Simple pleasures await on a road trip through North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley

Visitors traveling through the valley along US 601 from Yadkinville to Mount Airy will pass vineyards pocketed alongside fields of corn, soybeans, and the occasional chartreuse span of tobacco. They’ll also discover a number of attractions worth a stop, from a popcorn factory to a century-old general store to the childhood home of actor Andy Griffith.

Casino Wars in the Carolinas: Two tribes that have battled for centuries are at odds once again

In North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians found a way to take care of their people: In 1997, they opened a casino on their lands. Now South Carolina’s Catawba tribe wants to do the same. But there is a problem.

Lakeside Retreat: Novelist Susan Rebecca White’s highs and lows on a mountain lake in the Smokies

"On that night, under that starlit sky, the sound of the water lapping against the dock, I felt a prescient sense of peace."

Kingdom of Cool: Durham, North Carolina, smolders as a technology hub and culinary hotspot

The highest cocktail bar in Durham is on the sixth-story rooftop of the Durham Hotel, a white-and-gold midcentury building. Like a few other classic structures in downtown Durham, it was once a bank, but it now trades in a different kind of currency: cool.

Where to Stay: Old Edwards Inn and Spa

"Come on in! I’ll get y’all some Champagne,” calls a bellman. My husband and I have arrived at Old Edwards Inn and Spa in downtown Highlands, North Carolina, for a quick getaway.
Newfound Gap

Savor the views on a road trip through eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina

Eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina are home to some of the highest elevations in the eastern United States, rising more than 6,000 feet above sea level in some parts. It’s a favorite destination for outdoor enthusiasts who hike and bike its steep trails and brave its rushing rivers.
Oli Winward

Dream Home: Author Kristy Woodson Harvey puts down roots in Beaufort, North Carolina

I was nineteen the first time I ever drove over the drawbridge into Beaufort, North Carolina. Good Southern girl that I was, I had arrived for a debutante party. One look, and I was absolutely smitten.
Main Street, Hendersonville, North Carolina

9 Main Street mainstays in Hendersonville, North Carolina

Gems, apples, and bears would seem unrelated—unless you find yourself in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The three are woven into the town’s history and winked at all along Main Street.
The Greystone Inn

Where to Stay: Spotlight on The Greystone Inn

As we descend the narrow, stone-lined path down the hillside leading to the boathouse, raindrops begin to fall. Our group continues on, climbing aboard the polished mahogany Hacker-Craft called Miss Lucy for a sunset cruise.
Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia

Extraordinary Escapes: 16 unexpected accommodations to book in the South

You don't think inside the box. Why sleep in one? The South is full of unexpected accommodations, from a nineteenth-century castle to a Hobbit hut to the tree house of your dreams. Let us introduce you to sixteen offerings that are anything but ordinary.

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