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Greek Salad With Feta Vinaigrette

This cool and crisp salad is a cheese lover’s delight, with chunks of salty feta cheese tossed into the salad and whisked into the tangy dressing.


A Local’s Guide to Whalebone Junction

Where to play, grab a bite, and cast a line in the area around South Nags Head.

Video: Climbing the Oak Island Lighthouse at 99

A North Carolina veteran survived torpedoes, a storm at sea, and America’s bloodiest battle of World War II. Decades later and a world away, he defied the odds again by becoming the oldest person to ascend the Oak Island Lighthouse.

The Battleship North Carolina sits in the Battleship Park

Video: The Razzle Dazzled Battleship

A camouflage paint scheme designed to evade enemy attacks during World War II is now a star attraction for the Battleship North Carolina.




The Park on Main Hotel, diners at Madison's Wine Garden, and Highlands Mountain House in Highlands, NC

Where to Eat and Stay in Highlands

Five sumptuous stays. Five exceptional dining choices. Here’s how (and where) to channel this Macon County town’s refined sense of luxury.

Kid in a car at the Soap Box Derby

Video: Soap Box Heroes

At the top of the hill at the Burke County Fairgrounds, a torch is passed to a new generation of racers who must face their fears, drive straight, and compete for a Derby Day trophy.





5 Field Trip Destinations in Downtown Raleigh

No matter your age, a world of wonder awaits in the City of Oaks.


Video: Airlie Gardens

More than a century after a Gilded Age couple designed an elaborate estate in Wilmington, their legacy lives on for all to enjoy at Airlie Gardens.

Dilled Carrots in Orange Butter

Spoon this herby, citrus butter over boiled carrots for a simple and elegant vegetarian side dish.

Olive Celery Salad

This crunchy, tangy salad uses six simple ingredients and keeps for days in the refrigerator.

Herb Bread

This braided herb bread, similar to challah, packs lots of flavors into a tender loaf.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab stuffed mushroom caps feel worthy of a special occasion, but these ones are easy enough to pull off for a delightful weeknight meal.

Greek Spinach Pie

Baked in flaky layers of filo pastry, this savory spinach pie makes for a fun large-format appetizer or comforting main dish.

Lemon meringue pie, lemon blueberry loaf, and lemon cornmeal cake

10 Lovely Lemon Recipes

When life gives you — well, you know! — make a sweet and sunny springtime dessert.





Chicken Noodle Soup

This easy, comforting chicken noodle soup tastes like it spent hours simmering on the stove but comes together in a cinch.


Aunt Zetta’s Strawberry Cake

A mainstay at Snow Family reunions, there was never a crumb left of Aunt Zetta’s strawberry shortcake.

5 Smoking-Good Stops for Delicious Barbecue in Lexington

Dressed in a thin, tangy sauce and served with a side of red slaw, the signature style of barbecue in this city is worth the drive.

An Our State Playlist: The Watsons: 40 Favorites

Forty songs that give a glimpse of Doc Watson’s life and legacy as an Appalachian folk singer, gifted musician, and pioneering flat-picker who created a distinctly signature North Carolina sound.





Meet Our Made in NC Award Winners

Our State celebrates the very best in North Carolina craftsmanship with the Made in NC Awards. Meet the talented artisans who won top honors in 2023 — and watch them at work.


A Creative’s Guide to Brasstown and Beyond

Creativity flows through western North Carolina — here’s where to find it along Highway 64.




Barbecue and sides on a plate, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, and top seafood

Our State’s 5 Most Popular Stories of 2023

From nine nostalgia-inducing hot dog joints to a visual tour of NC Highway 12, these stories about our state were readers’ top favorites this year.

Shrimp and grits, Atlantic Beach Pie, and Brunswick stew

Our State’s 13 Most Popular Recipes of 2023

As readers cooked (and ate!) their way through 2023, they returned to these old-school pies, comforting casseroles, and warming stews time and time again.

Saap Laotian Restaurant in Cary, North Carolina.

13 International Restaurants and Markets Serving Up Jet-Setting Flavors

From vindaloo to momo jhol, bold flavors and global recipes are making this Wake County’s culinary scene more delicious and diverse than ever before.

Quiz: Top Chefs

In honor of our quiz contributor’s 35th year with Our State, we have a special, digitally exclusive extension of the January 2024 issue’s quiz. Put your knowledge to the test to see how well you know North Carolina chefs.

Video: How Caitlin Cary Sews Our State’s Stories

Raleigh singer and fabric artist Caitlin Cary captures memories and stirs emotion with her voice — and with a needle and thread.

Hang glider at Kitty Hawk Kites

Video: Soaring Ahead at Kitty Hawk Kites

Run, jump, soar — how one photograph in 1973 launched an aeronautic empire that’s entering its 50th year of teaching the world to fly.



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