North Carolina Bed and Breakfasts

Coastal - Eastern North Carolina

Mountains - Western North Carolina

Piedmont - Central North Carolina

More About North Carolina

Welcome to the Tar Heel State. Although the history of this nickname is not clear, it was once held in negative regard by the state’s inhabitants. Legend has it that the name started around the Civil War when Confederates allegedly “stuck to their ranks like they had tar on their heels”. Another theory comes from the use of tar and pitch was used in the North Carolina naval stores for painting the bottom of ships in an effort to prevent damage to the hulls by shipworms. Besides being steeped in history, today’s North Carolina is a major tourist draw for many reasons, from the Biltmore Estate, The Charlotte Motor Speedway, and a plethora of shopping outlets. The Appalachian Mountains also draw millions of tourists per annum, with all of the outdoor recreation you can imagine. Home of the Krispy Kreme Donut, this state has deep roots in cuisine and fancy themselves as pork BBQ aficionados. However, the BBQ meat of choice is divided by the east and western parts of the state. Western uses pork butt, while the easterners use the whole hog. The annual Lexington Barbecue Festival draws thousands each fall. More to see is Historic Ocracoke, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, offering 300 miles of waterfalls, historic sites and theme parks. North Carolina has beautiful beaches and many golf courses that line the coast. The historic University of Chapel Hill is located in interior North Carolina and provides a hub for culture.