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The city of Asheville is a cornucopia of country inns, lodges and bed and breakfast
accommodations. B&Bs are tucked away in residential communities, scattered throughout
downtown and perched atop mountainous streets.
Ahh. . . Asheville. Often touted as the darling of the Blue Ridge and
as home to the largest residence in the U.S. (George Vanderbilts Biltmore Estate),
Western North Carolinas sweet spot is more than the things its known for.
Ashevilles location in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains makes a
car a must. So much to see and do surrounds the city that being without wheels can be
frustrating. But, once youve reached your destination, be it Biltmore House or the
in-town area full of galleries and specialty shops, expect to do a lot of walking.
Traffic and poor public transportation are Charlotte's drawbacks. For a great stay in
Charlotte, choose a hotel that is close to where you'll work or play.
Most visitors venture to the Queen City of the South as business
travelers. Whether you're here on business or passing through on your way up or down the
East Coast, the shopping and sports make stopovers special.
Visitors may opt to visit this Southern city during the fall when the
leaves are changing through North Carolina. However, spring is a great time to visit as
well, given travellers can head to both the beach and the mountains. The weather is
pleasant and mild during the spring and stays nice through October.
|Afro-American Cultural Center
Carolina Place Mall
Carolina Raptor Center
Carolinas Aviation Museum
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte Philharmonis Orchestra
Charlotte Sports Center
Childrens Theatre Of Charlotte
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Long Island Marina
Mint Museum Of Art
Museum Of The Waxhaws
North Carolina Dance Theatre
Paramounts Carowinds Water
Queens Cup Steeplechase Races
The College Place
Keep in mind that although the Triangle area does have a generally slower pace of life
than if it was one big city, there can be traffic jams.
Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, dubbed the
Triangle, is a hotbed of education, sports, government and business. And while it features
several different hotel markets, there are ample choices for every kind of traveller in
its more than 20,000 rooms.
The mild climate makes the area a pleasant year-round destination,
although with NC State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University
and other smaller schools in the area it can be difficult to get a room during the
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Asheville, North Carolina
To B&B or Not to B&B: by Diane Goldberg.
When you're drooling over web pages purveying Jacuzzis built for two,
it is easy to assume that a bed and breakfast inn is the perfect site for a night of
romance. And, you'd be right. But Ashville's bed
and breakfast inns also have a lot to offer the business traveller.
Bald Head Island, North Carolina
The Dunes of Bald Head Island: by Mary Mihaly.
Like a broken bracelet of sandy beads carelessly tossed, North
Carolina's barrier chain of islands meets the sea with elegant defiance. At their
southernmost tip lies Bald Head Island,
semitropical and welcoming, a fragile strip of land so skinny that visitors can watch the
sun both rise and set over the Atlantic from the same front porch.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
A Day in the Life of Blowing Rock: by Jan McDaniel.
Adopted hometown of popular Mitford series author Jan Karon, Blowing Rock consists of a few short blocks
lined with galleries, specialty shops, restaurants and inns. With a park and stone library
in the center of town and flowers blooming everywhere, it's a laid-back and charming
Brevard, North Carolina
North Carolina's Hidden Gem: by Jennifer DeSaegher.
However small it is, there's a lot to say about Brevard. It's charming. It's rustic. Above all, it's
beautiful. Most vacationers to the area are drawn to Brevard's 200 waterfalls.
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
Pleasure Island - Naturally: by Dan Bell.
If the name 'Pleasure Island'
draws visions in your head of white-sand beaches warmed by the sun and the shimmering blue
Atlantic Ocean reflecting a clear blue sky, you're right. But 'the island', as the locals
call it, offers a smorgasbord of natural delights.
Charlotte, North Carolina
A Taste of Chinatown: by Diane Goldberg.
For decades, Shun Lee Palace has won accolades as Charlotte's top
take-out or eat-in Chinese Restaurant. Located at 4340 Colwick Road, across from the
Cotswold Mall, one block from Randolph Road.
A True Charlotte Landmark: by Diane Goldberg.
Every 'best of' listing in Charlotte includes the Landmark Diner,
spotlighting the restaurant's scrumptious desserts. Located at 4429 Central Avenue.
Queen City of the New South: by Diane Goldberg.
From the arrogantly shabby galleries of the historical North Davidson
area to the upfront, upscale south Charlotte suburbs, the Queen City - named in honor of Charlotte of
Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who had become queen consort of British King George III the year
before the city's founding - is definitely the gateway to the New South.
The Planet Grill - Out of This World: by Diane Goldberg.
The Planet Grill offers do-it-yourself dining. All the ingredients you
need to create dishes from the four corners of the world are on the buffet table.
The Quietest Busy City in America: by Scott Veith.
Rarely does the entertainment and nightlife of a big city merge with
the peaceful, calm neighborhoods of a small town. The Charlotte metropolitan area has
Hatteras Village, North Carolina
Hatteras Lighthouse Moves Home: by Dale Kiefer.
Hatteras Lighthouse has stood sentinel over some of the most treacherous waters in the
Atlantic. Visitors to North Carolina's Outer Banks can enter the lighthouse from the third
Friday in April through Columbus Day.
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