Two classic theme parks — Land of Oz in Beech Mountain and Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock — hold fond memories of growing up in North Carolina.
Paradise at 4,500 Feet
High on Toxaway Mountain, one of the state’s best-kept secrets unfolds like a fairytale. Southern Highlands Reserve is a native plant arboretum, a research center, a living laboratory. Most of all, it’s a place of unparalleled beauty.
Topsail Island: The Beach You Remember
Bingo and roller skating, mini golf and ice cream: Among the candy-colored houses on Topsail Island, you’ll find the carefree joy of summers past.
5 Western Destinations Create Heartfelt and Handwoven Textiles
North Carolina’s textile traditions are alive and well in the mountains, where handloom weavers and fiber mills add new stories to the warp and weft.
Painted Carolina: An Our State Gallery Featuring Our Favorite NC Paintings
We’ve compiled a gallery of our favorite paintings inspired by the mountains, the coast, and the special places in between — showing them not only as they look, but also as they feel.
Season’s Greetings: North Carolina Holiday Cards of Past & Present
A card always means more at the end of the year, delivering glad tidings and family news, joy and hope, to mailboxes across North Carolina.
5 Mountain Meals Worthy of a Road Trip
Here, “eating local” isn’t a trend — Appalachian cooks have always made the most of the flavors that grow around them. Today, mountain chefs continue that hearty, homegrown legacy.
Our Native Grape: A Guide to North Carolina’s Muscadine Wineries
A true Southerner, the muscadine is both sweet and tough — a resilient survivor in our hot, humid climate. Much like the winemakers who grow it, the story of our native grape is deeply rooted in the landscape of our state.
The Mystery of Carolina Bays
Our Coastal Plain hides an ancient secret in plain sight: What looks, from the ground, like a simple day at the lake becomes a little more complicated from up in the air.