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For Radmila Karlić, a day’s work means leading her dogs into the dense Motovun forest of Istria, Croatia, to hunt for truffles. She carries a small shovel, ready to dig up the edible treasures the dogs sniff at the roots of the towering oak trees....
Seattle: “This chanterelle, apple, and egg dish at Sitka & Spruce ($$) is the ultimate winter brunch.” —Aran Goyoaga (@Cannellevanille), Food Blogger and Stylist Los Angeles: “Kang Hodong Baekjeong (3465 W. Sixth St.; $$) has the best Korean BB...
“When I left the bank in Charlotte,” Diane Flynt said, tromping through her north orchard in clogs, designer jeans, and an immaculate white blouse, “I wanted my final career to be working with the land—I’m an avid gardener, and I like making thing...
Driving out of Charlotte, North Carolina, I scan the radio for the quick picking of a banjo, the croon of an Appalachian singer—but I can't find them. There's plenty of polished country and western, there's rock and roll, and there's talk, talk, t...
For spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, and for plenty of other reasons—many of them man-made, thank you very much—the fantasy of a coast-to-coast road trip endures. Want to make it a reality? From West to East (With Apologies to the Midw...
Right about now, you’re checking out your kids’ school calendar and wondering how to transform their week of vacation into fun for the whole family. The good news is that there are a growing number of options. College kids may have made spring br...
Vera Gordon, a retired educator in Brooklyn, New York, is a garden-variety traveler. Literally. Like more and more botanically minded tourists, she’s traversed the globe to experience its horticultural hot spots—and returned with fresh perspective...
Everyone knows where to find America’s boldest fall colors: the crimson of a maple leaf in Vermont, an oak’s burnished orange in the Smoky Mountains, the brilliant gold of an aspen in, well, you know. But what’s the fun of a great leaf-viewing loc...
A pair of newly restored houses allow a glimpse into the lives of two major historic figures. It took $2.5 million and nearly six years to repair the arson damage to Thomas Wolfe's childhood residence (52 N. Market St.; 828/253-8304; www.wolfememo...
If people tend to think of the South as a red-state monolith, then western North Carolina exists to shatter that common misperception—with a purple flourish. The region is peppered with hippie hideaways, old-order religious communities, and ideali...
Summer is on its way out the door, ushering in the brisk, fresh fall weather. To answer the questions of where to go and what to do, we’ve found six serene places perfect for taking advantage of this time, when the summer’s heat begins to dwindle....
My friend, who doesn't like to leave New York, let me persuade him to come along with me to North Carolina. I'm even allowed, on condition of anonymity, to quote him, so I'll call him the Ironic Fellow Traveler—or IFT. He and I have flown into Gre...