The May 2016 Issue

Sounds, Swamps, & the Inner Banks

“In North Carolina, one acre out of every ten is water.” Get to know our sounds, swamps, and the Inner Banks.

Roanoke Island is two places at once, but Manteo and Wanchese are far from identical.

Track down North Carolina’s favorite food trucks: Burgers, tacos, ice cream, and so much more.

A field of clary sage may be beautiful, but smells less so. Find out why everyone’s after this odorous crop.

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City Portrait: Greenville

In the Pitt County city that East Carolina University calls home, town and gown are happily, inextricably linked.


This Weekend in North Carolina: April 29-May 1

Your guide to events happening across the state this weekend.

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Open-Sky Camping Across North Carolina

Drive away from the cities, away from lights, to a place where the sky is as dark as it gets — and set up camp beneath the stars.


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Photo Essay: Keep on Truckin’

It’s food truck season in North Carolina, and we’d follow these local trucks wherever their wheels take them.

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Jalapeño Hush Puppies

Deep-fried and spiced-up: these puppies pack a punch and complete any seafood platter.

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A Peek Inside Lynn Wells’ Recipe Box

Find out what tasty creations are among Our State’s recipe developer’s impressive collection of family recipes.

NC Culture

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Family Tradition: The Edge of Summer

Friends and family and long, lazy days on the lake: This is almost-summer in North Carolina.


Honeysuckle is Spring’s Delicate Trumpet

Sweetly, softly, fragrant honeysuckle blossoms announce that warmer weather has arrived.

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Our State Great Eight: Our New(ish) Lighthouse

Even though it’s decades old, the Oak Island Lighthouse is coastal nostalgia at its youngest.