High in a northwestern corner of the state, a little town on the Elk River welcomes new friends and temporary neighbors to celebrate mild summers, snowy winters, and — perhaps most spectacularly — bright, beautiful autumns.
It may seem impossible to win that giant Jamaican banana at the hoop toss. But according to the Wake County law enforcement officers (and their kids) who work the game-testing beat, it just takes a little know-how.
Chef Andy Long puts Appalachia on the table (by way of Louisiana), and everyone — from locals to leaf peepers — is eating it up. But it’s the mountain community he’s found and fostered that makes his farmhouse restaurant feel like home.