Riddle of the Carolina Bays

It’s easy to get lost in the enigma of Carolina Bays, but even easier to explore these mysterious bodies of water.


May 2016 Book Picks & Music Review

A writer’s surroundings often influence his or her earliest work. A young Thomas Wolfe, for example, was famously inspired by his hometown, Asheville. Here, some of our state’s best-known writers show us where they started.


Studio Tour with Asheville’s Daniel Nevins

From a white-walled, light-filled living room on a hillside come larger-than-life oil paintings that delight the eye and tease the brain.


The Characters of Roanoke Island

The backdrop is beautiful, but it’s the people of Manteo and Wanchese who bring this place its charm.


The Sleeping Giant on Lake Mattamuskeet

A former hunting lodge at Lake Mattamuskeet symbolizes Hyde County’s heyday — and maybe its future.


Deep in the Coharie Swamp

Don’t let its diminutive name fool you. Being lost in the midst of the dank darkness of the Little Coharie Swamp is terrifying.


Clary Sage’s Smell of Success

Tough to grow, stressful to harvest, and ignored for centuries, clary sage is making a comeback in a tiny corner of northeastern North Carolina, where farmers can’t wait to plant more.


A Sound Country Serenade

From the boats to the bridges, the waterfronts to the wildlife, a writer finds lyricism among the streams, rivers, and sounds that connect, rather than separate, our coastal homes.


History: The Great Oyster War

In 1890, tensions between native Ocracokers and marauding outsiders came to a head. At the center of the conflict? A small but valuable shellfish.