11 Perfect Weekends: arts, history, golf, romance, and more
Sky Lines by Ray Strawbridge
Etching their decorative edges against North Carolina skies, spires and chimneys, rooflines and peaks lift our eyes heavenward
11 Perfect Weekends
Indulge in something you love; plan some time with that special someone. Armed with tips for where to stay and what to eat, all you have to do is pack.
Scenery, Blue Ridge Parkway by Kent Priestley
Stop-and-start traffic makes fora perfect weekend when you’re cruising a scenic highway and pausing to relish seemingly endless vistas.
Wilson by Chris Gigley
Carolina’s affection for baseball spans the decades, but, just east of our state’s center, fans will find a grand slam of opportunities for enjoying the sport.
Charlotte by Lori K. Tate
Whether in the Queen City or on its fringes, a weekend for visiting shops is a chance to get a taste of the region’s history and enjoy some distinctly Southern hospitality.
Durham by Miriam Sauls
With the opening of the new Durham Performing Arts Center, the community is taking its commitment to the arts to a whole new level.
Grandfather Mountain by L.A. Jackson
Tee time with a view – that’s what you get when you head to the mountains with golf clubs at the ready.
Bath and Belhaven by Diane Silcox-Jarrett
Traveling N.C. Highway 62 across Bath Creek transports visitors to both a charming small town and a different time – when North Carolina was a colony and Bath was its hub.
Southwest Mountains by Carol L. Timblin
The play’s the thing, and the stage is set for good theater and extraordinary music when you head for Flat Rock, Hendersonville, Brevard, and Valdese.
Hickory by Katie Baer
Nearly 200 types of birds flock to the shoreline of Riverbend Park, affording a splendid opportunity to name that species.
Crystal Coast by Misti C. Lee
Get your palate ready for the tasty side of the Crystal Coast. From traditional seafood chowders and hushpuppies to bistro fare that would satisfy serious foodies, unique flavors to savor round out a great weekend getaway.
In the Triad by Maria Johnson
Knock knock. Who’s there? Triad. Triad who? Try adding Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point to your list of places to visit for a fun family weekend.
Wilmington by Kathy Grant Westbrook
Looking for Cupid? A getaway for two in the Port City will sweep you away with dining, dancing, and carriage rides.
Great Walks: Campbell Creek by Lynn Setzer
A long walk through Raven Rock State Park offers ample time to enjoy the state’s great outdoors.
Master of the Pit by Bob Garner
Wilson’s Ed Mitchell dedicates himself to preserving the rich barbecue flavors born of time-honored cooking traditions.
Fancy Footwork by Charles Blackburn Jr.
The leap from athlete to dancer was a long one for Gene Medler, but, for nearly 30 years, he’s been bringing rhythm tap to both students and audiences.
Editor’s Welcome by Vicky Jarrett
Our State Quiz
Tour of Duty by Alan Hodge
Every region of North Carolina saw action during the Civil War. Test your knowledge of the events and places in our state during that turbulent time.
Tar Heel Treasures
Turning Point by Jacqueline Mehring
An unusual pruning hook speaks eloquently of its Quaker heritage.
Tar Heel Literature
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
George Rabb: The Civil War Memoir of a Catawba County Tar Heel Edited by Rebecca Ikerd Alghrary
Between the Creeks: My Sapony Adventures by Roy A. Cooper
Duke Basketball: A Pictoral History by Lewis Bowling
Mangi Mangi by Rena Curia
Hiking North Carolina’s Lookout Towers by Peter J. Barr
Tar Heel Towns
Murfreesboro by Katherine Kopp
Working together for the betterment of the community is the mantra of this Hertford County town’s residents.
Tar Heel History
Taking to the Sky by Jennifer Bean Bower
In 1919, Winston-Salem’s Board of Trade and citizens worked together to create our state’s first commercial airfield, earning the city the title of aviation pioneer.
Tar Heel People
Whiz Kid by Kathy Grant Westbrook
Frustrated by the high price and poor quality of science kits on the market, Carrboro’s Connor Bernstein, now 14, decided to launch his own business when he was 9 years old.
Vision of Precision by Mary Ellen Hammond
Kaleidoscope maker Alice Houser of Spruce Pine merges art and science to create a classic optical instrument that delights the eye.
Tar Heel Gardening
Luck of the Irish by L.A. Jackson
Plant Bells of Ireland this month, and experience its good botanical fortune for months to come.
Tar Heel Tastes
A Good Egg by Kathy Grant Westbrook
Building on a 31-year legacy, Ida Mayhew and her son, Ernie, still draw crowds to Wilmington’s Goody Goody Omelet House with their juicy burgers and, of course, their famous breakfast options.
Biscuit Sandwiches by Charlotte Fekete
What’s better than a golden brown, fluffy biscuit? One that has a layer of chicken or fried egg added in for good measure.
Tar Heel Image
Hidden Valley by Carolina Morgan of Cary
Not quite ready to shrug off winter, Beech Mountain pulls a blanket of fog over its bare branches.