Katie King

Katie King is the assistant editor at Our State.


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.


Bean to Bar: Black Mountain Chocolate

When Black Mountain Chocolate opened its “visible factory,” a former tobacco warehouse was transformed into a place of delicious discovery.


Neighborhood: Castle Street

A once-empty stretch of road in downtown Wilmington has transformed into an eclectic arts and antiques district.


Around Town: Wilkes

Two towns with a common heritage of music, moonshine, and mountain biking are the perfect base for exploring the wealth of beauty and culture that this county has to offer.


Pontoon Party

As the sun begins its leisurely dip into High Rock Lake, so do the lake dwellers of Lexington. On Thursday evenings, they tie their boats together for a floating block party.