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

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.

Carolina Calendar: December 2016
Guides

Carolina Calendar: December 2016

On cold winter days, warm up with candlelight tours, fireside sales, and plenty of Christmas cheer.

This Weekend in North Carolina: December 2-4
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: December 2-4

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

Riverside Tranquility at the Historic Tapoco Lodge
Western

Riverside Tranquility at the Historic Tapoco Lodge in Graham County

The Historic Tapoco Lodge in Graham County began as an exclusive retreat, but — like the river that flows behind it — has been transformed into a destination for adventurers.

Honoring the Waters that Provide Our Bounty
Eastern

Honoring the Waters that Provide Our Bounty

Surely the first feast came from the water. By net or line, hook or gig, the promise of a fresh catch lures us still, and sustains us always.

Tar River Draws Visitors to Rocky Mount's Brew Hub
Eastern

Tar River Draws Visitors to Rocky Mount’s Brew Hub

Rocky Mount’s shuttered textile mill is once again open for business — only this time for suds, not duds. Can craft brewing power this river town?

Food

Pecan Sandies Recipe
Recipes

Pecan Sandies Recipe

A holiday dessert plate isn’t complete without this buttery cookie.

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.

Buxton Hall Barbecue
Dining

Buxton Hall Barbecue Brings Whole-Hog Tradition and Hash to Asheville

The owners of Buxton Hall Barbecue bring fresh ideas to the table, yet they never lose sight of the whole-hog tradition at the heart of their restaurant.

5 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Western NC to Try This Winter
Presented By Carolina Farm Credit

5 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Western NC to Try This Winter

These farm-to-table restaurants don’t let the cold weather stifle their creativity — they work with what’s available, and their menus are anything but boring.

Baked Sweet Potato Orange Cups
Recipes

Baked Sweet Potato Orange Cups Recipe

When recipe developer Lynn Wells was growing up, her mother made these orange cups every Thanksgiving. Now, you can, too.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili Recipe
Recipes

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili Recipe

Chili season has arrived! Our version serves up warmth and brightness on these chilly nights.

NC Culture

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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.

Family Tradition: Home for the Holidays
Life

Family Tradition: Home for the Holidays

Adventures across the state can wait. At Christmas, there’s nothing like the warmth and comfort of your own house.

A Story Behind Every Christmas Tree Ornament
Life

A Story Behind Every Christmas Tree Ornament

Handmade from Popsicle sticks and macaroni, or preserved from generations past: An ornament represents a story, a memory, a treasured entry on the timeline of our lives.

December Welcome Letter: Wish List
Life

December Welcome Letter: Wish List

Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson considers what her Christmas wish list might look like today, compared to the ones she used to write as a child.

Cherokee Stories Tell of Water's Wisdom
Arts & Culture

Cherokee Stories Tell of Water’s Wisdom

The river knows best: It nourishes and guides, warns and welcomes. In Cherokee culture, river rituals and lore protect the mind, body, and spirit.

Honoring the Waters that Provide Our Bounty
Eastern

Honoring the Waters that Provide Our Bounty

Surely the first feast came from the water. By net or line, hook or gig, the promise of a fresh catch lures us still, and sustains us always.