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Exploring One Tree Hill

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Jeska

Jeska is a twenty something mother of one tiny human, lover of hawaii, a tad bit of a runner, one with the ocean, and last but not least a hopeless wanderer.
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If you were a teenage girl growing up between 2003-2011 you probably watched One Tree Hill. I was obsessed with the show and it was my favorite. I was, of course, disappointed when Peyton and Lucas left the show and they didn’t take time to cover it in the show but I remained a loyal fan regardless.

In 2009, my sister decided that she was going to go to school in Wilmington, NC which was about 1-2 hour drive from where we were living. She wouldn’t be close but definitely not far. Well I moved off to Hawaii but came back to visit yearly and on one particular visit she mentioned that One Tree Hill was filmed there. I was immediately stoked and made it a MUST do for that day.

After some research on Google, I found every location the show was filmed at and made a list. My best friend, who was also obsessed with the show, and I headed out to see what we could find. After exploring “One Tree Hill” for a couple of hours, here is a collection of all the popular spots that were used in filming that we were able to find.

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Every time I visit Wilmington, I always find myself wanting to visit the locations time and time again to relive my teenage years in a sense. Though these photos were taken 7-8 years ago now and Peyton’s river court love letter is long gone, the locations and my teenage mind still live there.

The Duplin Winery

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Jeska

Jeska is a twenty something mother of one tiny human, lover of hawaii, a tad bit of a runner, one with the ocean, and last but not least a hopeless wanderer.
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duplin winery

For those of you who don’t know me on a personal level..or well really at all let me introduce myself. Hi, my name is Jeska and I’m a winoholic. Wine is one of my favorite things in the world and has been for the last 2 years since I had my gateway wine, moscato. Needless to say I was really really wanting to go to a winery and finally on my last trip to North Carolina my sister, best friend, and I decided to head to the Duplin Winery and check it out.

When we arrived we were about an hour too early for the first tour so the girl at the front desk asked if we wanted to go ahead with the free wine tasting so of course we said yes. We sat down at the end of the bar and eagerly awaited our samples. The server promptly greeted us and explained how the tasting was going to go, what the empty glasses and crackers were for, and handed us a grading sheet.

After a brief history about the winery she began filling the glasses with each delicious wine. I believe there were about 12 in total ranging from the sweetest to the driest red and whites. We also tried out 1 of their frozen wines which was absolutely delicious!

Once we finished with our tasting we checked out the little gift shop and picked up a few goodies including the mix to make our own frozen wine. Once we finished looking around we decided to grab a quick bite at the restaurant before lining up for the tour. We really only had a small bowl of soup and maybe some salad to go with our glasses of wine.

Finally it was time for the tour to start so we headed towards the building where it started. From there a nice blonde woman showed us around and explained each device and how it operated. Since I had no idea how wine was made other than the thought of I Love Lucy stomping in a barrel of grapes, I was very intrigued. I paid attention to every detail soaking it all up.

Overall the Duplin Winery was a great first experience to a winery and enlightened me with the wine making process. I loved getting to sample so many different wines and the crackers to cleanse your palate were tasty. The only advice I would give the winery would be to invest in a van/train/shuttle to transport everyone from the tasting side to the processing side.