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What Say You

One writer holds forth on the quirks, charms, and cautions of the Southern spoken word.
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Arts & Culture

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Up in the Air: The Carolina BalloonFest

From the ground, the sight of a hot-air balloon renders you speechless, breathless. But take to the sky in one? Put your life in the care of fire and a capricious wind? Three thousand feet above Statesville, one writer takes the risk.
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Autumn-mobiles: October 2014 Photo Essay

We’re celebrating leaf-turning season with head-turning cars. Admire and desire these retro beauties as they meander along hairpin curves and purr past mountain vistas.
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Asheville’s Fortress of Art: The Biltmore Estate

A top-secret scheme during World War II made a room at Biltmore a hidden vault for our nation’s most valuable works of art.
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Scuppernong Books

At Greensboro’s independent bookstore, good reads are ripe for the picking.
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Matt Tommey’s Vine Art Baskets

Grapevines join bark and kudzu in an Asheville artist’s unique take on baskets.
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Sailing the Sea in a Shad

The state historical boat blends beauty and utility.

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Full Service

My mother turns in to Steve’s BP at Friendly Center in Greensboro, but instead of pulling in at the self-service pumps, where I normally go, she eases in beside the full-service station and waits. Tommy, one of the service technicians,
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Carolina Classic: Tailgating

Tailgating is tradition in North Carolina. Explore how fans across the state show their team spirit through food, travel, and community.
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Mountain Must-Reads

Whether you’re planning a visit to western North Carolina this fall and need a book for the road, or you don’t have time for a road trip but wish you did, immerse yourself in these Appalachian classics, recommended by the people who know best — booksellers from two of our favorite mountain bookstores.
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Unearthed Series

Lowes Foods has partnered with Our State to produce “Unearthed,” a powerful online video series that brings local farms and family businesses to life. It explains their importance to our community, economy and well-being. Just a few reasons why Lowes Foods proudly sells the freshest items from over 200 local farms every day.
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