North Carolina

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

Well, Butter My Biscuits: Where to Get the Best Biscuits in the South

Athens, GA; Grenada, MS; Jasper, AR; Louisburg, NC; Charleston, SC; Nashville, TN; Fairhope, AL

Got a hankering for the best biscuits south of the Mason-Dixon Line? These diners and breakfast beacons won’t disappoint.

Love and Furniture: Atomic Furnishing & Design

Asheville, North Carolina

It was love at first sight that brought Todd and Megan Walsh together—the sight of a good deal on some mid-century furniture, that is

Manteo Memories

Manteo, North Carolina

It really is a great place to visit—history by the boatloads—but family life here in the 1930’s had its challenges, to say the least

Southern State Capitols: Beauty, History, and Quirks (Part Three)

Jefferson City, MO; Raleigh, NC; Oklahoma City, OK; Columbia, SC

From oil rigs on the capitol lawn to centaurs in the fountain, these Southern state capitols show more than a splash of independence and pride

Digging Deep: Southern Stone

The American South

Southern quarries may not be the most beautiful things in the world, but some of the most beautiful things in the world have certainly been made from their offerings

Childhood Dreams: Camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway

North Carolina and Virginia

Camping was cheap in the 1950’s, and the Blue Ridge Parkway just an hour and a half away from home—it was a quick relaxing vacation for mom and dad, and a dream come true for two kids

How Industry Changed the South: A Story of Three Cities

Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia

Cities in the post-War South had something to prove: To be wealthy and successful, you didn’t have to live on a plantation with acres of land in the country

Vollis Simpson and the Whirligig Wonders of Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson, North Carolina

In North Carolina at least, one man’s junk may well be another man’s hand-crafted creation-in-waiting

A Southern Easter: White Shoes, Dogwood Blooms, and Egg Hunts on the Courthouse Lawn

Easter in the South may look a lot like Easter everywhere, but then again, as in other things, it has always had its own distinctives too

Flower Power Down South: The North Carolina Azalea Festival

Wilmington, North Carolina

For nearly 70 years now, Wilmington has been ringing in every new spring with one of the biggest and best festivals in the South, complete with beautiful belles, spectacular entertainment, and, of course, the most amazing azaleas

From Athens to Zephyr: All the Greek-Named Cities of the South (Part Two)

Sparta, GA; Sparta, KY; Sparta, MS; Sparta, TN; Sparta, VA; Sparta, NC; Spartanburg, SC

Seven Spartas dot the South, and each one has its own story of that indomitable spartan spirit