Paddling Along

Between our lakes and sounds, our marshes and swamps, and the rivers that crisscross our state, North Carolina is a playground for kayakers and canoers.

This is NC

Halifax Resolves

In April 1776, months before founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, a group of visionaries gathered in Halifax as the first to formally urge the colonies to declare their independence from British rule.

For the Birds

An Alamance County woman attracts hummingbirds by the dozens to her backyard sanctuary, devoting her summer days — and lots of sugar — to the birds she loves.


Dig Into Cozy Comfort at Southern Lunch

Nearly a century ago, a young man opened a restaurant to feed passengers leaving the old depot in Lexington. Though Southern Railway is no more, people still travel to the family-owned lunch spot for a plate full of comfort food.

Clams Casino

Decadently dressed clams roast under a blanket of garlic butter, Swiss cheese, and bacon for a sophisticated appetizer requiring minimal time and ingredients.


The Eagles of Jordan Lake

In Chatham County, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area offers sanctuary to an astonishing number of bald eagles — and a golden opportunity to see our national emblem in flight.

North Carolina’s Bicentennial Farms

For more than 200 years, these farms have been passed down from generation to generation, preserved through hard work, innovation, and commitment. Today, they’re part of a select group with a coveted title: Bicentennial Farm.

Shore Things

Sunscreen. Surf wax. Flip-flops. The beach packing list is a reminder to bring the essentials, of course. But read between the lines: It’s also a family scrapbook, a reminder of all the vacations that came before.

A Waterman’s Wisdom

At his seafood market in Jacksonville, a seasoned fisherman shows his customers that when it comes to our coast and the rich bounty it provides, the world is their oyster.

Backcountry Luxury

For a pair of happy campers — perfectly content to rough it in the wilderness — a “glampground” in Watauga County offers all the creature comforts, plus a change of heart.

Summer Fun

The Star of Campfire Grill

A Flat Rock restaurant pays tribute to the summer camp culture that’s deeply woven into the landscape of western North Carolina, inviting diners to revisit carefree childhood memories.

Swimming Across NC

One writer sets his sights on an ambitious goal, aiming to swim at every YMCA pool in the state. In the water, he finds familiarity, fortitude, and memories of his first and most important coach: his dad.

Happy as Clams

A pair of Ocracokers find peace and contentment while digging for treasure in Pamlico Sound. Their ingredients for a perfect summer day? Sunshine, crystal-clear water, and a mess of clams.