From Space Flights to Starry Nights at PARI

The mountains of western North Carolina hold many secrets. One, a site in the Pisgah National Forest, has led lives as a space-age relic, a Cold War stronghold, and, today, a science center.
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Open Hearts Bakery Morganton

Morganton: Open Hearts Bakery

Volunteers at St. Matthews Church in Morganton bake laughter and love into every loaf at Open Hearts Bakery.
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Garden of Eaten Cafe Hickory

Hickory: Garden of Eaten

The Garden of Eaten Cafe at First Baptist Church in Hickory welcomes diners for food and fellowship.
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What The Locals Know: Morehead City

A few locals share where to go and what to do while in town.
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Derick McLeod Hillsborough BBQ Company

Hillsborough BBQ Company

The stained glass, hardwood floors, and full bar make this restaurant look upscale, but the flavor of the barbecue is smoky and down-home.
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Weeping Radish Brewery Butchery and Pub

Germany Comes to Grandy: Weeping Radish

A quirky combination of a brewpub, butchery, and farm creates an experience that brings in curious travelers from miles around.

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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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Bernie Harberts and mule Woody

Mule Rider

Bored with sailing the open seas alone for five years, one man decided to cross his home state in a manner unlike any other. And then he kept on going.
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Safe Exit

They are the overlooked amenities on our state’s highways: 60 state-run rest areas placed for travelers’ convenience and designed to appease road fatigue. For some people, it may be their only introduction to North Carolina. So we want these places to be nice.
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N.C. Flag

Tales of the Fourth-Grade Field Trip

Each year, our state’s fourth graders examine North Carolina’s history for a state-mandated project. But one mother found plenty for the family to learn, too.
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J Chris Wilson

Scenes from 64

Landscape artist Chris Wilson has taken on a mighty big project: He’s producing 100 large-scale oil paintings of scenes along the 563 miles of the U.S. Highway 64 corridor.
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