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3345 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226, USA
Chef Aaron Rivera grew up in Arizona, where he got his start as a dishwasher. Over the years, he picked up recipes and cooking techniques from kitchen colleagues, developing the palate and passion for the pan-Latin cuisine that defines his...
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512 Brandywine Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209, USA
A building that used to house a dry cleaner was transformed into a restaurant that is quickly becoming a go-to spot for al fresco dining in Charlotte. RockSalt's large patio overlooks Sugar Creek and has a seating capacity of 100. Its name hints...
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1942 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28211, USA
Charlotte has a number of excellent vintage and antique shops; one of them is Rusty Rabbit Design, where you can find eclectic items for the home. Many of the objects for sale here are salvaged and restored. Animal lovers may find this shop...
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2501 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
Krazy Fish is a unique and fun Plaza Midwood neighborhood restaurant in Charlotte. The focus is on seafood and spice and the global menu includes a multitude of tacos, roti, sandwiches and salads as well as entrees like fried seafood platters and...
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826 Lamar Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA
Andy Jackson might not look like a baker—in fact, he looks like he'd be more at home on a motorcycle than in a kitchen—but he's developed quite a cult following in Charlotte, where he turns out boozy cupcakes at the bakery named after his...
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915 Hamilton St, Charlotte, NC 28206, USA
Great 1940s era diner serving great food
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500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
While most of my favorite meals are usually cheap and humble, I enjoy splurging on a truly memorable meal. My visit to Halcyon Flavors From the Earth in Charlotte was just that. After wandering around the Mint Uptown art museum for a few hours, I...
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Walking into this modest little cafe in Belmont felt like walking back in time. Formica tables and booths, no menus but the board above - but if you eat here, you don't need a menu, because the server likely knows your name, your order, and your...
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840 St Stephens Church Rd, Gold Hill, NC 28071, USA
It doesn't get any better than this! Chowin' down on real southern cookin' at the Stamp Mill Cafe located in historic Gold Hill, North Carolina. Where else can chili, onions, mustard and slaw taste so good? Don't forget your side of onion rings...
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4401 Zoo Pkwy, Asheboro, NC 27205, USA
As a zoo aficionado, I thoroughly enjoyed the enormous zoological park in Asheboro, NC. It covers 500 acres of natural woodlands, with large meadows for grazing animals like zebras, elk, buffalo, and elephants. Half the zoo is devoted to Africa,...
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Court Square, Mocksville, NC 27028, USA
While other small towns can only mourn the loss of their historic downtown, Mocksville residents can celebrate the preservation of theirs and share it with lucky visitors. Several eating places, a couple of antique stores, a used paperback store,...
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Wilmington, NC 28401, USA
Taking a boat cruise along the famous Cape Fear River is a great way to spend a few hours in Wilmington, any time of the year. You'll see wildlife and city life, along with a WWII battleship, along it's banks. This area has a long history going...
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1410 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403, USA
One of my favorite places to eat in Wilmington, NC is the Fish House. Nothing better than an early afternoon beer on the deck overlooking the intracoastal waterway.
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Kure Beach, NC, USA
Kure Beach is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset...bring a picnic dinner and find yourself a spot on the beach. Watch the fishermen haul their catch up the height of the pier. Or just stroll hand in hand looking for seashells. Dip your toes in,...
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223 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
This is not your mama’s coffee shop—though your mama would still love the wide selection of Counter Culture coffees and botanical teas. Other things to love include everything on the menu (I couldn’t get enough of the sausage gravy and Ashe County...
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2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA
The NC Museum of Art is a great place to spend a few hours in the Triangle area. When the weather is nice there are several miles of trails with outdoor sculpture and other art pieces to explore. On other days there are plenty of indoor sights...
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Topton, NC 28781, USA
I'm still amazed when I discover that it doesn't take a plane ride to experience an adventure. The place I've called home for the last decade sits in the shadows of the Smokey Mountains. A unique merging of lakes and mountains blending three...
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Dry Falls, Highlands, NC 28741, USA
Get ready for crowds in October in western North Carolina; leaf-peepers from all over the Southeast converge in these mountains, when the Blue Ridge erupts into red and gold...Come during the week, though, and you won't have to fight for a parking...
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Highlands, NC 28741, USA
...before the weekend crowds arrive, a bit of leaf-peeping in and around the town of Highlands, North Carolina: at just over 4000', this is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi. My wife and I had flown back east for family medical...
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Brevard, NC, NC, USA
Looking for adventure between the eats and treats of Asheville, NC? Want to really 'experience' a waterfall? After a moderate hike through Cold Mountain Gap lays Greenland Creek falls approximately 45 minutes southwest of Brevard, NC - the site of...
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Sam Knob, Cecil, NC 28716, USA
This is the best camping spot I've found so far. A little more than a mile into the hike from the parking lot, the tree and shrub lined trail opens up into a grassy bald with amazing mountain views all around. We stopped here for the night because...
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Waynesville, NC 28786, USA
West of Asheville lies the remnants of arboreal splendor. We'd missed the 'peak weekend' of leaf-peeping along the southern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which meant that we also missed the heaviest traffic. Autumn vistas don't often come with...
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757 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
The cinnamon buns are legendary, made with the same local organic flour the bakery uses in its pizza dough. The breads, such as spinach-feta and flax-almond, change daily, with vegan and gluten-free varieties on offer. Grilled cheese sandwiches...
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630 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
While authentic Mexican it is not, the Lucky Otter certainly comes close in deliciousness. This West Asheville joint makes their offbeat burritos in house with all fresh ingredients, which pair well with their craft beer drafts and PBR tall boys....
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75 Gashes Creek Rd, Asheville, NC 28805, USA
This photo is of Buzz, a resident at the WNC Nature Center. The nature center is perfect for an afternoon outing. Enjoy the attractive grounds and bring your camera. You can learn about the wildlife that are native to this part of the state. This...
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Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC, USA
There's so much good live music in Asheville that the bars can't contain it - I've never been somewhere with such a high quality of street busking (even better than its homophonous sister town, Nashville). Most nights of the week and certainly on...
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371 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Goodness sakes, ya'll! That's a breakfast pot pie with scrambled eggs, sausage and country gravy topped with a biscuit. Can you even imagine the deliciousness? As everyone knows, there's no getting away from biscuits in the South so it's best to...
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13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA

Felix Meana and Katie Button, veterans of elBulli in Spain, converted Asheville’s former downtown bus depot into a stylish tapas bar. Curate means to cure oneself, which diners can do with traditional Spanish dishes such as Catalan sausage...

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55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Malaprop's bookstore is an independent bookstore for gifts, books (including banned books), and a cafe in one. Check out their calendar as Malaprop's plays host to many authors. A trip to Asheville isn't complete without a visit to Malaprops.
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1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Visit Grove Arcade and step back to a different time. Originally built as part of a larger building that never came to pass, Grove Arcade offers unique gifts made in the mountains of Western North Carolina and Eastern TN. The arcade is a mix of...
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8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
With 250 independent restaurants embracing a decidedly different mountain spirit as well as locavore sensibilities, it’s no wonder that Asheville has been described as “one of the tastiest towns in the South” by Southern Living. You’ll find chefs...
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12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
On a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina, I was anxious to try some of the great restaurants I'd heard about. In the end though, my husband and I found ourselves gravitating back to the same restaurant over and over again - breakfast, lunch,...
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36 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
The Chocolate Fetish is a must stop in Asheville. Owners make both American and European-style truffles and scrumptious milk chocolate sea salt caramels. Everything is created in-store by hand. In Winter, try their hot drinking chocolate.
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North Carolina 28761, USA
Pisgah Forest is magical anytime of year. In summer, many locals will swim near this waterfall and at Sliding Glass Rock just a few miles away.
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Chimney Rock, NC, USA
500 steps to a destination promised to be 'worth it', but I felt like I was going to die before getting to experience the view. I wanted to fight the good fight and persevere, but it was a fight I thought I would lose.... Just kidding! Though the...
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3042 Frank Pkwy, Roaring Gap, NC 28668, USA
Rising out of dense forest in North Carolina are massive granite outcroppings: stone mountains. Solid, dramatic, and rounded, you can walk down the curve until it's so steep you will fall off if you're not careful, like walking around on a giant...
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2050 Blowing Rock Hwy, Linville, NC 28646, USA
Beautiful anytime of the year, Grandfather Mountain offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountain vistas. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, we drove up to the gate, paid the entrance fee and received an audio CD to listen to for the...
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300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln, Blowing Rock, NC 28605, USA
On our way through the town of Blowing Rock, we stopped one morning to see what the Tweetsie Railroad was all about. We boarded the train bright and early for an action packed adventure but not with out our coffee in hand, of course. This was a...
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Ocracoke, NC 27960, USA
Here we found a huge school of bluefish swimming along the coast Ocracoke Island, just a short drive off the area's main highway, Route 12. A perfect opportunity to save a few $$ and catch our own dinnertime meal. In need of bait? Usually the...
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59200 Museum Dr, Hatteras, NC 27943, USA
Even with miles of beautiful coastline and beaches stretching from Corolla south to Ocracoke, the waters of the Outer Banks remain the most treacherous. For over 400 years, the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" has been the final resting place of over...
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23288 Beacon Rd E, Rodanthe, NC 27968, USA
Located on East Beacon Drive, off of Route 12 in the town of Rodanthe, is perhaps the most famous beach house in the Outer Banks. The Inn At Rodanthe was the actual setting for the movie based on Nicholas Spark's prized novel "Nights at Rodanthe"...
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Staton Rd, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718, USA
The steep 10-minute hike is well worth the view. Halfway up the trail, which begins across a wooden bridge in the Hooker Falls parking area of Dupont State Forest, hikers catch a tantalizing glimpse of all three waterfalls spurring weary legs...
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224 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
James Yoder established Not Just Coffee in 2011. You can't find a better selection of pour-over coffee or handcrafted espresso anywhere. The atmosphere is hip, part of the trendy new 7th Street Market (formerly Reid's). Go more than once, and you...
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235 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Everything on your table at Harvest Moon Grille is sourced from within 100 miles of Charlotte. This is what you could call a Farmer-to-Fork restaurant. Chef/owner Cassie Parsons is also the owner of Grateful Growers Farm, located in Lincoln...
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150 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202, USA
Once I land on a favorite dish at a restaurant, I order it repeatedly on subsequent visits. Rooster’s is no exception—I usually go with the spit-fire roasted natural quarter chicken with a side of yukon puree. It is browned and crispy on the...
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235 W Tremont Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
I don’t eat red meat as often as I’d like, but when I do, I really want it to be good. So when I’m deciding on a good red meat sandwich, Common Market is at the top of my cranial list. My default is Darby’s Roast Beef Deluxe: roast beef with cream...
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2001 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA
It’s difficult to imagine many things more enjoyable than small-batch, homemade goodies that use local ingredients. In the morning, I tend to go with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on grilled wheat with an espresso (today was no exception). But...
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330 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
What started out as a small bookstore has grown into 5,000 square feet of curated books, cards and gifts. After 20 years of business, Paper Skyscraper is still one of the best places in Charlotte for gifts of any kind. Located in the historic...
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2820 Selwyn Ave #160, Charlotte, NC 28209, USA
Petit Philippe offers some of the finest wines from U.S. and European wine regions, incredibly delectable chocolates made in-house, and a hip, relaxing atmosphere. Grab some wine and chocolate to go, or sit and pass the time in relaxed, European...
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4450 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209, USA
A visit to the expansive, 55,000 square foot Sleepy Poet Antique Mall could easily turn into an entire afternoon's adventure. Grab some popcorn from the machine near the cash registers, and get lost in nostalgia meandering through the hundreds of...
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1235 East Blvd B, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
Dilworth Coffee is one of the few shops in town that roasts their own beans. While the drinks alone are great, the friendly baristas and communal energy contribute to your desire to support this local business. You'll find some of the best...
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2041 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
This fun, kid-friendly establishment continues to be a mainstay in the South End neighborhood. Geoff and Missy Owen established the deli in hopes of being both an enjoyable experience for their customers and a positive force in their community....
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1614 Camden Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
Line up--with cash--and get your box of chicken, perfectly fried to a crisp. It comes with flattened tater tots, slaw, delicious hush puppies, and a roll of bread. There's no place to eat inside at Price's, but head back to your car, grab a seat...
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1515 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
Regardless of your sweet and/or caffeinated pleasure, Nova's Bakery has you covered. They provide a wide assortment of freshly-baked breads and pastries, all made in-house. They have two locations in Charlotte—one on Central, one on South. Either...
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1500 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
I have been a regular at the chic Soul Gastrolounge since my first visit more than five years ago. A DJ provides great sound, and the entire staff is always incredibly helpful and friendly. Soul is located in Plaza Midwood, a great part of town...
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719 Louise Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204, USA
Central Coffee Co. in Charlotte is a great little spot serving up cold brew coffee (in addition to standard espresso drinks and drip), and a number of cakes and pastries to choose from in an informal environment. Free wifi is always a good thing...
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Unaka Springs Rd, Erwin, TN 37650, USA
As a lifelong hiker, I wanted to share my love of it with kids from my home city of Charleston, SC. I started a hiking club called Youth Gone Wild for ages 9-12. We go on 3 day hikes and an overnighter with the culminating activity a 67 mile, 9...
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Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA
Camping at Roan Mountain, Tennessee along the Appalachian Trail...a beautiful weekend spent in the peaceful, quiet, cold mountains.
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at a pull-off spot on our drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Shenandoah National Park, near Meadows of Dan, VA
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Topton, NC 28781, USA
The furthest of the three main regions of North Carolina, the mountains in the southwest are home to Nantahala National Forest. This temperate rainforest’s name is derived from Cherokee Indians meaning “land of the noon day sun”. Better known for...
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Cades Cove, Tennessee 37882, USA
The Smoky Mountains stands as the most visited national park in the U.S. with the Grand Canyon following close behind. With so many outdoor activities like tubing, kayaking, camping, hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, and biking, it's difficult to...
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Laurel Falls, Tennessee 37862, USA
Laurel Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The easily accessible, paved trail is a 1.3 mile trek up Cove Mountain that culminates in a spectacular view of the 80-foot, multi-level waterfall. At the...
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Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee is a tease for the outdoors-lover who enjoys experiencing the land by foot. Lucky for you, the Appalachian Trail intersects US Hwy 441/71 at Newfound Gap where you can...
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Chimney Rock, NC, USA
After a rigorous walk on the rails coupled with countless, grueling steps.... Cool down at the Hickory Nut Falls. Make sure to bring extra clothes because the temptation to stand at the bottom of the waterfall as the refreshing water cascades over...