When you think of traveling, packed suitcases and far-flung locations come to mind. However, day trips are one of the most fun and underrated travel experiences you can have.
My husband and I have always loved a good day trip. Since we first began dating, we have enjoyed picking a nearby town we haven’t visited before and discovering what makes it special.
On our most recent day trip to Montgomery County, which is about an hour and a half drive from where we live, we stumbled upon Star, N.C. Star is the exact geographic center of the state.
Once a thriving railroad town, Star now has a population of fewer than 900 residents. The Starworks Center for Creative Enterprise, also called Starworks NC, is the town’s most famous attraction.
Operating on the premise that rural areas often lack access to high-quality cultural enrichment, Starworks is an artist-focused center that promotes community and economic development.
Hidden in what appears to be a refurbished brick school building, Starworks NC has outdoor seating, a cafe and taproom, a gift shop, glass-making studios, and expansive galleries.
With make-your-own events, theater performances, internship opportunities, and artist talks, the Center offers a variety of opportunities to create and support art.
Our visit was in October so we were treated to a stunning array of colorful hand-blown glass pumpkins. We also enjoyed beverages in the cafe and scoped out the art for sale in the store.
A one-of-a-kind place, Starworks has been one of the most unexpected discoveries we’ve made on one of our trips. The colors and the artistry served as creative inspiration for my photography. We hope to go back for one of their glass-blowing workshops.
What has been your most unexpected nearby travel discovery? How did it inspire you?