Hope Mills is among three NC spots to appear on a Top 25 Vacation destination spots this year.

Hope Mills, NC has landed itself – somewhat surprisingly – on a Top 25 Vacation Destination list, at Wealth of Geeks, an online financial magazine.

In a recent story at wealthofgeeks.com, Monica Fish laid out “25 U.S. Destinations to Plan a Vacation to in 2022,” and it includes a lot of the expected big hitters.

Among the top places, Alaska, Miami, Maui and Las Vegas are mentioned, among others. And then in a section of “Small Towns to Consider Visiting,” Fish actually highlights three different North Carolina areas, High Point, the “Carolina Core,” and… Hope Mills!

Here’s what Fish had to say about her reasons for visiting our area:

“Outside of Fayetteville, in between Charlotte and Wilmington, is the friendliest place in the state of North Carolina. Dirtbag Ales, a brewery with 20 brews on tap, live music, food trucks, and Stop Button Bar, which provides classic arcade games, themed cocktails, and craft beer, won this distinction in 2020.

Hope Mills also includes the Cypress Lakes Golf Course, a championship-style course that uniquely tests every caliber player at their own level. In addition, Hope Mills Lake, which is open for swimming, fishing, and kayaking, allows visitors to enjoy the scenic views and seasonally warm weather.”

As mentioned, Hope Mills wasn’t the only NC spot mentioned for a vacation destination, as High Point got recognition too:

“Known in the industry as “Home Furnishings Capital of the World,” High Point is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets for those looking to redo their home decor.

2022 is the perfect time to visit High Point as the city’s downtown is undergoing a $232M transformation, including Congdon Yards & High Point X Design. Shop til you drop at over 50 retail stores in High Point. For some family fun, don’t forget to visit Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum, one of the largest children museums in the nation with 75,000 square feet of exhibits to explore.”

And lastly, North Carolina’s “Carolina Core” landed on Fish’s list too:

“The Carolina Core is a 120+ mile stretch of central North Carolina from west of Winston-Salem to Fayetteville that may not be on your vacation planning radar.

Foodies can indulge in the city’s diversity by enjoying a culinary journey with more than 500 restaurants.  Or immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant arts and cultural experiences with stops at the historic Old Salem, Arts District, Innovation Quarter, and Industry Hill. For family fun, stop by the Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum opening in March 2022, one of the largest children’s museums in the nation with 75,000 square feet of pure fun.”

So while Hope Mills may not seem quite like the vacation destination we might think it is around here, it’s clearly attracting attention elsewhere!

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Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.