Editor’s Escape: Made in the Carolinas

Editor's Escape Shopping for holiday gifts is one of my most favorite things to do. I often ditch the mall and seek out unique items that reflect the personality of the person I’m shopping for.  I especially enjoy finding gifts made locally or regionally. Lucky for me, there’s no shortage of talented artisans in North […]

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Category: Carolinas

A Dickens Holiday in Fayetteville

Every Friday after Thanksgiving, the Ghost of Christmas Past pursues Ebenezer Scrooge along the streets of downtown Fayetteville, N.C., until the infamous miser realizes the joy of giving. This presentation of Dickens’ beloved story, A Christmas Carol, is part of the transformation into Victorian times that downtown Fayetteville undergoes that afternoon and evening. There’s also […]

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Home for the Holidays

Here’s something Democrats and Republicans can agree on — the time-honored elegance of holiday events at the governors’ homes in Raleigh and Columbia.  North Carolina Set amid acres of lawns and gardens in Raleigh, North Carolina’s Executive Mansion was completed in 1891 and, at about 30,000 square feet, is the third-largest governor’s mansion in the […]

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Category: Carolinas, Coastal

Christmas on the Coast

Festive flotillas, impressive lights and a chowder crawl all add to the sweet Southern charm of the holidays along the coast.   Crystal Coast, N.C. Play  The southern stretch of the Outer Banks, known as the Crystal Coast, loves celebrating the holidays. In Morehead City, catch breakfast with Santa at Floyd’s 1921, a historic home-turned-restaurant […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains, US

All Aboard for Fall Foliage

Soak up autumn colors in a whole new way aboard a passenger railroad train. Train excursions provide a unique travel experience. It’s a return to the trailblazing and romantic mode of transportation that played a critical role in the United States’ growth and prosperity. While automobiles and planes eventually supplanted trains as the preferred way […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

5 Ways to Taste Fall in Morganton

A rugged town perched on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Morganton and its townspeople charm visitors with easygoing conversation, elegant cuisine and grand scenery. It’s an ideal place to kick off a celebration of all things autumn. Here are five ways to taste fall in this quaint town:    Savor the Views A […]

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Category: Carolinas, Coastal

Escape to the Coast this Fall

A fall trek to the mountains is the traditional way to celebrate the colors of the season. This year, why not head eastward for a different kind of fall drive?    NORTH CAROLINA Outer Banks National Scenic Byway The Outer Banks National Scenic Byway (N.C. 12, which changes to U.S. 70 south of Cedar Island) […]

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Chasing Spirits: Ghost Hunting Opportunities Abound!

October is a magically spooky time — especially leading up to Halloween. The crisp cool air, an earlier nightfall and a crackling fire make for a particularly perfect backdrop for swapping ghostly tales. A visit to the haunted locations where unfortunate events may have transpired is the ultimate way to experience a ghost story, and […]

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