Small Towns

Downtown Asheboro, N.C.

Asheboro

Hip new restaurants, art galleries, outdoor sculptures, and some determined native sons and daughters have turned downtown into a place to be.
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Clear Run Grocery Bluegrass Session in Garland, N.C.

Clear Run Grocery

Most evenings, Clear Run Grocery sits dark and silent. But once a month, a bluegrass jam kicks up the dust and pulls in pickers and players from the surrounding Sandhills.
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Camden County Jail

Camden County Jail

Botched escapes and two fires highlight the history of the prison-turned-museum.
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Year of the North Carolina Vacation

September: Blue Ridge Harvest

Perched on a Blue Ridge Mountain peak, the Historic Orchard at Altapass tends to tradition with heirloom apples, homegrown music, and globetrotting butterflies on their way home.
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Year of the North Carolina Vacation

June: The Swimmin’ Hole

Amenities at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls may be new, but fun at The Bullhole goes back a ways at this gathering place on the South Yadkin River.
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Year of the North Carolina Vacation

February: Mardi Gras, Down East Style

It’ll be months before the sunseekers return to the Crystal Coast, but great music, free food, and community spirit bring out the crowds in Gloucester, despite February’s chill.
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Wake Forest

Celebrating its centennial, this central town offers old-fashioned affability with a modern twist.
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