Pinehurst and Southern Pines

Whitebox WeddingsPinehurst and Southern Pines are popular retreats for couples with him hitting the nationally-renowned greens and her the spa. But the entire family can enjoy this trip with downtown shops and casual restaurants perfect for exploring together. Whitebox WeddingsPinehurst and Southern Pines are popular retreats for couples with him hitting the nationally-renowned greens and her the spa. But the…

Seagrove

Distance from Charlotte: 96 miles Seagrove: Courtesy As you drive through this tiny town's overgrown cow pastures and turn-of-the-century barns, you might get the sense that time here stopped sometime around 1935. Seagrove, with a triple-digit population spread across a twenty-mile radius, is one of the only remaining potter communities in America — a local tradition that's as timeless as…

Saluda

Chris Edwards Chris EdwardsSaluda’s railroad past gives it historical charm, but it’s the local shops, restaurants, bakeries, and fresh mountain air that continue to draw visitors to this sleepy town. Chris EdwardsSaluda’s railroad past gives it historical charm, but it’s the local shops, restaurants, bakeries, and fresh mountain air that continue to draw visitors to this sleepy town. Show Caption…

Jamestown

Michael HammerJamestown has a little something for everyone — shopping, good food, and history. A favorite is Mendenhall Plantation, which served as a hiding spot for slaves along the Underground Railroad. Michael HammerJamestown has a little something for everyone — shopping, good food, and history. A favorite is Mendenhall Plantation, which served as a hiding spot for slaves along the…

Davidson

Chris EdwardsOn Davidson’s Main Street local families mix and mingle with students from the town’s college and visitors in search of its small-town charm. Chris EdwardsOn Davidson’s Main Street local families mix and mingle with students from the town’s college and visitors in search of its small-town charm. Show Caption Hide Caption Chris Edwards Chris Edwards Chris Edwards Chris Edwards…

The Great Pimento Cheese-off

Chris Edwards There’s great responsibility that comes with choosing the winners of the Best of the Best. And we take that seriously — especially when it comes to testing out things like the city’s best fries or burgers, or, in this case, pimento cheese that can be purchased to enjoy at home. Here’s a peek behind the scenes at the…

The Transitional

Chris EdwardsA bench by the island swathed in a remnant Kelley found at Post & Gray serves as the perfect gathering spot for her sixteen-year-old daughter, who loves to bake with her friends. Chris EdwardsA bench by the island swathed in a remnant Kelley found at Post & Gray serves as the perfect gathering spot for her sixteen-year-old daughter, who…

The Eclectic

Chris EdwardsThe original kitchen was outdated and cramped so the Smiths worked with Pursley to create the 696-square-foot sunroom, which functions as one large gathering area, perfect for the family of five and when the Smiths entertain. Chris EdwardsThe original kitchen was outdated and cramped so the Smiths worked with Pursley to create the 696-square-foot sunroom, which functions as one…

Where Are They Now?: Harry Wolf

The fifth Mecklenburg County Courthouse, at Third and McDowell, is an excellent example of Wolf’s modernist style. Chris Edwards Like every architect, Harry Wolf has less work than he'd like. But he met recently with a developer on an interesting project in Oakland, a condo redo. He's moved, from Malibu, where he lived for twenty-one years, to more walkable West…