Katie Schanze

Katie Schanze is the assistant editor and digital editor of Our State.


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.


Downtown: Saxapahaw

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


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.


Downtown: Swansboro

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


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.