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Get out of town: Ski racing, fishing and speedy seductions
3 reasons to get away this weekend
Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett


This Porsche Type 908K Prototype is one of 22 automobiles on display in the "Porsche by Design" exhibit at the North Carolina Musuem of Art through Jan. 22.

The holidays have come and gone and now it’s time to unwind and focus on getting the year off to a great start. Why not get out of town for a day or two? Here are three reasons to hit the road this weekend:

Reason 1: Need for artistic speed

Raleigh is home to a number of great museums including the Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of History, CAM Raleigh and the North Carolina Museum of Art, where the “Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed” exhibit is on display through Jan. 22.

“Porsche by Design” features 22 automobiles that together trace the evolution of the singular Porsche design aesthetic from its inception in the 1930s to the present day. Highlights include the 1938/9 Type 64 Berlin-Rom racer designed by Porsche Founder Ferdinand Porsche, Steve McQueen’s iconic Porsche Speedster, a rare Type 804 Formula One race car and Janis Joplin’s psychedelic hand-painted Porsche.

Visit www.ncartmuseum.org for more information.

Reason 2: 24 hours of Snowshoe

Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is gearing up for its annual 24-Hours of Snowshoe Race Jan. 11-12 on the lighted Silver Creek slopes at Snowshoe, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The overnight endurance ski and snowboard race tests to see who can endure and “race around the clock.” Teams of 2 to 4 will compete to see how can do the most laps in 24 hours. Up for grabs are a variety of prizes including 40 years of season tickets and a trip to Steamboat. Awards will also be given for Best Costumes and Best Team Energy. The event kicks off Jan. 10 with a live rock/reggae performance.


Reason 3: Call of the great outdoors

If you haven’t noticed, temperatures are dropping.  You can’t escape winter, but you can getaway to warmer weather. In Fayetteville, about a 2 1/2-drive east of Charlotte, the average high this time of year is between 55 and 65 degrees. No, it’s not quite Florida weather, but it beats the single degree temperatures we’ve been seeing lately here in Charlotte. And it’s warm enough to get out and enjoy some time outdoors.

Fayetteville boasts of being one of the best fishing destinations in North Carolina. The largest catfish ever caught in the state was caught there in the Cape Fear River. Download maps of all the area’s best fishing spots at www.visitfayettevillenc.com.

Fayetteville is also home to one of the Top 10 zip Lines in the country. ZipQuest thrills visitors with its 2 1/2 hour canopy tour made of up of eight zip lines of varying lengths and speeds with three canopy bridges (including one that goes over the largest waterfall in the eastern Carolinas) and 16 platforms. Visit www.zipquest.com for more information. 


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