The September 2023 Issue


Welcome Home

Reading the Leaves

At a Henderson County café, in rooms decorated to evoke a Shakespearean cottage or J.R.R. Tolkien’s favorite pub, book lovers discuss literature over tea and scones.

Richard Petty

Many debate the greatest of all time in American sports, but when it comes to North Carolina racing, there’s no doubt who reigns supreme.

90th Anniversary

Our Green-Eyed Girl

In 1941, Smithfield native Ava Gardner’s mom told The State about a call with her daughter’s new boyfriend — American box-office star Mickey Rooney.


Red, Right, Returning

For the uninitiated, channel markers are like a secret language, mysterious and difficult to decode. For those who work and play on the water, they provide essential guidance in navigating the North Carolina coast.

Labor of Love

A devoted son honors his mom — and all of North Carolina’s mill workers — through the Morganton-based Workers’ Legacy Project.

Life Cycle

An avid cyclist whose love of riding began as a child shares the story of how he overcame a life-changing crash to hit the pedals again.

Joy Rides

Across North Carolina — in neighborhoods and on city streets, along beaches and through mountain forests — cyclists of every skill level find plenty of places to pedal.

3 Paddling Trails to Explore

Paddle beneath a canopy of sycamore trees lining the Yadkin River, glide atop flat water or traverse whitewater rapids on the French Broad River, or set up camp along the Roanoke River for a multi-day adventure.

Take the Scenic Route

All Aboard for History

Guides on New Bern’s Historic Trolley Tour show off the varied and elegant architecture of the city — while also introducing the real people behind the stories and legends.

Savoring the State

From Asheville to Charlotte to Wilmington, a North Carolina food tour company headed by a woman passionate about fine dining offers tasty nuggets of local history and cuisines.

Southport’s Spirit Guide

Fascinated by spooky stories, haunted histories, and macabre happenings from her hometown’s past, a former history major with a background in theater introduces groups to the ghosts of Southport.

Beyond the Skyline

On a spiritual journey through Durham, the Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope peels back the layers of the city, revealing chapters of its history that are not always visible from the surface.

12 Tar Heel Tours

Join some of North Carolina’s expert guides to learn about history and architecture, wildlife and food, and the people who have shaped our state.