Nothing says summer like picnics–just as this summer is starting to heat up, grab your blankets and head out to your closest park or scenic spots in order to partake in National Picnic Day on June 18th. However, there is a catch: June 18th is also National Splurge Day. National Splurge Day is simply a day where you can treat yourself excessively, to anything you want, and to however much you want. To ensure you participate in the celebration of both events, here are some of NC egg’s favorite picnic spots around North Carolina, and some tasty dessert recipes that not only travel well, but also provide you with the necessary calories to splurge on in the sun.
For those living in the eastern part of the state, Carolina Beach is an ideal spot for a relaxing picnic on the beach. One of the unique features about Carolina Beach is Freeman Park, where you can drive onto the beach and set up camp. Pick a day where the wind is minimal and pack a basket full of delicious finger foods! A great picnic recipe that’s not only easy to eat on the beach, but also semi-beach themed is Raspberry Coconut Bites. (For more information on Carolina Beach, visit http://www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com/things-to-do/freeman-park-recreation-area) http://ncegg.org/recipes/raspberry-coconut-bites/
If the beach isn’t your picture perfect picnic spot, head north to Pilot Mountain, home of the Pilot Mountain State Park. For those that live in the Winston-Salem area, this destination is only about 30 minutes away. There, you can experience the rolling hills remnant of the ancient Suratown Mountains. With over 3,000 acres of land, you can be sure to find the picnic spot of your dreams. A wonderful picnic companion for this trip has to be the Chocolate Cheesecake because nothing is more Pilot-Mountain-Shaped! (For more about Pilot Mountain State Park, visit http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/pimo/main.php ) http://ncegg.org/recipes/chocolate-cheesecake-recipe-custom-post-type/
A relatively unknown gem located in Durham is the Eno River State Park, just a quick 40-minute drive from Raleigh, and even shorter drive from Chapel Hill and Hillsboro. Camping, canoeing, fishing and hiking are some of the activities you can enjoy along the winding, shallow stream. While you’re moving around so much, nothing is easier to pack in a backpack for hiking or a dip in the river than some Lemon Pound Cake. (For more about the Eno River State Park, visit http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/main.php ) http://ncegg.org/recipes/lemon-pound-cake/
Ever wish you could go on a safari but can’t afford to travel across the world? Located only 40 minutes from Greensboro, the Lazy 5 Farm Ranch will transport you to an African Safari right in Mooresville, North Carolina. The 3.5 mile long drive-through safari lets you get up close and personal with a plethora of exotic animals. Don’t be alarmed if an ostrich pops its’ head inside your car to say hello and take a bit of feed from your hand! After you’ve fed all the animals, treat yourself to a sweet snack with simply delicious Blueberry Bonanaza. (For more on the Lazy 5 Farm Ranch, visit http://www.lazy5ranch.com/) http://ncegg.org/recipes/blueberry-bonanza/