Susan Stafford Kelly

Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.


The Fairest of Them All

In Pinehurst, an unusual barn once served as an exhibition hall for livestock and a stump for local politicians, who’d snap their suspenders and make big promises. Today, this restored barn in the heart of horse country hosts weddings, dinners, and even rock concerts.


The House of Fish

An unassuming cinder-block building in Moore County proves to be the perfect stage for one chef’s take on “classic American soulful seafood” — and plenty of his star power.


A Generous Spread

At a Colonial Revival mansion in Greensboro, the organizers of Community Table host a new kind of Sunday supper — one involving 13 chefs and twists on Southern cuisine like bacon-wrapped emu and collard-green kimchi.


Stuck on Summer: Saltwater Taffy

Lazy beach days are never long enough. But for a taste of the season that lasts and lasts, saltwater taffy comes pretty close.


Surry County’s Secret

Why is it called sonker? No one knows for sure. But when locals hanker for warm, juicy fruit baked into a sweet crust, they know just where to go.

Home & Garden

Safe Harbor

A modern-day maritime village: At the mouth of the Neuse River, a cozy waterfront community unites around boating, architectural beauty — and “docktails.”