Hot in the City: Raleigh, NC

Editor's Escape Although I’ve lived in the Carolinas for about twenty years, my firsthand experience in Raleigh was limited to the two times my plane landed there. I was anxious to remedy that and see for myself what everyone I’ve talked to raves about. Now that I know what I’ve been missing, I’m kicking myself […]

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Festival Fun

Explore a new town, try different foods & enjoy summer with these Carolina celebrations. Cities & towns in the Carolinas celebrate history & honor traditions with varied and unique festivals. These local  tributes are community-driven and mark the importance of the area’s industry, foods and people. Summer is the perfect time to take in a few […]

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Movie Night Out

The Nostalgia of Drive-Ins Thrives In the Carolinas At the bottom of a hill, a monster movie screen rises 50-feet high along South Battleground Avenue, a well-intentioned sore thumb in a clearing among a perimeter of tall oaks. Kings Mountain, off in the distance, creates an idyllic panorama for a film set in its own […]

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The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort

Located on the sprawling historic greens of Pinehurst, The Carolina Hotel has been welcoming guests for more than a century. Nicknamed the “Queen of the South,” the AAA Four Diamond property was the largest frame hotel in North Carolina when it opened its doors on New Year’s Day in 1901.  Today, guests can still feel […]

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Discover a Wintry Wonderland in the Heart of Carolina

Holidays to shine and shimmer from Belmont, N.C., to McAdenville’s Christmas Town, USA In the heart of the south, amid a beautifully warm end-of-year climate, discover a twinkling winter wonderland that will inspire joy and holiday spirit in visitors of all ages. The city of Belmont, N.C., dazzles with small-town charm, sparkling lights and family-friendly […]

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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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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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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 […]

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