If I hadn’t made the decision to make Danville, Virginia my home for good – I’d be a North Carolina guy for sure. Durham, North Carolina to be specific. Right downtown, in a cozy loft, under the neon lights. North Carolina will always be my second favorite state (I’m a born-and-raised Virginia guy.) It is home to over two-hundred craft breweries, countless restaurants, barbeque, Cheerwine, Cookout and of course – the airplane.
From where I live, a lot of cities in North Carolina are anywhere from forty minutes to an hour away: the revitalization of the tobacco factories in the Triad (Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem), the introduction of technology & research of the Triangle (Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill) & smaller cities along the Haw River (Burlington, Saxapahaw)
Wherever you go in North Carolina, you feel at home. The people treat you like family & you never leave with an empty stomach or without a friend. The sweet tea always flows. The cornbread is always hot. The brews are always cold. North Carolina has become the capital of the Southeast for craft breweries. Wherever I stop in Carolina, I make sure to grab a beer, have a nice meal & exchange stories with a local.
North Carolina is home to multiple terrains: the rolling hills of the Piedmont and Appalachia, the mountains of Asheville & western North Carolina, the coasts of Nagshead & Oak Island, the quiet farms of Caswell, the busy metropolitan streets of Charlotte.
So here’s an ode to Carolina. The Ole State. Thank you for you southern hospitality, your culture, your originality. Virginia is my home but you are my adventure.