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Billy and Scott Pyatt

Peak Pints: Beer in Western N.C.

Mountain breweries create beers that reflect their surroundings and the seasons.
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Bob Weihe and Joel Patrino

Mountain Spirit

A deep-sea diver trusted his instincts, moved to the bottom of a Blue Ridge valley, and launched a distillery. Now he’s revolutionizing how whisky is made.
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Banner Elk Winery

Banner Elk Winery

Vintners transform High Country grapes into award-winning vintages in the mountains of Avery County.
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Ramps

Cherokee Flavor

Best known for its strong scent, the much-maligned ramp is enjoying an image makeover, thanks to its medicinal and culinary potential.
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Mushrooms

Forest Feast

North Carolina’s mountains and foothills support some of the greatest biodiversity in North America — everything from wild shoots and berries to farm-raised crops and cattle. Some grow hidden. Others thrive in plain sight. Many do both.
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Pork ribeye at Bistro Roca

The Height of High Country Cooking

Mountain chefs are at the top of their game at four restaurants in Boone, Blowing Rock, & Valle Crucis.
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Graveyard Fields Pisgah National Forest

Mountain Glory

North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti reflects on his Watauga County home.
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Linville Caverns

Linville Caverns

The bats living in the caves under Humpback Mountain scare some people, but not Sarah Davis. She owns the darkness and has come to terms with what’s in it.
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Speedy's Barbecue

Speedy’s Barbecue

In Lexington, the city’s namesake-style barbecue — pork shoulder meat dipped in a tomato-based sauce — draws devotees to this former drive-in.
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Dorton Arena

The Big Chip: Dorton Arena

Every year thousands of people at the North Carolina State Fair walk by Dorton Arena, not realizing the building is one of the state’s most ambitious — and historically significant — pieces of architecture.
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