Hail to the Queen: Why we’re loving Charlotte now

It’s never a bad time to visit North Carolina’s largest city, but lately, Charlotte is on a roll. From a new pro soccer team and groundbreaking Picasso exhibition to the buzzy Camp North End development, the Queen City seems to have something for everyone.

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.

Every summer, visitors to the Blue Ridge Mountains are treated to this stunning show of color

Called the “King of Shrubs,” the rhododendron loves high altitudes; it’s the national flower of Nepal and a familiar sight in the Southern Appalachians, where blossoms of white, pink, red, and purple paint the tallest slopes in the eastern United States.

Bellamy Young on her acting career, the solace of singing, and seeing Asheville through new eyes

Although she now calls New York City home, actress Bellamy Young says she’ll always be a Southern girl at heart.

Road Trip: The Outer Banks

A trio of barrier islands hugging North Carolina’s Atlantic coast, the Outer Banks was the setting of many historic firsts. Centrally located Roanoke Island was the site of England’s first settlement in the New...

Asheville Distilling Co.

A determined mother moves to Asheville for her kids and births a new career as the distiller of Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey.

Hit the culinary and cultural highlights of Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Chapel Hill, home to the University of North Carolina (UNC), has that elusive blend of qualities that makes for an ideal weekend destination: instantly comfortable yet demanding to be explored.

Asheville’s Indie Spirit

Some compare it to Paris for its art deco buildings, others to Portland for its strong sense of community. But if you ask the entrepreneurs responsible for Asheville’s rebirth over the last two decades, they will tell you their city is simply incomparable.

Highlands Hits Its Stride

Today, the only thing predictable in Highlands is the temperature, which is at least ten blessed degrees cooler than the rest of the South on any given day.

On Island Time: Sweet seclusion

When I consider all the hours I spend in traffic, it’s downright distressing. That’s why, when it comes to vacations, I opt to go somewhere serene and congestion-free—somewhere like Bald Head Island.

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