The September 2022 Issue


Points of Pride

North Carolina’s state symbols make up a one-of-a-kind collection that tells our story. They include our native plants, the art we create, the crops we grow, and so much more.

Welcome Home



’Tis the Season

The Ramblin’ Man heads into Labor Day weekend with a twinkle in his eye and a song on his lips: For many North Carolinians, dove hunting season kicks off the most wonderful time of the year.

A Q&A with Our Ramblin’ Man

Each month, T. Edward Nickens roams and writes on the Carolina countryside. We sat down with the longtime Our State contributor to discuss his favorite outdoor spot in the state, the inspiration behind his columns, and his most treasured story.

Zweli’s Kitchen: A Love Story

He was smitten with the flavors of her Zimbabwean cooking. She was intrigued by his rural North Carolina upbringing. Together, they created a life in Durham — and a namesake restaurant that was the first of its kind in the entire country.


The Old House on the Hill

When a curious couple stepped inside a mysterious, run-down mansion overlooking Raleigh’s Boylan Heights neighborhood, they saw the perfect setting for a relaxing escape from the chaos of modern life.

Beaufort’s Eden by the Sea

The stately Queen Anne on Queen Street is more than just a bed and breakfast. It’s a garden paradise where visitors forge lasting friendships — sometimes with the innkeepers themselves.