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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Pearls of the Coastal Plain:
14 Towns Before the Shore

These towns are buoyed by their proximity to water — river, sound, bay — yet they’re far enough from the ocean that you won’t find sand in your shoes. Here, 14 quirky places claim their fame in boats and bears, local characters and history.

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5 Under-The-Radar Kayaking Spots in North Carolina

Explore the road — or river — less traveled with these five lesser-known kayaking spots from the mountains to the coast.

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Bird Island’s Mailbox Holds Letters to the Sea

Like a message in a bottle, the notes inside the seaside mailbox at Bird Island contain the stories and secrets of those who seek a spiritual connection.


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Creamy Seafood Stew

If you can’t decide which kind of seafood you’re in the mood for, this rich and flavorful stew won’t make you choose.

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Shrimp Salad Recipe

Inspired by a dish at one of recipe developer Lynn Wells’s favorite coastal restaurants: The Spouter Inn Restaurant & Bakery in Beaufort.

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Pecan-Crusted Flounder

We recommend using North Carolina flounder — and North Carolina pecans, too.

NC Culture

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In the Beginning: A Look Inside the Oldest Church in NC

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath is North Carolina’s oldest church. For nearly three centuries, people have come to pray, to remember, and to befriend.

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Black Skimmers, Natives of Oregon Inlet

What’s in a name? A lot: This bird’s moniker describes its appearance and how it fishes.

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Riddle of the Carolina Bays

It’s easy to get lost in the enigma of Carolina Bays, but even easier to explore these mysterious bodies of water.