Diane Villa, the North Carolina Zoo’s Director of Communications and Marketing, refers to The Heart of North Carolina as “The best-kept secret that does not want to be secret”.  Even if the beaches and mountains of North Carolina get the most fanfare,  The Heart of North Carolina boasts a provincial romantic beauty and intrigue that should not be missed.  Whether you are searching for a lovely weekend escape or are in need of a family-friendly getaway, Randolph County has it all.  Most importantly, for this foodie, The Heart of NC has several culinary venues that rank among the best in North Carolina and the nation.


The Duck Smith House Bed & Breakfast

Marcia and Mark Willette are the owners of The Duck Smith House Bed and Breakfast, a cozy farmhouse retreat.  Prior to my stay, I did not realize Seagrove was home to this charming B&B.   The Duck Smith House offers four luxurious rooms, each with its own bathroom. I was fortunate to have experienced a stay in two of them.




On my first night, I stayed in The Waverly Room.  The second-floor room features two full-size beds with matching blue and white comforters and curtains, and a spacious bathroom.  The Waverly can accommodate up to four guests, which is perfect for a girl’s getaway or a family of four.  On top of being comfortably spacious, the room is adorned with two lovely white wicker rocking chairs and white dressers.