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My family and I decided to go on a last minute trip at the end of this summer, and North Carolina met our criteria of minimal crowds and no flying. We drove south from NYC to the Outer Banks, then headed west all the way to the Appalachian Mountains. There, we found the highlight of our trip: Pisgah National Forest. Here’s why this wooded paradise provided the perfect backdrop to a classic family adventure.

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks may be known for surf fishing, over-the-top vacation homes, o — if you obsessively watch the Weather Channel this time of year — hurricanes, but after just a day on the ground in these barrier islands, you’ll see them in a completely different light.

You have to wonder what Paul and Tracy Wilkes did. Rob banks? Run a Ponzi scheme? They had to have done something terrible. Because no couple devotes so much of their time to doing good.

Greensboro’s for the Dogs

A finger, slightly dirty with chipped nail polish, pointed right at me. “How would you feel if you were chained up, your fur was covered in snow, and it was 3 degrees below zero outside?!” Kids say the darndest things. Except this happened to be more truth than darnd. The student was describing the winter walk that inspired her art teacher, Libby Scandale, to found Project Bark.

There’s no real way of describing the magical mystery that can be found at 606 South Elm Street in Greensboro, NC. Some call Elsewhere a “collective,” others a “playground.” Operations curator Valerie Wiseman calls it a “living museum.” But what kind of museum allows you to touch, play, build, nap, and create — and has a “ghost room”?

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook continue to amaze us with their weekend travel plans. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately.

We just launched our Best Spring Trips 2012 list and yesterday on IT we gave you three ideas for yoga-centered trips. But if the longer spring days are awakening the inner adventurer in you, then strap on some spurs, saddle up a horse, and read on for three trip ideas that will take you out…

By: Cindy Scott If you’ve sunken your teeth into Traveler‘s September issue, you’ve surely noticed the delectable food trails we featured. Love Louisiana gumbo? Craving Vermont cheddar? You’ll find delicious, state-specific travel ideas for footloose foodies in our Taste of Travel section this month. On page 40, we highlight the North Carolina Barbecue Society’s North…

Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids. Every family probably has that one special vacation spot they visit annually – a favorite place that both parents and kids…

Found: The Perfect Summer Weekend

When a friend accepted a job as a television reporter in Asheville, North Carolina, I promised her I’d get down for a visit. Months later, a mutual friend and I booked plane tickets. The trip turned out to be the perfect summer weekend: a little bit of city, a little bit of country, and a…

Asheville: Beer City USA

Emily Chaplin Krug shares why North Carolina’s funky city of Asheville is the go-to place for great beers. In Provence it’s pastis, in Morocco mint tea, and in Asheville, North Carolina the inevitable answer to the question “What would you like to drink?” is beer. A hoppy pale ale perhaps, or a chocolate porter, but…

Today marks the start of Black History Month, and the opening of a new civil rights museum in North Carolina. Alison Brick has the details.   Fifty years ago today, four African-American men, freshmen at the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina, changed history by sitting down at a Woolworth’s whites-only lunch counter in…

It worked for the Wright brothers, but what can wind do for beer? Sam Boykin shares the secret of the country’s first wind-powered brewpub. It was the Outer Banks’ strong and steady winds that attracted Orville and Wilbur Wright to North Carolina’s Kill Devil Hills. And while the Outer Banks Brewing Station may never measure…

Proximity Goes Platinum

The Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina A few months ago, we ran this fantastic video, produced by former researcher Alison Ogden and NG Channel Advanced Media Producer Chris Keener about the opening of the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina. At the time, Alison interviewed hotel manager Dennis Quaintance about the steps he was…

I Just Wanna Shout!

Those of you spending this weekend in Charlotte, NC,  should be prepared to eat. The city is serving up some food, fun, and music as world-renowned and local chefs meet up for the Shout Culinary Arts Experience. The two-day event features interactive cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Cat Cora from Iron Chef America, Billy…

The Long Weekend: Asheville, North Carolina

NG Books Editorial Assistant Hunter Braithwaite has returned from a visit to Asheville, North Carolina and sends us his report. Asheville is remote, peculiar, and self-obsessed—three of the main reasons that it deserves your attention. Having heard great things about the town, my girlfriend and I were excited to use the excuse of a friend’s…

Every year since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has added 12 places to its list of “distinctive destinations” in the U.S. These destinations “offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes, and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization.” This year’s destinations include: Aiken, South…

Up Close to the Proximity Hotel

“Travelling Without Footprints,” is a video series exploring carbon-friendly travel experiences. In this first installment, former Traveler researcher Ali Ogden takes us to the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina, where owner Dennis Quaintance shows us what it takes to make a hotel green as he works toward achieving LEED Platinum status. His notion is…

True Nature Country Fair

It’s been a while since IT covered a fair or festival—too many light displays, art installations, sand castles, and huhu grubs last season, we suppose. However, after writer Kathryn O’Shea-Evans introduced us to this sustainable fest, our obsession was renewed. In her own words: I’m all for funnel cake and roller coasters, but the Organic…

And Baby Makes Three

Assistant editor Amy Alipio may be on maternity leave, but she’s still living the Traveler life. She filled us in on her recent trip to the Outer Banks: This was my second stay in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and although I like mini-golf courses and family seafood restaurants as much as anyone, next time I’ll…