It would be so simple to say that Charleston is a perfect destination for foodies, a hotspot for shoppers, or even an ideal vacation for history buffs. The truth is Charleston checks so many boxes it is hard to define with a few simple words. Yes, it is all of the above – but it so much more…

North Carolina is truly one of the most visually beautiful states in the union. And while much of that beauty can be viewed from primary thoroughfares and country roads, even more is tucked away in our protected wilderness, free for all to see, yet not quite within reach of motorized vehicle…

Colonial Williamsburg has cleared out the cows so its archaeologists can take a crack at Custis Square. The foundation hopes that underneath the grass its livestock has grazed on, it will find artifacts related to the volatile planter and one-time father-in-law to Martha Washington, John Cus…

“Carry your Green Book with you … you may need it.” is the cautionary tagline found on the front cover of the nearly three dozen issues of Victor Hugo Green’s “The Negro Motorist Green Book” (and later “The Negro Travelers Green Book”). At a glance, this caveat could be perceived as a thinly…

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Just about anyone who has taken a boat ride through the picturesque waters surrounding Down East Carteret County has spotted what is oft-referred to as the Big House on Davis Island. Since 1885 the Davis Island Hunt Club has had a looming presence, like a sentinel guarding the entrance to Ja…

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World War I had a dramatic impact on the soft drink industry in North Carolina. The war years presented a hardship to Pepsi-Cola but opened a window of opportunity for Cheerwine.

Tryon Palace, the recreated governor's palace in New Bern, pulls out all the stops each holiday season, proving once again that the Georgian inspired showplace was the heart of North Carolina's colonial aristocracy.

While there's no doubt that Airlie Gardens – the formerly-private botanical showcase purchased by New Hanover County in 1999 – is a treat to visit all year round. Located in Wilmington, the 67-acre site features a walking path, historic structures, picturesque lakes and manicured gardens are…

The Beaufort Historical Association will host its 10th Christmas Candlelight Tour from 5-8pm on Saturday, Dec. 8. The tour showcases Beaufort’s holiday hospitality and provides a rare glimpse into private historic homes, several inns, bed & breakfasts as well as churches, all elegantly d…

A full range of holiday plans are already underway for downtown Morehead City sure to tickle your holiday spirit. From an art walk and chowder competition to the annual flotilla and tree lighting ceremony, Morehead's collection of holiday events bring the community together in the heart of town.

All is calm and bright in Susan Creighton’s Edenton home, despite the grey drizzle outside. She settles into a cozy leather chair in front of her Christmas tree, already decorated and lit up in honor of the town’s annual Christmas Candlelight Tour, which is to begin that evening. By all righ…

It was a November day in 1717, but it wasn’t the cold that made the French sailors quake. While sailing the warm Caribbean waters near the island of Martinique, their ship – a merchant-turned-slave ship named La Concorde – encountered fearsome enemies. By the end of the day, the majority of …

For eons, wool has been helping humans navigate the chilly landscape of winter. Scientists have found the warm fibers were woven into cloth in England as far back as the Bronze Age. The processed wool we know and love today, is quite a bit different than the raw wool of our ancestors. It has…

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Imagine you’re curling, you know, the oft maligned Olympic sport, but in this case the ice is Kool-Aid, and the curling stone is SpongeBob SquarePants. How would you react to that scenario? It sounds like a funny dream, but for the players in the Walk-In Bathtub improv group, it could be the…

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On the first Wednesday of each month, an unmistakably rare group of people can be found meeting on the second floor of the Webb Library in downtown Morehead City. Budgets and minute-taking aren’t the primary focus at this gathering, but rather the search for knowledge about outer space – sta…

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It's a balmy August evening on the patio at Floyd's 1921 and the sounds of laughter are wafting through the historic downtown Morehead City neighborhood. Perched on stools at the front of the 'L' shaped space are the contestants of "How Well do You Know Your Person" an hilarious game show re…

Collards are a staple in the Southern states, especially during the fall. While they have made many a child turn their nose up a time or two, the thick, dark green leaves have a flavor we tend to grow in to. Perhaps it’s the more mature approach to our diet that comes with age, or the pull t…

Coming across the new Gallant’s Channel bridge connecting Radio Island to Beaufort, a small white trailer is visible in the distance to the left just beyond some sailboats and a parking lot. It would be easy to assume that the trailer is some forgotten piece of the past, perhaps something th…

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Fall in North Carolina can only mean one thing – apple season. For many families, an annual trek to the rolling hills of Henderson County to reap the bounty of the harvest has become a tradition, even for those who live on the coast.

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Around noon on Wednesday, July 18, give or take an hour, the Marine Raider Memorial March quietly crossed the border into Georgia with little fanfare. Their mission was simple, albeit heartfelt – to symbolically bring home the Marines lost from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune when a KC-130 cr…

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The barbecue is tasty in the novel “The Girl Who Chased the Moon.” Emily Benedict, 17, has just moved from Boston to Mullaby, N.C., to live with her grandfather after the death of Emily’s mother.

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The staff at Marshallberg Farms is a little on edge. A new batch of Russian sturgeon eggs from Germany has recently arrived and they're excitedly watching their new charges. Every two hours, around the clock, someone strides over to the wide, shallow tray where the young hatchlings' journey …

About 150 miles away from Emerald Isle, decisions and legislation is being made on its behalf, and for the surrounding area that makes up North Carolina’s District 13. The legislative building was completed in 1963, a fact reflected in its geometric patterns, brass trimmings and the lingerin…