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The wild horses of the Outer Banks

by JFrye June - last edited June

Wild horses of the Outer BanksAlong the coast of North Carolina, a long, thin stretch of barrier islands called the Outer Banks are home to turquoise waters and envy-inducing beaches, a few intrepid full-time residents, and three herds of wild horses known as Banker Ponies. See the wild horses of the Outer Banks for yourself on your next trip to North Carolina.


Blues and Bluegrass in North Carolina

by JFrye April - last edited April

Blues and Bluegrass in North CarolinaSomewhere in the mountains along the border between North Carolina and Virginia, bluegrass – that American musical genre personified by banjo, mandolin and fiddle – was born. In Raleigh, Durham and surrounding cities, you’ll find plenty of places to get an earful of some mighty fine bluegrass and blues.


The Best Beaches in North CarolinaSummer in North Carolina means one thing: it’s time to hit the beach. With 320 miles of beaches in North Carolina, you’ll have no problem finding the perfect patch of sand for your blanket – it’s just a matter of deciding where you want to go from Raleigh. This quick guide to North Carolina’s three distinct beach areas—the Outer Banks, Crystal Coast, and Cape Fear—will help you decide where you should work on your tan this summer.


Mystery and Moonshine in North Carolina

by JFrye November - last edited November

Mystery and Moonshine in North CarolinaTell people you’re going to North Carolina and many of them will picture pristine beaches or mountains filled with colourful fall foliage. Others will conjure up images of jars of illegal moonshine marked “XXX” and stills manned by grizzled men in old-fashioned hats. But for a look at today's distilling practices, check out our guide to mystery and moonshine in North Carolina.


A Smoker's Guide to the Best BBQ in Raleigh

by JFrye March 2014 - last edited October

Raleigh's Best BBQ RestaurantsFew things stir up a heated debate among North Carolinians like barbecue. In a state that takes credit for birthing barbecue, and which calls itself the “Cradle of ‘Cue,” opinions run hot as to where serves up the best. Here are our picks for the Best BBQ in Raleigh, for aficionados and novices alike.


City of Oaks: A Beginner's Raleigh Guide

by JFrye December 2013 - last edited October

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Named in honour of Sir Walter Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina, was one of the first planned cities in the United States, and when the capital building opened for legislative business, there were few other dwellings in the “City of Oaks”. Today, Raleigh’s population is nearly 425,000, making it the second largest city in the state.