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North Carolina’s Cherokee Heritage

by SCrosland May - last edited October

North Carolina’s Cherokee HeritageWhen Spanish explorers recorded Native Americans in the mid-16th century, it was the first time those outside of Native American cultures became aware of the Cherokee Nation. But this group’s rich history extends much deeper into what is now the United States, especially in the Great Smoky Mountains. An ideal destination for those interested in learning about Cherokee heritage and history, experience the beautiful setting of the tribe’s traditional homelands on your next trip to North Carolina.


Beer City: A Neighbourhood Guide to Asheville

by SCrosland February - last edited October

A Neighbourhood Guide to AshevilleGeorge Vanderbilt’s historic Biltmore Mansion and the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway may have been why many made a stop in this charming mountain town in the past. But these days, downtown Asheville’s restaurants, shops, breweries, and music venues draw those seeking local culture in North Carolina. Take a peek at our neighbourhood guide to Asheville to find out where to go on your next trip.


Five Ways to Get Revved for NASCAR in Charlotte

by SCrosland November 2014 - last edited October

Five Ways to Get Revved for NASCAR in CharlotteHome to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame and one of the world’s largest speedways, Charlotte is a favourite pit stop for auto racing lovers. From a Hall of Fame complex chock-a-block with fascinating memorabilia to exhilarating experiences that put you in the driver’s seat, these are the top five spots to experience NASCAR in Charlotte—without attending a single race.


The Top Five Charlotte Wineries

by SCrosland October 2014 - last edited October

Top 5 Charlotte Wineries

When it comes to fine wines, travellers tend to head west to California’s coast or the hills of Washington State. But the Southeast U.S. has a growing grape scene with a variety of vineyards dotting the rural areas around Charlotte. At these five Charlotte wineries you’ll find award-winning varietals and gorgeous vineyard views, all paired with the region’s signature Southern charm.


Ten of the Best US Gay Pride Festivals

by ClaireBullen July 2014 - last edited July 2014

Ten of the Best US Gay Pride FestivalsHeld in cities all over the world, Pride is a rich and important celebration of LGBT communities, a festive and politically charged occasion that’s as colourful as it is inclusive. This past weekend saw a number of Gay Pride festivals light up across the US. But while June may be a high point for Pride, the party isn’t over yet.


Urban Trends: Charlotte's Mobile Fashion Boutiques

by SCrosland January 2014 - last edited October

Charlotte Mobile Fashion BoutiquesMove over, food trucks! Fashion trucks are taking trends to the road. Mobile fashion boutiques are pulling in at events and festivals around Charlotte to offer new ways to shop for clothing and accessories. You’ll want to hit the road for these five North Carolina-based trucks selling the latest styles – without stepping foot in a store.