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Jim Hamrick in the Red Bay Farm forestOur small flock of chickensBeard the goat

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Tree and Shrub inventory: ongoing at Redbay Farm, La Casita and Redbay Cottage...follow my progress.

Lawrence Welk Christmas 1980
The 1980 Lawrence Welk Christmas Show

Taking refuge in my office away from the grandchildren and the chaos...I am watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Memories flooding in. Merry Christmas! Sure, totally uncool these days...suits, dancing and lyrics that could be understood. I guess I'm just showing my age! Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




La Casita - The Redbay Farm Guesthouse

Come to the Crystal Coast of North Carolina and stay in our guest house. La Casita offers guests an opportunity to experience backyard farming, explore our forest and visit natural local attractions.To make your reservation visit our listing agent's website.

La CasitaThe KitchenThe Family RoomOpen Bright FloorplanThe Stained Glass Room

Latest Review on La Casita (The Redbay Farm Guest House)

November 2014, "This rental was absolutely perfect for our visit to NC . We were there for our sons gradution from Marine SOI . The house was close to both Camp Geiger & Camp Lejeune , so that we were able to bring our son back & forth when he got liberty . It was so much more relaxing , and had plenty of room for all of us . The owner is close by & would check on us often to see if we needed anything. We even had fresh eggs delivered to our doorstep from the owners chickens , and we loved the goats too ! Would highy reccommend this rental."

About Redbay Farm

Redbay Farm is a 47 acre suburban tree farm. Our tree farm is named after the Redbay Tree. Like small family owned farms and undeveloped land the Redbay is a threatened species. The tree is being slowly decimated by an imported virus. Read The Unnecessary Extinction of the Redbay, a defining southern tree to learn more. The Redbay tree is an important food tree for bees, deer, and turkey. The wood has been used for cabinetry. The leaves can be used to season seafood or other foods as one would use bay leaf. The leaves and wood have a lovely bay scent. Redbay Farm forms the start of the headwaters for for Hall's Creek and Cartwheel Branch which are tributaries to Queens Creek and the White Oak River

The Redbay Farm website provides useful information for anyone interested in being a forest owner, owning/managing a guest house, or becoming a backyard farmer.

Useful Information

To help myself and others I started this web site to capture ideas which I may implement at Redbay Farm and La Casita. Some of the ideas I have collected may be of interest to visitors. Have fun exploring the website pages and the links listed below.

The list above is just a sampling of the information that is available throughout this web site. Visit the table of contents and you will find an index of web pages.

The Local Area - Come to Swansboro, the Friendly City by the Sea

During your visit to the Crystal Coast area of North Carolina please keep in mind that Redbay Farm is one of the many small tracts of forest and farmland still remaining in the area that contribute to the clean water, abundant seafood resources and beauty of Bogue Sound, White Oak river and Queens Creek. Just think about that when you see the beautiful clean water or eat a plate of local seafood. Clean water is a product of well managed streets, yards, forests and farms. When you stay at La Casita ...you will have a better time and be supporting local people and help to preserve the environment.

By the way, if you really want to enjoy the local waters take a look at these web sites [Fish'N 4 Life or Fishhead Charters] and consider chartering a great fishing trip in the local rivers, sounds and beaches. Take the family on a fishing trip...they will love it!

As you plan your trip check out the links below for information about some low cost destinations in or near "The Friendly City By the Sea." Click the "Let's Go" button after selecting a destination from the drop down list. You just can't miss when you visit Swansboro!

Please send Redbay Farm an email if you need some information or just want to provide a comment on the web site. I look forward to hearing from you!

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updated 7 December 2014