A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Each month, folks cast their votes in our monthly, North Carolina-themed match-ups, The Our State Great Debate. Below are the five topics that received the most votes and stirred up

Madison County Championship Rodeo

Each month, folks cast their votes in our monthly, North Carolina-themed match-ups, The Our State Great Debate. Below are the five topics that received the most votes and stirred up

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Each month, folks cast their votes in our monthly, North Carolina-themed match-ups, The Our State Great Debate. Below are the five topics that received the most votes and stirred up

Our State’s 5 Greatest Debates of 2021

Each month, folks cast their votes in our monthly, North Carolina-themed match-ups, The Our State Great Debate. Below are the five topics that received the most votes and stirred up the most, ahem, passionate discussion. And if you haven’t already, you can still make your voice heard!


Which homegrown tune would you *never* skip: “Carolina Girls” or “Carolina in My Mind”?

“Carolina Girls” by General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board
“Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor
 
 
 
 
 
 

Required reading: Carolina in My Mind and Shag, You Say? Oh, Behave!


Which quintessential winter destination is No. 1 in your heart: Boone or Blowing Rock?

Boone
Blowing Rock
 
 
 
 
 
 

Required reading: City Portrait: Boone and A Storied Retreat in Blowing Rock


Which soda are you sipping: Pepsi or Cheerwine?

Pepsi
Cheerwine
 
 
 
 
 
 

Required reading: The Story of Pepsi  and The History of Cheerwine
Required recipe: Pop Goes the Cake: Soda-Infused Recipes


Which barbecue style is superior: east or west?

East
West
 
 
 
 
 
 

Required reading: 25 Essential North Carolina Barbecue Joints
Required recipe: Mom’s Prized Pineapple Pig Pickin’ Cake


Which do you prefer: Duke’s or Hellmann’s?

Duke’s
Hellmann’s
 
 
 
 
 
 

This story was published on Dec 21, 2021

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