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The August 2016 Issue

Sweet Dreams

With more beekeepers here than in any other state, North Carolina has a long, sweet history of cultivating honey.

Sweet talk: Honey. Sugar. Sweetie. Spend enough time in North Carolina, and you’ll notice our language is syrupy.

A trip to The Candy Factory in Lexington takes candy lovers back to a simpler, sweeter time.

From the Waldorf Astoria to the White House and back, Ridgeway’s cantaloupes are famous for their sweetness.

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Carolina Calendar: August 2016

Our festivals, shows, and events speak to our traditions and our identities — like the bake-off at the annual Ocracoke Fig Festival.

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This Weekend in North Carolina: July 29-31

Your guide to events happening across the state this weekend.

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Like a Local: Davidson & Cornelius

Though Davidson and Cornelius neighbor each other, the two Mecklenburg County towns are hardly cut from the same cloth. They beautifully coexist, but each town still stands out on its own.

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The Dog Days of Summer: 10 Hot Dog Joints Across the State

Mustard, onions, chili — and memories: North Carolina hot dog joints are reminiscent of simpler times.

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City Portrait: Goldsboro

Wherever you go in this Wayne County city, you’ll find yourself crossing railroad tracks.

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Queen for a Day on Lake Norman

Finding rest, relaxation, and a new view of Lake Norman aboard the Catawba Queen riverboat. It’s about the ride, not the race.


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Celebrating Our Fleeting Figs

They’re here for only a month, but Ocracoke’s famous fruits have been preserved in the island’s heritage for generations.

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30 North Carolina Ice Cream Shops We Love

Sunny days taste best when served in a cone. As you travel throughout North Carolina, use our guide to find some of the state’s most delicious ice cream.


Carolina BLT

Add your favorite North Carolina hot sauce to mayonnaise to give your BLT a creamy kick.


Tomato and Ricotta Frittata

Treat your brunch guests to a summer frittata that is bursting with color and flavor.

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Duck Donuts, An Outer Banks Tradition

A doughnut shop of humble beginnings, Duck Donuts has become a beloved destination for every Outer Banks visitor in need of a good sugar rush.

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6 Farm-to-Table Restaurants in the Piedmont to Try This Summer

All across central North Carolina, the Piedmont is serving up fresh, local dishes at some of the best farm-to-table restaurants in the state.

NC Culture

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Home & Garden

Working Against the Grain to Give Water Oak New Life

An eastern North Carolina woodworker finds opportunity in a place not known for the craft, with a wood that’s notoriously challenging.

Home & Garden
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Celebrating 100 Summers at Keystone Camp in Brevard

Generations of women have crossed the threshold of Keystone Camp in Brevard. This year, the oldest private summer camp in the Southeast marks its centennial.

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Family Tradition: Lost, or Not, at Sea

The Atlantic Ocean is vast, and The Wee is, well, wee. With his dad, the author, The Wee finds comfort and reassurance on the North Carolina coast.

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Outdoor Spickets are the Fountains of Youth

In North Carolina, that outside faucet is called a “spicket,” not a spigot, and it provides more than just water. It’s the source of childhood memories of summer.

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Our State Great Eight: The Vine Next Door

Making peace with the leafy green invader that (allegedly) ate the South.

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August Welcome Letter: Save Room

There’s nothing quite like a homemade dessert, like Editor in Chief Elizabeth Hudson’s favorite pound cake, made with love in her grandmother’s kitchen.