North Carolina

The Art of Southern Christmas: Part One

Ever wonder why we put citrus in our stockings? Why the Outer Banks celebrate Christmas twelve days late? Find the history behind five of the South’s most perplexing Christmas traditions here.

Christmas at an American Castle

Asheville, North Carolina

The Biltmore is unquestionably the closest America has come to a palace, and there’s no time like the holidays to visit this grand home

5 Southern Christmas Light Displays You Can’t Miss

Austin, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; McAdenville, North Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida

From Texas to Florida, the South is all lit up with Christmas. Here are five of the Christmas-lights best!

Mountain Cornbread: As It Should Be

Madison County, North Carolina

This “new way” to do cornbread showed up over a hundred years ago, but it’s the old way and the only way for some

Carolina Fish Muddle

Hertford County, North Carolina

Its list of ingredients may be short, but its history is not, spanning centuries and people groups, all tied to one small region of the South where the fish were plentiful

Britt’s Donuts

Carolina Beach, North Carolina

With seventy-seven years under their belt at one of the best boardwalks in the nation—you are not gonna beat Britt’s for something sweet in the morning

The Miracle of Hickory

Hickory, North Carolina

It was the worst polio epidemic ever, but the little North Carolina community in which it originated saw a miracle of equally unprecedented proportions

Rivers Wild: Southern Whitewater

Ducktown, TN; Bryson City, NC; Wetumpka, AL; Reliance, TN

Beat summer’s heat with a paddle down some of the Southeast’s best whitewater

Bradham’s Original Pure Food Drink: Pepsi Cola

New Bern, North Carolina

Over 100 years ago in small-town North Carolina, a product hit the market with the tagline, “Exhilarating, Invigorating, Aids Digestion.” Alka-Seltzer? Pepto-Bismol? Nope—none other than our dear old Pepsi.

Ruth’s Salads and Their Conquest of the South

Charlotte, North Carolina

Ruth’s Salads has been providing us Southerners with quick, easy, and positively delectable salads and sides for decades, and we have a feeling this is one family tradition that is here to stay

Honeysuckle: Scent of the South

Asheville, North Carolina

Many Southerners may curse the invasive weed that, like its kudzu cousin, strangles unlucky plants in its path, but in the end it remains what it is—the essence of home

Blue Ridge Parkway: Highway Heaven

Asheville, North Carolina

Few memories are as vibrantly clear as those hours spent huddled in the backseat, sticky, sweaty limbs tangled with our siblings, scrabbling for views of those sweeping vistas

Bulldog for the People’s Rights: Zebulun Vance of North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

From a childhood spent striving for education and betterment, to a youthful career of political advancement and wartime devotion to his people, Vance exhibited a tenacious support of the good, in both himself and his nation

National Treasure: Biltmore’s Wartime Art Fortress

Asheville, North Carolina

Few Americans knew, but during the darkest days of World War II some of the nation’s most precious belongings were safe in the confines of the Vanderbilts’ North Carolina estate

A Beautiful but Ill-fated Cure: Asheville Sanitariums

Asheville, North Carolina

When tuberculosis reached nearly epidemic proportions in late nineteenth-century America, physicians prescribed low humidity, cool nights, warm sunshine, and fresh air. Exactly. The mountains of western North Carolina.

A Tasty Sampling of Appalachia

Asheville, North Carolina

Any good Appalachian cook knows that fast food is what you pick from the ground—a proper meal takes time, patience, and a whole lot of love

7 Top To-Do’s in Ravishing Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is certainly one of the most picturesque whistle-stops in the South, but, more than just a pretty face, this little city has the eats, arts, and brews to woo even the most stalwart sightseer