Filed Under: About Asheville NC, About WNC, Newsletters, Selling a Home Tagged With: Asheville NC, Best Places to Retire, Creative Retirement, Fun in Asheville, Things to do in Asheville, Towns near Asheville, Vacation RentalsSome Things You Need To Know About North Carolina Before You Move Here… Click here for complete newsletter. North Carolinians are friendly, but don’t get on wrong side of a basketball or BBQ argument! Speaking of Rivalries, Eastern Vs. Lexington Barbecue Is A Serious Debate—And You Better Pick A Side–North Carolinians appreciate some good barbecue. But there’s a catch: you’d better like the right kind of BBQ, lest you stand to be ostracized from your entire family. There’s Eastern style—a vinegar and pepper-based sauce—and there’s Lexington style—a sauce with vinegar, ketchup, pepper, and other spices. And it’s rare that someone likes both. But Really, Allan & Son Bar-B-Que Is Everything BBQ Should Be –Located in Chapel Hill, this BBQ joint is famous for its ribs, slaw, pulled pork sandwiches, and pretty much anything else slathered in slightly vinegary sauce. The atmosphere is reminiscent of an old country home, too—checkered tablecloths and all. Pepsi Was Invented In North Carolina—You’re Welcome–Sipping on soda is a such a southern thing. It’s no surprise then that Pepsi got its start right here in New Bern, N.C. The carbonated drink was first created and served up in 1898, spawning and tidal wave of sugary sodas to follow. North Carolina’s Rebellious Phase Goes Way Back–North Carolina is believed by many to be the first state to declare independence from England in 1775. It’s all in the Mecklenburg Declaration. So really, instead of “To be, rather than to seem” the state motto should have been: “You’re not the boss of me”—or whatever that translates to in Latin. Asheville Dusts All Other Craft Beer Competition–North Carolinians love beer. Specifically, craft beer. Craft brewers are dotted all across the state, but nowhere so densely as in Asheville. I’m talking NoDa Brewing, Weeping Radish Farm, and Highland. All brew specialty craft beers. Yeast and hops lovers, rejoice! The Asheville Nun on a bike, compliments of Lazoom Tours in downtown Asheville is one of the many attractions that our streets have to offer. Sometimes just walking around downtown Asheville is all you need to do for a free show.