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MAY 2017

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4 4 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E potential visitors that it has an emerging food scene that can rival Charleston. "We have some great choices for sea-to-table dining," he said. In addition to winning frequent accolades as one of the country's best art towns, Beaufort was recently named the South's Best Small Town by Southern Living magazine. Wells said the town offers "the South we remember — where locals are keen to wave and share a story with a visitor." It's the kind of place to which visitors just keep coming back. "You may come for a meeting or just pass through, but you'll be back." The downtown area is home to the Beaufort History Museum, which has permanent exhibits charting the town's history, from the Revolution through the Civil War and Reconstruction, and beyond. For the art connoisseur, 17 gal- leries feature all kinds of art, from fine watercolors to glass- blowing. Meanwhile, guided tours cover everything from movie locations to local history to the region's lowcountry cuisine. And then there are the restaurants, which encompass all manners of taste and budget. Groups wishing to enjoy the best of downtown Beaufort have several historic inns to choose from, including the Beaufort Inn, now with the adjoining Tabby Place and Anchorage 1770. The innkeepers are happy to work together as necessary to accommodate larger groups. W W W. B E A U F O R T S C .O R G B O O N E , N O R T H C A R O L I N A For those wanting to combine traditional Appalachian mountain life with the modern vibe of a lively college town, Boone offers an eclectic and diverse downtown community that is worth a visit. The small town, nestled high in the mountains, is home to Appalachian State University, meaning that visitors will find vintage clothing and record stores alongside fine art and craft galleries. There's even a climbing wall. Virginia Falck, the downtown coordi- nator for Boone, said it is this diversity of cultures and experiences that makes the town so attractive to visitors. "We have so much to offer as a community," she said. "Just five minutes from downtown, you can stay in a remote mountain cabin, but you are close to shopping, dining, and muse- ums." The university's Turchin Center for Visual Arts offers year-round exhibits, and the town has an active public-art pro- gram. The Jones House Community and Cultural Center hosts regular exhibitions and live music concerts. In addition to browsing the boutiques, shops and galleries, guests should be sure to explore Boone's growing selection of restaurants and breweries. Eateries cater to a variety of tastes, from hot dogs and Mexican to Thai and sushi. For a more upscale dining experience, Vidalia spe- cializes in local ingredients and regional wines. Or groups can head to the Lost Province Brewery for craft beer and hand- made pizza. There are a number of hotels in the area, and help is on hand for groups seek- ing to make bookings. W W W. E X P L O R E B O O N E . C O M Courtesy Visit Winston-Salem Courtesy Watauga Co. TDA FOOTHILLS BREWING IN WINSTON-SALEM FIREWORKS OVER DOWNTOWN BOONE

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