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May 2022

CityView Magazine - Fayetteville, NC

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18 May 2022 The Carolina Beach boardwalk has shops, restaurants, an arcade and carnival rides during the tourist season. Follow the line to Britts F rom a seaside boardwalk to a state park to award-winning dining and, of course, relaxing beaches, visitors to Carolina Beach will find plenty to keep them busy whether it's for a day or an extended visit. Carolina Beach is about two hours from Fayetteville. If you're planning to spend the day but wonder about parking and cleaning off aer a day of sun and sand, no worries. ere are paid parking lots around town, as well as areas along the boardwalk to shower off before heading home or grabbing a bite to eat. If your time is limited, here are a few places to consider: e boardwalk, named one of America's Best by Food & Wine magazine, has shops, restaurants, an arcade and carnival rides during the tourist season. e smell of fresh waffle cones hangs in the air from one Seaside adventure Carolina Beach has plenty of options for a quick getaway BY LORRY WILLIAMS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL SPENCER of the food shops. But the one place you definitely want to visit is Britts Donut Shop, which has been serving up warm, glazed pastries since 1939. Look for the blue and white awning over the entrance, but the line outside will tell you you're close. Make sure you keep some bills or coins on hand if you plan on getting one of these tasty treats. It's cash only. And at $1 for a single doughnut, it's worth it. Stand outside as you wait for your order and watch the employees put the dough in the fryer, pull the golden doughnuts out and glaze them. Not far from the boardwalk is the marina, where you can book a sunset cruise or charter a fishing boat. Or just take a stroll. You might see a pelican or two, and don't hesitate to talk with the local fishing boat owners to find out the latest on happenings around town or places to visit. As you stroll through town, you can't help but notice the murals that have been painted on the sides of several buildings. e Carolina Beach Mural Project was started in 2020, and so far nine murals have been completed. Each one is distinct. To find out about the artists and the murals — as well as get a map — go to "All of the artists that we commissioned are from North Carolina or live in North Carolina,'' says Maureen Lewis, founder and president of the mural project. "We are supporting local artists.'' When it comes to dining, there are plenty of options to tempt your tastebuds - from mahi tacos to Calabash-style seafood to savory burgers. Several restaurants and bars also have live entertainment. If you're looking for a special place to grab a cold drink and pass the time, e Fat Pelican is worth a stop. e bar boasts a walk-in cooler with 450 types of beer as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Look for the octopus on the roof as you drive along Lake Park Boulevard. Patrons walk into the cooler, pick a drink and then find a space inside or outdoors. e outdoor seating includes part of an old fishing boat. e bar, where the motto is "Beer is love,'' was named one of the "diviest dive bars'' in America in 2015 by an online lifestyles magazine. TWO HOURS AWAY

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