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Tunnel Vision: Blue Ridge Parkway

It’s a quintessential part of the western North Carolina experience: driving through one of our 25 Blue Ridge Parkway tunnels. But if you’ve only thought about what you’ll see when you get to the other side, well, you’re missing something.

What Makes Us Southern: Pimento Cheese

Did you know those spicy pimentos were first mixed in to protect fresh cheese from flies? Did you know the spread’s origins may actually be from up North? But then our companies — Star Foods in Burlington, Ruth’s Salads in Charlotte — began making it, and then we all started eating it, and before long, pimento cheese belonged to us.

An Introduction to Frying

My first weekend in North Carolina included a trip to the State Fair, and there I learned a thing so important that it sounds absurd. But it’s true: The thing about fried foods — and I had to move to North Carolina to learn this — is they will solve the world’s problems if you let them. OK — an extreme claim, but stay with me. We’ll see if I can’t convince you.

The Big Chip: Dorton Arena

Every year thousands of people at the North Carolina State Fair walk by Dorton Arena, not realizing the building is one of the state’s most ambitious — and historically significant — pieces of architecture.

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