Motor Heads and Motor Courts in
North Carolina

Classic car enthusiasts love showing off their polished rides at car shows and cruise-ins. But in the mountains, the biggest thrill comes from getting out on the road and seeing what these aging machines can do.


Up in the Air at Carolina BalloonFest

From the ground, the sight of a hot-air balloon renders you speechless, breathless. But take to the sky in one? Put your life in the care of fire and a capricious wind? Three thousand feet above Statesville, one writer takes the risk.


Mountain Roads

Grab your camera and cruise down some of our favorite roads in the mountains for taking in the fall leaves.

Arts & Culture

Mountain Must-Reads

Whether you’re planning a visit to western North Carolina this fall and need a book for the road, or you don’t have time for a road trip but wish you did, immerse yourself in these Appalachian classics, recommended by the people who know best — booksellers from two of our favorite mountain bookstores.


20 Best-Kept Secrets of the NC High Country

North Carolina’s High Country — composed of six mountain counties — is such a well-known tourist destination you might think you’ve seen all there is to see there. But if you’ve spent any time in the area, you know it’s more gravel road than beaten path. Here, we reveal twenty of the High Country’s best-kept secrets to reintroduce you to a region you thought you already knew.


6 College Towns We Love In North Carolina

Just because a city has a university doesn’t mean it’s a college town. A college town is different. The relationship is closer. This fall, see if you can spot the intersection between campus and community in these college towns — three that have long defined the term in North Carolina, and three you might not expect.


An Ode to the College Town of Davidson

More than points on a map, college towns are safe havens for intellectual curiosity. They’re the treasured places where we pause to think, grow, and learn.


The Rural Academy Theater

Why would a band of performers traverse western North Carolina in a wagon? Because in entertainment, delivery matters.


The Other Side of Stokes County

Linked by a strong sense of place and preservation, four residents — and friends — define their county beyond the boundaries of its much-loved park.