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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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Arts & Culture

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Motor Heads and Motor Courts in North Carolina

Classic car enthusiasts love showing off their polished rides at car shows and cruise-ins. But in the mountains, the biggest thrill comes from getting out on the road and seeing what these aging machines can do.
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Our State’s Holiday Gift Guide

Start your holiday shopping with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!
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North Carolina’s United Nation of NASCAR

The Charlotte area has been a driving force in stock car racing since the sport’s earliest days, when moonshiners in hot rods outran the feds on midnight runs during the week and traded paint on the track on weekends. The area is now home to the biggest race teams, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, and Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. Visit any of those places, and you’ll find citizens of “NASCAR nation,” who love to share their passion for racing.
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The Scuppernong

In Columbia, the river that gave its name to our grape is a lifeline and a family tie.
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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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