Robyn Yiğit Smith

Robyn Yiğit Smith has worked internationally as a journalist, writer, and documentary film producer. She lives in Chapel Hill with her two sons.


A Gift from Above: Presents by Parachute in Manteo

During the Berlin Blockade in 1948, a young pilot launched a mission to drop parachutes of candy to the hungry children of the city. Each December, that same pilot takes to the skies over Manteo to show that one generous gesture is as powerful as ever.


The Linville Look

The elegantly rustic bark shingles that give this mountain town its character are as fashionable today as they were more than a century ago when a famous architect introduced them.


Shaped By Sand & Sea

A summer camp, a beach resort, and a community retreat: Hammocks Beach State Park in Onslow County — and its epic, sugar-sand beach — inspired generations of teachers and their students. Now, it awaits rediscovery.

Home & Garden

Modern Living in NC: The Farmhouse

A menagerie of animals — along with their human keepers — delight in a beautifully and sustainably designed life on the farm.

Home & Garden

The Warmth of Glass & Stone

Growing up in a modernist masterpiece taught two sisters that a house is far more than a home — it’s a feeling.


The State of Oysters

An intense hurricane season put North Carolina’s shellfish industry into jeopardy. Today, oyster lovers can breathe a sigh of relief.


Pickle It. Jam It. Win It.

It’s judgment day at the State Fair’s food preservation competitions: Lids pop, judges dig in, and the anticipation is so thick you could spread it on a nice, warm piece of toast.