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The August 2016 Issue

Sweet Dreams

With more beekeepers here than in any other state, North Carolina has a long, sweet history of cultivating honey.

Sweet talk: Honey. Sugar. Sweetie. Spend enough time in North Carolina, and you’ll notice our language is syrupy.

A trip to The Candy Factory in Lexington takes candy lovers back to a simpler, sweeter time.

From the Waldorf Astoria to the White House and back, Ridgeway’s cantaloupes are famous for their sweetness.

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This Weekend in North Carolina: July 29-31

Your guide to events happening across the state this weekend.

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Like a Local: Davidson & Cornelius

Though Davidson and Cornelius neighbor each other, the two Mecklenburg County towns are hardly cut from the same cloth. They beautifully coexist, but each town still stands out on its own.

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The Dog Days of Summer: 10 Hot Dog Joints Across the State

Mustard, onions, chili — and memories: North Carolina hot dog joints are reminiscent of simpler times.

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City Portrait: Goldsboro

Wherever you go in this Wayne County city, you’ll find yourself crossing railroad tracks.

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Queen for a Day on Lake Norman

Finding rest, relaxation, and a new view of Lake Norman aboard the Catawba Queen riverboat. It’s about the ride, not the race.

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A Proper Meal in a Mountain Town

In a sea of restaurants touting their down-home fare, a chef in Boone is serving up the real deal. The proof is in the (tomato) pie.


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30 North Carolina Ice Cream Shops We Love

Sunny days taste best when served in a cone. As you travel throughout North Carolina, use our guide to find some of the state’s most delicious ice cream.


Carolina BLT

Add your favorite North Carolina hot sauce to mayonnaise to give your BLT a creamy kick.


Tomato and Ricotta Frittata

Treat your brunch guests to a summer frittata that is bursting with color and flavor.

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Duck Donuts, An Outer Banks Tradition

A doughnut shop of humble beginnings, Duck Donuts has become a beloved destination for every Outer Banks visitor in need of a good sugar rush.

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6 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Piedmont to Try This Summer

All across central North Carolina, the Piedmont is serving up fresh, local dishes at some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the state.

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10 Extreme Frozen Treats to Try This Summer

July’s extreme heat calls for extreme measures in the form of giant banana splits, artful honeysuckle sorbet, and more. Cool off with one of these tasty, unexpected treats.

NC Culture

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Our State Great Eight: The Vine Next Door

Making peace with the leafy green invader that (allegedly) ate the South.

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August Welcome Letter: Save Room

There’s nothing quite like a homemade dessert, like Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson’s favorite pound cake, made with love in her grandmother’s kitchen.

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Home & Garden

What’s Old is New Again at Madcap Cottage in High Point

For two fellows holding open-armed court inside an old High Point pharmacy, fanciful furniture, clothing, and bespoke dog collars capture the imagination.

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Home & Garden

The 6 Stages of How a House Becomes a Home

In six phases, a house grows and develops to reflect the people who live there.

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Memories of Pulling Tobacco, a Labor of Love

The notion of pulling tobacco is much more romantic than the reality of working in the fields.

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The Best Seat in the Stadium

When you’ve grown up listening to the Atlanta Braves on the radio, the opportunity to watch a baseball game — any baseball game — from the broadcast booth is like a dream come true.