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Carolina Barbecue 'A Culture of Its Own'

Along with noting the difference between Eastern and Lexington style, USA Today says "barbecue in the Carolinas is as varied as the geography," which packs "several distinct styles and specialties into a relatively small region."

Beaufort tops 'America's Favorite Towns'

Travel + Leisure readers ranked the Crystal Coast town of Beaufort No. 1 in its category for "its quaint, tree-lined downtown and colorful history – populated with plenty of fishermen and even a fair share of pirates."

North Carolina Hotels Earn Readers' Choice Nods

Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands ranked No. 45 on Condé Nast Traveler's list of 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. Westglow Resort & Spa in Blowing Rock ranked No. 7 among the Top 12 Destination Resort Spas in the World.

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    Explore North Carolina's coastal marshes, central lakes and mountain rivers on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure.

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    At Mast General Store and other country stores in the High Country, there's an old-time hospitality that keeps locals and visitors coming back.

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    This award-winning museum is home to a world-class collection including 30 Rodin sculptures, a center for special exhibitions and a 164-acre Museum Park.

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    The recently moved and restored 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton is the last lighthouse of its kind in the world.
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    Highlands is a summer retreat with local artisans, waterfalls, fly fishing, mountain vacation rentals and a resort spa.
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    Visit Asheville to explore the boyhood home that inspired stories by early 20th century American author Thomas Wolfe.
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    Visitors can enjoy local beers and wines and diverse dining and nightlife in Winston-Salem, which Livability.com named one of the nation's best downtowns.

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    History comes to life in Winston-Salem, where you'll find some of the nation's best-preserved colonial heritage sites at Historic Bethabara Park, Historic Bethania and Old Salem Museum & Gardens.

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High Country Getaway

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