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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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20 Best-Kept Secrets of the N.C. High Country

North Carolina’s High Country—composed of six mountain counties—is such a well-known tourist destination you might think you’ve seen all there is to see there.
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The Other Side of Stokes County

Linked by a strong sense of place and preservation, four residents — and friends — define their county beyond the boundaries of its much-loved park.

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Keep on the Sunny Side: Sunny Point Café

A restaurant’s devotion to place and palate yields a bounty of fresh food, and a second chance for one Asheville neighborhood.
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Our Americana: Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville’s annual fair has a special craft: to elevate daily life from average to artistic.

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Bigfoot’s Backyard

A fuzzy video of a furry beast with a sweet tooth has spawned an industry all its own in the Uwharries. Many in Montgomery County believe. Some worldwide believe. But do you?
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Fire on the Mountain: Penland School of Crafts

The small towns in Mitchell and Yancey counties were known for minerals and mining until Harvey Littleton arrived and blew the doors off with his glasswork, turning the Toe River Valley into a hotbed for art.
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Little Pigs BBQ

Peggy Swicegood says her husband, Joe, is the face of this restaurant. For 50 years, he’s shared a smile and said hello.
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Exploring Statesville

For the highway traveler with stiff muscles and an empty belly, this town is a perfect stop.
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A Foothills Twist on Pie: The Sonker

Born of mysterious origins — each family’s recipe different from the next — this sweet, deep-dish confection is a celebrated part of North Carolina’s culinary landscape.
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