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Dirt Road Adventures: A Week At Kure Beach & Wilmington, NC

Happy Sunday, and welcome to Dirt Road Adventures: A Week At Kure Beach & Wilmington, NC! This is where we review all the exciting events behind the scenes, on the website, and the sources of inspiration I discovered online during the past week. This weekly recap ensures you don’t miss any of our adventures.

Hey friends! I hope you had a good week. We have been at the beach all week. Brad was finishing up the work on a neighbor’s cottage, and I did a little shopping.

We had a little excitement going on at Kure Beach. The pier area was filled with film trucks, and the beach was set up to film a movie. I understand that the movie is called Merv and is a romantic comedy about a dog and its owners. Zooey Deschanel stars, and apparently, she and her ex take their dog on vacation to cheer him up. The beach was filled with flags and obstacle courses for dogs. I didn’t see any stars, but it’s always exciting to watch regardless.

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

Hollywood East: Wilmington, NC

Did you know that Wilmington, NC, has been nicknamed Hollywood East? As of 2020 there were 138 movies filmed and 162 TV shows filmed in Wilmington. Since 2021, the industry has grown, with movie studios expanding.

We’ve loved watching movies and cable series filmed in Wilmington, Kure Beach, and other local areas. Many of our favorite restaurants and other landmarks are easily recognized in the films. I look forward to seeing Merv and seeing the Kure Beach pier on film. If you’d like more information about the movie industry in Wilmington, check out this article.

Movie set up at Kure Beach, NC for the movie Merv

In addition to the movie excitement, we spent some time in Wilmington. We had lunch at The Half, which has quickly become one of our favorite sandwich stops. It’s a tiny restaurant located in the Brooklyn Historic Art District of Wilmington, NC, in a renovated historical building. The tiny restaurant is always packed, so come early if possible.

We’ve determined that they call it The Half because you can only eat half of your sandwich. So come hungry or plan to take half home with you.

Next, we did a little thrift store shopping and found some treasures at Ivy Cottage. I brought home this great basket and ceramic planter. I quickly found a spot for them in the beach cottage. See how I styled them at the end of this article.

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Easy Parmesan crusted oyster casserole recipe. Easy Oyster Recipe.

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Display of vintage baskets that can be used for home decorating.

How To Decorate With Vintage Baskets in Modern Farmhouse

Do you love thrifting for vintage baskets? If so, you may be looking for ideas to decorate with baskets in your home. Here are some vintage basket decor ideas you can start using right away.


Antique hutch decorated in farmhouse. Decorating with vintagr antiques.

Decorating with Antique Furniture in Modern Farmhouse

Do you like decorating with Antique Furniture? Which do you prefer? Antiques Vs. Vintage?

I have several antique and vintage pieces around the farmhouse. However, my favorite is an antique honey pine hutch, which I received as an anniversary gift 29 years ago. It’s one of those pieces I’d never sell.


Kentucky Derby tablescape with roses and winners cup vase.

5 Kentucky Derby Tablescape Ideas To Throw A Winning Party

Looking for creative Kentucky Derby Party Ideas? You are sure to find the perfect idea today. My supper club friends and I are sharing our best Derby party ideas so that you will learn how to set up 5 unique Kentucky Derby Tablescapes today. With these clever ideas, your party is sure to be a winner.


DIY Mossy birdhouse project. vintage Birdhouse in farmhouse screed porch.

Mossy DIY Vintage Birdhouse Makeover: Thrifted To Fabulous

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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep with silver mug.

10 Winning Kentucky Derby Party Food Ideas & Champion Recipes

Throwing a Kentucky Derby party? Look no further! This collection of 10 winning food ideas and champion recipes will have your guests racing to the table. Our supper club ladies have outdone themselves with this collection of Kentucky Derby food ideas. You will love these easy and delicious Kentucky Derby recipes and party menu.


Adventures Off The Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

There are so many wonderful blog posts each week, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

I want to congratulate my sweet friend Stacy Ling. I’ve been sharing her new gardening book and this past week, she had a guest appearance on Kelly and Mark. She did such a great job, and I am so proud of her success. If you’ve not picked up her book, it’s on sale for a limited time. To see details, click the book image below.

My friend, Jen, at Midwest Life and Style, was the winner of the American Farmhouse Style Table Tales Contest. Her Peach-themed table was part of our Supper Club series last summer. You can see more of her table at Peach Perfection: Stunning Summer Tablescape.

Kure Beach Cottage

I recently added several new items to the beach cottage and thought I’d share some of the links. I quickly added my latest finds and love how they look in this space. Below the image, see all the links to items in the beach cottage or similar items. Just click on each item’s name.

Tiny Beach Cottage decorated with thrift store finds.

Thank you for stopping by today, and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 5th of May 2024

What a great time you had! How fun to have a film crew at the beach. I had no idea so many films were made in that area! The Half looked pretty good based on the line to get food. Thank you so much for sharing my garden post here Rachel. I appreciate it so much.


Sunday 5th of May 2024

Kim, You are welcome.


Thursday 2nd of May 2024

What a fun trip to the beach, Rachel! It seems like you guys covered all your favorite spots plus seeing the film crew is wild. I can definitely see where Wilmington and the surrounding areas would be a great place to film. It's gorgeous! Super excited for Stacy and Jen -they both deserve all the success that is coming their way. Thanks so much for sharing my countdown to Mother's Day calendar, I really appreciate it. Big hugs, CoCo


Thursday 2nd of May 2024

Thank you CoCo! I appreciate you so much.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Monday 29th of April 2024

Rachel,your beach cottage is so adorable. And how fun to learn about all the film activity near you. I so appreciate you sharing my daughter's black bedroom also. Tomorrow I will be linking to your Kentucky Derby much great info in there! Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday 30th of April 2024

Mary, Thank you so much for stopping by. I loved your black bedroom. It was amazing. I appreciate you.


Sunday 28th of April 2024

It sounds like you had a fabulous time, Rachel. I always enjoy reading about your little trips. Thank you so much for sharing bout my peach tablescape and the AFS contest. I'm beyond excited!


Sunday 28th of April 2024

Jen, You are welcome. So well deserved.