Pisgah National Forest is the ideal amphitheater for nature’s music. But come summer, the historic hamlet next door erupts in symphonies as gorgeous as waterfalls, and old-time jams as rousing as mountain trails.
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: Fuquay-Varina
This Triangle town was once two: Fuquay Springs and Varina. The pair merged in 1963 in a joint effort to bring new economic growth to the area. Now, the unified town is seeing another renaissance, one that bears great beer, bread, and more.
City Portrait: Morganton
Sheltered by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the people of this Burke County city find art and music, history and natural beauty, in the gentle peaks that surround them.
Music is Never Far Away in Downtown Shelby
Bluegrass and country music played prominent roles in this Foothills city’s past. Now, thanks to two legendary native sons, the signature sounds are taking center stage in its future.
City Portrait: West Jefferson
Let the artistic spirit of this Ashe County town draw you in and wrap you up.
Like a Local: Winston-Salem
Once strictly known as a tobacco town, the Camel City is reviving itself through technology and the arts in such a way that's prompting the world take notice.
Tuckasegee River Brings Opportunity for Bryson City’s New Generation
For a new generation in Bryson City, the mountain river that once washed away whole homesteads is now the source of simple pleasures, natural wonders, and new businesses.