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Piedmont & Midlands

A Weekend in the Heart of North Carolina

By Vanessa Infanzon In between North Carolina’s mountains and beaches is the heart of the state. It encompasses nine towns in Randolph County. It’s also home to Seagrove, the Handmade Pottery Capital of the United States, and the North Carolina...

Pecan Crazy in Florence

By Jen Tota McGivney Pecan cotton candy. Butter pecan funnel cake. Pecan pizza. And pecan pie. Lots of pecan pie. Each fall, Florence hosts South Carolina’s official Pecan Festival. It’s a celebration of the South’s favorite nut. Each of the 50-plus food vendors here...

Beer, Wine, Shine Trail Returns to Roots

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE (October 8, 2019) Once again, the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail in Johnston County expands to include two new tourism partners, and the new brochure design goes back to the root campaign developed by the Johnston County Visitors...

Come and Get It!

By Vanessa Infanzon Four of our favorite comfort foods and where to find them in the Carolinas Cooler weather begs for foods that warm our souls and fill our bellies. Comfort foods remind us of family dinners and reunions, and Sunday...

6 Picks for Fall Fun

From musical celebrations to cultural events, these autumn festivals make ideal weekend road trips.     Mountaineer Folk Festival  (Spencer, Tennessee) Sept. 6-8, 2019 ---- Held each year in Fall Creek Falls State Park, this festival showcases the cultural history of the Cumberland...

Diamond Spotlight: Grandover Resort

Situated high above the North Carolina foothills, the Grandover Resort and Spa is an elegant AAA Four Diamond property that welcomes both leisure and business travelers, as well as conference groups and social events. The recently renovated resort provides 244...

Ballantyne Girlfriend Getaway

My friends and I love to make a big deal about our birthdays — especially those milestones. This year marked my big “Five O,” so it was my turn to be spoiled. I couldn’t imagine a better way to...

AAA Member Appreciation Weekends at Carowinds

As a thank you for being a AAA Member, Carowinds is offering AAA Member Appreciation Weekends in July and August! Members can enjoy a special ticket price of only $38 on July 13, 14, 20 or 21, 2019. You’ll also...

Charlotte’s Queen Feast Savings

Experience ten delicious days of fine dining as more than 130 restaurants offer three-course, prix fixe dinners during Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week®! AAA Members can purchase a $50 gift certificate for a return visit for $25 at participating...

3 Reasons to Love Charlotte SHOUT!

Coming in under the wire on the last day of Charlotte SHOUT!, my family and I spent a Saturday exploring a few of the festival’s events. As a result, I will definitely file this one under “One day is...

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Essential Car Maintenance for the Essential Worker

More cities and states are issuing “stay-at-home” orders, and AAA encourages anyone who can stay off the road to...

How to Take Care of your Car When Not Driving for a Month

The current “stay-at-home” orders in the Carolinas mean that many people are rarely leaving their house. That means their vehicles are sitting idle as...

Subaru Legacy Gets a Complete Makeover for 2020 – AAA Auto Buying Review

The venerable Subaru Legacy mid-size sedan begins its seventh generation with a complete 2020 makeover. It now offers an upgraded cabin, additional safety features,...

Explore the Outdoors…Online!

NEWS Explore Asheville has curated a virtual escape with restless, homebound souls in mind. From virtual hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains to a much-needed...

Take a Virtual Vacation!

by Kristen Griffie Covid-19 might have us homebound right now, but that doesn't mean we still can't "escape!" There’s no shortage of TV shows, movies, FaceTime...