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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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Out and About February 2014

Out and About February 2014

As winter winds down, get out and explore. From Valentine’s Day celebrations to antiques, there’s lots to do in North Carolina this month.
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Winter Farmers Markets

North Carolina ranks third in the nation in the number of winter farmers markets. Find out what makes these six winter markets worth a visit.
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Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race

The Little Brown Shack Out Back: Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race

Sapphire Valley’s Outhouse Races look like foolery. But pure devotion usually does.
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