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7th Season (July 2009 - June 2010)
Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Dan River Paddling
Take a trip to the small town of Danbury and then hop on a kayak with the Dan River Company for a great trip down the Dan River.
New Hope Valley Railway
New Hill, NC
All aboard this popular train ride with Rick Sullivan.
Learn about the Carolina Bay lakes, their mysterious origin and things to do at Lake Waccamaw State Park.
Blue Ridge Parkway Part2
Linn Cove, NC
Come along with Derek Long on part two of his trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Bob Garner visits one of NC's famous barbecue joints. Check out the hushpuppies!
Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 9:00 PM
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Chapel Hill, NC
John Bollenbacher gives a tour of the newly renovated Botanical Garden.
Downtown Lenoir/The Wine Cellar and Bistro
After a day of touring this charming town, satisfy your appetite at this popular bistro.
Little Switzerland, NC
Derek Long explores this mountain getaway as it prepares for its centennial.
Hot Doggett 100
Mars Hill, NC
Discover why mountain centuries are all the rage for cyclists in NC with this profile of a small but popular charity ride.
Bistro by the Sea
Morehead City, NC
Deborah Holt Noel checks out the fresh seafood and music at this popular beach bistro.
Thursday, June 10, 2010 at 9:00 PM
NC Maritime Museum
The next time you're at the Crystal Coast, be sure to check out the NC Maritime Museum for a deep dive into our coastal heritage.
Gillis Hill Farm
Farm tours are all the rage these days, but Rick Sullivan says this 300 year old farm is a special place.
Glen Marie Winery
One of North Carolina's smallest wineries is also one its best as Clay Johnson explains.
Mountan Farm Lavendar Festival
The beautiful lavendar plant is used for art, soap, perfume and even medicine, so it certainly deserves a festival.
Walnut Cove, NC
Bob Garner went way back in the woods to find this home cooking secret place that offers music, good food and fellowship in huge helpings.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Charlie Poole Music Festival
The legendary and enigmatic Charlie Poole from Spray, NC is behind the spirit of this festival honoring the grandfather of bluegrass .
Wrightsville Beach Scenic Boat Tours
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Catch a ride with Rick Sullivan on M/V Shamrock on this tour of Wrightsville Beach from the water's side.
Ben Owen III at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Did you know this popular museum has a groundbreaking art gallery? Follow Seagrove potter Ben Owen as he prepares for a summer-long exhibition.
Blair House B&B
Troy is known as the gateway to the Uwharries and this B&B is a perfect spot to explore the area, revel in some great local history and just relax.
Cornerstone's Sweet Souffle's
From Cornerstone Victorian Bed & Breakfast, Warrensburg, NY (Served at the Blair House, Troy, NC)
8 oz. softened cream cheese
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of sugar
1 stick siftened butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 orange juice
1 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
Blend batter ingredients together until smooth
Equal parts rasberry jam and butter
Heat until melted and warm
Grease 2 miffin tins. Fill 1/2 full with batter. Use a small ice cream scoop or a spoon to scoop and drop filling in batter. This can be made to this point the night before and refregerated until morning. Bring dish to room temperature.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until done. Carefully remove souffle's from muffin tins. Use 2 or 3 per serving. Top with rasberry sauce and fresh fruit such as strawberries, rasberries, and blueberries. Whip cream is optional.
Busy Bee Cafe "After Dark"
Join Deborah Holt Noel at this busy hive of beers and great food that has all of Raleigh buzzing.
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Andy Griffith Museum
Mount Airy, NC
Fans of Andy Griffith are flocking to this incredible museum honoring Mount AIry's favorite son.
Airlie Gardens Butterfly House
As if Airlie Gardens didn't have enough to entertain you, their new butterfly house is a wonder to behold.
The Crossnore School
If you're driving through Avery County, its worth your time to visit this historic school. Learn about its mission and see the weaving, frescoes and other sights.
Blue Ridge Parkway Part 1
Cumberland Knob, NC
Last year Derek Long traveled the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway from north to south. In honor of the parkway's 75th anniversary we are repeating these stories throughout the summer.
The Mountain Side Restaurant "House Special"
This small community in Rockingham County has a fantastic restaurant that Bob Garner raves about.
Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Fontana Village Resort
Fontana Dam, NC
If you're looking for a turn-key vacation spot in the mountains, Derek Long discovered that this resort in Graham County may have it all.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Its finally here! The long-awaited NASCAR Hall of Fame is open and Rob Holiday was there on opening day.
Got to be NC Festival
This popular event at the NC State Fairgrounds has something for everyone.
Anderson Creek Golf Club
Spring Lake, NC
Weekend Golfer Jeff Smith says that if you want to do well on this Davis Love designed course, bring your bunker game.
Deadwood Dinner Theatre "After Dark"
Git your boots and hat ready for a wild west show complete with steaks at this family-friendly dinner theatre in Bear Grass near Williamston.
Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Lil John's Mountain Music Festival
Snow Camp, NC
If you're into easy camping and great bluegrass, you simply have to visit Lil John's Mountain Music Festival this Memorial Day Weekend.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Come along for a tour of this incredible series of gardens, fountains, and music for an experience that will delight anyone.
Sampson County History Museum
Kelly McCullen visits this museum in heart of Clinton that celebrates the rich heritage of the people of Sampson County.
Iron Gate Winery
Clay Johnson visits this old tobacco farm that is now a thriving winery.
Tupelo Honey Cafe "House Special"
Bob Garner sampled brunch at this popular cafe in Asheville and shows why this is one of Asheville's most popular places.
Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Carolina Ballet: Romeo and Juliet
This may be one of the Carolina Ballet's favorite revivals and you only have through this weekend to attend.
Old Mecklenberg Brewery
If you like authentic German-style beers, this popular brewery in Charlotte is just the ticket.
This small museum in Kenansville will enchant anyone interested in our rural heritage.
Lonnie Poole Golf Club
Meet some of the people behind this popular golf course on the campus of NC State University.
Polk County Waters
Whether its waterfalls or whitewater, if you're in Saluda, Deb reveals all the great places to have wet fun.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Museum of Life and Science
This popular science center has grown out instead of in. Now you can see lemurs, butterflies and even learn about flying and sailing. John Bollenbacher delivers this delightful story.
Timeless Cruizers Cruise In
If you like old cars and hot rods, you have to check out the Cruize In at Efland.
Brock Mill Pond
You've probably seen this picturesque pond on your way to Emerald Isle, but now you can learn all about the history behind this Trenton landmark.
The Swag Country Inn
Deb Holt Noel discovers that The Swag is a country inn like no other. If you want complete luxury and relaxation in a mountain setting, this may be the place for you.
Okie Dokies Smokehouse
Think you can't find wood-cooked barbecue in the mountains? Think again! Bob Garner just loved the food at this popular 'cue joint.
Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Re-opening of the North Carolina Museum of Art
This weekend the North Carolina Museum of Art unveils its re-design with a free weekend of activities. Derek Long offers a preview of this remarkable achievement.
Hiddenite Gems and Emerald Hollow Mine
Come see why thousands of people make their way to the little town of Hiddenite to find their fortune--or at least have a good time.
Durham-Chapel Hill Complaints Choir
This group of singers finds that complaining about everyday life can bring a smile to your face!
The Ashford Inn Bed & Breakfast
When the Tarrs wanted to find a good spot for a B&B, they ended up choosing Clinton and the historic Ashford House. The result is a dream come true for the owners and guests alike.
The Ashford Inn's Texas French Toast:
Italian Bread (or other loaf bread)
2 Cups Heavy Cream (or 1/2 & 1/2)
2 Tsp Vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice bread into 1 1/2 thick slices. (If bread is narrow slice diagonally)
With whisk, mix eggs, cream, and vanilla. Dip bread slices into egg mixture to coat. (Do not soak)
Cook in canola oil until browned. Drain on paper towel. Place on cookie sheet and bake in hot oven for 6 minutes until puffed.
Serve hot with maple syrup.
The Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar
Deborah Holt Noel profiles a restaurant and bar in Durham that delivers great Cuban food and interesting rhetoric all to the beat of spicy Latin music.
Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Bryson City, NC
If you had to pick one place in the mountains that can outfit any adventure, this may be the one.
Clyde Jones, famous for his critters, plays host to an outdoor gathering with music, folk art, and just plain fun.
Wake Forest, NC
This annual festival in Wake Forest draws herb fans from around the country to learn, taste, and smell the world of herbs.
What was once a tobacco farm is now an renowned winery and restaurant still owned by the same family-- now in its seventh generation on the land.
Olde German Schnitzel Haus
Bob Garner couldn't resist. he had to return to this famous German restaurant to check out their new building and same delicious offerings.
Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Storytelling Festival of Carolina
This festival is only in its fourth year but crowds are flocking to Laurinburg for a weekend of great storytelling.
Outer Banks Brewing Station
Kill Devil Hills, NC
Rob Holliday samples the brews at North Carolina's only wind-powered brewery.
Annual Corn Planting Day
Join Derek Long as he steps back into time to learn about farming and farm life at this popular day in the country.
Dirt Track Racing School
John Bollenbacher spends the day at the track to learn how to race on North Carolina's famous red clay.
Join Deborah as she visits this revitalized restaurant and jazz bar that is all about the famous Yancy.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM
North Carolina Azalea Festival
This is one of North Carolina's most famous festivals and Derek Long provides an overview.
American Classic Motorcycle Museum
Rick Sullivan meets the owners of this amazing collection of Harleys in Asheboro.
Valle Crucis, NC
Join Derek Long as he explores this serene mountain valley near Boone.
The Saxapahaw General Store
Its a gas station. A general store. its also a gourmet restaurant that Bob Garner can't stop raving about.
The Forever Inn Bed & Breakfast
Elizabeth Wilder profiles this exquisite B&B in the small town of Wadesboro.
The Forever Inn’s Individual Blackberry Crisp Topping: 1 cup flour½ cup sugar¼ tsp salt½ cup oats (old-fashioned) Berries:Blackberries (fresh or frozen), enough to fill a 6 oz. ramekin1 T. sugarUnsalted butter Combine topping ingredients. (This can be held in a tightly closed container for weeks.) Fill the ramekins to the top with the blackberries, distributing evenly. Sprinkle 1 T. sugar over the blackberries. (Most of the sugar will fall through to the bottom.) Place your ramekins on a baking sheet and sprinkle about 1 T. of the topping over the blackberries in each ramekin, keeping most of the topping towards the center. (Let the topping set on top of the berries. You don’t want all of the topping to fall through to the bottom.) Place a 1/8” thick slice of unsalted butter in the center on top of the topping. Bake at 400 degrees for at least 45 minutes or until the crisp topping is lightly browned and the berries are bubbling. Remove from the oven. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 9:00 PM
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Cape Lookout, NC
This famous seashore offers great fishing, rustic cabins and a chance for families to return to the simple life.
Meet the Carolina Rollergirls--the fastest women on the oval track.
Vertical Edge Climbing Center
Join Derek Long as he learns about indoor climbing at the triangle's hottest climbing wall.
Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
Deborah Holt Noel explores this world class inn and spa.