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Top Choice House in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The country's largest privately owned home, and Asheville's number-one tourist attraction, the Biltmore was completed in 1895 for shipping- and railroad-heir George Washington Vanderbilt II. He modeled it after thre…
Top Choice Southern US in Wilmington

PinPoint

Pinpoint was declared by Southern Living magazine as one of the South's best new restaurants in 2016 – and they weren't lyin'! Chef Dean Neff was Hugh Acheson’s kitchen compadre in Athens, Georgia's excellent Five &…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Asheville

Burial

Asheville's most progressive brewery, Burial blends often-experimental versions of Belgian-leaning styles (farmhouse saisons, strong dubbels and tripels) in small batches and gives them a Southern kick in the pants …
Top Choice Microbrewery in Asheville

Funkatorium

If you need the funk, you gotta have that funk…Funkatorium is giving it up at the East Coast's first sour, wild-ale, brett and funky-beer-dedicated taproom. For fans, it's pilgrimage-worthy. There are over 600 aging…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Charlotte

NoDa Brewing Co

Charlotte's best craft-beer playground is hidden behind NoDa's new and easy-to-overlook North End brewery. We Uber'ed up on a Friday night and it looked abandoned. How wrong we were! In the back, a packed playhouse …
Top Choice Tapas in Asheville

Cúrate

This convivial place celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of traditional Spanish tapas with a occasional Southern twist (it's owned by a genuine Catalan and his hip Ashevillian wife). Standout dishes run…
Top Choice Modern American in Blowing Rock

Bistro Roca

This cozy, lodge-like bistro, tucked just off Main St, occupies a Prohibition-era building and does upscale New American fare (lobster or pork-belly mac 'n' cheese, kicked-up habanero burgers, wood-fired pizzas, mou…
Top Choice Zoo in Durham

Duke Lemur Center

The secret is out: the Lemur Center is the coolest attraction in Durham. Located about 2 miles from the main campus, this research and conservation center is home to the largest collection of endangered prosimian pr…
Top Choice Tapas in Durham

Mateo

It's impossible to wax on Durham's remarkable comeback without talking about Mateo, where James Beard–nominated tapas – sometimes with a Southern bent – are the town's culinary anchor. The pan com tomate with Manche…
Top Choice Sushi in Charlotte

Soul Gastrolounge Tapas

In Plaza Midwood, this sultry but welcoming speakeasy serves a globally inspired selection of small plates. Choices are wide-ranging, from skewers and sushi rolls to Cuban and Vietnamese sandwiches, but the kitchen …