North Carolina July 27, 2017
The Small North Carolina Town You’ve Never Thought About Visiting But Should
Tucked away into the eastern region of the state, Elizabethtown is a quaint, small town that many drive through, or know only because of the famous Melvin’s Burgers. While Elizabethtown is indeed one of the best places in the state to get an ‘all the way’ style burger, there’s so much more to this lovely place filled with history.
Located in Bladen County, Elizabethtown is just shy of 4,000 year-round residents. A popular dwelling for families, the charming small town atmosphere is paired with a revitalized historic, downtown district and plenty of natural and manmade things to see and do.
The newly renovated downtown area serves as the meeting spot for residents. Summer music series at Cape Fear Farmer's Market offer plenty of entertainment away from the natural beauty surrounding the town. The next shows include The Legacy Motown Revue (July 27th), Band of Oz (August 10), and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues (August 24).
Popular tourist attractions include Battle of Elizabethtown, Jones Lake State Park and White Lake. The Battle of Elizabethtown took place during the Revolutionary War in September 29, 1781, and established the small town as we know it today. The Battle is a source of pride for many residing in the town, with a marker indicating where it took place. For one of the most historic places here, check out the Tory Hole Battleground. Here you'll find a park, pathways dotted with historical markers, an amphitheater, and playground.
Of course a must-stop staple is Melvins. Since 1938 it has been THE place to get a Carolina style dog or hot dog. The line might get long but the wait is always worth it.
It's hard to say no to a cheeseburger that looks that delicious. For one of the best burgers you'll have in North Carolina, save up your appetite for a stop here.
You'll find Melvin's at 133 W Broad St, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
If you're more into the finer things, there's also Cape Fear Winery.
Featuring dining, live music, wine events, event spaces for weddings and other parties, exploring the vineyard or doing a tasting; there's plenty to keep you occupied.
If you want to sip some vino and relax into the night, there's gorgeous lakeside cabins available for rental. The cottages are exquisite and tastefully designed, fitting right in to the winerie's aesthetic. Perfect for two, it's a great romantic getaway. Each cottage features its own flair and theme letting guest choose the vibe they're going for. There's the seaside inspired Shoals, the whimsical Cloud Nine, the simply elegant Carriage Cottage and the romantic, victorian-esque Cape Fear Bridal Cottage.
195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
With so much food, history, and fine wine you must walk it off somehow. A great place to do just that is Jones Lake State Park. The area started as a private land tract for lowland farmers and attracted much population growth and industry up until the Great Depression. In 1939 the property was owned by the state of North Carolina and also became the first state park for African Americans.
Today the park is fully established and offers much to see and do. There's a small beach for sunbathing and swimming. Other popular activities include boating, fishing, and exploring the 2,208-acres including the bay lakes of Jones Lake and Salters Lake.
For more information on booking a room at Cape Fear Winery, click here.
What a lovely place this is! Who knew Elizabethtown had so much to offer? Have you visited here before, what are some of your favorite things to do here?
Of course we couldn’t forget to mention White Lake, but we’ve already written
a comprehensive guide to visiting and also how a mysterious crystal clear lake came to be in eastern North Carolina.