Tucked away in the corners of Cumberland County you find the towns and communities that define the heart of North Carolina. These are the places where our locals will point you to shopping troves, hole-in-the-wall diners, and outdoor escapes. Just to the east of Fayetteville and over the river is such a town, appropriately named Eastover. Recently, I spent a few hours in this charming area and wanted to share a few of my discoveries with you. I believe the detours on trips are what give us a sense of place; whether you make a special trip to Eastover or just stumble across it, this is one of “Cumberland’s Corners” that is well worth a visit.
Shop . . .
Make your first stop on Dunn Road (“Main Street”) for this charming Southern boutique, located directly across from Eastover Town Hall. Off the Racks Boutique started out as an online women’s boutique in 2014 and quickly grew, with a social media following of over 160,000 people. I can see why the shop developed such a loyal following, as it features some of the most popular Southern-style clothing and jewelry lines. At the store-front location, you can personally choose from many of the same brands, like Simply Southern, Bourbon and Boweties, and Southern Darlin’ Collection.
Eat . . .
Gather up your shopping bags and head right next door for what the locals claim to be “the best burger in Cumberland County.” The Corner Grill has been a mainstay in Eastover since the early 1970’s, and on this particular day, three generations of the same family are working the grill and taking orders. I opt for a traditional cheeseburger and fries, and it lives up to its reputation; however, for something “off the menu” with a local flavor, the regulars tell me that the Carolina Burger (chili + slaw + onions + mustard) is the only way to go. If you decide to dine in, pull up a stool at the counter and strike up a conversation with one of the regulars.
Play . . .
If the weather is calling for a picnic, grab those burgers to go and make your way to Eastover Community Park. Tucked away in a neighborhood and surrounded by trees, this recreational space offers a perfect respite from the road, plus a covered pavilion with tables. Depending on the time of day, you may find the park full of families watching a baseball game. After your picnic, I suggest letting the kids loose on the playground while you walk off your meal on the adjacent track.
Every one of “Cumberland’s Corners” offers exciting things to see and do, and the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Calendar of Events is a great online resource for tracking the happenings here year-round. If you are planning a trip to this area, be sure to also refer to the FACVB’s website for Shopping, Restaurants, and more.