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Eat Local: MOUNTAIN VIEW RESTAURANT, Little Switzerland

Everyone loves having dinner and a show, and it’s even better when that show is a timeless vista sprawling out before you, layers of mountains disappearing into the horizon with raptors soaring overhead. 562 more words

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Drink Local: COPPER BARREL DISTILLERY, North Wilkesboro

Wilkes County is known for two major contributions to history, one begat by the other: NASCAR racing and moonshine. Brewing in this area can be traced back to Scot-Irish immigrants, and the high-octane product was sold quietly to trusted buyers as a way to dodge overly high Federal taxes imposed after the Whiskey Rebellion. 756 more words

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At the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Highway 181 in Pineola sits a little garage-turned-deli that has delighted the hearts and filled the tummies of hungry travelers for two decades. 450 more words

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Hiking Trails: WISEMAN'S VIEW, Linville Gorge

Rugged Linville Gorge, often referred to the Grand Canyon of the East Coast, offers some of the most beautiful views in western North Carolina. One of the best places to see these panoramic views also happens to be one of the easiest trails in the entire High Country region. 892 more words

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Hiking Trails- CHESTOA VIEW, Linville

The Blue Ridge Parkway is many things to many people. Some see it as just a road. Some see it still as a road, but a very pretty one. 547 more words

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North Carolina is a state very rich in natural mineral resources, and there’s no better place to learn about them than the Museum of North Carolina Minerals in Spruce Pine. 483 more words

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Attractions: DOC'S ROCKS GEM MINE, Blowing Rock

North Carolina has been affectionately called “the treasure chest of the States”, and rightfully so, considering the Old North State is home to over 300 varieties of gemstones and minerals, the most of any in the nation. 1,184 more words

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