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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Go Explore: Pinehurst, N.C.

Showcasing Exceptional Equines Horse lovers visiting Pinehurst Harness Track never know if they might be witnessing the workout of a future big-money winner. A winter training center for Standardbred horses since 1915; it’s the oldest continuously operating equine sports facility in North Carolina. To hear Paula Wellwood, part owner and trainer of Marion Marauder, a […]

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Diamond Spotlight: The Siena Hotel

Located in the heart of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, The Siena Hotel combines rich inspirations of Italy with all the luxuries of an upscale boutique. Visiting the elegant AAA rated Four Diamond property is like taking a step through the doors of a gorgeous Tuscan villa. Italian marble floors, magnificent columns and luxurious European furniture […]

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