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Movie Sites of NC

Movie buffs who wonder where their favorite flicks were made in both South Carolina and North Carolina, should check out our full-blown feature story on this site. Visit Lights, Camera, Action!: Movie Sites of the Carolinas.

Blowing Rock Diversions

Blowing Rock, NC, in the state's western mountains is the inspiration for Mitford in the Jan Karon series. It's also home to Tweetsie Railroad (www.tweetsie.com), NC's oldest amusement park. .

Places to stay at Blowing Rock include charming accommodations. Among them are Maple Lodge (866-795-3331 or www.maplelodge.net), 152 Sunset Drive, and The Blowing Rock Victorian Inn (828-295-0034 or www.blowingrockvictorianinn.com), 242 Ransom St.

At the large Chetola resort (800-243-8652 or www.chetola.com), those who love fly fishing will discover NC's only Orvis-endorsed fly fishing lodge. For a pampering getaway, check out the Westglow Resort & Spa (800-562-0807 or www.westglow.com).

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An Oasis of Pampering: The Umstead Delights

Seeking to relax in pampered luxury? The Umstead Resort and Spa in Cary, NC, near Raleigh, delivers superb hotel facilities, a high level of service and the great outdoors at its doorstep. Nationally recognized editor and writer Ruthanne Terrero recently visited The Umstead on a Girlfriend Getaway. She provides insight about accommodations, spa treatments, outdoor hikes, dining, shopping and more!
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Fayetteville, NC: Americana in Action!

Home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, NC, is home to thousands of patriots. It's been that way since the city's founding. Even Lafayette was here! Fayetteville is the only U.S. city named for the Marquis de LaFayette that the French hero actually visited. With superb military history attractions, Fayetteville also fields a botanical garden, historic downtown, colorful festivals and a strong arts focus. Let's explore Americana in action!
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Much is New in "Can Do" Charlotte

Named after the 1700s-era Queen Charlotte of England, Charlotte is North Carolina's largest city, a US Airways hub airport city, home to the NFL Carolina Panthers, a town with much "uptown" development and an emerging center of the arts.

Charlotte's city-wide personality also exudes a strong "can do" attitude. In a fierce competition with two other southern cities, Charlotte recently snared the new NASCAR Hall of Fame, opening in 2010; a rendering of the building is shown in foreground of the photo above. So let's join North Carolina freelance writer Kathy Newbern to learn what's new and what's next in Charlotte.
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NC Center Delivers Whitewater Thrills

The South has exciting whitewater action on many wild rivers. But rafters don't have to go to the mountains for whitewater runs. They might head for the $38 million U.S. National Whitewater Center near Charlotte, NC, which offers raft trips in its challenging rapids. Outdoor writer and author Jack Horan gives readers an "up close" look at this exhilarating course. Let's run the wild waters and get wet with Jack.
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Energetic Raleigh Delivers New Features

North Carolina's capital city, Raleigh, has a spirit of renewal these days, thanks to new hotel development in the downtown area, the expansion of museums and the influx of chic new restaurants headed by young cutting-edge chefs.

A family friendly city, Raleigh has more than 20 free attractions for visitors. You might tour the North Carolina State Capitol building, check out dinosaurs at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences or just head for one of the lush, green parks throughout the city.

Freelance writer Katy Koontz takes a look at what's new in Raleigh this year, including the opening of the city's first luxury resort -- the Umstead Hotel and Spa. So come along and see what's new in the city this summer.
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A Tale of Two Inns: Balsam Mountain & Swag

Nestled within the mountains of North Carolina are many hospitable inns that cater to visitors seeking to get away from it all. In September 2007, we sent freelance writers Kathy Newbern and J. S. Fletcher to stay at the historic Balsam Mountain Inn near Dillsboro and The Swag Inn near Cold Mountain. In our "Tale of Two Inns" they report back to our readers on property features, dining options and decor, not to mention spectacular mountain vistas.
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Charlotte's Antique Fair: Ready, Set, BARGAIN!

This story was so endearing and quirky that we are running it in two places -- here on the North Carolina page and also within the Antiquing & Flea Market page in Travel Sections. We hope you'll enjoy reading it, regardless of which page you accessed.

So come with us as freelance writer Mary Mihaly and two friends head off to the Charlotte Antique & Collectibles Show. Ah, 400 dealers, so many treasures, so little time...

The antique fair is a monthly event, so you can go anytime of the year. Two times a year the show is termed a "Spectacular" with more vendors. Want to make a weekend of it? For those who don't want to shop forever, Mary details some museum options in Charlotte.

So, get ready to bargain with Mary at the Charlotte Antique Fair.
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Pampering Enclave: Grove Park Inn, Asheville

Getting away was never so simple. Our North Carolina freelance writers Kathy S. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher review the Grove Park Inn and its perks for travelers.

Want a great spa? Looking for relaxation with golf or mountain scenery? Simply need a luxurious place to chill out? Then this is the place.

Come along with Kathy and J.S. as they detail what's new and tried-and-true at the deluxe Grove Park Inn.
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