The largest retail trade center and the biggest population in Duplin County is hard to miss. Wallace has seen a steady growth in its economy due to the influx of agricultural and industrial interests. The city enjoys one of the lowest tax rates in North Carolina, which has fueled the developments seen at downtown. Travelers will love the city’s collection of museums, golf courses, and riverside activities. Cultural activities make the hometown community a delight to visit year round.
Things to Do
Wallace is a wonderful place for sports and outdoor activities. Different parks and recreation facilities include the Carl Uzzell, Art Meyer, and Murphy Fields, and the parks of Clement Street and Dobbins. Tourists can join the residents in playing basketball, soccer, tackle football, flag football, baseball, and softball, or simply watch the cheerleading practices.
The courts and fields are open year round for public use. You could also try visiting the hometown favorite, River Landing Golf Club. The 18-hole golf course is friendly enough for amateurs and also offers challenging fairways and slopes for professional golfers. Camping is also a popular activity. During the second week of July, guests can join the British Soccer Camp for some small-sided games, tactical practices, technical drills, and coached scrimmages.
Others can also join the Aquafina Pitch Hit and Run Competition for running, hitting, and pitching activities. The Carolina Strawberry Festival is the town’s much awaited event, where guests can sample the jams, juices, and wines displayed during the fair. Stay long enough to see who gets the year’s Miss Wallace Banner.
Best Hotel Accommodations
Along the River Village Place is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, which is just conveniently situated at Highway 41 and exit 385. The hotel is just within walking distance to the Olde Worlde Pub and the Mad Boar Restaurant. Another option is Liberty Inn, which has decent amenities and complimentary toiletries. Book your Wallace Hotels with Reservations.com.
Restaurants and Dining
The Mar Boar Restaurant is considered North Carolina’s hidden gem. The unusual restaurant is a unique place that serves excellently cooked food. The irish motif and the dark wood interiors are perfect for the slew of barbeque ribs. Meat loafs are served in epic proportions, and are paired with extra large bread slices. The Western Sizzlin Restaurant on Norwood Street offers a menu of sandwiches, pizza and pasta, and seafood platters. Golden City offers decent servings of noodles, egg roll, shrimp rice, and Chinese chicken wings. The fare is better than most of what the restaurants along Wallace Highway offers.
Though Wallace has mainstream shops, nothing compares to stopping by Riverside Barn Antiques, which has more than 12,000 square feet of antique goods. The halls are filled to the rafters with a queer array of collectibles and memorabilia. Their weekly assortment includes paintings, kitchen utensils, depression glasses, and even poster beds. The Sheffield’s Tea Room and Gifts at main street offers delicious food and delectable desserts paired with steaming pots of tea. The tea bags and pots can even be brought home for a small amount.