SEP 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe I snapped this shot of a tobacco drying barn in August while traveling north of Raleigh on U.S. Highway One. I was moved when I saw it because it captures the charm of rural North Carolina perfectly! Advertise Contact ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Ryan and J.R. from the Greater Raleigh CVB took me to ORO Restaurant & Lounge. It's super chic restaurant that clearly emphasizes that down- town Raleigh is brand new. I saw the star- shape in Durham CVB's logo but the CVB's Corey Bizzel point out that's there's people in it too—symbolizing the diversity of the city! My mind always went to the historic Carolina Inn when I thought of Chapel Hill hotels. Then, during my recent visit, I got to tour the new aloft Chapel Hill. It made me understand why they're calling Chapel Hill, the "edgy side of the Triangle." With Research Triangle Park, top universities & an all-around innovative spirit, the Triangle really is a global destination. But now with a 200-ton globe sitting smack dab in downtown Raleigh—I guess it's official. My jaw dropped when I saw it and had to pull over to snap this shot. It's part of the brand-spanking-new Nature Re- search Center, which allows visitors to explore science in new ways and really find out the answer to the question, "How do we Know?" INSIDER'S GUIDE NC Triangle ConventionSouthʼs Marlane Bundock visited her home state of North Carolina, touring the Triangle region. She files this first-hand report & photography. In August, I returned home to the N.C. Triangle region where I grew up and lived following college. I hadnʼt been home in many years so I was intrigued to see how the region has grown—as it is constantly doing so. Immediately, changes were apparent as I flew into Raleigh-Durham Internationalʼs new terminal two. After a $600 million redevelopment and expansion, the terminal has become RDUʼs primary terminal. Itʼs airy, sensibly designed and convenient to maneuver through with plenty of security screening space as well as ticket kiosks that are devoted to all airlines. Now, the reconstruction of part of Terminal One is underway to feature more natural lighting, a larger ticketing area as well as several restaurants and shops. And, while flying into the area is easier than ever, drivers wonʼt have anything to gripe about either as the re- gionʼs traffic flow remained steady at all hours of the day. ■ www.con v SEPTEMBER 2012 ConventionSouth 39

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