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ost travelers in Colonial America had to rely on local folks they found along the way who would rent them a room for the night and possibly share a meal. In fact, it wasn’t until there were railroads and, later, interstate highways crisscrossing the nation, that lodging for travelers became a commercial industry. However, in one of those swings of the cultural pendulum, a new “old” trend began to blossom in the 1980s and 90s, with the rising popularity of bed and breakfast inns, what we now usually call B&Bs. It’s estimated that there are currently 17,000 B&Bs in America. For some of the owners, running a B&B is a way of turning an unused part of their homes into a money maker. Others simply love meeting people from different places or savoring the lifestyle as hosts. For travelers who like to avoid, or are tired of, cookie-cutter accommodations, staying at a B&B offers a unique experience. Hosts can provide insights into the local environment that a hotel clerk may not, and the opportunity for guests to meet each other around the breakfast table can enliven the experience of traveling. As a mathematics major in Utah, David Fernandez never imagined himself one day owning a B&B in a small North Carolina town. The road he traveled to Seagrove was a long one, one that left behind mathematics and led him to success in the world of pottery. “I realized that most of the places where I was selling my pottery were in the East,” Fernandez says. “I marked on a map where they were and the connecting lines intersected in central North Carolina.”

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Seagrove Stoneware Inn 336-707-9124

OutreachNC February 2016