more about: North Carolina

Remembering Legendary North Carolina Musician Doc Watson

In the 1950s and 60s, Doc helped pioneer guitar as a lead instrument (prior to that, banjo or fiddle often took the lead). He brought Apppalachian music to the masses.

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Avett Brother Showcases Art Work in Charlotte Saturday

If you’re a day trip or less from Charlotte this weekend don’t miss this event. Most people know The Avett Brothers for their Southern-rooted folk rock, but a lesser-known dimension is founding brother Scott Avett’s fine art skills. Die-hard fans might recognize his work from album art and posters he’s created for the band. Julianne in Vain, Scott Avett for […]

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National Gingerbread House Competition Winners on Display: Grove Park Inn

The past few days brought intense competition to the halls of Asheville's historic Grove Park Inn. There, craftspeople from all over the country gathered to compete in the 19th annual "National Gingerbread House Competition." Our own executive editor Rachel Hardage Barrett was on the scene judging the competition, which culminated in Monday's announcement of the winners. Today, the works of […]

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Tobacco Road Trip

Last week I traveled to North Carolina. It was my first trip to NC in the two years I've been on staff at Southern Living. After tens of thousands of miles logged in the far reaches of Texas and in Louisiana's  bayou backwater, seeing the rolling, tree-wealthy range of central North Carolina was the freshest breath of air I've had […]

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Out to Dinner, Stop 6: Balsam, NC

Even after 100 years of mountain solitude, Balsam Mountain Inn, opened in 1908, remains as tranquil as it is painted white. According to one guest when I visited last fall, the leaves beginning their magic show on the hills, "I just sort of fell in love with the rocking chairs on the porch." Couldn’t agree more. An added, and often […]

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For the Birds in Old Salem

While researching "Old Salem by Candlelight", (p. 40 in Southern Living’s December issue) I took a stroll down Church Street in this historic district of North Carolina.  Four birds waddled out, crossed the street, and bee-lined to a pile of corn kernels scattered in a front yard.  A local later told me he had heard of a gaggle of vagrant […]

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Southern Living covers, 1966-1968

Yesterday I hit the red leather-bound volumes of Southern Living, starting at the top left corner of the shelves in 1966. What I found felt very much like a time capsule.

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Last-Minute Getaway 1: Outer Banks, NC

(Photo by Gary Clark) The Outer Banks. Ah, just saying the name makes me feel pleasantly far from reach. North Carolina’s 200-mile string of Atlantic beach towns – Kitty Hawk, Hatteras, Nags Head, Manteo, Duck, and several other coastal hamlets – all offer summer sunrises with your toes in the surf. Roam Carolina’s east coast while the long days last.

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How Oscar Wong Saves the World

photo by John O’Hagan He’s a god in Asheville, NC, brewing circles.

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James Beard Goes South

(Photo of Charleston’s Beard-winner, Hominy Grill, by Shayna Anne) Foodie powers-that-be recently announced this year’s James Beard Awards, the highest culinary accolade out there, America’s meal medal of honor. The shindig, which you can see via pictures on the JB Foundation website, looked to be a real tony affair, with the tops of our nation’s restauranteurs/chefs/food writers toasting their love […]

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