This Is NC


Throughout April, North Carolinians celebrate the delicate blossoms that leaf out on dogwood trees with festivals and fanfare across the state.

Asheville’s Earthen Abode

In the 1970s, a chemistry professor built a house into a hill to promote a sustainable lifestyle. A group of friends has transformed his “Hobbitat” into a modernist marvel that still pays tribute to the surrounding landscape.

Hope Blooms

Tended by a mother and son, a local flower farm and delivery service has sown seeds of joy and positivity in the Triangle area.

Best in Shad

When a beloved catch returns to North Carolina’s fresh waters to spawn, residents of a Pitt County town set their sights — and lines — on an annual spring celebration.


Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes

A stack of blueberry pancakes inspires flavors of childhood nostalgia, while the addition of nutty buckwheat flour adds just enough sophistication to make these perfect for a grown-up brunch.


State of Wonder

Hoping to recapture the excitement of a school field trip, a writer plays tourist in her own backyard. In our capital city, she finds treasures that have been waiting nearby all along.

Flock Together

Since 1962, the family behind Joyce Farms in Winston-Salem has adapted to a changing agricultural landscape. By choosing heritage breeds, they make it possible for small-scale farmers to do what they love, and for North Carolina chefs to serve their poultry with pride.

Back in the Stands

Play ball! From the Asheville Tourists to the Down East Wood Ducks, fans of minor league teams across North Carolina settle in for another season of dreams.

The Pig Crew

Most mornings in Richlands, the place to be is a diner inside the local Piggly Wiggly, where a cast of regulars ponders life’s great questions over a hearty country breakfast.

Sips Through Time

North Carolina is home to the largest number of craft breweries in the South, a reputation that started with the state’s earliest European settlers — or beer lovers.

Hidden History

A Modern Series Opens a Window to the Past

In Raleigh, the Museum of History houses the artifacts and anecdotes that trace North Carolina’s journey from past to present. Now, a pair of virtual programs open the museum to people across the state — and around the world — uncovering hidden aspects of our history, one bite-size piece at a time.

Faces From the Past

A home renovation in Edenton reveals a collection of photos that had been lost behind a mantel — some for more than a century.

The Survival Game

In Burke County, an ancient sport tied to the Italian immigrants who founded the town of Valdese may be the key to keeping a culture’s traditions in play.

Entering Western North Carolina’s Lost Cove

Long before the last family departed, settlers in a remote corner of Yancey County gave their mountain town the name Lost Cove. Years later, the choice seems prophetic. The once-thriving community has returned to nature, tucked out of sight, lost to all except historians and hikers.

Cooking With Moog

When an inventor and his wife came to Asheville in the 1970s, he brought a far-out, ethereal sound, and she brought a cookbook full of recipes.