Katie Saintsing

Saintsing is an associate editor at Our State magazine and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eastern

Beyond the Beach: Brunswick Islands

Chances are, one of our southern barrier islands — Bald Head, Oak, Holden, Ocean Isle, or Sunset — has been your beach for years. Look beyond the sand and surf, and you’ll find charming villages, acres of nature, and signature fried seafood, generations in the making.

Central

Photo Essay: The Grass is Greener

Seasoned golfers know that a visit to Pinehurst isn’t just about tee time at the legendary resort. The surrounding village offers rich history, charming shops, and fine flavors to fill a weekend on — and off — the greens.

Life

Photo Essay: Caretakers of the Coast

Grassy marshes, fishing traditions, maritime forests: Some of our state’s greatest treasures thrive along our shores. In a region of constant change, a group of scientists, educators, and volunteers are preserving our coast for future generations.

Western

Photo Essay: Black Mountain

This Buncombe County community boasts a lively downtown rich in good food, cultural arts, and friendly faces. It’s a perfect destination for a day trip — but you may find yourself wanting to pull up a rocking chair and stay in this mountain town much longer.

Life

Photo Essay: Native North Carolina

Our eight state-recognized tribes each have their own stories and traditions, but they share an important bond, too: a love of this land that traces back to the first people who called it home.

Home & Garden

Photo Essay: Pumpkins, Pride of the Patch

In the month leading up to Halloween, golden-orange gourds are everywhere, popping up on porches and blanketing church lawns. As pies or as jack-o’-lanterns, pumpkins feed us, scare us, and light the way.

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