Whether you’re relocating for a new job, more affordable housing or a change of pace, the moving process can be nerve-racking. Fortunately, moving to North Carolina is worth the short-term jitters. Our state is one of the most gorgeous places on the East Coast with a growing economy and a lower cost of living than the national average.
Even knowing that, you may still have some reservations about packing up your life and venturing to a brand-new state. Fear not – we’ve compiled a list of facts about North Carolina that may help ease your transition. By familiarizing yourself with the area, you’ll feel at home in no time.
Our Slang Isn’t What You’re Used To
If you’ve never been to North Carolina, or the South in general, you’re going to want to brush up on some vocabulary basics before heading to the Tar Heel State. Here are just a few of the terms that tend to trip up transplants.
- The Triangle – No, this isn’t North Carolina’s version of the Bermuda Triangle. The Triangle, also called the Research Triangle, gets its name because of the three universities that make up its outer edges. It is generally located between Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill and contains Research Triangle Park, which is home to many businesses looking to hire new graduates.
- Yonder – People can say something is down yonder or over yonder, which means it’s vaguely “over there” or “thataway.”
- Bless Your Heart – This versatile phrase can express sympathy or appreciation or may precede a not-so-subtle insult. When in doubt, determine the meaning by tone and context.
The Attractions Just Can’t Be Beat
While North Carolina boasts gorgeous mild weather and breathtaking landscapes from the Appalachian Mountains to the forested Piedmont plateau to the beaches of the Coastal Plain, it also has plenty of thrilling attractions that appeal to all interests and can’t be found anywhere else in the States.
- Biltmore Estate – No other state can say they have the largest mansion in the country. North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate was constructed by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895. Nowadays, visitors can take a guided tour, dine on fine cuisine, delight in wine tasting, walk through the gardens and grounds, stay in a luxurious hotel and participate in a range of outdoor activities.
- North Carolina State Fair – Taking place every October in Raleigh, the state fair is a must for any local and a beloved tradition that’s lasted more than 150 years. Check out absurdly large local produce, visit the livestock pens, go on exciting rides or simply mosey around sampling delicious food.
- College Basketball – If you don’t know anything about college basketball, you may find yourself feeling left out during March Madness. The biggest rivalry is between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils, although the North Carolina State Wolfpack also has a huge backing in Raleigh.
North Carolinians Invented Two of the Most Delicious Foods
If you’re a Dunkin’ or Coke fan, you might as well give up on those two loves. North Carolina is the birthplace of both Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Pepsi!
Krispy Kreme was founded way back in 1937 by Winston-Salem resident Vernon Rudolph. Even though the popular chain may have seen some store closures in recent years, it’s still going strong in North Carolina. Each year, thousands of North Carolina State University students and guests race for charity in the Krispy Kreme Challenge. The participants must run two and a half miles to the donut shop, wolf down a dozen donuts and sprint back to the finish line – all in an hour.
Forty-four years earlier, Pepsi was invented in a New Bern pharmacy by owner Caleb Bradham. Originally called “Brad’s Drink,” the fizzy soda was meant as an aid for digestion. It later became “Pepsi-Cola” in 1898. Residents can still visit the Birthplace of Pepsi Store today.
…But the Other Foods Are Just as Tasty
Even though these foods may not have a national brand to back them up, they’re just as much a part of the cultural landscape.
- Barbecue – North Carolina, much like the rest of the South, is a big hub for barbecue. Expect a rivalry here between the Eastern and Lexington barbecue styles. Lexington style uses pork shoulders and a red sauce made of vinegar, pepper, ketchup and spices, whereas Eastern style uses the whole pig and a sauce made of vinegar and pepper.
- Pig pickin’ – Pig pickin’ is a Southern tradition where families or groups cook an entire pig throughout the day, then pick pieces of tender meat off once the pork is ready for eating. Some people prefer to pull or chop the meat once it’s done instead of serving the pig the traditional way.
- Loaded hot dogs – Every region in the U.S. seems to have its own variation on the hot dog, and North Carolina is no different. Order your hot dog “all the way” for a Carolina style dog topped with chili, onions, coleslaw and sometimes, mustard.
- Iced tea – If you order an iced tea in North Carolina, expect it to be extra sugary! Iced tea here is what people call “sweet tea” outside the South, and it pairs excellently with the region’s barbecue.
- Coke and peanuts – This old tradition will befuddle any non-Southerner, but it’s a delicious way to blend salty and sweet flavors and curb hunger at the same time.
- Cheerwine – This locally popular cherry-flavored soda was founded in Salisbury in 1917. Best of all, the company is still owned by the great-grandson of founder L.D. Peeler.
- Craft beer – While Asheville may be a craft beer hub, breweries are scattered all throughout North Carolina. The state produces more than 1.2 million barrels of craft beer each year!
Make Your Move Simple with Union Transfer & Storage
Besides knowing all you can about North Carolina, you want to trust in a mover who is familiar with the area so you get the best service possible. Union Transfer & Storage is a family-owned moving company that has served the Ashville area for more than 90 years. When you trust us with your residential move, you get the competitive pricing and reliable movers you need to kick off this new phase in your life.
To get a quote for your upcoming move, call our team at (828) 209-0171.