We love us some National Calendar Days. Lots of times we wonder where in the heck some of these ideas even came from, but we won’t argue with this one: September 28 is National North Carolina Day! What’s not to like, right? We thought we’d celebrate some of the iconic brands that call the Old North State home.
This one-of-kind soda is about as North Carolina as it gets. After 100 years, Cheerwine has a fan base that’s nothing short of rabid. Whenever we have friends from out of town they always want to get their Cheerwine fix! Even hard core foodies agree it’s a perfect pairing with North Carolina BBQ.
This one’s sure to start a fight, what with our Memphis roots and all. Agreed, not so much a brand as a style, but North Carolina barbecue is something of its own universe. Honestly, what other state can claim to have so many different styles of barbecue and so many strong opinions about which one’s best?
Blue Ridge Parkway:
There’s something about this stretch of roadway that evokes wonder and awe. From the beauty of the landscapes and vistas, to the marvels of engineering that make up its 470 miles… we’ve ridden, run, hiked, and camped all along it. Can’t get enough of it.
First in Flight:
Sorry, Ohio. Orville and Wilbur knew way back then that the North Carolina beaches were where it’s at. It’s still true today. Just try and head to the Atlantic and not find an Ohio license plate!
You didn’t think we’d get this far without listing Krispy Kreme donuts, did you? We love the local, artisan, and specialty donut bakers in Charlotte, but there’s something about that “hot now” sign that still gets us going.
Our State Magazine:
You’ve checked this one out, haven’t you? Some incredible storytelling happens here, folks. If you grew up in a small town in any state — or wish you could have, you need to see it. Admittedly, their Instagram page is our guilty little pleasure. But we only read it for the articles. 😉
No slight on the Hornets, Knights, Independence, or the Hounds, but it’s football season, after all. Hard to argue that having an NFL franchise in your home town doesn’t elevate your brand.
Here’s to you, North Carolina!