Chris Council and Emily Chaplin
Don’t let the title fool you. If you want to check out filming sites for the runaway Hollywood hit “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” don’t head for the Show-Me State. The locations that stand in for fictional Ebbing, where Frances McDormand plays a mother who goes after the local police department for failing to solve her daughter’s murder, are all in North Carolina. The towns, situated along the Blue Ridge Mountain range, include Sylva, Dillsboro, Maggie Valley, and Black Mountain, and are all worthy of visits in their own rights.
To aid curious travelers, Visit North Carolina, the state’s tourism department, has compiled a three-day trip planner directing “Ebbing” fans to filming sites. Highlights include the consignment/gift shop Sassy Frass in Sylva, which was transformed into the Ebbing Police Department, and Country Traditions, a Dillsboro food and beverage shop that doubled as the workplace for McDormand’s character. Also on the list are Town Pump Tavern in Black Mountain, which served as Ebbing’s local bar, and J. Arthur’s Restaurant in Maggie Valley, the steakhouse where the character James (Peter Dinklage) takes Mildred (McDormand) to dinner. The restaurant’s mountain-view sign even gets a cameo.
As for the location of the billboards themselves, they were constructed for the shoot and erected along North Fork Left Fork Road, which circles Black Mountain. Though the billboards are long gone (filming took place in 2016, from February to June), the house that served as the exterior location for Mildred’s home remains, but is a private residence.
Visit North Carolina’s planner also finds a way to include western North Carolina’s shining star of Asheville, which is where actor Woody Harrelson (who played Police Chief Willoughby) spent time.
Since opening in November, “Three Billboards” has amassed a long list of awards and nominations, including four Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild awards, and seven Oscar nominations, including best picture and lead actress.
Before “Ebbing,” western North Carolina was last in the spotlight with “The Hunger Games” (also starring Harrelson), and earlier served as the backdrop for “Dirty Dancing,” “Nell,” and “The Fugitive.”
President Trump insinuated if Christine Blasey Ford’s assault was that bad, it would have been reported. Today survivors and their supporters walk out on that kind of shaming and blaming.Continue reading »
It did not involve Clydesdales or polar bears or Michael Jordan. It’s an ad for retractable awnings. And it has been seen hundreds of millions of times.Continue reading »
They will be Ansari’s first performances in the region since he was accused of sexual misconduct in January.Continue reading »
Each site is about 2½ hours from Boston. We’ve given you easy to intermediate hikes and a range of peak foliage dates.Continue reading »
As he has done in the past, Brady advocates eating “real foods” and achieving balance — almost to an extreme.Continue reading »
Recycling clothing of good quality and donating it to local charities can have a lasting effect.Continue reading »
In this dish, baking apples (Cortland, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Rome Beauty, Baldwin) will hold their shape, but use any variety you happen to have; it really doesn’t matter.Continue reading »
Here are some broad categories, according to Bob Mankoff.Continue reading »
Travel news you can use.Continue reading »