Since 1983, hikers and wanderers traveling the pass between Roan and Hump mountains have taken refuge in a simple red barn known as the Overmountain Shelter. Little do they know, they’re following in the footsteps of revolutionaries.
The Barn Issue
Upcycled & Down-Home
For three days each month, the owners of Chartreuse Barn in Thomasville give the cavernous old space new purpose as a vintage goods shop — and deeper meaning as a peaceful retreat.
The Barns of Madison County
Tobacco barns once dotted the Appalachian landscape in the thousands, before a government buyout in 2004 brought an end to that way of life. Now, passionate locals are recording their stories and giving these iconic structures a second chance.
Headwaters Outfitters in Rosman
On the bank of the French Broad, a local outfitter gives back to the waters that sustain it.
Tiny Pilots Take Flight
The cutest critters that most North Carolinians never see tend to stay above the fray. But you’d better believe that flying squirrels are there, gliding gracefully from tree to tree.
From Elizabeth Hudson: There’s No Place Like Home
When our editor in chief falls ill on an out-of-state trip, she’s reminded that no matter where she is, home is never far away.
Climb aboard: A trolley offers a unique vantage point from which to explore this waterfront town. But as a seasoned tour guide can attest, a great ride is about much more than names and dates — it’s about making connections.
Just Keep Paddling
For a kid, growing up means testing the waters, kayaking out a little farther. For a parent, it means watching from the dock and trying, at least, to play it cool.
Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough
A restaurant, an online farmers market, two cookbooks: This couple is tending a crop of nourishing ventures. And it all starts on their farm in Orange County.