Category: Explore

Landing the big one: Kelly Barefoot lures them in

by Charles Upchurch photographs by Geoff Wood The airbrushed colors come at night. The green and orange of an autumn leaf. The silver-blue of darting fish. Soon, the airbrush is out again. Flawless transitions. Scale patterns in geometric perfection. As a…

Ashe County weekend

  photographs by Jim McGuire It was a hot July morning in Raleigh when strategist Nation Hahn, nonprofit executive Alexis Trost, and restaurant owners Van Nolintha, Angela Salamanca, and Matt Kelly packed their cars for a weekend adventure. The friends,…

Local hotel heaven

by CC Parker Ending the day in one’s own bed is the highlight of “staycationing” for some people. But for many of us, bedding down somewhere new – but nearby – is another kind of fun. I first caught the…

Where the sidewalk ends

by CC Parker At the height of summer, North Carolina humidity drives many of us indoors. But eventually, it’s inevitable: Cabin fever strikes. When it does, one sure way to beat the summer blues is to take a trip –…

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