North Carolina

Tips and Articles in North Carolina

Let's vent• Doesn't it seem as if you always get stuck in an airplane seat that has no direct view of the movie screen?• Why do so many good hotels have such bad telephone operators?They take forever to answer a guest's call, and they never seem t...
I am convinced that someday Wilmington will be listed as one of America's major cities. It is literally growing before my eyes. You might actually already know what the town looks like because the TV series Dawson's Cre...
Bed and breakfast. An elementary formula, right?It's amazing how wide a detour this concept has taken since farmwives started renting out the spare room to travelers. Of the 25,000-odd establishments around the country today, many deserve an A for...
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...
My southern-born mother wanted to send me to charm school. I was a teenage tomboy with scabby knees and tangled hair, and nothing could have been further from my imagination. To her disappointment, I never became the belle she'd envisioned—perfect...
Okay, everybody...into your golf carts and follow me! We'll meet at the driving range." "Excuse me!" I was waving my hand. "How do you drive a golf cart?" There were beginners at Pinehurst's Golf Advantage School that warm spring morning, but non...
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...
See our slideshow of 10 Unexpected U.S. Wine Trails. Cool air envelops you as you step into the underground winemaker’s cave and stroll past hand-hewn oak barrels. The jovial owner of the family-run vineyard hands you a glass of his award-winning...
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...
When lighthouse enthusiast Kevin P. Duffus discovered a 12-foot-tall, 6,000-pound, bronze and crystal lens in a government warehouse he knew he solved a long-standing mystery. The whereabouts of the enormous missing Fresnel lens from the Cape Hatt...
Wintertime beaches are the stuff of romance—both the tempestuous, passionate kind of romance and the sitting-snug-by-a-crackling-fire kind. The vast stretches of empty shoreline, the relentless crashing of the waves, the long walks bundled agains...
GEORGIA Raw Tupelo HoneyA citrus infusion harvested each April along the Altamaha River. (912/234-0688; www.savannahbee.com, $19.99) AUSTRALIA Natural Blue Mountains HoneyRich herbaceous flavor from the heart of New South Wales. (61-2/4721-2840; ...
Like most native-born Virginians, I grew up with an ancestral portrait on the wall. The original was said to hang in a museum in Richmond, so ours was a faded black-and-white photocopy mounted in a dime-store frame. It showed a mustachioed English...
Lower-priced hotels have long been the realm of Muzak-filled lobbies outfitted with worse-for-wear furniture and industrial carpeting. But the genre has entered a new era. A wine bar?A sleek lounge area?Free Wi-Fi?Walk into the recently opened Hya...