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Register Now to Run The Krispy Kreme Challenge

November 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The cooler weather has finally arrived, and there are two options—well, we guess three options. Stay inside and watch television, fly somewhere warm, or train and prepare for a little athletic competition. We’re leaning towards the third and final option, as registration has opened for one of the country’s best races.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 14, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to plan and prepare—and with the Valentine’s Day date maybe you can even find a romantic runner to share in the big day.

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Why Amtrak Will Be Stopping for BBQ in North Carolina

October 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend Amtrak is making an extra stop down in North Carolina, and it’s all because of a little bit of barbecue.

October 25 is the day for this year’s rendition of the Barbecue Festival in uptown Lexington, North Carolina, and organizers are expecting over 100,000 attendees for the 31st annual event. The Parade of Pigs kicks off just before 9am, and then the food tents and fun opens up just around 10am. The festival is consistently on best-of lists and other must-do rundowns when it comes to food festivals, so this one is certainly one to cross off from your barbecue bucket list.

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Lesser Known Islands of the USA: Bald Head Island, NC

May 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.

What’s Bald Head Island?

Situated off the coast of North Carolina, Bald Head Island does its thing as a vacation wonderland. The business and industry is based on you coming to visit, so hurry up and head down for a trip. It might not have the charm of a seasonal seaside village, but what it does have is the attention to detail of what most are looking for when it comes to rest and relaxation. Thanks to past storms the island is no longer truly an island by some definitions, but you're going to need to get there by boat. So we say it counts.

How To Get There

Those coming in to North Carolina should probably make their way to Wilmington, and then from there it’s about 90 minutes to where you’re going to pick up the ferry. Travel by boat only takes 20 minutes, and it will set you back around $25 per adult for a round-trip fare. Things depart out of Deep Point Marina in Southport, and ferries leave the mainland on the hour and from the island on the half hour. No need to worry about the rates for taking your car, as that’s not an option—we’ll get to that in a minute.

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Lessen Your Daytona 500 Hangover with the NASCAR Hall of Fame

February 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

It was a busy weekend for NASCAR fans with plenty of racing action taking place down in Daytona Beach, Florida. Crazy crashes during Saturday’s race forced even the fans to the hospital—looks like everyone is at least stable—and Sunday brought Jimmie Johnson his second ever Daytona 500 victory. You could call it the Super Bowl of the series, so it’s understandable that this week might be a little disappointing after all that excitement. That’s why we suggest nursing your NASCAR hangover at their Hall of Fame over in Charlotte.

They’ve got pretty much everything and anything on display at the hall, and they’ve even found the space to cram in 31 full sized racecars as well. Over 50 digital displays help recreate history right in front of your eyes, and there are even plenty of buttons so you can choose exactly what you want to see, hear, and feel. There’s even a moonshine still on display to represent some of racing’s good ol’ days—ha.

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Get Up Close with Ringtails, Bush Babies, and More at the Duke Lemur Center

Where: 3705 Erwin Road [map], Durham, NC, United States, 22705
December 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you love lemurs and want to see them in their native habitat, you’re going to have to get to the island of Madagascar, where the animals are natives. But if you can’t quite make it to Africa (or Sir Richard Branson's island sanctuary for them), there’s a pretty good plan B: the Duke Lemur Center, at Duke University in Durham, NC, not far from the Raleigh/Durham airport.

The center at Duke is home to the world’s largest sanctuary for prosimian animals, which includes lemurs, bush babies, aye-ayes, and other adorable creatures.

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Krispy Kreme Kicks Off Their 75th Year in Best Way Possible with Free Donuts

July 12, 2012 at 10:21 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the south's most iconic fattening foods, the Krispy Kreme donut, turns the big 75 this year. To celebrate, the city of Winston-Salem, NC is throwing a massive party. It makes sense since this is the birthplace of the sticky, melty, oh so yummy donuts.

This Friday night is when the free-and-open-to-the-public shindig goes down in downtown with live music, food stalls and trucks, and (obviously) glazed goodies. If you can't make it, no worries. The Krispy Kreme Cruiser, a tour bus full of tasty snacks, is traveling the country and delivering donuts to the masses. You can follow the bus online to see if it's stopping where you live.

[Photo: jcapaldi]

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'Iron Man 3' to Make Wilmington, NC the Comic Geek Capitol of the World

May 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Forget San Diego, the ultimate comic geek destination this summer will be Wilmington, N.C.

With The Avengers already in theaters, the next flick in the mega Marvel movie franchise is about to start shooting.

Iron Man 3 is set to begin filming in Wilmington any day now. The movie's star, Robert Downey Jr., has even been spotted around town.

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On the Trail of 'The Hunger Games': Where the Cast Crashed

Where: 151 Haywood Street [map], Asheville, NC, United States, 28801
April 5, 2012 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you loved The Hunger Games and can't sit still until the next film installment hits theaters, might we suggest some HG-related tourism? This week, we'll highlight a few Hunger Games locations that you can visit...without having to fight anyone to the death.

Seeing the locations used in The Hunger Games is pretty cool. We've already shown you the forest and the Capitol, but if you want a slightly more behind-the-scenes feel, check out the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville, NC.

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On the Trail of 'The Hunger Games': Where the Tribute Interviews Were Filmed

Where: 130 North Tryon Street [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28202
April 4, 2012 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you loved The Hunger Games and can't sit still until the next film installment hits theaters, might we suggest some HG-related tourism? This week, we'll highlight a few Hunger Games locations that you can visit...without having to fight anyone to the death.

Although most of the movie was filmed in rural towns in eastern North Carolina, the interior shots in the Capitol required something with slightly more gloss. The state's biggest city, Charlotte, served as the backdrop for many Capitol locations.

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Knight Theater was transformed into the auditorium where Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci) interviews the tributes and presents them on TV. That also means it's the place where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) showed off her red evening gown and where Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) admitted he was in love with her for the first time. Even without the crazily-styled Capitol residents in the crowd, it's pretty easy to feel the magic in the building as it is now.

[Photo: Lion's Gate/FanPop]

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On the Trail of 'The Hunger Games': Where Katniss and Gale Learned to Hunt

Where: 1001 Pisgah Hwy [map], Pisgah Forest, NC, United States, 28768
April 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you loved The Hunger Games and can't sit still until the next film installment hits theaters, might we suggest some HG-related tourism? This week, we'll highlight a few Hunger Games locations that you can visit...without having to fight anyone to the death.

The state of North Carolina would have been in District 12 if the world of Panem really existed, so it seems fitting that The Hunger Games was filmed there. The lush forest where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) hunt for food and talk about their destinies is, in real life, the Pisgah National Forest just outside of Asheville, NC.

Specifically, the actors and entire film team went to the Coleman Boundary, a part of the park known for its gorgeous waterfalls. Nicknamed the "Big Ivy," this site is ideal for camping and hiking. Stay in the forest overnight and you'll be awakened by the morning dew, just early enough to catch one of those gorgeous sunrises.

[Photo: Lions Gate]

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First in Flight: Exploring the Carolinas Aviation Museum and the 'Miracle on the Hudson' Plane

Where: 4672 First Flight Drive [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28208
March 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

North Carolina’s state motto is “First in Flight,” and the state that once hosted the Wright Brothers’ first flight now houses an aviation museum. While the Wrights’ plane flew in Kitty Hawk, the Carolinas Aviation Museum is located in the more convenient—and booming—city of Charlotte, just down the road from the airport. The location wasn’t just chosen for proximity, though—the planes live in a retired airplane hangar.

Among the aircraft you’ll see are a military jet that rescued American soldiers in Vietnam, a plane from now-defunct Piedmont Air, and one of the planes used in Top Gun. (They’re pretty sure Tom Cruise never sat in it, but that could be a plus.) However, the star of the show is a US Airways Airbus 320, otherwise known as the "Miracle on the Hudson" plane.

In case you need a refresher, it was in January 2009 that this plane left New York-LaGuardia airport en route to Charlotte, suffered bird strikes and failures of both engines, forcing it to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River. Piloted by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the plane and its passengers escaped almost-certain disaster and became a worldwide news story, with the plane’s crew invited to attend President Barack Obama’s inauguration and to greet the crowd at the Super Bowl.

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The Miracle on the Hudson Plane is On Its Way to a Permanent Home

June 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flight 1549—aka The Miracle on the Hudson—is now on its way to a more permanent home in Charlotte, but getting there is proving to be quite a challenge. That’s because this time it’s taking the highway, and there are definitely a few bridges and byways not designed with an Airbus A320 in mind.

Like all good road trips along the East Coast, those involved with moving the plane decided to get a head start over the weekend and changed the original departure date of today up to Saturday. It’s unfortunately not just a straight shot down I-95, as the trailer that’s carrying the plane—it was custom designed for its unique load—is trying to navigate smaller streets and tight turns.

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