Every single vacation we plan usually revolves around food—there are few exceptions. Last summer’s trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, despite the fact that this was a very different style of vacation, was no different. And there was plenty of food to be had—drinks, too. So without my usual lengthly pre-amble, let’s do it. Wilmington, NC While Wilmington isn’t counted as a destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway, (far from it, actually), it was where we began our trip. We’d never pass up an opportunity to revisit the place where we made our first home together, and, when we found out Shakey Graves was playing a night there, nothing was gonna keep me away. Dock Street Oyster Bar Since we scored an awesome house to stay in downtown, it was a short walk to Dock Street Oyster Bar for a pre-concert dinner. Though it’s been in business 18 years, we’d never once been in our college years. I loved the casual environment and simple, well-prepared food. On our plates: The Dock Street Steamer Platter (lots of seafood, corn, and potatoes—I ate lots of …
Highlights from the ultimate road trip
The visit, views, and vines.
In which we rediscover our hometown while celebrating a milestone birthday.