Katie Schanze

Katie Schanze is the assistant editor of Our State.

Nature

Into the Woods

Come July, Jackson County wildflowers pop with color. A walk through a quiet cove forest reveals the new blooms of plant species as old as the hills.

Central

Downtown: Saxapahaw

On the banks of the Haw River, a tiny town in Alamance County is enjoying a rural renaissance.

History

Back in the Day: The Cool Pool

In July 1933, just months after the Tarboro pool opened, the town council hired an industrial refrigeration company to design and install a cooling unit for their new pool.

Eastern

Downtown: Swansboro

In this quaint, laid-back town in Onslow County, every turn leads you back to the water.

Western

A Food Tour of West Asheville

It’s become one of Asheville’s trendiest neighborhoods, yet the city’s quirky, innovative food mecca still feels like a hidden treasure.

Home & Garden

An Urban Jungle at The Tiny Greenhouse

If you’re searching for a philodendron, a vintage coffee cup, or a birthday card, this cozy gift and garden shop is sure to charm — whether or not you have a green thumb.

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