Nature & Agriculture

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Honest-to-Goodness: Candor Peach Festival

Candor, North Carolina’s peach capital, gives us a summer love to gush about.
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Corolla’s Castle: The Whalehead Club

Today, Whalehead in historic Corolla stands quietly. But in the Roaring ’20s, when a wealthy industrialist and his wife built their dream home here on the Outer Banks, the Art Nouveau manse hummed — thanks to the couple’s reveling guests and the house’s electric power, which wouldn’t reach the rest of the island for 40 more years.
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Cowboy Camp: Clear Creek Ranch

Rex Frederick brought his dream of riding and roping to western North Carolina 20 years ago and created Clear Creek Ranch. He hung up his spurs this year, but his dude ranch still provides the most authentic “out West” experience east of the Pecos.
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War Memorial Stadium

In Greensboro, baseball fans long to see their old red-clay infield revived.
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Our Most Maligned Mammal

Considered bird-feeder thieves by many — and even worse by some — these furry critters are still our cutest state symbol — paws down.
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The Wilderness Poet: George Ellison

At home in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, naturalist and writer George Ellison and his artist wife, Elizabeth, find peace and inspiration.
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Flight of Fancy

The cardinal represents North Carolina, but maybe a vanished breed should be our state bird.
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On a Clear Day: Climbing Mount Mitchell

Eight out of 10 days, this view from the top of Mount Mitchell is obscured by clouds. But anytime you stand here, at the highest point east of the Mississippi River, and gaze outward, your perspective will change.
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As Sure As the Sun Sets

Come winter, folks in Atlantic Beach head to the water’s edge at dusk for a show that plays out in few other places on the East Coast — a sight you have to see to believe.
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Snow Days

The beauty of a landscape cloaked in fluffy drifts of snow is lost on many Southerners. But for lovers of the white stuff, winter just isn’t the same without frosty flakes.
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