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The Quirkiest of the Quirky

Many readers are familiar with quirky festivals involving possums, woolly worms and roadkill. With more than 30 nominees in the “Favorite Quirky Festival” category, a few more bizarre – though perhaps less well known – events stood out.


Famous Places, Famous Faces

Our readers voted the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tenn., as best museum, but among the many suggestions were some intriguing destinations,

Cherries With a Side of Drama

In an era when many orchards are being chopped into one-acre lots, Levering Orchard celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Paramounts of the Blue Ridge

The Paramount came up among our reader’s favorites for best restored theater, but the votes were enigmatic. Some specified town names,

Come for the Hawks, Not the Plumbing

A vote for the intriguing Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory showed up in the “Best Birdwatching” category, so we investigated.

Mountain Pies - Not the Apple Kind

It’s gooey and meaty and cheesy. And we just can’t get enough of it, especially if pizza is being served in places like Asheville, Boone and

Best Moment in/for the Mountains

The Winners

No clear winner here, but lots of wonderful suggestions: “Periods of rain!” got several votes from readers. Others included sunset at Mt. LeConte, the annual memorial illumination of Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland, the re-openin...

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