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Pintail Drive, Minnesott Beach, North Carolina

If you happened to be in the resort town of Minnesott Beach, North Carolina in the 1950's, odds are that you spent time dancing the shag in the pavilion built over the Neuse River. Although the pavilion and bath houses are no longer there, Minnesott Beach still celebrates the best of the past. Nowadays you might not dance the shag at the pavilion, but you can enjoy Monday night live music with Big Jim and Friends at Blackbeard's Restaurant. Likewise, the old bathhouses seem to have inspired a new set of buildings on the beach: This is "The Landing," (or Homesite 349) a cottage built in 2023 in the planned community of Arlington Place. It has its own little sandy beach on the shores of the community lake, so you can step right into the water. In honor of Memorial Day, before we tour the cottage, let's take the porch a step in the right direction with a little patriotic decoration: When you enter, you get a pretty view of the living room's vaulted, wood-planked

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