2023 is North Carolina’s Year of the Trail, and Moore County is commemorating the occasion through the Pinecone Pathways program.
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....
Local Veteran Gets a Free Roof from A&M Premier Roofing & Construction
On May 17, 2023, NC Eat & Play joined A&M Premier Roofing & Construction for a neighborhood ceremony in Clayton to award a local Veteran a full roof replacement. Megan with NC Eat & Play with A&M Premier's Video Producer, Sivys Almeida. Victor...
B&W Hardware : Wake Forest’s Favorite Hardware Store Since 1949
B&W Hardware has been a staple in the Wake Forest community for almost 75 years. Family-owned and operated, the hardware store was there when Megan walked the sidewalks of downtown as a kid. It still stood long before that, being one of the oldest remaining...
Where to eat in Charlotte NC | My Favorite Restaurants!
Some people may picture race cars when they think of Charlotte, but not me. I picture food and lots of it. Where to eat in Charlotte is a question with endless correct answers and I want to experience each and every one. As the largest city in North Carolina, their...
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...
NASCAR in North Carolina: An Overview
NASCAR has its history rooted deep in the state of North Carolina, making it one of the most iconic sports in the state. I personally didn’t know much about the sport but wanted to more fully educate myself because of that connection. After doing some research, I’m...
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Hi, I am Megan.
CHIEF CURATOR / TASTER / EXPLORER
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.
Like many, I consider my home the center of everything. I live in the greater Raleigh area where many of the food and play stories are naturally covered, but not all. I have a large audience following us from all over the state, and I participate in covering cities and towns far and wide as much as possible.
“We wholeheartedly want to inspire others to live abundantly local and enjoy all the riches of North Carolina.” – Megan Nichols
Homewood Nursery And Garden Center | Raleigh’s Most Beloved Plant Store
Homewood Nursery and Garden Center has been the go to plant nursery for Raleigh residents since 1967. Their extensive selection, quality product, and helpful staff are just a few reasons for that. I myself have fond memories of going on Saturday morning Homewood trips...
A Day Trip to Durham via NC By Train
One of our favorite ways to switch up and add excitement to our family day trips is to travel through NC By Train. Raleigh Union Station is a stop on the Piedmont line and we could ride the train all the way to Charlotte, though we prefer shorter trips with our young...
2023 Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival Recap
https://youtu.be/QssxAOlZyA8 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
https://youtu.be/0Hqb3QQgyho 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...
NC EAT & Play’s 2023 Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival Presented by Cheerwine
NC Eat & Play's 2023 Spring Hootenanny & Foodie Festival presented by Cheerwine is going to be an evening you don't want to miss! GET YOUR TICKETS! Taking place on April 15 from 5:30-8:30 at Phillips Farms of Cary, this community event is a celebration of the...
Moore County’s Pinecone Pathways : What You Need to Know
2023 is North Carolina's Year of the Trail, and Moore County is commemorating the occasion through the Pinecone Pathways program. Year of the Trail was created to highlight the importance of trails, greenways of blueways across this great state. Goals of the program...