A Long Way to the Sea

200 miles. Eight days. One river. Our State’s Jeremy Markovich starts at the source of the mighty Cape Fear and paddles his way through locks and lulls, rapids and rain, on an epic journey few have ever made.


Unplug at the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis

At the Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, time slows down, solitude is yours, and if you need something, most times, you don’t even have to ask.


32 Mountain Breakfast Spots Worthy of a Wake-Up Call

Whether your preference is a traditional, family-style spread or something more culinarily creative, we’ve found 32 local spots that are worthy of an early start.


City Portrait: Salisbury

In Rowan County, a few dozen working-class folks invested a little bit of money in a fledgling grocery store. Decades later, their investments were worth millions, and helped preserve their small town.


Photo Essay: Fall in Flat Rock

Autumn comes a little later in our southern mountains, meaning that this artistic, historic, and beloved village holds its color — and its colorful charm — longer into the season.


Hendersonville: A Modern Mountain Town

Not every mountain ’ville has an aquarium and 30 restaurants — plus bears and a forest — on Main Street.