A Weekend in the Heart of North Carolina | Randolph County
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.
NORTH CAROLINA RANDOLPH COUNTY: WHERE TO STAY
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.
On my second night, I stayed in The Summit Room. The second-floor bedroom has one queen size bed with matching yellow and blue floral print comforter and window treatments. Although it is the smallest of the four rooms, I found it absolutely cozy. The Summit is ideal for the solo traveler and couples. It is nestled away from the other two rooms on the second floor, which provides additional privacy. As well as having its own bathroom, a couch sits outside of the room which serves as a sitting area to read or relax. As you walk outside of your designated room, masks are required in the halls and other shared living areas.
Marcia prepares her guests for a delightful breakfast each day. During my stay, some of the items that she prepared included white chocolate raspberry scones, yogurt, and granola fruit parfaits, stuffed French toast, and more. The B&B also has a coffee and drink station on both the first and second floors. If you crave a snack at some point in the day, I love how Marcia has a nook near the refrigerator equipped with chocolates, popcorn, and other snacks. If you are lucky like I was during my stay, she might prepare her Almond Joy Cake! If she does, pair the cake with some individual ice cream treats that she has in the freezer.