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Destination: Explore the charm and treasure of Selma
An ideal destination for antique enthusiasts, collectors and those looking to escape for a laid back weekend
Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Hinnant Vineyards, located just outside of Selma, is a 30-minute drive from Raleigh. Tours are free. Tastings are just $4 per person.

Located about 30 miles east of Raleigh, Selma is a charming town that was born in the mid 1800s as a railroad town. It’s the home of the country’s first known organized pig picking and the Mitchener Station (built circa 1855), which is believed to be North Carolina’s oldest train station.

With a population of less than 7,000 (40 percent black), Selma is an ideal destination for antique enthusiasts and those seeking to get away for a laid back weekend. The Selma Antiques District offers over 100,000 square feet of antiques and collectables.
After strolling downtown, browsing the various boutiques and antique shops, take a break to enjoy a refreshing beverage from the town’s old fashioned soda fountain.

Then, head out to take the road less traveled and explore the other surrounding towns in Johnston County. You’ll find hiking trails, wineries, outlet malls, fresh markets, farmlands and historic sites.

Shop for miles

The towns of Kenly, Selma, Smithfield, Four Oaks and Benson located along US 301 in Johnston County are holding the inaugural “Endless Yard Sale” June 14-15.

Patterned after the Highway 127 Longest Sale that runs from Michigan to Alabama and inspired by the HGTV television show, the communities along US 301 will join together with vendors offering deals, antiques, collectibles and more along a 30-mile stretch of highway between Kenly and Benson, N.C.

For more information on the event and contacts in each town, visit the official website, www.30 1endlessyardsale.com

Throwback to the past

Open seven days a week, the TWM Antique Mall is one of the largest antique retailers on the East Coast. Here you’ll find a seemingly endless assortment of furniture, collectibles, clocks, bronzes, estate jewelry, dolls, porcelains, pottery, country items, military & Boy Scouts memorabilia, glassware and more. (112 S. Pollock St., Selma, N.C.)

Berry-picking good

Enjoy picking berries with the family during the summer harvesting season at Creekside Farm. This family-owned farm is known for using sound environmental and sustainable agricultural methods.

Stop by during blueberry season, which lasts until August 10, and spend an afternoon picking berries and then stick around for a relaxing picnic. Before you leave, be sure to ask for Creekside’s Blueberry Cobbler recipe. We hear it’s amazing. (300 Pine Tree Road in Selma)

Stogies and cosmetics

JR Discount Outlets has the reputation of being the largest cigar and fragrance outlet in the world. Here, you’ll find an amazing selection of name brand products including cosmetics, household items, books, clothes, toys, candy, fragrances, home décor and more. (67 JR Road in Selma on I-95, Exit 97)

Carolina Premium Outlets

With 80 outlet stores including Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Carolina Pottery, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Gap Outlet, Liz Claiborne New York, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Timberland and Tommy Hilfiger, you are sure to find an impressive deal here. (1025 Industrial Park Drive, Smithfield, N.C. on I-95, Exit 95)

Wine and dine

Stop and sip on wine or buy some jelly as you enjoy the picturesque vineyards and winery at Hinnant Family Vineyards, located just minutes away from Selma in Pine Level.

Hinnant is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina with more than 75 acres of grape vines.

Take in a winery tour and wine tastings and relax on the front porch complete with ceiling fans and oversized wicker chairs. Tours are free. Tastings are $4 per person and include a complimentary wine glass. (826 Pine Level-Micro Road in Pine Level, N.C.)

Pit Stop

Open 24 hours-a-day, Kenly 95 Petro features everything you need to recharge during your road trip including a convenience store, gift shop, ATM, auto accessories, road service, restaurants, private showers, movie theater, TV den room, game room, washers/dryers, and pet wash.

The Truckers Jamboree on June 6-8 features live music, exhibits, BBQ cookout, and more. (I-95 Exit 106)


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