The May 2017 Issue

The May 2017 Issue

Backbones & Cornerstones: The Family Business

Keeping it local: Meet 100 family businesses that built North Carolina.

A Mother’s Day Tribute: When family ties are tested by military service, North Carolina Blue Star Mothers offer support.

It’s strawberry season! See the world’s largest berry, taste the berry best ice cream, and pick your own bounty.

Plus: Go beyond the greens with our chicken, bean, fruit, and pasta salad recipes.

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Travel

Best-Kept Secrets in the Triad: Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company
Presented By Capital Subaru of Greensboro

Best-Kept Secrets in the Triad: Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company

This Piedmont-based outdoor adventure company is educating the community on the importance of preserving the Haw River, one paddle at a time.

Photo Essay: 7 Strawberry Patches Ripe for the Picking
Guides

Photo Essay: 7 Strawberry Patches Ripe for the Picking

It’s simply impossible to resist a sweet, juicy berry picked fresh from the field. Nobody knows that better than the families behind the farms that help rank North Carolina fourth in the nation for growing strawberries.

The Durham Hotel
Central

The Durham Hotel is a Gathering Spot With a View

Enjoy local dishes and creative cocktails in The Durham’s retro lobby, or six stories up at the rooftop bar.

May 2017 Beer Event Guide
Guides

May 2017 Beer Event Guide

As the weather warms up, quench your thirst these local craft beer events across North Carolina. Download BEER NC to gain early access to monthly guides.

Carolina Calendar: May 2017
Guides

Carolina Calendar: May 2017

Festival season is here: Whether it’s barbecue, bluegrass, wine, or the weather, there’s always something worth celebrating.

This Weekend in North Carolina: April 28-30
Guides

This Weekend in North Carolina: April 28-30

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

Food

Don't Overlook the Fried Chicken at a Barbecue Joint
Dining

Why Is the Best Fried Chicken Often Found at Barbecue Joints?

Is it sacrilege to order fried chicken at a barbecue joint? Hardly. The best baskets of crispy, salty poultry goodness are often found at places better known for pork.

B.W. Keaton's Fried Chicken Legacy Lives On at Keaton's Barbecue
Dining

Keaton’s Barbecue: Where the Chicken is Dipped in a Secret Sauce — and Lore

B.W. Keaton got people’s attention when he started serving barbecue-sauced fried chicken at his restaurant in Rowan County. People are still talking, and the first question is always the same: How do I find this place?

Cakes Become Edible Sculptures at One Belle Bakery in Wilmington
Dining

Cakes Become Edible Sculptures at One Belle Bakery in Wilmington

Here, where the science of baking rises to an art form, cakes become extraordinary sculptures worthy of the weddings, showers, and birthdays they’re made to celebrate.

Meet the Founding Father of NC Craft Brewing
Drink

Meet the Founding Father of Craft Brewing in North Carolina

More than 30 years ago, one man in Manteo set out to open the state’s first craft brewery, and ended up changing the future of brewing in North Carolina.

Women in Brewing are Breaking the Pint Glass Ceiling
Drink

Women in Brewing are Breaking the Pint Glass Ceiling

Craft brewing is no longer just a boys’ club; at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville and beyond, women are making their mark in a male-dominated industry.

Drink

Introducing BEER NC – Our New App Dedicated to North Carolina Breweries

Download our new app, BEER NC, and find your new favorite North Carolina breweries. Plus, sign up for our monthly newsletter dedicated to all things NC craft beer.

NC Culture

Family Before Fish at Atlantic Beach Seafood
Life

Family Before Fish at Atlantic Beach Seafood

She worked at Atlantic Beach Seafood. His family owned the place. Now, Kamile and Chandler Willis are running the Carteret County institution where the shrimp is hand-packed, the oysters lead to stories, and one spouse (gasp!) doesn’t like seafood.

The Heyday of May Day
History

The Heyday of May Day

Before prom queens came May Queens, and at North Carolina women’s colleges, May Day celebrations captivated audiences statewide.

Ramblin' Man: Life Off the Leash With a Canine Companion
Life

Ramblin’ Man: Life Off the Leash With a Canine Companion

Letting go isn’t easy, but sometimes you have to allow the ones you love to chase a little freedom.

Mipso, Coming Down the Mountain
Arts

Q&A: Mipso Releases Fourth Album, Coming Down the Mountain

Mipso’s distinct Southern sound has remained strong over the years, but the band’s evolution and growth is obvious. Join Mipso in celebrating its new record at the North Carolina Museum of Art on May 6.

Photo Essay: An Abundace of Azaleas
Home & Garden

Photo Essay: Spring in North Carolina Brings an Abundance of Azaleas

Springtime finds North Carolina in full bloom. Mountains to coast, in suburban yards and along remote trails, the azalea — perhaps more than any other native plant — brings Southern charm wherever it grows.

6 Tips for Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden in North Carolina
Home & Garden

7 Tips for Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden in North Carolina

As your begin your spring gardening, refer to these seven ideas that will help protect the pollinators in your yard.