Ah, May. It may just be the best of all the months in the Carolinas. It makes you just want to get out and do something!
Over my thirty years of living here, we’ve often gone to the beach in May. The sun, the surf, and the silence! The crowds haven’t come but the great weather has. One of our favorites is Oak Island, because it is one of the few Carolina Beaches that allows dogs on leash on the beach 24/7, and has hundreds of dog-friendly rentals.
You may be looking to stay closer to home this May, though, so look no further than here to see what’s happening in your area of the Carolinas.
You could, for example, visit Apple Hill Farm in Banner Elk, North Carolina. This unique, mountaintop alpaca farm offers guided, 45-90-minute walking tours and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the alpacas, llamas, angora goats, guardian donkeys, dogs, a mini-pig and other resident animals. The farm is also home to the largest selection of alpaca products in the High Country of North Carolina with over 20 varieties of alpaca yarn as well as gloves, scarves, socks, sweaters, vests, jackets, hats, stuffed animals and more—so bring some spending money!
If you prefer flora over fauna, spend a day at Sarah Duke Gardens in Durham, NC, a hidden gem open to the public, which offers camps, concerts and other activities in the spring. Go to their website to find out what’s in bloom now, pack a picnic and prepare to be amazed.
Even if you don’t like to play golf, I bet you like to eat great food, and the Chef & Maker series in Pinehurst, NC, celebrating North Carolina’s best culinarians and creatives, with chefs from Charlotte, Raleigh and Asheville sounds delicious. The weekend events in a town that is usually a golfers’ destination, include delectable meals, interactive demonstrations, informative workshops, chef dinners and more!
On Saturday, May 20, Mooresville’s Race City Festival, coincides with Charlotte Race Week and features fun and food, antiques, arts and crafts, along with two stages of live entertainment. Enjoy two food courts, beer garden, kids games, face painting, street performers, mascots, free parking and free admission. Downtown merchants, eateries, art galleries and businesses also will be open.
Celebrate our wine heritage on May 27 at Tanglewood Park, in Clemmons at the N.C. Wine Festival. Eat a big breakfast, because gates open and tastings begin at noon and go on until 6:00 pm. Enjoy sampling more than 100 different varieties of North Carolina wines. There will also be live bands, food vendors and exhibitor tents.
If your tastes lean more toward something sudsy in your glass, the Greenville Zoo in Upstate South Carolina is holding it annual Brew in the Zoo the evening of May 26. Brew in the Zoo will showcase 14 breweries and nine food vendors. All proceeds benefit various programs throughout the zoo and $5 per admission ticket will go to the Madagascar Fauna Flora Group.
Music lovers might want to check out the 26th annual Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival in New Prospect, SC. Starting the Thursday night before and continuing all through Memorial Day Weekend, camping is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and included in your ticket price.
There is never a shortage of things to do in our area, but particularly this time of year, so whether is a day trip, a road trip, or a trip to the beach, don’t miss out. Get out there and have some fun, and enjoy your May!