Katie King

Katie King is the assistant editor at Our State.


Downtown: Highlands

A posh downtown and abundant natural beauty offer plenty of ways to relax and reset in this quiet mountain retreat.


The Shack in Corolla

Coffee shop by day, beer garden by night: For beachgoers in the northern Outer Banks, The Shack is an all-day affair.


Downtown: Greenville

A revitalized Uptown district is helping this college town become a trendy city that stands on its own.


Downtown: Kinston

In its parks and its art, its food and its beer, this former tobacco hub embodies the spirit of local.


The Chicken Champs

Each year, nearly 600 chickens (and their proud owners) flock to the Rowan County Fairgrounds to compete for the heady title of Old English Game Bantam Champion of the World. When global poultry dominance is at stake, it’s hard not to ruffle a few feathers.


Downtown: Oriental

Once a quiet fishing village, this small town on the Neuse River has become one of the East Coast’s top sailing destinations.


Downtown: Apex

This historic Wake County community is growing quickly, but it’s still the quaint railroad town of the past.