Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the feeling of a small town wrapped in a big city. Once known for its industries like tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem has broadened its appeal as a center of art, culture, and food while still paying homage to its past.
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North Carolina is one of those states that nearly everyone loves. Yet, when asked to name their favorite place, people frequently overlook it. From the Great Smokey Mountains to the sandy beaches of the Outer Banks, this is one of the most diverse states in the union. The Tar Heel state became famous for agriculture, namely Tobacco. Yet today, you’re more likely to stumble on vineyards and orchards than rows of tobacco or cotton. Once closely associated with slavery, the state is more commonly associated with entrepreneurs and big business.
For many people their first exposure to North Carolina is the Outer Banks. Over 150 miles of broad sandy beaches with almost no people welcome visitors every summer. On the opposite side of the state and not to be overlooked are the hills and mountains around Ashville – once home to one of the largest furniture industries in the world. Not to be missed is the broad stretch in the middle. Here you’ll find vineyards and mile after mile of barbeque establishments. Whatever your interest, you’ll probably find it in North Carolina. There’s something for everyone here.
Throughout North Carolina’s Old Salem Museums & Gardens, skilled craftsmen and interpreters live and work as though they were Moravian settlers in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
Mount Airy, North Carolina–affectionately known as Mayberry–was Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. But Mount Airy is more than Mayberry, too. This charming town offers good eats, excitement in the great outdoors, and unexpected history lessons, with a bit of moonshine thrown in for good measure.
History is now front and center in many North Carolina distilleries. And this time, it’s legal.
With over five miles of riverfront access, endless hiking opportunities, and mountain vistas for days, the setting of the Singletree Gun and Plough is a place to completely lose yourself in nature while not-quite-roughing-it.
Barbecue in Lexington, North Carolina, is something special. And restaurants here take it seriously. After all, it’s a 100-year-old tradition in these parts.
Infinitely winding roads curve over streams and beside vast stretches of vineyards that used to be tobacco fields. They pass hillsides and wrap around a myriad of family-run wineries in mid-harvest. This is North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, a natural beauty full of some of the state’s finest vineyards and most skilled winemakers.