These towns are buoyed by their proximity to water — river, sound, bay — yet they’re far enough from the ocean that you won’t find sand in your shoes. Here, 14 quirky places claim their fame in boats and bears, local characters and history.
Explore the road — or river — less traveled with these five lesser-known kayaking spots from the mountains to the coast.
Like a message in a bottle, the notes inside the seaside mailbox at Bird Island contain the stories and secrets of those who seek a spiritual connection.
The backdrop is beautiful, but it’s the people of Manteo and Wanchese who bring this place its charm.
Even though Manteo and Wanchese share a sliver of land surrounded by North Carolina’s sizable sounds, they couldn’t be further apart.
Lexington has become a household name for its distinctive barbecue style, and now this Piedmont city is establishing itself as a place brimming with opportunity.
The tastiest oysters come from the unlikeliest of places: The silt and mud of Stump Sound.
One’s a village and the other’s a town, but Pinehurst and Southern Pines both provide relaxation and elegance in the Sandhills.
Whether it’s a local music festival or a food and wine tour, springtime in North Carolina calls for a celebration.