The December 2016 Issue

The December 2016 Issue

The Christmas Issue

Quest for the Perfect Pine: A look at six mountain farms that could be home to your next Christmas tree.

From garlands to wreaths, homegrown, family-owned garden centers stock the holly (and the jolly) of the season.

Topped with snowy coconut drifts and perfumed with a hint of almond, this coconut cake recipe knows how to make an entrance.

Plus: Meet the unlikely ornament king of Gastonia County.

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Travel

Mistletoe is North Carolina's Most Romantic Parasite
Eastern

Mistletoe is North Carolina’s Most Romantic Parasite

A sprig might get you kissed, but watch out: There’s more to this plucky plant than meets the eye.

A Warm and Inviting Stay at Asheville's Bunn House
Western

A Warm and Inviting Stay at Asheville’s Bunn House

Built as a private residence in 1905, an Asheville brickmaker’s home gets a luxury upgrade for a new generation of guests.

Music is Never Far Away in Downtown Shelby
Eastern

Music is Never Far Away in Downtown Shelby

Bluegrass and country music played prominent roles in this Foothills city’s past. Now, thanks to two legendary native sons, the signature sounds are taking center stage in its future.

This Weekend in North Carolina: December 9-11
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: December 9-11

Your curated guide to events happening across the state this weekend, from the mountains to the coast.

10 Holiday Events in Western NC
Presented By Asheville School

Your Guide to 10 Holiday Events in Western NC This Season

From impressive light displays to classic Christmas traditions, these holiday events in western North Carolina are sure to get you in the spirit of the season.

8 Things We Overheard on a Trip to Old Salem
Central

8 Things We Overheard on a Trip to Old Salem

In the most historic part of Winston-Salem, old traditions are viewed with fresh eyes, every day.

Food

Coconut Cake Recipe
Recipes

A Coconut Cake Recipe is Both Coveted and Elusive

Topped with snowy coconut drifts and perfumed with a hint of almond, this grande dame of cakes knows how to make an entrance.

The Hen & The Hog, Halifax
Dining

The Hen & The Hog Brings a Culinary Revolution to Halifax

In Halifax — once famous for its role in the fight for American independence — The Hen & The Hog is championing a new cause: reinventing the town through the power of food.

Pecan Tarts Recipe
Recipes

Pecan Tarts Recipe

It’s hard to eat just one — these bite-size pecan pies practically melt in your mouth.

Pecan Party Mix Recipe
Recipes

Pecan Party Mix Recipe

A crunchy, flavorful snack that’ll have your guests gathering ’round.

Ambrosia Recipe
Recipes

Ambrosia Recipe

In the South, this bright, creamy fruit salad is a Christmas classic.

Pecan Crunch Coffee Cake Recipe
Recipes

Pecan Crunch Coffee Cake Recipe

This sweet, nutty coffee cake is as good for breakfast as it is for dessert, and couldn’t be easier to make.

NC Culture

4 Family-Owned Garden Centers
Home & Garden

5 Family-Owned Garden Centers Offer Yuletide Trimmings

Nature outshines even the brightest newfangled Christmas decorations. From garlands to kissing balls, homegrown, family-owned garden centers stock the holly (and the jolly) of the season.

Mistletoe is North Carolina's Most Romantic Parasite
Eastern

Mistletoe is North Carolina’s Most Romantic Parasite

A sprig might get you kissed, but watch out: There’s more to this plucky plant than meets the eye.

Ramblin' Man: Studying North Carolina's Starry Winter Sky
Life

Ramblin’ Man: Studying North Carolina’s Starry Winter Sky

December’s night sky puts on a show, whether you can identify what you’re seeing — or just like the pretty lights.

Historic Burgaw Depot is Pender County's Local Landmark
History

Historic Burgaw Depot is Pender County’s Local Landmark

The last train left the station in 1986, but this former Confederate headquarters was the first stop in Burgaw’s revitalization.

Studio Tour with Harkers Island's Walter Gaskill
Arts

Studio Tour with Harkers Island’s Walter Gaskill

The coots, loons, and surf scoters in this Harkers Island studio don’t fly. But they land in collections and competitions from coast to coast, as rows of blue ribbons attest.

history-duke-chapel-feat
History

Duke Chapel’s Bell Tower Rings a Joyful Noise

The 50 rhyming, chiming bells of Duke Chapel’s grand carillon have rung out over the university for more than 80 years.