Media Trip to The Heart of North Carolina

The Heart of North Carolina has small town vibes with lots of history and stories to tell. But don’t get it twisted…. just because these are small towns, these towns do NOT lack in the food industry and they have great restaurants (especially for foodies and writers) cool shops, places to explore, and more pottery to see than you can ever imagine! I really enjoyed my time here and wanted to share some highlights along the way on this media tour.

When we all arrived, first we got settled into our hotel rooms and before we knew it, we were on our way to our first stop, Thomas Pottery in Seagrove, NC. We were greeted with a beautiful pottery shop, the pottery studio, and nestled on a gorgeous property owned by Bobbie Thomas, a potter, sculptor, and a lover of nature. She specializes in functional and decorative stoneware such as platters, vases, and animals.

                               Bobbie giving us the 411 on making pottery

Being hot and humid as ever, we got the pleasure of trying out some of the finest teas from all over the globe from the owner, Mary Murkin, of Carriage Tea House. She sources her teas from all over the world so she can share with others. It was such a cool treat to try a variety of flavors and enjoying them out of Thomas Pottery pitchers. You can purchase tea on their website at www.carriagehousetea.com

📍 Thomas Pottery    1295 S NC Hwy 705

Seagrove, NC 27341

 

You know a city is growing when you find out about an awesome brewery in Asheboro called Four Saints Brewery. A brewery founded by Joel McClosky and Andrew Deming. I loved their slogan as we entered their space, “Great beer for great people”. This brewery was created to pay homage to the patron saints of beer, Saint Wenceslaus, Saint Nicholas, Saint Augustine of Hippo, and Saint Luke. For me, this brewery I was so intrigued by due to this was all started because of Kickstarter, the largest successful brewery kickstarter campaign ever. Once was a Buick dealership turned brewery in 2015, this was the first brewery in Randolph County. They are a self distributing 7 barrel brew house and their beer is awesome! We sampled beer flights and took a tour back of house. If you are ever in Asheboro, this spot is a must on your list of places to go!

📍 Four Saints Brewery    218 S Fayetteville St

Asheboro, NC 27203

 

Just a few blocks down from Four Saints Brewery is an awesome restaurant called “Bia’s Gourmet Hardware” run by Chef and owner, Bia. This culinary enthusiast has over 20 years in the culinary industry.  She got her experience in NYC, then moved to Asheboro in 2010 and opened the restaurant in 2013. She works closely with local farmers and purveyors across the Carolinas. She has developed all of the recipes and locally sources all her ingredients. You can definitely tell the love that goes into the food. The cuisine is amazing from the cocktails to apps to dessert trays, this place is fantastic!   

📍 Bia’s Gourmet Hardware   103 Worth St

Asheboro, NC 27203

 

 

My favorite spot on this media tour hands down is our morning breakfast stop in downtown Asheboro called “The Table Farmhouse Bakery”. I cannot even tell y’all how floored I was just walking up to the bakery. Best way to describe this space is rustic farmhouse chic. From the gorgeous chandelier that is the focal point of the space to the natural light beaming into the restaurant, it is beyond gorgeous but yet so cozy. This bakery was inspired by the owner, Dustie Gregon, her childhood memories growing up in Sophia, NC. She grew up on eating fresh vegetables from the garden and seeing the way her parents guests were welcomed in their home and found a love for embracing the community. The pastries are out of this world and what sold me, was their iced lattes with homemade syrups. I opted for an iced latte with oat milk and homemade honey cinnamon syrup. Wow…. the best I’ve had and coming from a coffee snob, this took the cake!

Not only is this a bakery, but they have a menu as well offering items from granola with fresh fruit to grit bowls that are so so delicious! This bakery opened in 2013 and this is definitely a community favorite! Add this to your list as you are missing out if you don’t stop by here!

📍139 S. Church Street    Asheboro, NC 27203

 

With full bellies and a happy heart, we ventured to Owens Pottery and what a treat this was to meet Potter Boyd Owens. He operates the oldest pottery shop in the state of NC and he is the son of the infamous Seagrove Pottery, M.L. Owens. They are famous for the Owens red glaze. Basically for all my fashionistas, it’s like the equivalent to the Christian Louboutin red soles. Everybody can spot the Owens red glaze!

📍 3728 Busbee Rd     Seagrove, NC 27341

 

 

At Seagrove Stoneware making our own pottery with my blogger friend Rachel, QueenCityChic.

 

On this trip, it is amazing to hear all the stories being told and seeing all the different artists and their style of pottery making. King’s Pottery specializes in traditional and functional pottery such as vases and tableware but best known for their folk art face jugs.

Folk art face jug that Terry made for us. These types of jugs have been featured on Antiques Roadshow as folk art appraisers.

📍4905 Reeder Road     Asheboro, NC 27205

 

Two words…. Reverie Place…. Richard Petty Family Estate that is the personal home and farm of Richard “The King” Petty and the late Lynda Owens Petty. This gorgeous estate is located in Randleman, NC  

This estate also is a destination for weddings or any kind of event. Getting a tour of the entire property by Richard Petty’s daughters, this space is the perfect location to get married or throw a huge event. You can find more details on their website www.reverie-place.com

📍Reverie Place    514 Providence Church Road

Randleman, NC 27317

 

Last spot on this media tour was none other than The North Carolina Zoo! As you can imagine I felt like a lil kid in a candy store! Probably haven’t been to a zoo since circa 1989, LOL. You can prob figure out my age by that statement 🤣🤣🤣. This zoo is situated near the Uwharrie Mountains and it is the world’s largest zoo. You can get up close to elephants, rhinos, and arctic polar bears! They even have Safari tours of a 40 acre habitat that you can experience on a Zoofari Vehicle.

Inside the Zoo I would never in a million years think that the zoo would have high quality food and restaurants. But I was wrong. The picture above is from Iron Hen Cafe. A yummy bowl of grits topped with bacon, green onions, and goat cheese! Breakfast at Iron Hen Cafe is run by chef Mark Hensley. The cafe is known for their hand crafted sandwiches, salads, grits, and pancakes! Needless to say, I was pretty impressed by what he offered us that morning!

📍North Carolina Zoo   4401 Zoo Parkway

Asheboro, NC 27205

www.nczoo.org

Such a great way to end the tour of Asheboro, Seagrove, and Randleman North Carolina. If you want a quick weekend to get out of the city, I highly recommend exploring into Asheboro and other surrounding counties.

 

XOXOXO,

The Sweet Seoul

 

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