The February 2019 Issue

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From Elizabeth Hudson: For February, a Love Letter

by Elizabeth Hudson

Teachers don’t simply educate out of duty. Teachers educate out of love.

Our State Quiz: On the Air

by Alan Hodge

For many North Carolinians in the mid-20th century, these beloved local TV and radio personalities seemed like part of the family.


We Live Here

Downtown: Apex

by Katie King

This historic Wake County community is growing quickly, but it’s still the quaint railroad town of the past.

MG3 Farms in Prospect

by Piper Anderson

MG3 Farms’ hand-built hydroponic greenhouse offers a warm place for plants to flourish during winter’s freeze.

A Taste of Appalachia: Molley Chomper Hard Cider

by Chloe Klingstedt

A cidery in Ashe County is growing more than just heirloom apples: It’s cultivating a community.

Well Suited: Wit Clothier in New Bern

by Kaia Findlay

A historic home in Craven County was hand-tailored to house a custom clothing shop, where you’ll find your perfect fit.

A Proper Milkshake: Royall’s Soda Shoppe

by Drew Perry

The fizzy pleasures of an old-fashioned soda shop go way beyond hot dogs and ice cream. Those cozy booths save sweet memories for future generations.


Rotisser-Easy Recipes

by Lynn Wells

It’s OK to cheat a little: Pick up a precooked rotisserie chicken to get a head start on these quick and tasty weeknight suppers.

Ready for Reda's

by J. Eric Eckard

Bean to Bar: Black Mountain Chocolate

by Katie King

When Black Mountain Chocolate opened its “visible factory,” a former tobacco warehouse was transformed into a place of delicious discovery.


High Point: Hidden in Plain Sight

by Katie Saintsing

For five days each in the spring and fall, High Point is famously home to The High Point Market — a furniture extravaganza. Year-round, though, the city abounds with unexpected finds. Come, take a closer look.

The 1950s: A Shared Rhythm

by Philip Gerard

The sound of change is in the air along the North Carolina Coast: The lively music coming out of a black resort community called Seabreeze attracts white audiences eager for something new.

Forgotten Homesteads Are Full of History & Mystery

by T. Edward Nickens

Old, forgotten farm buildings hold stories and beg to be explored.

All Rise!

Follow the Biscuits: 27 Places to Get Your Biscuit Fix

by Our State Staff

Where to find the biggest, cheesiest, and sweetest biscuits in North Carolina.

Legendary Grit: Atkinson Milling Company

by Belle Boggs

Everybody knows Ray Wheeler as “The Cornbread Man.” But it takes generations of family to keep a centuries-old gristmill going strong.

Breaking the Bread Curse at La Farm Bakery

by Sean Flynn

In an unassuming strip mall in Cary, an internationally acclaimed French baker transforms a little yeast, flour, and salt into delicious perfection. And he wants you to learn to do it, too. Really.

Spreading the Love

by Ronni Lundy

Bread’s best friend isn’t butter (unless you’re talking about the apple kind). That honor belongs to seasonal fruit picked fresh and preserved in all its smashed, jammed, and jellied glory.

Pride of the Pantry

by Robyn Yiğit Smith

A primer on the spreads worthy of our daily breads.


Carolina Calendar: February 2019

by Our State Staff

Taste a variety of chocolates, catch a show, take home an elegant blossom, and share time with someone special during this sweet month.

Abraham Lincoln Born in Bostic?

by Jeremy Markovich

Searching for proof in Rutherford County.

BONUS! Home Insert

Coastal Comfort: The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach

by Elizabeth Hudson

In Ocean Isle Beach, a downsized space makes room for an upsized life.

Safe Harbor

by Susan Stafford Kelly

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

Green House

by Susan Stafford Kelly

At one couple’s dream vacation home on Lake Pinehurst, stunning backyard views — and fun — are par for the course.

Luxe Lofts

by Katie Schanze

Choose your own adventure at this chic, historic loft in downtown Asheville.

Rustic Revival

by Louise Jarvis Flynn

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.

Dream Destinations: 25 Places to Retire, Relocate, Relax

by Our State Staff

We’ve rounded up 25 of the dreamiest places to retire, relocate, and relax from the mountains to the coast.