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matt rose_Overmountain Vinyard, NC

7 North Carolina Wines You Shouldn’t Miss

When residents of other states consider North Carolina wines, there are two typical reactions: “North Carolina makes wine?” or “I’m generally not a fan of Muscadine.” While the Muscadine myth is a topic for another day, this perception problem in
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swamps

Traveling North Carolina’s Swamps

Swamps keep their secret wonders hidden well. Under their murky black water, behind impenetrable tangles of vines, and among towering cypress draped in curtains of Spanish moss, adventure lurks.
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kudzu

Kudzu

More than a hundred years ago, Japanese arrowroot — aka kudzu — found a home in porch-side flower beds across the South. No one suspected the lush vine with the pretty purple flowers was a monster hell-bent on devouring everything in its path.
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Screen Doors

Screen Doors

Its mission may seem simple — keep out bugs and let in breeze — but on a sultry summer day, a screen door is sublime. Comprising little more than wire mesh, a wooden frame, and a handful of hardware, it creates a barrier and an invitation, and an unmistakable sound that defines summer.
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Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Traveling By Trail: The Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail might not have the cachet of the Appalachian Trail, and is even partly theoretical, but for hikers looking for a more varied path, it’s right up their alley.
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The Cape Fear River in North Carolina

The Muscle of the Cape Fear River

The Cape Fear River runs inland like the main artery of history from the sea to the mountains. It’s one of only four rivers contained entirely within the borders of the state and the only one that empties directly into the ocean. It flows for some 200 miles, cutting right through the heart of the state, containing in its drainage basin 116 towns and cities in 26 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
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Pan Cooked Trout

Fresh from the River

Learn three simple, well-balanced ways to cook local trout.
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roadsideflowers

Roadside Flowers

The Department of Transportation’s wildflower program brings back-road scenery to North Carolina’s busiest highways.
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The Appalachian Trail: Peak of Perfection

You have to work to savor the majesty of the Appalachian Trail, but there’s much to appreciate — and preserve.
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Pinehurst No. 2: Pure Pinehurst

The home of American golf, Pinehurst No. 2 nearly lost itself trying to be great. But after a yearlong restoration, it looks just like it always should have, right at home in the North Carolina Sandhills.
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