Readers’ Choice: The Best of Our State 2014

In 2014, we hope that the covers, stories, photo essays, videos, and recipes we shared celebrated the people and places of North Carolina and made you think just a little differently about the state we call home. As the year comes to a close, take a look back at all of the great Our State issues from the past year and vote for your favorites.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Story of the Year

With every issue of Our State, our mission is to tell good stories that capture the true essence of the people and places that make North Carolina unique. Read some of the most popular stories from the year and vote below.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Cover of the Year

Each Our State cover is meticulously selected for its ability to capture the essence of the issue and to tell a story all its own. Click on the images below to view the covers and vote at the bottom of the page.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Recipe of the Year

In 2014, our food bloggers and recipe testers were busy in the kitchen creating dishes that celebrated classic Southern recipes and locally-inspired flavors. Which of these recipes was your favorite? Click on the images to learn more and find the recipe links then vote below.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Photo Essay of the Year

From the peaks of Grandfather Mountain to the farms of Iredell County, Our State‘s 2014 photo essays tell a story all their own. Look below to review excerpted pages from this year’s photo essays. Scroll through each slideshow and then vote.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Video of the Year

Watch stories found in the magazine come to life in exclusive videos produced by Our State, and vote for your favorite video from 2014 below.
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Joyride: A Sled Ride with Grandpa

A coastal snowfall, an iconic sled, and a gruff grandpa conspire for a final adventure down the dunes.
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Coming Home with Leah Shaw: Performance and Q&A

Leah Shaw, winner of Our State’s 2014 Singer-Songwriter competition, performs her song “Carolina I’m Home” and talks about pining for the land of the longleaf pine.
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Grits & Soul: Live at Our State

Asheville’s Grits & Soul sings about love, heartbreak, and North Carolina in the Our State library.
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Cranberry Bourbon Martini

The balanced sweet and smoky flavors of this cranberry bourbon martini are sure to bring some added cheer to your next holiday gathering.
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