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Raleigh, North Carolina

 Spend some time in Raleigh and don’t forget to stop by these popular places!

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NC State Capitol

Learn a little bit about the history of North Carolina’s government. This building is currently home to the office of the governor- Governor Pat McCrory.

Source: http://www.ncstatecapitol.org/

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NC Museum of History 

Calling all history fans! This is a “don’t miss” stop where you can learn about the history of the Tarheel State.

Source: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g49463-d144856-Reviews-North_Carolina_Museum_of_History-Raleigh_North_Carolina.html

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Walnut Creek Amphitheater

Catch a show or listen to a concert at Raleigh’s amphiteater. A favorite spot to relax and unwind from the day.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Walnut-Creek-Amphitheatre/59285/

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NC State University 

Anyone else a Wolfpack fan? Visit the campus of NC State University and join the Pack!

Source: https://www.ncsu.edu/

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Historic Yates Mill County Park

This wildlife park is perfect for a hike or just a picnic by the pond. The park features an 18th century water-powered mill that is still in operation.

Source: http://www.visitraleigh.com/listings/Historic-Yates-Mill-County-Park/59141/

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A Southern State of Mind

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Today, Country Belle Chic is packing up our bags and heading to Hilton Head Island, S.C.! Did you know the island is located on the Intracoastal Waterway and includes 42 square miles of semi-tropical landscape? Test your knowledge of this favorite Lowcountry travel destination below.

1: Hilton Head Island is named after Captain William Hilton. In 1663, Hilton found an island near the entrance to the Port Royal Sound. He named this land “Hilton’s Head” after himself.

2: The island was an important base of operations for the Union blockade of the Southern ports during the Civil War.

3: The Town of Hilton Head Island gained local and state government status in 1983.

4: There are over 12 miles of beaches.

5: The island is a foot-shaped barrier and is located approximately 45 miles north of Savannah, Ga., 90 miles south of Charleston, S.C., and 30 miles south of Beaufort, S.C.

Source: http://www.hiltonheadchamber.org/press-and-media/fast-facts

Top Five Things You Need to Know about Today’s Country Music News

When it came to finding an idea for my post today, let’s just say it wasn’t easy. The country music world was full of things! So, I decided to give you a brief post on the top 5 things you needed to know about country music for Monday, January 13.

1. Dierks Bentley finally let us in on just how cute his son, Knox, is by sharing the below picture. Knox was born this past fall. Such a sweetheart! (And I mean, both Dierks and Knox)

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Source: http://theboot.com/dierks-bentley-son-knox-photo/

2. Tim McGraw released his new single ‘Lookin’ for That Girl.’ The track will go on sale on iTunes January 21. You can take an exclusive first listen: http://music-mix.ew.com/2014/01/13/tim-mcgraw-lookin-for-that-girl/

3. It was a big day for McGraw! In addition to his new single, he broke the news he is heading back on tour! His 2014 Sundown Heaven Town Tour will kick off in May. See what stops McGraw will be making: http://tasteofcountry.com/tim-mcgraw-2014-sundown-heaven-town-tour/

4. That Girl is Jennifer Nettles’ new solo album, due out tomorrow. In a statement with Billboard, Nettles said “By the time the record comes out, I will have been writing for it for about four years,.” 

Source:http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/5869523/jennifer-nettles-talks-solo-debut-that-girl

5. Happy Birthday, Trace Adkins! The ‘Ladies Love Country Boys’ singer turned 52 today. 

 

 

Willie Robertson…Before the Beard

Willie Robertson…Before the Beard

Thanks to PEOPLE magazine and Willie and Korie Robertson, Duck Dynasty fans can take part in reliving Christmases past through a personal photo album of the Robertsons at Christmas time. From Willie being the Grinch to skiing on the slopes, … Continue reading

A Recap of the CMA Awards in Pictures

Last night, country music took over the world by storm with 47th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without Willie and Jase Robertson, from Duck Dynasty, twerking their way to present the first award. Relive the country magic with a mini-recap in pictures from the 47th Annual CMA Awards!  (There were tons more pictures to add, but I had to keep it short 🙂 ) 

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Before the night even begun, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were caught practicing their dance moves in the men’s bathroom for their opening performance. Source: Instagram

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Let the twerking begin…and the show. Source: Korie Robertson, Instagram

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Not a dry eye in the audience as Luke Bryan sings “Drink a Beer” as a tribute to his late brother and sister. Source: Pinterest

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The big winners of the night. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert took home Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year for Shelton’s Based on a True Story. Source: Google

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Like any award show, there is always a picture of someone being a poor sport. Sorry, Kasey Musgraves, your look of disgust was caught as Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year. Don’t worry, you are still very young and have time to win next year. Source: Instagram

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Another tribute that brought the audience to tears. Alan Jackson and George Strait honored George Jones in a beautiful performance of “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” Source: Country Music Association

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Congratulations to the king of country music, George Strait, on winning Entertainer of the Year. The last time Strait won this award was in 1990. A perfect award as the cowboy rides away. Source: Instagram

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Hope to see everyone back next year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, hopefully hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMA comedy duo. Source: Google

For a complete list of winners: http://countrymusicnation.com/41215/full-list-cma-award-winners/#sthash.VbRMRaoL.MGg0KrNY.dpbs