Southern Pines – Retirement Mecca

Just about one hour’s drive to the south of the Triangle is a gem known as the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area. It’s known for its great golf courses, but its reputation as a retirement destination continues to grow. While the central region of North Carolina known as the Sandhills had been settled by Highland Scots since the early 1700s, the area was at first slow to develop. [...]

2019-06-18T15:02:49-04:00June 18th, 2019|Travel|

Cruise to Tour Historic Albemarle

Aweekend-long cruise May 10-13 to demonstrate the potential for a small boat cruise industry in the Albemarle region will be sponsored by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). “This cruise is the first of its kind to explore the deep history, natural beauty, and cultural treasures of northeastern North Carolina,” said Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR Secretary. "It [...]

2018-04-02T15:41:03-04:00April 2nd, 2018|Travel|

The Greenbrier: Southern Elegance in the Alleghanies

The Greenbrier has been a favorite destination for more than 200 years. Set among the Alleghany Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., The Greenbrier is a luxury resort synonymous with Southern hospitality. With a history dating back 240 years, The Greenbrier has been host to presidents, celebrities, and generations of families on its 11,000 acres featuring golf courses, dining, a [...]

2019-01-03T19:10:43-04:00April 2nd, 2018|Travel|

Sanderling Resort: The Perfect Escape

The decorations are put away and the guest have gone home... you made it through the holidays! Now you need to rejuvenate yourself for the new year. Whether it’s just you or with a special someone (Valentine’s is around the corner), Sanderling Resort is the perfect escape. Most know of the Outer Banks and how crossing the bridge transports you [...]

2017-12-14T15:31:52-04:00December 14th, 2017|Travel|

The Best of Europe in the Fall

September in Italy, October in Spain, November in Portugal... a new report from International Living editors explores some of the best places to visit in Europe in the fall for good value, good weather, and fewer crowds. Italy in September has an astounding offering for travelers: romantic cities, timeless hill towns, snowy mountains, idyllic islands, vineyard-covered countryside, and a beautful [...]

2017-11-07T19:27:57-04:00November 7th, 2017|Travel|

Fall and Winter Getaway: Blowing Rock, NC

By Amanda Lugenbell Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, snug against Pisgah National Forest, Blowing Rock is a Norman Rockwell-esque town with untouched nature in its backyard. Long cherished as a summer escape from the heat of the lowlands, the town has been welcoming visitors since its incorporation and growing to feature distinctive shops, galleries, restaurants, and inns. Now, year-round [...]

2017-09-11T17:28:35-04:00September 11th, 2017|Travel|

Biltmore: A Mansion in the Sky

More than a million visitors descend on Asheville annually, most of them with a single destination: the Biltmore Estate, a Châteauesque-style mansion in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was built more than a century ago by George Washington Vanderbilt III. He had traveled the world but had a special fondness for the North Carolina mountains, his "little [...]

2017-09-11T16:21:28-04:00September 11th, 2017|Travel|

Project 543: From Murphy to Manteo

On U.S. 64 in Manteo, less than a mile from America’s oldest cultivated grapevine*, a sign reads “543”. It’s a Project as well as the mileage between Manteo and Murphy, the alliterative ends of North Carolina’s longest highway. Those neatly descending digits have inspired, a postcard-style website, created by Visit North Carolina, to highlight unique stories on a journey [...]

2019-01-03T16:34:47-04:00June 15th, 2017|Recreation & Leisure, Travel|
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