Louise Jarvis Flynn

Louise Jarvis Flynn is the features editor at Our State.


A Finer Point: PinPoint Restaurant in Wilmington

Who needs Maine lobsters when plenty of their North Carolina cousins are a boat ride away? The new chef at an acclaimed Wilmington restaurant has a secret source for the freshest critters from local waters.


A Farmhouse Dream Reimagined

On a former Christmas tree farm in Valle Crucis, the Inn at Little Pond Farm blends cool Scandinavian design with warm French style and plenty of High Country charm.

Home & Garden

Rustic Revival

Some of the most sought-after homes in Highlands aren’t new mansions with a view. Instead, they’re drafty old log cabins built by a man whose artistry has long outlived him.


The Warmest Room in Winter: Biltmore Conservatory

Come January, the hottest spot in North Carolina is in the mountains. Inside the Victorian conservatory on the grounds of Biltmore Estate — a jewel box of orchids, frilly fronds, and tropical flowers — every plant has a story.


The Tastemaker of Durham

One of the South’s top chefs, Matt Kelly, has helped transform downtown dining into a tour of the world. But with Saint James Seafood, his inspiration is closer to home: our coast.


The Golden Age of Camping

Forget roughing it. Our nylon tents, weather apps, and freeze-dried trail chow can’t hold a candle to the comforts of camping a century ago. In Pisgah Forest, the adventures of happy campers like Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and George Vanderbilt inspire classic campouts today.


The New Descendants

The spirit of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America, is alive and well on Roanoke Island. Every year, parents bring their babies to audition for the most important (nonspeaking) role in The Lost Colony — and for bragging rights that last a lifetime.

Drink Local

The Little Pepper That Could

A sweet-and-smoky Caribbean pepper grown in North Carolina unites a farmer’s passion and a chemist’s spunk in Pittsboro. Brunch will never be the same.

Home & Garden

The Botanical Cure

The blooms we give in celebration and in grief commemorate the same thing: life. For an artist and mother who presses and preserves them, those petals represent something else: hope.