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This Weekend in North Carolina: April 24–26

Your guide to events happening across the state.

Asheville’s South Slope Sees Beervolution

North Carolina’s beer capital has a new brewing district.

Thirst in Flight: Craft Beer in North Carolina

In this four-part video series, we explore the evolving beer cultures in Asheville's South Slope, the Triad, Charlotte, and...

Out and About: April 2015

Your guide to events happening across the state.

5 Fun Fuquay-Varina Events Happening This Spring

From an outdoor painting event to food and music festivals, there is plenty happening in Fuquay-Varina this spring.

Becoming Present at Timberlake Farm Earth Sanctuary

The life cycle of creation, grief, and renewal is reflected and maintained at Timberlake Farm, an earth sanctuary near...

Finding Peace on the Mountaintop

Built a century ago by an artist captivated by the light created when the sun set behind Grandfather Mountain,...

10 Outer Banks Events Not to Miss This Spring

As the weather warms up, the Outer Banks beckon. From food and drink festivals to a super marathon, there's...

Homeplace: Captain Charlie’s Cottages

Three of the most recognizable landmarks on Bald Head Island, the historic Captain Charlie's Cottages, provide a sense of...

NoDa Is Charlotte’s Island of Interesting

NoDa, Charlotte’s historic arts neighborhood, reflects the ever-changing New South right now — no telling what it’ll be tomorrow.

Out and About: March 2015

Your guide to events happening across the state.

Running Wild on Shackleford Banks

To see a wild horse is rare. To feel as free as one is even rarer. Writer Marianne Gingher...

Out and About: February 2015

Your guide to events happening across the state.

Raleigh’s Furry Forecaster: Sir Walter Wally

In a world of Punxsutawney Phils and Wiarton Willies, North Carolina’s famed groundhog holds his own.

Wild Thing: Making a Career Out of Canyoneering

To turn canyoneering into a career means to trade cubicles for waterfalls, pens and staplers for ropes and chalk....

Out and About: January 2015

Your guide to events happening across the state this January.

From Space Flights to Starry Nights at PARI

The mountains of western North Carolina hold many secrets. One, a site in the Pisgah National Forest, has led...

Active Winter Getaways in North Carolina

Sure, it’s cold out there, but with North Carolina’s year-round natural beauty, there’s no need to hole up at...

Out and About: December 2014

Your guide to events happening across the state this December

Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences

’Tis the season of many things — eggnog, bright lights, “Silent Night” — and fitting it all into a...

Sculptors Converge in Small-Town Bakersville

Take a day to visit this single-stoplight mountain town, where many hands make artwork.

Mac’s Speed Shop

A cross section of the Queen City gets its fix here at Mac's Speed Shop. And if a motorcycle...

Out and About: November 2014

Whether you're looking for art, music, or food, there is plenty to do this month in North Carolina.

Off the Beaten Path: Wildacres Retreat

From N.C. Highway 226A, turn onto a gravel road. Follow it for a mile. It’ll lead you to Wildacres...

Tunnel Vision: Blue Ridge Parkway

It’s part of the quintessential Blue Ridge Parkway experience: to drive through one of our 25 parkway tunnels. But...

Road Trip Survival Guide

Enjoy the ride on your next road trip with these trusty North Carolina products.

Into the Mountains: U.S. Highway 276

U.S. Highway 276 winds a familiar path through the Blue Ridge Mountains, bisecting towns and forests — and stirring...

Take the Long Way Home: N.C. Highway 115

N.C. Highway 115 meanders for 72 miles, from Charlotte to North Wilkesboro. It’s not the fastest way to get...

Asheville: Bee City USA

Asheville earned the title as the first Bee City USA in 2012. Today, its bees and beekeepers continue to...

Motor Heads and Motor Courts in North Carolina

Classic car enthusiasts love showing off their polished rides at car shows and cruise-ins. But in the mountains, the...

View from the Backseat

The joys of family car trips — playing games, sharing snacks, fighting with our siblings — are shared through...

Up in the Air: The Carolina BalloonFest

From the ground, the sight of a hot-air balloon renders you speechless, breathless. But take to the sky in...

Mountain Roads

Grab your camera and cruise down some of our favorite roads in the mountains for taking in the fall...

Out and About: October 2014

Whether you're looking for art, music, or food, there is plenty to do this month in
North Carolina.

Travel Ideas From Our Partners: September 2014

Lost Hollow Opens October 18 National Conference September 25, 2014, in the beautiful mountains of Hendersonville, N.C. Featuring national and...

Mountain Must-Reads

Whether you’re planning a visit to western North Carolina this fall and need a book for the road, or...

20 Best-Kept Secrets of the NC High Country

North Carolina's High Country — composed of six mountain counties — is such a well-known tourist destination you might...

6 College Towns in North Carolina

Just because a city has a university doesn’t mean it’s a college town. A college town is different. The...

An Ode to the College Town: Davidson

More than points on a map, college towns are safe havens for intellectual curiosity. They’re the treasured places where...

The Rural Academy Theater

Why would a band of performers traverse western North Carolina in a wagon? Because in entertainment, delivery matters.

Wright Proud: The Wright Brothers’ Legacy in NC

How 2 men, 12 seconds, and 1 monument changed North Carolina forever.

Travel Ideas from Our Partners: September 2014

Don’t miss these great travel ideas and specials from our partners this September.

Out and About: September 2014

Whether you're looking for art, music, or food, there is plenty to do this month in North Carolina.

The Other Side of Stokes County

Linked by a strong sense of place and preservation, four residents — and friends — define their county beyond...

The Charlotte Museum of History: Teas of the British Isles

The Charlotte Museum of History is sharing tea, snacks, and history lessons this summer and fall.

Keep on the Sunny Side: Sunny Point Café

A restaurant’s devotion to place and palate yields a bounty of fresh food, and a second chance for one...

Five Last-Minute Day Trips in North Carolina

Even if you didn't have the time to take a weeklong summer vacation, you're still in luck. There are...

Our Americana: Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair

Burnsville’s annual fair has a special craft: to elevate daily life from average to artistic.

Mill Town Memories

Mill town residents have not forgotten what textile work, and the life they built around it, meant to them.

Travel Ideas from Our Partners: August 2014

  Aging in Place. It’s in Your Future. National Conference September 25, 2014, in the beautiful mountains of Hendersonville,...

The Good Road State

The story of how our roads went from muddy wagon trails to the largest state-maintained highway system in the...

Out and About: August 2014

Whether you're looking for art, music, or exercise, there is plenty to do this month in North Carolina.

Picking Season

At the Holden Brothers Farm Market in Shallotte, visitors pick two of our favorite red fruits: Strawberries in the...

Honest-to-Goodness: Candor Peach Festival

Candor, North Carolina's peach capital, gives us a summer love to gush about.

Thunder Road

The heart-racing, thrill-seeking, breathtaking story of North Carolina’s favorite roller coaster.

Beach Ball: The Morehead City Marlins

College baseball players from across the country come to small Southern towns like Morehead City for a taste of...

Gatsby’s Asheville

Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald defined the ’20s — the boom and bust, the roar and crash —...

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...

Carolina Skies: Stargazing at the Cline Observatory

For astronomy experts and enthusiasts, exploring our state means more than looking around — it means looking up.

Beat the Heat: 10 Places To Cool Off In N.C.

Feeling the summer heat? We offer 10 places to cool off while exploring North Carolina.

Five Triad Hiking Trails You Shouldn’t Miss

You wouldn't believe how easy it is to find a great place to hike in the Triad region. Whether...

Cowboy Camp: Clear Creek Ranch

Rex Frederick brought his dream of riding and roping to western North Carolina 20 years ago and created Clear...

Move Over, Pimento: Celebrating North Carolina Cheese

Used to be, the cheese we made was mostly mayonnaise. But now, there’s a new crop of cheesemakers, connoisseurs,...

The Cows of Iredell County

Iredell has been our leading cow county since state agriculture records were first kept, counting more than 300 dairies...

In Search of the Brown Mountain Lights

Are the mysterious lights people have seen around Brown Mountain a natural phenomenon? Extraterrestrial orbs? Shared hallucinations? An elaborate...

Quarter Moon Books

Part café, part boutique, the heart of this Topsail Beach shop has always been books.

Out and About: June 2014

Whether you're looking for a gallery walk or an adventure obstacle course on the beach, there is plenty to...

Out and About: May 2014

From the mountains to the coast, here's our Carolina calendar for May 2014.

10 Ways to Get On The Water in N.C.

The coolest place during a North Carolina summer is anywhere on or in the water.

10 Places for Animal Lovers in N.C.

North Carolina offers a variety of ways to catch of glimpse at some of nature's most beautiful creatures.

10 Ways to Go Beyond the Beach in N.C.

What do you do when you've had enough sun and sand? Here are a few ways to take in...

100 Ways To Get Outdoors In North Carolina

Whether you're hiking up our mountains or winding down at our wineries, there are plenty of ways to enjoy...

10 N.C. Creameries to Explore and Enjoy

There's a new crop of cheese makers, connoisseurs, and consumers who are making room for real cheese at our...

10 Places to Enjoy the Night Sky

Cold winter evenings make for great stargazing. Check out these ten spots around the state for an ideal view.

10 Outdoor Events You Shouldn’t Miss in N.C.

From live music to food festivals, there is no shortage of ways to spend a day outside in North...

10 N.C. Wineries You Shouldn’t Miss

Share a bottle with friends at one of these popular North Carolina vineyards and wineries.

10 Ideas for Adventure Seekers in NC

Looking for thrill and excitement in North Carolina? Here are a few ideas to get your adrenaline pumping.

10 N.C. Baseball Teams to Cheer On

Peanuts, crackerjacks, and 9 innings of outdoor fun across North Carolina.

Coastal Strolls

When we think hiking, we think mountains. But a long walk on the Carolina coast’s hidden trails proves that...

String Towns

There’s great music in every corner of our state. Here are just a few places to hear and play...

Ocean Isle Oasis: The Winds Resort Beach Club

Forty years ago, an advertising artist from New York and his wife found an island paradise. Today, their children...

Spring Getaways

Don't miss these great travel ideas and specials from our partners this spring.

Recipes from Beaufort Grocery Company

How an old grocery store and a couple’s special sandwich launched an esteemed restaurant.

Fiddle Festivals

Fiddlers’ conventions have long brought North Carolina communities together.

Lumina Pavilion

“Only when it was gone did we realize what was lost.”

In Love with Flat Tops

Distinctive cottages with flat roofs were an Outer Banks staple. Dozens survive in Southern Shores, and their admirers are...

Summer in the Sixties

Every generation makes its own beach memories. Summer in the '60s was seafood and station wagons, bathing suits and...

Find Your Perfect North Carolina Beach

Which North Carolina beach was made for you? Before packing your swimsuit, take our quiz presented by Crabtree Valley...

Where Are We? The Story of North Carolina Maps

Sedan-size maps of centuries past weren’t as convenient as our smartphones’ GPS, but without them, we would have been...

Britt’s Donut Shop: 75 Years of Making Doughnuts & Memories

Britt's Donut Shop has become a mandatory stop for many Carolina Beach visitors. Julie Thomson explores its delicious legacy,...

Q&A with Wendy and Charles Park of Beaufort Grocery Company

Our State discusses Beaufort, local ingredients, and culinary inspiration with Wendy and Charles Park from Beaufort Grocery Company.

North Carolina Jam Sessions

To make great music, we don’t always need a first fiddle or a musical score. At these 10 jam...

Building a Better Boardwalk

The ocean isn’t the only draw at Carolina Beach, where a beloved seaside symbol with an 80-year history gets...

Summer’s Soundtrack

There’s no better backdrop for beach music than the ocean or a better stage than the Tiki Pier at...

Retro Wrightsville

What never goes out of style? A vacation where you don’t have to lift a finger. For 50 years,...

Charlotte Beer Tour: A Weekend Guide to Breweries in the Queen City

Great beer destinations can be found throughout the Charlotte metro area, from Fort Mill, S.C. all the way up...

Hoopskirt Dreams: Wilmington’s Azalea Festival Belles

During the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, the city’s Azalea Belles follow a slow, graceful path to the past.

Bigfoot’s Backyard

A fuzzy video of a furry beast with a sweet tooth has spawned an industry all its own in...

Fire on the Mountain: Penland School of Crafts

The small towns in Mitchell and Yancey counties were known for minerals and mining until Harvey Littleton arrived and...

The Language of Landscape

The banjo player for the internationally renowned Kruger Brothers finds harmony in the hills. There’s nowhere else he’d rather...

A Crafty Move: The Time Warner Cable Arena Beer Garden

Support local breweries while supporting North Carolina's favorite NBA team.

Reason to Celebrate: NC Beer Month

Raise a glass across the state at these NC Beer Month events.

The Mineral City: Exploring the Spruce Pine Mining District

The past can be traced deep beneath Spruce Pine’s surrounding mountains — and it also can be mined. ...

Out & About: April 2014

From the mountains to the coast, here's our Carolina calendar for April 2014.

War Memorial Stadium

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

10 N.C. Gardens Perfect for Picknicking

Work up an appetite strolling through these North Carolina gardens.

March’s Our State Travel Partners

N.C. travel ideas from our partners

Hollywood East

A Wilmington resident’s take on living amongst the stars.

Under One Roof

A family reunion at the beach is a five-step process. To pull it off requires ample planning, a little...

Troutman Homecoming

The Troutman family tree has deep roots in Iredell County — as well as 11 generations’ worth of branches....

Little Pigs BBQ

Peggy Swicegood says her husband, Joe, is the face of this restaurant. For 50 years, he’s shared a smile...

Duck

Explore this beautiful Outer Banks beach town, whose name is inspired by that bird of a different feather. ...

Travel Guide: North Carolina on Film

From sprawling landscapes to down-home eateries, see our travel guides for bringing the big screen to life.

Out and About: March 2014

From the mountains to the coast, here's our Carolina calendar for March 2014.

Drawn to the Light

Dozens of lighthouse keepers and their families have called Bodie Island Lighthouse home. Hundreds of those keepers’ descendants...

5 Most Recognizable Film Locations in North Carolina

Wilmington is the heart of the film industry in North Carolina, but there are other film locations you may...

Exploring Statesville

For the highway traveler with stiff muscles and an empty belly, this town is a perfect stop.

A Foothills Twist on Pie: The Sonker

Born of mysterious origins — each family’s recipe different from the next — this sweet, deep-dish confection is a...

Out and About February 2014

As winter winds down, get out and explore. From Valentine's Day celebrations to antiques, there's lots to do in...

Winter Farmers Markets

North Carolina ranks third in the nation in the number of winter farmers markets. Find out what makes these...

The Little Brown Shack Out Back: Sapphire Valley Outhouse Race

Sapphire Valley’s Outhouse Races look like foolery. But pure devotion usually does.

Burgers & Bottle Caps: Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar

At Corbett’s Burgers & Soda Bar in Cary, choose from more than 250 bottled sodas to enjoy with...

The Wilderness Poet: George Ellison

At home in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, naturalist and writer George Ellison and his artist wife, Elizabeth,...

Living-Room Concerts at Five Oaks Clubhouse

In a quiet corner of Durham, a neighborhood clubhouse moonlights as a roots-music venue.

A Home for the Arts

When art lovers in Yadkinville repurposed a long-empty building downtown, they got the cultural anchor they knew had been...

Walking Through the Hall with a Legend

The achievements chronicled at the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame elicit “Where were you?” queries from older generations,...

McCall’s Bar-B-Que

These two men do barbecue on a big scale, but not by sacrificing quality. In barbecue-loving Goldsboro, they wouldn’t...

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...

Historic Kitchens

These historic kitchens represent a portrait of life in North Carolina when function was fundamental.

Out & About in January

Don't let the cold air keep you inside all month. From Striperfest in Wilmington to Winterfest in Blowing Rock,...

Elegant Comfort: Root & Vine in Morganton

By that we mean Cheerwine barbecue sauce, which is just one of the reasons you should eat at Root...

The Colder, the Better

In Surf City, the new year begins with a decision to embrace all conditions.

Ever Hear of a Ground-Steak Sandwich?

It sounds like a burger or a sloppy joe — but it’s not quite either. What it is, and...

A Meal for the New Year

When cool weather descends upon North Carolina, it’s time for oysters.

From Vision to View

Creating this peaceful mountain retreat took perseverance, determination, and lots of faith.

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...

Through a Child’s Eyes

An active childhood imagination shapes a lifelong love of North Carolina through visits to two beloved landmarks, one in...

I Could See for Miles

Vistas in North Carolina range from mountaintops to coastal plains, but the best views are sometimes hidden places that...

Stephenson’s Barbecue

If a hog isn’t pit-cooked, it isn’t barbecue. That’s Andy Stephenson’s belief. He says his father wouldn’t have had...

Rose Hill

A strange superlative reflects the lifeblood of this eastern N.C. town.

Travel Guide: Five Peaceful Places in North Carolina

Need to de-stress? Save this list of peaceful places that can provide you with a moment or two of...

Where to Take the Polar Plunge in North Carolina

The colder, the better. We compiled a list of places where you can swim the winter waters.

Forest City Lights

Spend December captivated by a joyous, native glow.

Midwood Smokehouse

For traditional N.C. barbecue, Charlotte isn’t your best bet. One man knows why, and he hopes to change that.

Country Ham in Duplin County

In Duplin County, Westwater Country Ham dry cures an Eastern North Carolina classic.

Making the Cut: North Carolina Christmas Trees

Fraser firs may be the big tree on campus at lots across the state, but on Down East cut-your-own...

In the Communion of the Saints: The Salem Moravian Graveyard

In God’s Acre, a Moravian graveyard in Winston-Salem, status and race are not factors for burial sites. The church’s...

Take a Book, Leave a Book: Little Free Libraries

Those little wooden boxes aren’t birdhouses — they’re libraries, and one may be coming to a street near you.

Denton

This Piedmont town feels like home, whether you’re from here or not.

Balsam Encore

There are no televisions at this mountain retreat, where an older form of entertainment keeps guests coming back.

Tour of a Higher Calling

Warsaw’s Veterans Day Celebration inspires a tradition of service and gratitude.

Columbus

Discover how one western North Carolina town is home to history, creativity, and patriotism.

Patriots of Pineland

“Battles” waged in backyard theaters of war across central North Carolina help prepare U.S. Army Special Forces students for...

Hometown Opry

Once a month, a pawnshop transforms into a radio studio, and residents of North Wilkesboro rise early to see...

The Murphey School Radio Show

Writers, musicians, and friends gather for a variety show — and a good cause.

Durham’s Bakery District

Where to find the city’s best breads, pies, and doughnuts.

Jack Cobb & Son Barbecue

How a father-and-son business brought pit-cooked barbecue — and unity — to one eastern North Carolina town.

Sending a Message

When Jennifer Watlington couldn’t find greeting cards for veterans in her hometown, Reidsville, she created her own.

For Their Service and Sacrifice

Wounded veterans share a common bond. At dinners held across North Carolina honoring Purple Heart recipients, they share even...

Dogs of War

After they complete their military service, K9 veterans find respect, admiration, and plenty of snuggle time from adoptive families.

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's eclectic tastes extend beyond its restaurants. While you're here, take time to savor some of its local flavor...

Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon

In the summer, rows of vines heavy with clusters of juicy, red fruit climb the hills around Overmountain Vineyards....

Eating Asheville Food Tour

Foodies embark on culinary journeys through the city’s booming dining scene and discover why this mountain city has earned...

C&H Oyster Bar in Elizabeth City

Leave it to the experts at this Elizabeth City oyster bar, where every October the usual crowd returns hungry...

Memaw’s Biscuits at the N.C. State Fair

Forget those deep-fried sideshows, these scratch-made biscuits are the State Fair’s main attraction.

Peak Pints: Beer in Western N.C.

Mountain breweries create beers that reflect their surroundings and the seasons.

Mountain Spirit

A deep-sea diver trusted his instincts, moved to the bottom of a Blue Ridge valley, and launched a distillery....

Banner Elk Winery

Vintners transform High Country grapes into award-winning vintages in the mountains of Avery County.

Cherokee Flavor

Best known for its strong scent, the much-maligned ramp is enjoying an image makeover, thanks to its medicinal and...

Forest Feast

North Carolina’s mountains and foothills support some of the greatest biodiversity in North America — everything from wild shoots...

The Height of High Country Cooking

Mountain chefs are at the top of their game at four restaurants in Boone, Blowing Rock, & Valle Crucis.

Mountain Glory

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti reflects on his Watauga County home.

Linville Caverns

The bats living in the caves under Humpback Mountain scare some people, but not Sarah Davis. She owns the...

Speedy’s Barbecue

In Lexington, the city’s namesake-style barbecue — pork shoulder meat dipped in a tomato-based sauce — draws devotees to...

The Big Chip: Dorton Arena

Every year thousands of people at the North Carolina State Fair walk by Dorton Arena, not realizing the building...

Morrisville

Meet the people of one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing small towns.

Crafted and Collected

Traditional artwork finds a home just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville.

Ghost Walk by Lantern Light

Old South Tour Company’s iconic belle leads Southport visitors to smart and spooky haunts.

Travel Guide: Mountain Art

As you travel this fall, take along this list of 25 art galleries and museums in the North Carolina...

A Guide to Mountain Trout

Whether you're planning a fly-fishing trip or looking for a place to enjoy a freshly prepared filet, see our...

The Cherokee Tribal Fish Hatchery

In the deep mountains, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians keep nearly 30 miles of waters within the Qualla...

How To Find A White Squirrel in North Carolina

It's not a legend. The white squirrel actually exists. Find out where to go for the best chance to...

Music Deep Down

For two young brothers who got their start tapping rhythms on household items, music comes naturally.

Coca-Cola’s Ghostpainter

Andy Thompson applies fresh coats of paint to fading murals around the state.

The Mushroom Man of Muddy Creek Farms

Meet the man who is producing some of the best mushrooms in North Carolina through an innovative irrigation system.

Friday Frame of Mind

Bowlers say they’re after perfection: the elusive 300 game. But what brings them back to the alley week after...

Yana’s Ye Olde Drug Store Restaurant

In Swansboro, the locals know just the place to get some sugar.

Yiasou Greek Festival

Dance and eat at one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events.

Blackbeard’s BBQ & C-Food

Those in search of tasty treasure can find it hidden in the heart of eastern North Carolina’s barbecue belt.

Vintage Bicycles in Reidsville

In Reidsville, a beloved mode of transportation is restored and polished to a shine.

Tar Heel Town: Shelby

Music and barbecue share the stage in this Cleveland County town.

Fresh, Fried, & Familiar: Fish Camps in Gaston County

In Gaston County on Friday night, if you’re not feasting on catfish, hush puppies, and slaw in a fish...

Jug Tucker Band: Bluegrass at the Beach

Jug Tucker draws inspiration from both sides of our state.

Friday Night Football

On fall Friday nights, communities gather under stadium lights to root for our sons and grandsons, and cheer along...

Dance All Night at the Asheville Ballroom

For dancers, numbers are second nature. On Friday nights at the Asheville Ballroom, the fun begins when one, two,...

Racing at Ace Speedway

When the future of Ace Speedway was in doubt, one of its best drivers took over and brought the...

Friday Night Music: Bynum General Store and The Carolina Inn

At two beloved Triangle landmarks — Bynum General Store and the Carolina Inn — the music plays on.

5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do in September

From The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra to the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in Burnsville, read the 5 things to do...

Gaston County Fish Camps

What makes these fish camps different from regular seafood restaurants. We'll tell you, and share 13 fish camps you...

Judy Goldman: Writing to Understand

Words serve as a tool for a Charlotte author to make sense of a complicated family relationship.

Inspiration, Everywhere for Douglas Hoover

An Archdale artist finds beauty in everyday life and scenery.

Williamston

Deep family ties, a sense of community, and a strong agricultural history have helped this eastern North Carolina town...

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head

Chris Crockett teaches people how to catch, clean, and cook at Jennette’s Pier every Tuesday from March through December.

How The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music Began

A group of music lovers preserves and shares the sounds of a region.

Traveling North Carolina’s Swamps

Swamps keep their secret wonders hidden well. Under their murky black water, behind impenetrable tangles of vines, and among...

Blanketflower

This coastal plant is legend on one North Carolina island.

An Essay On Rutherfordton, From A Native Daughter

Anyone who has ever lived in — and left — a small town knows what it’s like to return....

Dixie Drive-In in Lumberton

Hungry? Follow the crowd to this can’t-miss burger joint in Lumberton.

Peach Student

In the Sandhills, summertime means peaches, and peaches mean school.

Reggie’s Flower Shoppe in Lexington

Reggie Walser, Welcome’s best-known florist, has been arranging every kind of bloom since he was 3. And he’s not...

Shearline Boatworks in Morehead City

A Morehead City business spends nearly a year making each custom-built boat that bears its brand.

Brushy Mountain Smokehouse & Creamery

Smoked barbecue is paired with homemade ice cream at this Wilkes County restaurant.

Woodleaf Tomato Festival

Visit Rowan County for a taste of one community’s iconic crop.

5 Things Every North Carolinian Should Do in August

From "The Art of the Brick" LEGO art exhibit in Alamance to the 44th Snead's Ferry Shrimp Festival, read...

Grits

Some grits recipes are passed down for generations. Other flavorful preparations are created in the kitchens of innovative chefs....

Screen Doors

Its mission may seem simple — keep out bugs and let in breeze — but on a sultry summer...

Shrimp and Grits in North Carolina

Where to find five distinct versions shrimp and grits in North Carolina.

Five Can’t-Miss Appalachian Trail Hikes in North Carolina

Three hundred miles of the Appalachian Trail cut through North Carolina, offering you plenty of options for day, weekend...

Maleku Jewelry: From North Carolina to Hollywood

A Winterville woman’s jewelry — and her cause — helps her become an international success.

The Character of Woody Pines

An Asheville musician alters traditional songs to fit his diverse styles, and entertains crowds across the United States and...

Casey’s Soul Food Restaurant in Wilmington

At Casey’s Buffet, down-home comfort comes by the plateful.

Birdhouse Mansions in Blowing Rock

A dentist builds palaces for his feathered friends at his cabin in Blowing Rock.

How The Post Office Delivers Us The World

A mail carrier’s job is famously monotonous. But follow him — or her — around long enough, and understand...

Burnsville

A closer look at this quiet mountain town reveals a community that’s just now growing up.

Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream in Angier

An ice cream parlor in Angier offers more than 100 flavors.

A Cabin For Charles Kuralt

The man who went everywhere in the United States found himself most at home in his mountain hideaway.

The Cats at Burrus Market on Hatteras Island

Some things have been on Hatteras Island for a long time. Like Burrus Market, the oldest store on the...

Kill Devil Hills Stop N Shop

It’s a gas station, sure. But step inside and you’ll see: it’s also a whole lot more.

N.C. Governor’s Mansion in Asheville

On top of a mountain in Asheville, the Governor’s Western Residence has been a hideaway for 11 administrations and...

Gate City Pharmacy in Greensboro

A locally owned pharmacy in Greensboro takes care of its customers the old-fashioned way.

Wilson Redwoods

A cotton magnate planted the first redwood in Wilson, and the humid climate helped it flourish.

Secret Recipe

In the summertime, the password at Wheat Swamp Christian Church in La Grange is peppers.

Topsail Beach Skating Rink

Lace up and step into a time machine, complete with 45-r.p.m. records and a disco ball.

Out Here, Away From Everything

Close to home in the Piedmont, Hanging Rock State Park is a simple, peaceful escape.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

This summer, revisit one of the coast’s forgotten treasures.

Where to Find Rhododendron in Western NC

Explorers fell for it, enthusiasts still search for it, and communities rally around it. The rhododendron has been a...

Carolina Pie Company

A couple in Mooresville rolls out crusts, stirs together fillings, and makes homemade pies for you to purchase.

The Memory Project: Rayna Gellert

Rayna Gellert started playing fiddle at the age of 10, and soon enough found herself traveling the country sharing...

Full-Time Painter

A man in New Bern closes his art-supply store and finds success when he starts painting for a living.

The Tiniest Homes

After building a dollhouse with her grandchildren, a High Point woman decided to continue the craft — and created...

An Eclectic Mix in Belhaven

This eastern town along the Pungo River catches an eclectic mix of travelers. Each one adds another line to...

The Return of Swing

Twice a month, a group of friends gather in the Piedmont and relive the glory days of the jitterbug...

Down by the River

From a warehouse that stored roots and herbs, to a store that sold fertilizer, to the present-day restaurant, this...

Daily. Special.

The bean-and-bacon soup is legendary. The banana splits are delicious. Although only seven restaurants exist in the state now,...

The Queen of Kahdalea

For nearly a quarter-century, Anne Trufant has run two summer camps outside of Brevard — one for girls, one...

A Kid (Still) Needs Camp

YMCA camps — Camp Sea Gull (for boys), Camp Seafarer (for girls) and Camp Hanes (for both) — fill...

Camp Days

Before she was an acclaimed novelist, she was a camp kid. Although it’s been long since closed, author Susan...

Hill’s Lexington Barbecue

A third-generation family business has served Lexington-style barbecue in northern Winston-Salem for more than 60 years.

How the Spirit Moves You

Shout bands gave the Charlotte African-American community something of its own in the early 20th century. Colorful parades. Mass...

Picking Strawberries in Charlotte

The Hall Family Farm in Charlotte's Ballantyne neighborhood has 37,000 strawberry plants, ready for a pick-your-own adventure.

Doughnuts in Durham: Two Shops Take on Gourmet Flavors

Two new doughnut shops in Durham offer innovative and eclectic flavors sure to arouse your curiosity and taste buds....

Sims Country Bar-B-Que

Whether you come for barbecue or bluegrass music, this shed in Granite Falls is the place to be on...

Eastern Bounty

The Chocowinity community provides plenty of recipes and inspiration.

The Fudgeboat

This boat is landlocked in Carolina Beach, but it still offers a sweet trip.

Roanoke’s Emerald

These formal gardens on the Outer Banks honor our English heritage.

Sea Oats

These native grasses are pretty accents and tough defenders.

Friday Night Sock Hop

A Greenville radio show enchants listeners with nostalgic music.

Big, Bold, and Lifelike

Sean Ruttkay’s coastal photography is life-size and captures rare moments.

Carthage

No matter how you get to this Moore County town — by buggy, by car, or by plane —...

The Generator Society of Bald Head Island

Nineteen families found a raw barrier island in the 1970s and made it theirs. They took advantage of the...

The Men Who Reinvented Fishing

Capt. Ernie Foster is likely the last captain in the original family of sport fishing — his father started...

On the Edge of Everything

On Harkers Island, locals like Karen Amspacher fight for what they believe in. And these people want to know...

The Story of the Swing Bridge at Surf City

At least four generations of travelers have crossed the swing bridge that connects mainland North Carolina to Topsail Island....

From Fire, Light

How can a singular beacon represent so much? Our seven lighthouses powerfully reflect our own values — of innovation,...

Under the Hatteras Light

When he was a teenager, Philip Gerard left Delaware to discover himself. He had nothing but a sleeping bag,...

The Story of Your Steak

Perhaps the most important part of the dining experience — the middle step — is the least recognized. The...

Old-Time Sound

Members of the Happy Valley Pals band preserve traditional Piedmont music.

A Seat at the Bar: The Admiral in Asheville

The Admiral in West Asheville is more than a place for drinks, unless that’s all you want it to...

The Battery Park Book Exchange

At this eclectic bookstore in Asheville’s Grove Arcade, wine and espresso entice as many customers as the 30,000 gently...

The Simplest Flying Machine

John Harris learned to fly in the 1970s with a piece of nylon. And still today, whether he’s holding...

Ashe County Cheese is Drawing New Eyes

In West Jefferson, the cows point the way.

Morehead City

In the hub of Carteret County, the water is where people work and where they play.

At Home in the Southern Wild

At the North Carolina Zoo in Randolph County, gorillas live like us in many ways. They play. They fight....

Always on Sunday: Visiting Oakdale Cemetery

Designed as a park to encourage visitation, Wilmington’s Oakdale Cemetery was the first cemetery in North Carolina to be...

An Elegant Occasion at the McNinch House Restaurant

The McNinch House Restaurant offers food in Charlotte that is comfortable enough to be home and formal enough for...

Eagles of Jordan Lake

Visit the Triangle for a glimpse of our nation’s iconic bird.

The Presbyterians Had Layer Cakes … The Catholics Had Kibbe

Award-winning Chef Bill Smith remembers church suppers, and growing up the child of a Presbyterian and a Catholic.

Wilson: Whole Truth Lunchroom

The covered dish. The church picnic. The Wednesday night supper. North Carolina’s communal gatherings embrace the spirit of faith,...

At The Hot Dog Church in Greensboro

They don’t call Greensboro’s Carraway United Methodist Church “The Hot Dog Church” for nothing.

Kinston: Wednesday Night Supper

For as long as anyone at First Baptist Church in Kinston can remember, Wednesday night suppers have served as...

Morganton: Open Hearts Bakery

Volunteers at St. Matthews Church in Morganton bake laughter and love into every loaf at Open Hearts Bakery.

Welcoming Diners at Hickory’s Garden of Eaten

The Garden of Eaten Cafe at First Baptist Church in Hickory welcomes diners for food and fellowship.

Hillsborough BBQ Company

The stained glass, hardwood floors, and full bar make this restaurant look upscale, but the flavor of the barbecue...

Germany Comes to Grandy: Weeping Radish

A quirky combination of a brewpub, butchery, and farm creates an experience that brings in curious travelers from miles...

Traveling By Trail: The Mountains-to-Sea Trail

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail might not have the cachet of the Appalachian Trail, and is even partly theoretical, but for...

Mule Rider

Bored with sailing the open seas alone for five years, one man decided to cross his home state in...

Safe Exit

They are the overlooked amenities on our state’s highways: 60 state-run rest areas placed for travelers’ convenience and designed...

Tales of the Fourth-Grade Field Trip

Each year, our state’s fourth graders examine North Carolina’s history for a state-mandated project. But one mother found plenty...

Scenes from 64

Landscape artist Chris Wilson has taken on a mighty big project: He’s producing 100 large-scale oil paintings of scenes...

Page Turners

The Thursday Afternoon Book Club of Kings Mountain celebrates a century of reading and culture.

Natural Haven

Inside the spiritual retreat of Lake Junaluska, Appalachia’s most threatened plant species find a place of refuge.

A History of Sport at the ACC Hall of Champions

On Tobacco Road, one museum tells a story of rivalries and champions.

Hickory

A town defined by what it once made is figuring out what to make of today.

Field Trip Memories

Do you remember the joy of leaving school to discover a new place? Our State staff shares some of...

Herb’s Pit Bar-B-Que

In a remote corner of western North Carolina, just before you cross the state line, a second generation of...

Country Barbeque

Cars whiz by, traffic lights blink, but this restaurant on Wendover Avenue maintains an uninterrupted consistency that sets it...

Filling in the Gaps

Museum workers in Old Salem find unknown objects from the South’s history and search for the story behind them.

Musical Missionary

A classically trained pianist who has toured the world brings quality music to our coastal cities.

Stories of Mountain Folk

A Sylva radio program preserves Appalachian history through spoken narratives.

Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium

Explore all of the state’s aquatic life, from the mountains to the coast.

The Prize Inside

If you open this peanut bar from Warsaw, you won’t be disappointed.

From This Seat

Inside Coker Arboretum in Chapel Hill, you can observe native plants sharing soil with plants from around the world.

Pittsboro

In a town where everyone seems to have big ideas, the success of a local currency shows the value...

The Birdman

Birds of many feathers flock to Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Halifax County. They come because one man, Mike...

Sweet Spot

At Bar Cocoa in The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Charlotte, everything you see is a treat.

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...

Maple View Farm

In Hillsborough, a fifth-generation dairyman and his wife tend a herd of cows with a heritage as strong as...

An Earthly Pursuit

Jugtown Pottery, a Seagrove tradition almost a century old, is in good hands — the same ones that have...

Lit from the Inside

The Haw River Ballroom uses salvaged materials from its past to create new memories.

Mount Olive

When your hometown is famous for its namesake pickle company, you don’t mind saying you grew up across the...

Grady’s Barbecue

Eating barbecue at this Dudley restaurant is simple, but running the place requires some sacrifices.

Ready for Takeoff at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

Go for a ride in the clouds with the men and women who work at Seymour Johnson Air Force...

Living Moving Art

Vollis Simpson and his vast hands molded metal into artwork for decades. And when the rust is gone, his...

Homespun Denim

Raleigh Denim and Greensboro’s Cone Denim employ old-fashioned methods to make the most timeless garment in our closets —...

The Story Behind the Troutman Chair Company

The Troutman Chair factory outside of Statesville has made some of the best rockers anywhere since 1924 — long...

Where Sand Meets Sky: Jockey’s Ridge

The Outer Banks’ Jockey’s Ridge, the East Coast’s largest sand dune, is a force of nature that never stops...

Nothing Fancy

Rectangular blocks of pork wrapped in butcher paper sustain a Greensboro company for 96 years.

Waterfall Byway

The one road to drive to see the season’s beauty.

Maggie Valley

An eccentric town in a mysterious mountain setting bursts with individual flare. And its residents, both old and new,...

Biscuits, Hayrides, and Christmas Trees

A farm in Back Swamp has a collection of country comforts that make it worth a stop.

The Lights of McAdenville

A half-century ago, residential goodwill and the generosity of a local textile mill owner put this little Gaston County...

Old Salem

When Winston and Salem became Winston-Salem, a rustic town of Germanic origins could have been lost to time and...

A Sweet Potato Sampler

Go beyond the basic baked sweet potato with these four places to try our official state vegetable.

Crossroads Cafe

In a community so small it lacks its own ZIP code, residents find identity at Byrum's.

Apples in a Glass: McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks

A nice complement to our food is a cider made in Thurmond with our apples.

Preservation Villages: Old Salem Graveyard

We remember who came before us and what they did and where they lived. We respect our past, and...

Preservation Villages: Hart Square

We remember who came before us and what they did and where they lived. We respect our past, and...

Preservation Villages: Corolla Village

We remember who came before us and what they did and where they lived. We respect our past, and...

Waynesville

Halfbacks and high hills, arts and frogs, elk and Plotts — and how it all blends together in one...

The Maco Light

For years, a crossroads in Brunswick County was the site of a ghostly spectacle. One day, a man searched...

Beer brewed right, here.

A brewer, farmer, and merchant in North Carolina are part of a movement to bring goodwill to good beer.

A Tractor Needs A Driver

When a farmer takes a seat on a tractor, he makes a connection. It’s a strong bond that he...

Game Day Grub

Pirate Nation preps for battle at Cubbie’s.

Something Sweet

A little doughnut in the little town of Aberdeen makes big community connections.

In Good Spirit: Old North State Winery & Brewery

Grab a glass at a winery in Mount Airy, and know you’re in good company.

The Skylight Inn

Skylight founder Pete Jones once said, "A place like this don't need any sign."

Short Sugar’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Much of Short Sugar's reputation comes from owner David Wilson's homemade sauce.

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

The Pit provides a rather upscale setting for Raleigh patrons to enjoy authentic, pit-cooked barbecue.

B’s Barbecue

There are no telephones or take-out menus at B's. What there is, though, is plenty of whole-hog barbecue, cooked...

Barbecue Kings

Follow Our State to 10 of Bob Garner's barbecue picks to see what makes a champion.

Allen & Son Barbeque

Keith Allen's old-fashioned, hands-on method earned him a place in North Carolina's barbecue canon.

Bridges Barbecue Lodge

In case you forget what the restaurant specializes in, pig art decorating the walls helps you remember just what...

Lexington Barbecue

Lexington Barbecue attracts barbecue pilgrims from across the state and even further.

Little Richard’s Barbecue

The pure Lexington-style barbecue served at this laid-back and comfortable restaurant keeps Forsyth County residents coming back for their...

Stamey’s Old Fashioned Barbecue

The real monument to Stamey is not the restaurant, but the pit building, which is by far the largest...

Wilber’s Barbecue

Wilber Shirley is committed to the tradition of cooking whole hogs entirely over hardwood coals.

In Search of Apples

Every fall, a produce stand in Hendersonville becomes a destination.

The Muffin Man

Andy Montero built his Elizabeth City restaurant on baskets of pastries.

On Granite Ground

Just outside of Mayberry, the world’s largest open-faced granite quarry holds firm as the strongest piece of land in...

This is Charlotte

That’s right. The big city. For years, we thought it was too much to describe. For years, we thought...

Tarboro

The waters came. The waters went. But the people stayed, giving this eastern North Carolina town the chance to...

Hurricane Hazel

On October 15, 1954, a terrible storm makes for a terrible day for the entire country. One county in...

Elkin

In the heart of wine country, a little, old town ages into a dynamic place that stands on the...

Asheville’s River Arts District

In the late 1800s, this area was the booming, industrial heart of the city. Factories and mills lined the...

The Carolina Inn

This historic hotel on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill is where Tar Heels go to dream, whether they are...

Sunflowers to Share

At Biltmore Estate in Asheville, most features are purely for presentation. But a few plots of plants have a...

Wrightsville Beach

The birds fly free. The people kick back. The wind blows steady. The worries fade away. Here, everything’s all...

Dancing on the Dunes

In Nags Head, teenagers rocked the floors of the Casino when they danced.

Being Mayberry: Mount Airy

In the foothills, a town plays its television role to dawdle time away.

100 North Carolina Icons

Download the definitive North Carolina to-do list, inspired by our 100 North Carolina icons.

A place called Atlantis

In Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantis Lodge has a name from ancient lore, a decor from decades ago, and...

Concord

From the mall to the racetrack, Concord wants to get somewhere. From the old courthouse to the downtown gardens,...

Imaginary Lines

Have you ever wondered what you’d see if you could gaze clear across the ocean? Who would be over...

North Carolina Seafood Tour Part 1: Southern Coast

Over 27 miles and including four stops, this first leg of our Seafood Tour from Brunswick Islands to Wrightsville...

The Hope of Fish Town: Wanchese Fish Company

If it isn’t a hurricane, it’s the price of gas. If it isn’t a bad spawning season, it’s a...

North Carolina Seafood Tour Part 2: Crystal Coast

This stretch of our North Carolina Seafood Tour takes you from Swansboro to Cedar Island, and makes five mouthwatering...

North Carolina Seafood Tour Part 3: Outer Banks

Travel from Ocracoke Island to Duck and taste some of the most delicious seafood North Carolina has to offer.

Biscuits and Burgers

Morganton residents start and end their day at Allison’s.

TRAVEL NORTH CAROLINA App

New version! New features! New updates available for the TRAVEL NORTH CAROLINA app, powered by Our State magazine.

The North Carolina Arboretum

A century ago, America’s premier landscape architect designed the state’s first arboretum. Today, on top of a mountain in...

Highlands

One of the most upscale towns in the North Carolina mountains, it still welcomes anyone who can bring just...

One-Stop Success: Highland Books in Brevard

At Highland Books in Brevard, one couple encourages community members to explore the world around them — whether they...

Drugstore Staple: The Fountain at Yanceyville Drug Company

The soda fountain at a Yanceyville drugstore brings a community together and preserves a classic institution.

Calabash

As far southeast as you can go in North Carolina, a little town with a lot of seafood has...

The Inn on Mill Creek

At an Asheville-area bed and breakfast, waking up is a delicious dream.

Chef and the Farmer in Kinston

In small-town Kinston, one New York couple’s big-city ambition finds a home and helps fuel this restaurant’s successful start.

Lunch and a Legacy

At Neal’s Deli in Carrboro, Matt and Sheila Neal carve their own slice of culinary history.

The Bakehouse

At The Bakehouse in Aberdeen, items like the black forest cake are a nod to owner Martin Brunner's European...

Savannah Red

At Savannah Red in Charlotte, couples love it when servers ignite the caramel-bourbon sauce of the Krispy Kreme bread...

Paul’s Pastry Shop

While Paul makes other delicious pastries, the glazed doughnuts remain the best sellers at Paul's Pastry Shop in Burlington.

Cheesecakes by Alex

At Cheesecakes by Alex in Greensboro, you can pick 12 different flavors to build your own cheesecake wheel.

Jimmie’s Sweets

Jimmie Williams bakes more than 200 varieties of his specialty pound cakes at Jimmie's Sweets in Matthews.

Mountain Pie Company

Merri and Bill Tyndall bake dozens of flavors of pie each day, including Blueberry Blintz, at the Mountain Pie...

The Sisters McMullen

Unfortunately, this dessert spot in Asheville is now closed. See our original post about them below and other North...

Bailey Café

In the tiny town of Bailey at Bailey Café, the shelves are full of cakes unlike any others.

Hayes Barton Café & Dessertery

Since 1998, Frank and Margaret Ballard have been dishing out huge slices of cake at the Hayes Barton Café...

Sugar on Front Street

At Sugar on Front Street in Wilmington, Samantha Smith provides and ever-changing selection of old-fashioned baked goods.

Rosebriar

The Rosebriar in Albemarle is only open on weekdays for three midday hours, so hurry in for a slice...

Seaside Cheesecake Dessert Shoppe

With more than 50 cheesecake flavors available, making a choice at Seaside Cheesecake Dessert Shoppe in Morehead City isn't...

The Story of Airlie Gardens in Wilmington

When visitors picnic under the live oak in Wilmington’s Airlie Gardens, they carry on a social legacy a century...

The Appalachian Trail: Peak of Perfection

You have to work to savor the majesty of the Appalachian Trail, but there’s much to appreciate — and...

Raffaldini Vineyards: A Place to Pause

At Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, hours of effort go into processes that you can’t see. But once you experience...

Lake Waccamaw: The Natural Lake

From its origins to its people to its views, everything about Lake Waccamaw is too good to be true.

Pond Mountain: Soaring Legacies

Trustworthy stewards ensure that Pond Mountain’s beauty and conservation will thrill future generations.

Pinehurst No. 2: Pure Pinehurst

The home of American golf, Pinehurst No. 2 nearly lost itself trying to be great. But after a yearlong...

Portsmouth Island: The Loneliest Land

Uninhabited Portsmouth Island is difficult to reach, lacks the most basic comforts, and has brutal conditions — yet is...

Rockingham

Richmond County’s seat has a long history of perseverance, generosity, and teamwork. Now it has NASCAR back, and new...

Chapel Hill

Most residents stay only four years. Some hang around for a few more. But time doesn’t matter. Those who...

North Carolina’s High Road: The Cherohala Skyway

Only 18 miles of the Cherohala Skyway run across North Carolina. But those miles, cutting and rising above the...

Into the Forest: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is 3,800 acres of unchecked wilderness. Here, centuries-old trees scrape the sky and shelter a...

Southport

Three waterways lead into town, and two roadways lead out, but few people who come here ever find reason...

Batman of Swain County: Keith Bruce

Lifelong adventurer Keith Bruce, a retired dentist, flies into his later years on a zip line and the belief...

The Dark Hole: Civil War Prison Camps

At first, soldiers from both North and South return to their regiments in prisoner-of-war exchanges. But when officials end...

Bending Barbecue Tradition: Luella’s

At Luella’s Bar-B-Que, customers find enough familiarity to make them comfortable and enough diversity to remind them they’re in...

The Oyster Way

It’s sometimes raw and sometimes steamed and sometimes fried. It never moves. But it always works. And we should...

Mount Gilead

Nearly 1,000 years ago, the Pee Dee made a village out of this land on the southern edge of...

Southern Lights: Blue Ghost Fireflies

Fireflies lure us down from our porches and lead us on an easy chase. In western North Carolina, encountering...

Along the Way

Our summer vacations often include stops at roadside stands for an edible souvenir.

Lake Lure

The magnetic mountain town’s beauty pulls people in and then holds on.

North Carolina’s Coast

Explore North Carolina's coastline, and enjoy exclusive videos and stories, presented by Our State and the UNC Coastal Studies...

The Town: Murphy

Although it is closer to the state capitals of five other states than it is to its own, the...

The Town: Manteo

The first settlement was lost. But in the 400 years since a colony vanished, just about everybody who’s moved...

The Grape: Yadkin Valley

As the first vines began to grow in the Yadkin Valley, few people believed European wine grapes would make...

The Grape: Duplin Winery

Using the thick-skinned muscadines that thrive in the heat of their eastern North Carolina homeland, one gritty family built...

The Catch: Shrimp

From May until October, Danny Galloway spends five days a week on his boat following shrimp. It’s a tough,...

The Legend: Mountain Man Eustace Conway

In the serenity of the mountains, Eustace Conway found his place. Today, he welcomes others to his Turtle Island...

The Road: U.S. Highway 64 West

To experience a land, and to experience life, travel along a route that follows the natural tendencies, a route...

The Road: U.S. Highway 64 East

A storm can turn a typically straight and open road to the ocean into a slow and blind trudge...

Ocracoke

Surrounded by water and filled with warmth, this island is one of the most popular vacation spots on the...

Art’s Place

Tammy Nichols has owned and operated the Kitty Hawk restaurant since 2008, but customers don’t have to look very...

Second Street Lunch

If you stop in at Second Street Lunch in Roanoke Rapids, order your burger any way you want it...

Wimpy’s Grill

At Wimpy’s in Durham, napkins are futile and condiment stains are a sure sign of battle. Here, the brave...

Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant

A menu with 20 different burgers is reason enough to stop by the popular Bryson City restaurant. The family...

A House Divided

Doctor Bellamy’s mansion and the beginning of the end of an era.
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King of Trash: Carl Walker

Manteo’s Carl Walker wants everybody to bring him their trash. Because he knows that most of it is not...

Where The Road Ends

For 500 years, wild mustangs have roamed the dunes of Corolla, foraging for food and raising their young. As...

About Face: Catawba Valley Pottery

The first time Diane Aurit encountered Catawba Valley face jugs, she was not impressed. But today, dozens of the...

Acres of Antiques

Vito and Mary Ellen Sico started out buying antiques to furnish their first home. Their collection grew into a...

No Place Like Home: Land of Oz in Beech Mountain

For years, Cynthia Keller couldn’t finish watching The Wizard of Oz, for fear of the Wicked Witch. Now, as...

When Lightning Hits Sand

Most people don’t notice the gray lumps. They look like concrete leftovers, not particularly attractive, even for a rock....

A Behind-the-Scenes Visit to Biltmore

A behind-the-scenes visit to North Carolina’s grandest home reveals more than the inner workings of a mansion. Four tours...

The Women of the Reynolda House

Reynolda House was the realization of Katherine Smith Reynolds's vision. But as the care of the home passed into...

Hot Springs

In the mountains, a town gives off a peaceful feeling that’s as healing as its waters.

Tarboro Tradition: Coolmore Plantation

Coolmore Plantation is both a mansion and a museum. But to Joe Spiers, who lives here with his wife,...

Southern Pines

A paradise in the pines that once reeled in Northerners seeking fresh air and natural cures now stands as...

A Part of Us All: The Story of the Greensboro Four

When four young men took their seats at a lunch counter 51 years ago, they had no intentions of...

The King’s Kitchen

For notable chef and restaurateur Jim Noble, it’s always about the food. But at The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte,...

A Place of Life: Concord Memorial Garden

In downtown Concord’s Memorial Garden, personal stories bring character to beautiful landscapes.

Boone

A hip college town maintains its old-fashioned soul.

Breakfast in North Carolina Map

North Carolina's best breakfasts are just around the corner! Use our interactive map to plan your next stop for...

Joey’s Pancake House

Anyone who has eaten breakfast at Joey’s knows the food is delicious and the service exceptional. What customers might...

The Perfect Pair

If you’re talking about the people who keep the eggs and biscuits coming, you would call the Old Richmond...

Becky’s & Mary’s

When Becky Ingram left home, she had a job within an hour of arriving in High Point. Fifty years...

A Sense of the World

Students perceive the Martha Franck Fragrance Garden through touch, smell, and sound — experiencing nature’s wonders they’ll never see.

Breakfast: Peter’s Pancakes & Waffles

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Michele Galloway and her husband, Dale, both...

Breakfast: Glen Alpine Depot

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Saturday mornings are Depot mornings, says Emily...

Breakfast: Ward’s Dairy Bar & Grill

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. “Under old management” is not a marketing...

Dan’l Boone Inn

There's a reason why this spot continues to rank among North Carolinians' favorite breakfast options.

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen is, quite simply, one of the absolute pillars of gastronomy in Chapel Hill.

Breakfast: State Farmers Market Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. First, a little history: Jackie Watkins, son...

Breakfast: Southern Lunch

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Since he was a boy growing up...

Breakfast: The Original Pancake House

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Although Kathy Pulliam and her husband, David,...

The Breakfast Nook

This Stanly County staple has being providing delicious breakfast to locals and passers-by for years.

Breakfast: DJ’s Diner

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Keith Lingafelt got a letter one day...

Mary’s Gourmet Diner

This Winston-Salem spot, formerly known as Breakfast of Course, delivers classic dishes alongside new Southern creations.

Yoder’s Dutch Pantry

It's not hard to argue that this restaurant makes the best french toast in Eastern North Carolina.

Breakfast: Purple Onion Cafe

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Stopping at the Purple Onion Cafe is...

Breakfast: Old Pier House Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Steve Combs walks into the Old Pier...

Breakfast: Helen’s Kitchen

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. If you can get Theresa Grissett away...

Breakfast: Flo’s Kitchen

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Susan Webb-Warren works in a large bank...

Breakfast: Capt’n Jim’s Seafood Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Deborah Mattox Lloyd orders corned-beef hash, grits,...

Breakfast: Baker’s Square Restaurant

Editor’s Note: Click here to see an interactive map of breakfast locations. Sabre Littleton recommends the fluffy scrambled eggs....

Byrd’s Restaurant

There's nothing fancy about this Kinston restaurant. But with biscuits this good, we don't mind the modest decor.

Smith Street Diner

This no-nonsense diner in Greensboro provides fresh cooked breakfast fare every morning.

Belmont

In its textiles and deeply religious college, it is a town connected to the past. In its trendy downtown...

Saving the Battleship North Carolina

Destined to be scrapped, the Battleship North Carolina got its reprieve in 1958, thanks to a statewide effort that...

Blowing Rock

In the small town in the mountains, the people look after nature, and nature looks after the people.

The Blessing of the Hounds

Hunters and hounds gather reverently on Thanksgiving Day. Soon, they will burst across Hobby Field on the heels of...

Fly Fishing in North Carolina

Where well-stocked waters and gorgeous settings add up to the perfect day.

Regular Crowd

After working in other people’s kitchens for 29 years, Ricky Bullins bought Bob’s Restaurant in Madison and turned it...

Cashiers

Far away and high above, drift into the landscape and stories of this tiny mountain village.

Durham

When the tobacco industry left town, so did a piece of Durham’s spirit. But two decades after American Tobacco...

Valle Crucis

Visitors flock to Valle Crucis for its mountain beauty and historic charm. Underneath the obvious appeal, however, lies a...

Tar Heel Tradition: Sutton’s Drug Store

For decades, the flavors coming off the flattop grill in the back of Sutton’s Drug Store have been reason...

On Top of the World

For more than 50 years, Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge has challenged millions of visitors to abandon solid...

Bath: North Carolina’s First Town

With enough imagination, you can see the Bath that Blackbeard saw when he sailed into North Carolina’s first town...

Cherokee

In the Great Smoky Mountains, a story of survival, endurance, and identity unfolds through the Eastern Band of the...

Women Writers of Hayti

A literary tour of Durham’s Hayti district uncovers the creative expression of dozens of African-American authors during the Jim...

Mill with a Meaning: Lindley’s Mill

Under layers of flour dust lies the tumultuous history of Lindley’s Mill, which stood as an impartial witness to...

A Literary Community: Purple Crow Books

Owner Sharon Wheeler has reason to believe in Purple Crow Books’ success. She opened the store in a town...

Weaverville

The tiny town north of Asheville carves out its own identity, using the hands and personalities of its people.

Worms & Coffee

Lured by the simple sign advertising two daily staples — bait and a morning cup of coffee — regulars...

Red Clay Culture

In central North Carolina, red clay is the sod beneath our feet, the bed from which nourishment springs, a...

An Essay on Sweet Tea

In our dining rooms and diners, we stir together a handful of humble ingredients to produce an amber elixir...

On the Square

In an old building in a small town, a world-class culinary husband-and-wife team’s thriving restaurant proves that Tarboro has...

Built to Stand: Old Stone House

Decades of neglect and abuse couldn’t shake the Old Stone House, a Rowan County landmark with a story to...

Now Playing: Drive-Ins in North Carolina

They faded away when the masses sought more comfortable confines inside air-conditioned movie theaters. But across North Carolina, six...

Drive Along the Beach Road

For 148 miles, N.C. Highway 12 courses through the Outer Banks, taking travelers to a variety of vistas and...

Claxton Johnson is Siler City’s Burgermaster

They’re not fancy or complicated, but for 64 years the cheeseburgers at Johnson’s Drive-In have attracted a following of...

War Stories

When one soldier landed at Normandy, he never imagined he’d be living to tell about it 70 years later....

Lemon Pie is a Down East Classic at Capt. Bill’s

Cool and tart, and with a fluffy topping, lemon pie at Capt. Bill’s Waterfront Restaurant in Morehead City continues...

A Bike at the Beach

Few pursuits satisfy the craving to fly free like the act cruising on a bike, salty breezes pushing back...

Kill Devil Grill

When Bill Tucker decided to blaze his own path, it led him to Kill Devil Hills and a 1939...

Sunset Beach Bridge: The Little Bridge that Could

A new 65-foot tall concrete bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway will be more convenient for anyone heading to or...

Battle for the Light

Often threatened by shifting sands and developers, Cape Lookout Lighthouse faced a different kind of destruction during the Civil...

Saxapahaw

With the help of committed residents, a mill village along the banks of the Haw River flourishes again with...

Welding Wildflowers

Metal artist Grace Cathey of Waynesville crafts delicate petals out of steel.

Live Oak

Beautiful and powerful, these monsters of the maritime stand as iconic symbols of the South.

Camp Raven Knob

For more than 50 years, a 3,200-acre reservation in Surry County has given Boy Scouts the time and space...

The Evening Muse

For nine years, this North Davidson neighborhood club has offered performers and fans a venue dedicated to the music.

Back from the Brink: the French Broad River

Slicing through western North Carolina on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, the French Broad River is thriving...

A Passion for Chocolate

Local chocolatiers Jael and Dan Rattigan of French Broad Chocolate Lounge share a coveted hot chocolate recipe, and we...

Layden’s Country Store

Stop at this grocery and butcher shop in Belvidere for hoop cheese, country ham, and hand-stuffed sausages.

Concocting Gingerbread Brilliance at The Grove Park Inn

Built with sugar, flour, and genius, some of the most artistic gingerbread structures in the world take up...

Hollywood East: Screen Gems Studios

During weekend tours of EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, visitors glimpse the magic at work in some of their...

The Swag in Waynesville Will Clear Your Mind

Starting with a stunning patch of land overlooking Haywood County and the hills beyond, one couple has created in...

The Historic Orchard at Altapass

Perched on a Blue Ridge Mountain peak, the Historic Orchard at Altapass tends to tradition with heirloom apples, homegrown...

Cape Hatteras Full Moon Tour

Ascending Cape Hatteras Lighthouse after dark quickens the pulse and promises a rare view of one of North Carolina’s...

Cradle of Independence: Fourth of July in New Bern

New Bern celebrates the Fourth of July with unmatched zeal — and for good reason.

The Swimmin’ Hole: The Bullhole

Amenities at RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls may be new, but fun at The Bullhole goes back a ways at...

State of the Art: North Carolina Museum of Art

When the doors opened at the new North Carolina Museum of Art in 2010, visitors experienced art in an...

Eighty Acres of Gorgeous: Festival of Flowers at the Biltmore

For a sensory feast unlike any other, time a trip to Biltmore Estate during its renowned Festival of Flowers...

Visitors Find Urban Escape at Fearrington Village

Designed to exceed expectations, Fearrington Village’s five-star accommodations set amid a country aesthetic promise a rejuvenating retreat only minutes...

Cherryville New Year’s Shooters

A centuries-old New Year's tradition continues to thrive in Cherryville.

An Abbreviated History of Winston-Salem

Tied together by tobacco, the Camel City sparks with a vibrant arts community, Moravian heritage, and downtown destinations.

Staying Home With It All

My reputation as an avid indoorsman has been well established; even so, there are times I choose to venture...

Literary Bookpost in Salisbury

Wandering cats and a decor rooted in a familiar assortment of town artifacts create a cozy environment at an...

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