The March 2019 Issue

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From Elizabeth Hudson: Spring Forward

by Elizabeth Hudson

With spring comes the promise of a fresh start.

Our State Quiz: Art for All

by Alan Hodge

On city walls and in picturesque parks, public art brings a splash of color to our everyday lives.


We Live Here

Downtown: Oriental

by Katie King

Once a quiet fishing village, this small town on the Neuse River has become one of the East Coast’s top sailing destinations.

Shelton Herb Farm in Leland

by Tim Bass

In Brunswick County, a former marine biologist grows a bounty of herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers on her family farm.

The Dancing Turtle in Hatteras

by Caroline Kelly

A coffee shop on the water provided the perfect opportunity for a pair of Outer Banks newcomers to craft a community.

Spicewalla in Asheville

by Piper Anderson

Family traditions are preserved inside colorful tins at this flavor-filled shop.

Ready to Roll

by Drew Perry

Young daredevils fly into new adventures with joyful abandon. For their parents, the trick is learning to let them soar.


Cheese, Please

by Lynn Wells

Cheddar, Monterey Jack, blue: three recipes for those who like a little cheese (or a lot) with every meal.

Fowler’s Southern Gourmet in Fayetteville

by Susan Stafford Kelly

The father-and-son team behind a popular food truck have found a permanent home for their upscale, down-home brand of barbecue.

The Peppered Cupcake in Wilmington

by Katie Schanze

With a swirl of her famous frosting and a dollop of pepper jelly, this self-taught baker dresses her cupcakes in style.

Pizza, Past & Present

A Slice to Remember

by Andrea Weigl

When pizza parlors arrived in North Carolina, the checkered tablecloths and warm, garlicky welcome changed downtown eating — and campus life — forever.

A Wood-Fired Pizza Revolution

by Kathleen Purvis

A taste of Naples has come to Winston-Salem. At Peyton Smith’s restaurant, the humble, cheesy pie you think you know is transformed into something you’ll never forget.

5 Serious North Carolina Pizza Joints

by Kathleen Purvis

Artisan pizza, with its thin crust and cheese that tastes of the woodsmoke in which it was baked, outshines its boxed-and-ready cousins. These five restaurants deliver the traditional Italian version with North Carolina ingredients.

The Modern Look

The Marvelous Mr. Modern

by Robin Sutton Anders

George Smart set out to save a historic, but often overlooked, architectural style in North Carolina. By showcasing the functional beauty of these homes across the state, he’s rallied folks to the cause of Mayberry Modernism.

The Four Elements of a Modern Home

by Frank Harmon

An acclaimed North Carolina architect picks four homes whose distinctive features — from sleek rooflines to dramatic windows — illustrate the
mid-century modern aesthetic.

Blueprint For A Movement

by Michael Welton

A tenacious architect with a lofty goal turned North Carolina State University into a powerhouse of modernist design.

The Warmth of Glass & Stone

by Robyn Yiğit Smith

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

Modern Living in NC: The Ranch Revival

by Jen Tota McGivney

In Charlotte, a broker and a home designer have come up with a new twist on a classic design. It doesn’t fit in with today’s trends. And that’s the point.

Modern Living in NC: The Urban Loft

by Eleanor Spicer Rice

For architect Adam Sebastian, a childhood spent building forts and tree houses in Forsyth County honed the design skills that he used to create a home high above the treetops.

Modern Living in NC: The Farmhouse

by Robyn Yiğit Smith

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

Modern Living in NC: The Beach House

by Marimar McNaughton

Maritime relics, nautical touches, and an utterly modern design merge in an island home that’s both historic and contemporary.

Modern Living in NC: The Mountain Retreat

by C.A. Carlson

Three retired friends from Chicago threw caution to the mountain wind and built a sleek and sophisticated home for two households.


Making The Mountains-To-Sea Trail

by Jeremy Markovich

For more than 40 years, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has stretched nearly 1,200 miles across North Carolina. But for the passionate advocates who work to move the path off of roadways and into woods and fields — a fraction of a mile at a time — improving the trail is an ongoing journey.

The Mountains-To-Sea Trail’s Most Beautiful Places

by Jeremy Markovich

North Carolina’s longest footpath runs 1,175 miles, from Clingmans Dome to the Outer Banks. Here are nine spots along the way that you need to see.

The 1950s: At The Drive-In

by Philip Gerard

After the war, North Carolinians hit the road on gasoline that’s newly cheap and plentiful. Sleek cars in a kaleidoscope of colors carry families to drive-in theaters and restaurants, where they watch and dine under the stars.

Ramblin’ Man: A Taste of Sunshine

by T. Edward Nickens

Jars of last year’s harvest — lovingly put up and generously gifted — promise a pop! of warmth during the waning days of winter.


Carolina Calendar: March 2019

by Our State Staff

It’s never too early to dream of spring. Pick up a vase at a pottery sale or art show — it will be full of flowers before you know it.

Let the Building Commence

by Jeremy Markovich

In 1958, a group of college students in Greensboro built a modern home from scratch.