023 Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival Recap NC Eat & Play's 2023 Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival presented by Cheerwine was an absolute blast and our team is endlessly grateful. Grateful for the 1,000+ guests who showed up, for our generous sponsors, and for our...

Hootenanny Interview on WRAL With Megan & Michael

Hootenanny Interview on WRAL With Megan & Michael What can you expect at the Hootenanny? It's exactly what it sounds like. It's a fun southern celebration presented by Cheerwine. There will be plenty of ice-cold Cheerwine to go around! Live bluegrass music, food and drink from more than...

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