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The July 2016 Issue

The Best of Summer

Play ball! Tour 9 minor league stadiums from Asheville to Zebulon.

Discover a slice of heaven in the Foothills with pies, ice cream, and yes, moonshine.

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

Plus: An ode to the freedom of the road, passing the torch, and one Carolina pickup truck.

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This Weekend in North Carolina: July 22-24

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.



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.


The Best Peach Ice Cream

Fragrant, local peaches bring out the sweetness of this ice cream.

NC Culture

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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.

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Bog Turtles Have Reason to Smile in Wilkes County

They may be tiny, but these wee bog turtles are tough.

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That Old-Time Sound: July 2016 Book Picks

Our mountains and Foothills have inspired generations of Carolina-born and -bred folk musicians — who have, themselves, inspired generations of writers. Four books tell the stories behind the musical storytellers.

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Studio Tour with Wood Sculptor Bob Trotman

Far from the corridors and offices of the figures he portrays, a sculptor comments on the dangers of the dollar.

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A Slice of Heaven in the North Carolina Foothills

Angela “Miss Angel” Shur sweetens the Foothills with pies, ice cream, and, yes, moonshine.

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