Our State launches new web series on Beaufort with Hungry Town Tours

Our State Magazine will launch a new web series called ‘Around Town’ that will air on their website July 9. Beaufort was selected to be the first of six towns featured in their inaugural season. The web series is sponsored by Leith Cars of Raleigh.

Betsy Cartier of Hungry Town Tours was asked to lead a tour with the show’s host through Historic Beaufort to highlight some of the people and places that make Beaufort special.

Here’s a little behind the scenes tour of what went into making the video.

It’s a wrap! We completed a 12-hour photo shoot on May 31. Meet the production crew including Dillon (Photographer), James (Producer), and D.L. (Director) along with Betsy (Hungry Town Tours) and Elizabeth a.k.a E.B. (Show Host).

The production team reviews the script with Betsy as they prepare for the first shoot at the west end of Front Street in front of the Duncan House.

Outside the Welcome Center at Hungry Town Tours, Betsy and E.B. prepare to take a bicycle tour of Beaufort and ride through the historic district.

Director D.L. shoots the kitchen scene with Chef Charles Park of Beaufort Grocery Company as he prepares the Sumpin’ Jumpin’ daily seafood feature. Today, it’s fresh local Mahi Mahi on the menu.

The host of the show E.B. enjoys a little conversation with Betsy before the dining scene at Beaufort Grocery Company. E.B. is actually a professional improvisionist.

Director D.L. goes over the scene with Betsy, E.B., and our server Resa at Beaufort Grocery Company as Dillon prepares to photograph the food.

Producer James moves in for close shot as Chef Charles explains the fresh seafood feature of the day is sourced through Carteret Catch local fishermen that work with the area restaurants. Beaufort Grocery Company and Hungry Town Tours are a members of Carteret Catch, the regional marketing organization that promotes the benefits of fresh local seafood.

Betsy and E.B enjoy a conversation with Chef Charles and their server Resa at the end of the final scene in Beaufort Grocery Company.

Betsy explains the Resurrection Ferns on the live oak trees to the show’s host E.B. inside the Old Burying Ground. Located on Ann Street, the Old Burying Ground was deeded to the Town of Beaufort and managed by the Beaufort Historical Association.

Local artist Craig Gurganus talks about his fish creations made from recycled surfboards inside his home/art gallery on Pine Street. He shows E.B. how he makes the fish art from broken surfboards. Craig explains that fishing and surfing are two of the reasons why he lives in Beaufort.

We spoke with Tim White (second from left) the boat builder with the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. He talks about the current restoration of an 1883 Shad Boat originally built on Roanoke Island. Tim lets E.B. try her hand at boat restoration by removing some caulking. Keith Rittmaster (center) then takes the group on a trip on Taylor’s Creek.

E.B. enjoys the breeze on Keith’s boat in the final scene along Taylor’s Creek as Betsy and Craig show her Beaufort from the water.

Now you can see the video “Around Town: Beaufort.”

Experience Beaufort in person! Visit the Beaufort Development Association website: www.beaufortnc.com.

Special Thanks

We’d like to thank James Mieczkowski, the producer for Our State’s ‘Around Town’ web series, for all his efforts in preparing the script and developing the story. Hungry Town Tours was thrilled to be asked to be a part of this exciting venture.

As a side note, James worked in Wilmington on the set of The Choice, the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel set in Beaufort.

‘Around Town’ Sponsor

Our State Magazine’s web series ‘Around Town’ is made possible with the sponsorship of LeithCars.com. Leith represents 24 new vehicle manufacturers including Acura, Alfa Romeo Audi, BMW, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Range Rover, Sprinter, Toyota, and Volkswagen. They also offer an inventory of pre-owned vehicles across their dealerships with auto locations throughout the Raleigh, Cary, Wendell, and Aberdeen North Carolina areas.

Featured in June 2017 issue of Our State Magazine

In June 2017, Our State Magazine featured 22-pages of stunning photography of Historic Beaufort, NC and Hungry Town Tours. The photo essay ‘Beaufort by Bike’ was one of the highlights of their annual Coastal Issue. Read the article.

“As Betsy and her tour groups gently glide through downtown, she stops occasionally to tell stories plucked from 300 years of coastal history. But mostly, she lets the town speak for itself.”

Article published in the June 2017 issue of Our State Magazine. Written by Katie Saintsing and photographs taken by Emily Chaplin.

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Hungry Town Tours offers several unique bicycle and walking tours in Beaufort, North Carolina.

On the culinary tours, Hungry Town Tours promotes restaurants with locally-sourced food that allow for an enhanced guest experience for those visiting Beaufort. They pride themselves in working with restaurants offering fresh, local products that support local fishermen and farmers. The culinary bike tours include the Beaufort Culinary Bike Tour and Bike, Brunch & Bubbles. Walking versions include the Food by Foot Culinary Walking Tour, and the Sunday Brunch Walkabout.

On the Hidden Beaufort Tour, visitors learn what makes Beaufort beautiful, historic and, at times, a little unique. Tour participants pedal through 300 years of Beaufort’s history on easy-going retro-cruiser bikes. Other history bicycle tours include the Early Morning Risers Tour, and Legends & Lore of the Sea. The Historic Beaufort Walking Tour, a walking version of the Hidden Beaufort Tour.

A Ride to Remember features places in Beaufort that were inspired by Nicholas Sparks and referenced in his books, “The Choice and “A Walk to Remember.”

As a recipient of the 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, travelers have consistently rated Hungry Town Tours the #1 activity on the Crystal Coat. Their culinary tours are rated #1 in Eastern North Carolina.

Hungry Town Tours is the first business in Carteret County to be accepted into the NC GreenTravel Initiative. They successfully promote green from “spoke to fork” by combining nature-based travel with culinary tourism through bicycle tours.

For more information, call Hungry Town Tours at 252-648-1011 or visit them online at www.hungrytowntours.com. They are located at 400 Front Street in Beaufort, NC.

Photos by David Cartier.