Roots Run Deep at the Chef & the Farmer!

Roots Run Deep at the Chef & the Farmer!

This weekend was going to be an adventure! Or so I thought. I was in the Outer Banks for work and I planned to stay through the weekend photographing lighthouses and visiting the new Shelly Island in Hatteras. My plan was quickly dashed by a series of nasty storms and a construction accident on the bridge that […]

S & T’s Soda Shoppe, Pittsboro, NC

S & T’s Soda Shoppe, Pittsboro, NC

I sat there staring at the steaming bowl of cheese sitting in front of me. To be fair, this lasagne did have a few noodles and a tiny bit of meat sauce so that it could technically be called “lasagne.” It is a gesture to the Italian classic, but it’s nothing like what you’ve ever had […]

100 Years of Cheerwine

100 Years of Cheerwine

What is Cheerwine? If you’re not from around these parts Cheerwine is as foreign a concept as walking on the moon. Well…one sip of this fizzy, cherry soda and you’ll be over the moon: no space suit or rocket required. Admittedly, I was a Cheerwine holdout until one day a friend gave me a frosty […]

The Flying Pig, Asheboro, NC

The Flying Pig, Asheboro, NC

Do pigs really fly? Darned if I know, but at the The Flying Pig in Asheboro their signature Pig Wings did fly into my mouth. Not on their own, of course. With a little assist from my fork those tender, juicy and smothered pork shank angels danced across my tongue and right into my belly. […]

Moores Creek National Battlefield

Moores Creek National Battlefield

As a young girl in PA I remember my dad dragging my mom and me off to historic sites across the area. My dad was a history buff, particularly military history such as the Revolutionary War, WWII, and Vietnam. PA and the mid-Atlantic region is full of historic sites – Valley Forge, Washington’s Crossing, Philly, […]

Artist Spotlight: Kitty Williamson

Artist Spotlight: Kitty Williamson

I strolled into the Cape Fear Studios in Fayetteville on Fourth Friday and immediately noticed one of Kitty’s paintings, and another, and then another. What was missing was the artist herself. The studio is in an old brick building, which provides a beautiful canvas to display the paintings from all the featured artists. Dressed in […]

Back Road Trips: Randolph County, NC

Back Road Trips: Randolph County, NC

Recently, before the latest freeze, I went off exploring the back roads of Randolph County. A warm spring-like day is always perfect for a drive in the country. Randolph County reminds me of home: rolling hills, farms, barns, cows, and friendly folks. The mild winter confused the poor plant life here in the south and […]

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Carolina Beach, NC

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Carolina Beach, NC

Beaches are made for seafood, don’t you agree? I mean, the ocean is right there where seafood of all sorts have set up camp. That said, when you go to the beach and go out to eat, you eat seafood. Eating fresh and local is a win-win: it’s good for the local economy, supports local […]

Edgar Allan Poe House, Fayetteville, NC

Edgar Allan Poe House, Fayetteville, NC

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” ― Edgar Allan Poe, Eleonora The 1897 E. A. Poe house in Fayetteville, NC is part of the Cape Fear Museum complex in Haymount. This Poe, however, should not be confused with the Edgar Allan Poe, writer […]

Brunswick Town, Southport, and Oak Island in a Day: Part 1

Brunswick Town, Southport, and Oak Island in a Day: Part 1

I’m an ambitious traveler. Rest? Eh, plenty of time for that later. I love nothing more than to jam in as many sites, sounds, food and adventure in one trip as possible. Day trips are no exception. In the South, we’re fortunate to have a myriad of weather conditions throughout the winter. Love it cold? We’ve got […]