A Guide to Ocracoke

Where in the world is Ocracoke? For many mainlanders, the island accessible only by ferry, boat, or plane remains a mystery. For those who live there, it is home to past and present, change and stasis, a tight-knit village and wild woods filled with centuries of secrets.

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Behind every locally grown blossom is the hard work and careful planning of a flower farmer with a deep connection to their land. This month, we walk among rows of dazzling flowers, breathing in the sweet scent of spring in North Carolina.

Photo Essay: Banner Elk

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.

Photo Essay: A Light Within

In the more than 300 years since the Religious Society of Friends brought their way of life to North Carolina, Quakers have maintained a steady presence here. Today, their belief in peace, quiet reflection, and inner light shines faithfully.