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The October 2016 Issue

Annual Mountain Issue

Old Land, New Harvest: Meet a new crop of farmers that honors tradition, with contemporary twists.

If you need something at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, most times, you don’t even have to ask.

Sorghum syrup has a long tradition in North Carolina’s mountains. Now the rest of the state is sweet on it, too.

Discover 32 mountain breakfast places worthy of a North Carolina wake-up call.

Plus: Four recipes straight from hog heaven, celebrating our love of barbecue, bacon, and more.

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Travel

Photo Essay: Fall in Flat Rock
Western

Photo Essay: Fall in Flat Rock

Autumn comes a little later in our southern mountains, meaning that this artistic, historic, and beloved village holds its color — and its colorful charm — longer into the season.

Hendersonville: A Modern Mountain Town
Western

Hendersonville: A Modern Mountain Town

Not every mountain ’ville has an aquarium and 30 restaurants — plus bears and a forest — on Main Street.

Carolina Calendar: October 2016
Guides

Carolina Calendar: October 2016

Fall is in full swing in North Carolina, and we’re celebrating with autumnal festivals, music conventions, Halloween extravaganzas, and more.

The Return of the Mummy to Iredell Museums
Arts & Culture

The Return of the Mummy at Iredell Museums

The 3,000-year-old woman who once captivated generations of Statesville children — and helped launch the city’s first cultural arts center more than a half-century ago — has returned to claim the cultural spotlight and, in the process, revitalize the downtown museum she calls home.

This Weekend in North Carolina: September 30-October 2
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: September 30-October 2

Your guide to events happening across the state this weekend.

10 Coastal Events Happening This Fall
Presented By Norfleet Point

10 Coastal Events Happening This Fall

From Washington to Wilmington and everywhere in between, there’s no shortage of coastal festivities to enjoy this fall.

Food

Breaded Pork Cutlet With Redeye Gravy Recipe
Recipes

Breaded Pork Cutlet With Redeye Gravy Recipe

Pair your favorite flaky biscuit recipe with these tender pork cutlets and classic gravy. Breakfast (lunch, or dinner) is served.

Country Ham Mac & Cheese Recipe
Recipes

Country Ham Mac & Cheese Recipe

A classic comfort food, rich in color and in flavor, is elevated with salty morsels of country ham.

Ham Hocks & Collard Greens Recipe
Recipes

Ham Hocks & Collard Greens Recipe

Every Southern cook should have an entry for collards in his or her recipe box.

Bacon Jam Recipe
Recipes

Bacon Jam Recipe

A sweet-and-savory spread for all occasions. (Hint: We like to add a dollop to baguette-and-brie appetizers.)

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder
Recipes

Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork Shoulder Recipe

If you’re craving barbecue but can’t have a full-on pig pickin’, pull out your slow cooker. We can help.

Sweet Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Honeycrisp Applesauce
Recipes

North Carolina Sweet Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Honeycrisp Applesauce

This fall, use those stockpiled apples from the pick-your-own orchard to make applesauce, a perfect complement to sweet potato latkes, delectable no matter the season.

NC Culture

The Halifax County Bird Invasion of 1969
History

The Halifax County Blackbird Invasion of 1969

In 1969, something strange happened in Halifax County: Millions of birds darkened the skies over Scotland Neck, descended on the town — and stayed.

History
Growing Good Health at Gaia Farm in Brevard
Home & Garden

Growing Good Health at Gaia Farm in Brevard

Medicinal herbs are indigenous to western North Carolina; Gaia Herbs in Brevard takes a modern approach to ancient traditions.

Home & Garden
Lessons Learned Through the Elements of Archery
Sports

Life Lessons Learned Through the Elements of Archery

Archery is a skill that can take a lifetime to master. But its biggest lesson is also the simplest: By pulling back the bowstring, you learn how to let go.

Sports
Family Tradition: Saturday Drive
Life

Family Tradition: Saturday Drive

The wind in your hair, the sun on your face: Adventure is easy when you’re cruising in a convertible. Especially when your destination is the Uwharrie National Forest.

Life
Being "Out in the Country" is a Way of Life
Life

‘The Country’ is Not Just a Place to Live, But a Way of Life

Two-track roads and tobacco barns. Self-reliance and rustic charm. In North Carolina, “country” is both how we live and the place we call home.

Life
Our State Great Eight: Big Feat
Life

8 Thoughts on North Carolina’s Bigfoot Mystery

Think you know how to spot Sasquatch? Here are a few things to keep in mind on your hunt.

Life