Low grasses grow on a sandy shore on Harkers Island in North Carolina.

Exploring Harkers Island and its Woodworking History

Woodworking on grand scale has defined the culture of the people of Harkers Island, as it is home to generations of boat builders whose creations are as elegant as they are reliable. Plan a trip to Harkers Island to explore this region’s rich history.

Roadside sign advertising home grown tomatoes.

Summer Produce on the North Carolina Coast

In North Carolina, we pay plenty of attention to our backyard gardens and farmers markets, to thirst quenchers both hard and soft, and, of course, to setting a table that’s more feast than meal. Here are some ideas for using summer produce in food and drink recipes.

Colorful summer vegetables on an open grill.

Summer Seafood on the North Carolina Coast

On the North Carolina coast when it gets too hot for barbecue we tend to turn our attention—and our appetites—eastward, to the sea. Discover some of the coast’s best seafood options and how to cook some yourself.

View of the lamp at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Photo © Kenneth Keifer/123rf.

Historic Lighthouses of North Carolina

North Caroline’s historic lighthouses—some still in operation—are popular destinations for visitors. Most are open for climbing and offer fantastic views. The following are some of the state’s favorites.

A picturesque pier in North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Where to Go in North Carolina

If you have a weekend, pick one special natural area to explore: the Outer Banks, beaches near Wilmington, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here’s an overview of the different regions of North Carolina to help you plan your trip.

The Cape Fear River in North Carolina's Raven Rock State Park.

Touring the Sandy Lowlands: Barbecue, Antiques, and More

Between the Triangle and the beaches are a band of small towns like Wilson which continue to be culturally vital, architecturally interesting, and full of good places to browse for antiques and to gobble up barbecue. Here’s a quick look at the Sandy Lowland’s towns and state parks.