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 […]Read more
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 […]Read more
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) […]Read more
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 […]Read more
Go Explore: Get Jazzy in Cheraw, S.C.
Though small, picturesque Cheraw, South Carolina had an oversized impact on the world of jazz. Jazz great John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was born here in 1917 and the town celebrates his legacy annually by hosting the South Carolina Jazz Festival. This year the festival takes place Oct. 20-22 and celebrates what would have been […]Read more
Playing with Clay
Area autumn pottery festivals you don’t want to miss! Makers and admirers have long had a great love affair with clay. It can be shaped into incredible works of art as well as functional items for everyday use. Plus, the sky’s the limit when it comes to eye-catching glazes, different techniques and unusual designs. The […]Read more
Diamond Spotlight: The Umstead Hotel and Spa
Conveniently located just one exit off I-40 and a quick five minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., combines art and nature in an extremely stylish and tranquil setting. The AAA Five Diamond rated property impresses its guests with luxurious amenities and indulgences. Situated within a 12-acre wooded […]Read more
Sweet on Creameries
Favorite Llocal Spots for a Summer Treat On summer days in the Carolinas, long lines at local ice cream shops are the norm — and for good reason. Several creameries make their own, a few using milk from cows on the property. Customers don’t seem to mind the wait for creative flavors, extra-rich texture and […]Read more