She has a way with words.

authorAuthor Heather Brewer captures the serenity and beauty of the natural world that surrounds us so perfectly.  Living here we’ve had similar experiences to the tales she tells, but we fail to eloquently put them into words quite like Heather.

Her stories about Arlington Place are full of familiar sights, sounds and feelings that so many of us have.  Yet appreciation for these things is too often lost in the midst of life’s distractions.  The message within is a much needed reminder to slow down, give in to the little things, and enjoy how beautifully unique this place is that we get to call home.

The posts read like chapters in a feel good novel.  I invite you to top off that cup of coffee… or maybe wine if it’s your happy hour… cozy into a chair, and get lost in Pamlico County.

Chapter 1: Peace By the River

Nurture comes naturally in nature.

“I wanted peace, and I knew where I could find that. Pamlico County.”

peace by the river
PEACE BY THE RIVER, disconnect to reconnect.

“My mind was clear, my breath was deep and my body pleasantly fatigued. I was at peace. This was why I’d come here… Tomorrow, I would leave my secluded retreat in Arlington Place, restored. I was ready to jump back into the wonderful craziness of my life but thanks to my time here, I’d occasionally slow down, and be mindful of the small miracles that are happening every day, if only I’d take the time to notice.”

Chapter 2: Girls Weekend, The Arrival

Four friends experience Pamlico County… close to Raleigh yet worlds away.

“The fresh air rushed in, bringing with it the loamy scent of earth, but the call of a seagull gave away the proximity of the water. I turned right, into Arlington Place and my shoulders relaxed. We were here, and it already felt like I was coming home.”

GIRLS WEEKEND, THE ARRIVAL beyond the bustle.

Chapter 3: Girls Weekend, The Realization

The girls happily happen upon the Ol Front Porch Music Festival in Oriental, a favorite fall weekend for locals and visitors alike.

The Oriental, NC harbor is just down the road from Arlington Place and is one of many towns and beaches nearby.
GIRLS WEEKEND, THE REALIZATION fufillment comes in those intentional and accidental moments, big and small.

“It was as if everyone here felt like me, happy to be in the moment and no need to rush… Yes… There was definitely something special about this place.”

Chapter 4: Girls Weekend, The Connection

The foursome head out on Mill Creek for a paddle and the question plays over and over again in her mind, could I work where I weekend?

“I’ve seen more wildlife in the first 10 minutes of this paddle than I see in an hour at home.”

GIRLS WEEKEND, THE CONNECTION crave what’s just around the bend.

“The light changed from gold to orange and was the only reminder of time passing. I didn’t want the moment to end, but also knew that’s what made it special.”

So some of you might be wondering… did the author end up moving her family from Raleigh to Pamlico County?  That my friends, is another story for another day.

The road might be long, but sometimes it’s the journey that’s the destination.

Arlington Place blog author Becca Lang. Story by Becca Lang

Hey there, I’m Becca. I live and work in Arlington Place with my husband Blair and kids Evie (13) and Keegan (10)... oh and our fur babies Gus (14) and Hank (4). We’re lucky to live in such a unique place and do our best to make the most of what our little slice of heaven has to offer.