January 2012

The Appalachian Trail: Peak of Perfection

You have to work to savor the majesty of the Appalachian Trail, but there’s much to appreciate — and preserve.

January 2012

Raffaldini Vineyards: A Place to Pause

At Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, hours of effort go into processes that you can’t see. But once you experience this place, once you breathe it all in, it creates a feeling that stays close to your heart.

Eastern

Lake Waccamaw: The Natural Lake

From its origins to its people to its views, everything about Lake Waccamaw is too good to be true.

January 2012

Pond Mountain: Soaring Legacies

Trustworthy stewards ensure that Pond Mountain’s beauty and conservation will thrill future generations.

Central

Pinehurst No. 2: Pure Pinehurst

The home of American golf, Pinehurst No. 2 nearly lost itself trying to be great. But after a yearlong restoration, it looks just like it always should have, right at home in the North Carolina Sandhills.

Eastern

Portsmouth Island: The Loneliest Land

Uninhabited Portsmouth Island is difficult to reach, lacks the most basic comforts, and has brutal conditions — yet is beloved by those who find comfort in its simplicity.

Central

Rockingham

Richmond County’s seat has a long history of perseverance, generosity, and teamwork. Now it has NASCAR back, and new hope.

October 2011

North Carolina’s High Road: The Cherohala Skyway

Only 18 miles of the Cherohala Skyway run across North Carolina. But those miles, cutting and rising above the Great Smoky Mountains, are some of the prettiest you’ll drive anywhere.

October 2011

Into the Forest: Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest is 3,800 acres of unchecked wilderness. Here, centuries-old trees scrape the sky and shelter a natural world that reminds us of our place on this planet.