For a perfect day in the Piedmont, hop on a bike, pull on your hiking boots, or push off from shore in a kayak. Then kick up your feet and relax with a local craft brew.
Like a Local: Clayton
This Johnston County town is rapidly building its future on the foundation of its past.
City Portrait: Mebane
The “hellos” from neighbors are sincere, the murals are welcoming, and the downtown beckons with good books and even better food. In this Alamance County town, there’s a sense of belonging.
Like a Local: Kannapolis
A city shared by Cabarrus and Rowan counties, Kannapolis is at an exciting juncture in its history, too. It’s the only city in the nation that has purchased more than 50 acres of its own downtown while leaders seek to revitalize it. From the community’s first brewery to a new baseball stadium, there’s a lot of exciting change to come in the next half-decade. Until then, we’re honoring the beloved institutions that already make Kannapolis a great place to live — and love.
Like a Local: Albemarle
A short drive from Charlotte, this Stanly County city offers old-fashioned fun, new American cuisine, and some of the Piedmont's best hiking trails.
The Hen & The Hog Brings a Culinary Revolution to Halifax
In Halifax — once famous for its role in the fight for American independence — The Hen & The Hog is championing a new cause: reinventing the town through the power of food.
City Portrait: Salisbury
In Rowan County, a few dozen working-class folks invested a little bit of money in a fledgling grocery store. Decades later, their investments were worth millions, and helped preserve their small town.
Come Summertime, Cantaloupes are Ridgeway’s Royalty
From the Waldorf Astoria to the White House and back, Ridgeway’s cantaloupes are famous for their sweetness.
Queen for a Day on Lake Norman
Finding rest, relaxation, and a new view of Lake Norman aboard the Catawba Queen riverboat. It's about the ride, not the race.