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A Taste of Local Flavor in Asheville

When I first visited Asheville, North Carolina, five years ago, I remember noting the power of the “Love Asheville, Go Local” posters I saw in nearly every store or restaurant window I passed. This fall I was excited to return to Asheville and see that the city had taken its hometown pride to even greater heights. Here are four ways to get a taste of Asheville’s distinctive regional flavor.

Adventure 101: Hang Gliding the Outer Banks

There’s a reason that the Wright brothers picked the Outer Banks to take their first flight: reliable breezes, wide open, non-vegetated spaces, and 100-foot dunes—the tallest on the Atlantic coast—where even novices can fly safely before alighting in soft sand. Your first flight in a hang glider “might just change your life,” says Andy Torrington, who has been teaching the sport near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, since 1991.

Appalachian Wonderland: Pisgah National Forest

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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.

The 10 Best BBQ Joints in America

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.

24 Hours in the Outer Banks

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.

A Couple of Keepers: Tracy + Paul Wilkes

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.

Weird in a Good Way: The Elsewhere Museum

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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

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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.

Spring Trips: Find Your Home on the Range

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…

North Carolina Barbecue Trail – The Extra Mile

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…

Bridging a Gap: North Carolina’s Sunset Beach

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…