Elizabeth Leland

Leland has been a reporter for the Charlotte Observer for more than 25 years. She has won the national Ernie Pyle Award for human interest writing and the 2006 Darrell Sifford Memorial Prize in Journalism and is a three-time winner of the Associated Press’ Thomas Wolfe writing award. Leland is the author of two books — A Place for Joe and The Vanishing Coast.


Steeplechase in Style

At the annual Queen’s Cup Steeplechase outside Charlotte, spectators gather for the thunder of hooves — and for the pageantry and promenade of the well-heeled, too.


Stone Table in Monroe

For Union County diners, one chef’s modern take on traditional fare is a constant source of discovery and delight.


The Hidden Road

A way-off-the-beaten-path route between Maggie Valley and Cherokee takes intrepid travelers to “the back of beyond.”


Coming Home to the Land of the Lumbee

Long before the Lumbee were recognized as a tribe, their heritage ran deep in Robeson County. Now one of their own has returned to her roots to help share their story.

April 2011

About Face: Catawba Valley Pottery

The first time Diane Aurit encountered Catawba Valley face jugs, she was not impressed. But today, dozens of the quirky creations fill her office and bring a smile to her face.


The King’s Kitchen

For notable chef and restaurateur Jim Noble, it’s always about the food. But at The King’s Kitchen in Charlotte, it’s also about something more.

August 2010

Built to Stand: Old Stone House

Decades of neglect and abuse couldn’t shake the Old Stone House, a Rowan County landmark with a story to tell about our state’s early settlers.


Princeton of the South

Rebelling against the king, the founders of Charlotte established Queen’s College. Had the college survived the Revolutionary War, Charlotte — not Chapel Hill — would have claimed the nation’s first public university.