AMERICA'S HOMETOWN PICNIC
Have you made summer road-trip plans, yet? During our broadcast of America's Hometown Picnic, several #FayNCBloggers will be hosting a live show-and-tell of their favorite outdoor attractions, take-out spots, and local shops off I-95. Join us online at noon on Saturday, June 27th, right here: https://bit.ly/3esyaaA. Then prepare for these Fayetteville experts to inspire your road-trip plans to our most scenic and tastiest places! (Learn more about all of those special places below.)
On our America’s Hometown Picnic, we are pulling off I-95 first at Exit 61, where Wendi Iacobello, the face behind Strength 4 Spouses, is showing off her town of Wade, their park, and take-out from a local favorite in nearby Eastover. Wade Community Park is located in the northern part of Cumberland County's gorgeous farmland, just 1 mile off the interstate. This scenic green space makes for the perfect family picnic destination, with an onsite shelter, playground, and walking track.
Stop #2 on our America's Hometown Picnic has us pulling off I-95 at Exit 58 and heading 19 miles down the highway to our Carvers Creek State Park. Town of Spring Lake resident Maria McDonald is live for a show-and-tell of this magnificent outdoor oasis, the farmland and estate once owned by the John D. Rockefeller family. Wroughtirony who formally trained as a chef in Texas, knows excellent barbecue when she sees it, so her picnic basket is full of some 'cue from a nearby Spring Lake treasure, plus other local tastiness.
We're taking our third detour off I-95 at Exit 58 on Saturday and heading 13 miles down the highway to J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center. Fayetteville’s second-largest regional park is in the heart of the city, near the home of Tiffany Haywood, and boasts one of the highest waterfalls east of the mountains. In addition to this park’s onsite nature center, playground, and walking trails, it also offers adventurous travelers dedicated mountain-biking trails. TheMrsTee is grabbing takeout from a popular restaurant nearby and packing a picnic for her and her husband to enjoy before they hit the Cape Fear River Trail for some exercise.
Now it is Go Fayetteville’s turn to take you on an I-95 detour! For our fourth America's Hometown Picnic stop, we are taking Exit 56 and driving just 5 miles to Riverside Dog Park. This convenient spot is where travelers and locals let their pups run off their energy under the shade of stately pines and oaks. If it’s a warm day, the doggie “splash pad” area helps them cool off. Jenny Bell, Melissa Nelson from CityView Magazine, and Yoshi the Dachshund do a show-and-tell of this lovely park and an epic Southern picnic spread from nearby eateries.
Next, let us pop into Rowan Park with Kellie Artis, of MILLIE. This green space is just 8 miles off I-95’s Exit 56, on the outskirts of our charming Haymount Historic District and Cool Spring Downtown District. Kellie frequents this city park with her family for its fantastic playground and picnic pavilion, but skateboarders also love it for its brand-new, inground concrete design with banks, ledges, streets, and bowls. You will also learn about Kellie’s favorite barbecue joint, which is just a short walk down the road from this park, because you simply cannot visit North Carolina without trying our ‘cue!
Our final I-95 detour is taking place at Exit 41 with Jeanne Marie Hoffman. Less than 1 mile from that exit is Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, known as “North Carolina’s I-95 Brewery.” Le Chic Geek, a BoardingArea travel blogger, is a big fan of Dirtbag for many reasons, not the least of which is their craft beer. On their 5-acre complex in the countryside of Hope Mills, you will find a dog park, kid’s playground, sports field, weekly farmers market, and much more. Jeanne Marie is ordering some deliciousness from Dirtbag’s onsite restaurant and visiting food truck before she spreads out a blanket on their spacious lawn for a picnic, brewery style.