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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.

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The Top Five Charlotte Wineries

by SCrosland October - 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.

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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.

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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. 

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Five Best BBQ Joints in Charlotte

by SCrosland January 2014 - last edited October

The Best BBQ in CharlotteNorth Carolina has long been known for its pork barbecue, and though locals will tell you the best is found in mom-and-pop joints in small towns around the state, Charlotte has recently begun staking its claim on the famed fare. At these five modern spots you can tuck into smoked, pulled, and chopped dishes for a taste of the best BBQ in Charlotte.

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The Queen City: A Beginner's Charlotte Guide

by SCrosland December 2013 - last edited October

The Queen City | Charlotte GuideCharlotte isn’t your typical Southern American city. Yes, you’ll find oak-lined streets, quiet neighbourhoods, and traditional Southern fare served up with a “thank y’all.” But as the largest city in the state of North Carolina, Charlotte also features gleaming skyscrapers, a diverse population, and an urbane vibe you won’t find in many other places in the South.  

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