6 Stops Along the Neuse River

North Carolina’s longest river connects the Piedmont to the Pamlico. Along the way, this peaceful, winding tributary offers shady swimming holes, sandy beaches, paddling trails, historic riverside towns, and delicious seafood.

Quiz: Coffee Break

At these North Carolina shops, find java just the way you like it — whether black in a diner-style mug or iced with lots of cream and sugar.

The Rum Diary

Tall tales of shipwrecks and smugglers on the Outer Banks inspired four young entrepreneurs to revive a storied tradition. Their Manteo distillery combines history and legend into a potent new concoction.