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Away From It All, We Cherish Our Sacred Places

Ridgetops and river bends. Tiny churches and a luxury spa. Book-lined rooms. Garden paths. Sooner or later we crave these places, these somewheres of healing and hope, solitude and stillness. This month, we went searching for North Carolina’s unexpected havens of fulfillment and found 10 spots to soothe our Southern souls.
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Posted in Arts & Culture, March 2015 | Tagged | 1 Comment

From Fire, Light

How can a singular beacon represent so much? Our seven lighthouses powerfully reflect our own values — of innovation, endurance, and strength.
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Posted in Central N.C., Coast, May 2013 | Tagged , | 1 Comment

A Case for Camping Under the Snow

Winter backpacking might make you shiver at the mere thought. But before you shake your head no, consider what you’re missing.

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Posted in February 2013, Mountains, Sports & Recreation | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lord of the Forest: the American Chestnut

The American chestnut ruled our forests for centuries, but a killer blight made up of microscopic spores needed only 50 years to wipe the giant from the face of North America. But we still have buildings made from it, and we still have people pulling for it. An organization based in Asheville wants to bring it back from memory and make the chestnut stand tall again.
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Posted in History, September 2012 | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

North Carolina Rivers

Rivers tell our story, from the earth’s early rotations when rains started wearing down our mountains and carving paths to the oceans, to contemporary North Carolina, where rivers nutured native settlements and sprouted towns. And they still beckon us, sending us downstream in a rush or ushering us along tranquil passages.
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Posted in March 2010 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment