North Carolina Icons: Fraser Firs

Fraser Firs are our featured North Carolina icon. They’re number 61 on Our State magazine’s list of 100 North Carolina icons. We’ve got 2 books on our recommended reading list for this icon. Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: Fraser Firs

North Carolina Icons: The Brown Mountain Lights

This week we’re featuring number 79 from Our State magazine’s 100 North Carolina Icons list: the Brown Mountain Lights. Unexplained lights often appear at Brown Mountain, hovering in the air when the weather is right. Our State writes, “Your best chance at catching the Brown Mountain Lights is Milepost 310 along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at the Brown Mountain Overlook along Highway 181, or from the top of Table Rock.” There have been various explanations for the lights, from scientific to legends and ghost stories. Today we have some suggested books of Carolina ghost stories. Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: The Brown Mountain Lights

NC Icons: Appalachian Trail

Our North Carolina icons this week is the Appalachian Trail. It’s number 6 on Our State magazine’s list of 100 North Carolina Icons. Continue Reading NC Icons: Appalachian Trail

NC Icons: Uwharries and North Carolina Zoo

The Uwharries and the North Carolina Zoo are our featured North Carolina icons this week. Learn more about them in William Powell’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina. Continue Reading NC Icons: Uwharries and North Carolina Zoo

North Carolina Icons: Muscadine Wine and Yadkin Valley Wine

This week for our North Carolina Icons series, we’re featuring Muscadine wine and Yadkin Valley wine. They are numbers 28 and 85 on Our State magazine’s 100 North Carolina Icons. Muscadine grapevines are native to the Southeastern United States and have been used to make wine since the sixteenth century. Yadkin Valley stretches from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the North Carolina Piedmont and is full of wineries and vineyards. Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: Muscadine Wine and Yadkin Valley Wine

North Carolina Icons: Asheville and the Biltmore House

This week in our North Carolina Icons series we’re featuring Asheville and its most famous residence, the Biltmore House. Our State describes Asheville as “A different kind of place. Unless you’re a little different yourself. Make a visit and see.” Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: Asheville and the Biltmore House

North Carolina Icons: Loggerhead Sea Turtles

This week we continue our NC Icons series with loggerhead sea turtles, number nine on Our State magazine’s 100 North Carolina Icons list. Loggerhead sea turtles are an endangered species that nest along North Carolina’s coast (and as far south as Florida and north to Virginia). Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: Loggerhead Sea Turtles

North Carolina Icons: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Today we have two books that will go along perfectly with a visit to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse or be a fulfilling substitute until you can make that trip yourself. Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

North Carolina Icons: Blue Ridge Parkway

We start our series with icon number 1: the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our State Magazine says, “Travel any one of the Parkway’s 252 North Carolina miles and you’re guaranteed a beautiful drive.” We have three different books that will help you explore the Blue Ridge Parkway in three different ways. Continue Reading North Carolina Icons: Blue Ridge Parkway

Interview: John Yow, author of “The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal”

In the book I own up to a special fondness for the little blue heron, but many of the birds I write about are just spectacular. Right up there with the spoonbills and avocets are the black-necked stilts, the wood storks, the snowy and great egrets, the anhingas—and the list goes on. Of course, I’m perfectly willing to confess that my favorite birds tend to be those I can actually pick out from the rest. Continue Reading Interview: John Yow, author of “The Armchair Birder Goes Coastal”

Interview: Paul & Angela Knipple on immigrant cuisine around the South

People’s hospitality was amazing, as was their openness. Many people were very proud of their accomplishments. A few were very humble, but fortunately they had cheerleaders, usually in the form of a relative, who helped them share their stories. They were also very excited about giving us recipes. Their food is their life, and you can’t share one without sharing the other. Continue Reading Interview: Paul & Angela Knipple on immigrant cuisine around the South

Stan Ulanski: A Floating Jungle: The Sargassum Community

Stan Ulanski explains how sargassum attracts fish, and therefore fishers, and why these floating jungles are important to protect. Continue Reading Stan Ulanski: A Floating Jungle: The Sargassum Community

Manteo Booksellers, flooded during Irene, needs your help

Independent bookseller Steve Brumfield of Manteo Booksellers asks for assistance after Hurricane Irene flooded the store. Please contact NC Sen. Kay Hagan. Continue Reading Manteo Booksellers, flooded during Irene, needs your help

Stan Ulanski: Catch of the Day: Spanish Mackerel

Tips for catching Spanish mackerel, a favorite along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Continue Reading Stan Ulanski: Catch of the Day: Spanish Mackerel

Video: Diane Daniel and Fickle Creek Farm

Video: Watch the happy pigs, hens, sheep, and cows at Fickle Creek Farm, one of the sites featured in Diane Daniel’s Farm Fresh North Carolina. Continue Reading Video: Diane Daniel and Fickle Creek Farm

National Wildflower Week concludes–with pretty pictures!

Well, it’s the last day of our celebration of National Wildflower Week.  We’ve given you a lot to read about so far, so now that it’s Friday, let’s look at some pictures of flowers!  These beautiful images come from another backlist favorite, Wild Flowers of North Carolina, by WIlliam S. Justice, photographer and botanist, C.… Continue Reading National Wildflower Week concludes–with pretty pictures!

The Ten Commandments of Wildflower Conservation: National Wildflower Week Continues!

How to treat the landscape to ensure we can continue to enjoy the bounty of wildflowers the Blue Ridge Parkway has to offer. Continue Reading The Ten Commandments of Wildflower Conservation: National Wildflower Week Continues!

National Wildflower Week Day 2: Off to the Sandhills Region with Bruce A. Sorrie

Continuing our celebration of National Wildflower Week: check out Bruce Sorrie’s new Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region. Continue Reading National Wildflower Week Day 2: Off to the Sandhills Region with Bruce A. Sorrie

Hey, it’s National Wildflower Week!

We’re celebrating wild flowers this week. Today learn about Timothy Spira’s new guidebook, Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont. Continue Reading Hey, it’s National Wildflower Week!