​Travel + Food

Burke perks

Senior Architect

Mystery and nature surround Burke County, situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. A short 90-minute drive from Charlotte leads to Morganton, the county seat with a charming mix of breweries, restaurants and shops. 

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The Yolk Cafe: Brings new twists to comfort classics

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At first glance, The Yolk Café doesn’t inspire confidence: it’s the last storefront in a shopping center strip mall in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Step inside and instantly the sights, sounds and smells instill a comfort that makes you want to stay awhile...

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9 Dishes and drinks under $20 to try ​at the Ritz-Carlton

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Chef Richard Gras is a name dropper — and he’s the new executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. His 20-year career has taken him all over the world to cook at prestigious restaurants and hotels under...

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Advocacy: For the love of wine

Senior Architect

Based on a belief in and love for the rich bounty of resources North Carolina offers, two proprietors, one of a restaurant, the other, a vineyard, have come together to build a relationship true to the family foundation of both. In a small town, just shy of a two-ho...

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Here’s what you need to know to enjoy your first cruise (and not freak out)

Senior Architect

I never wanted to go on a cruise. When my best friend offered to treat me to one, I said no. When she came back a few days later with the destinations — Havana, Cozumel and Key West — I said yes. I couldn’t turn down Cuba...

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5 Reasons to plan a winter vacation (and where to go)

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Most everyone plans a vacation during the summer. We spend January and February fantasizing about the places we'll visit during the warmer months, but what if we looked at winter differently? Perhaps winter is a timely opportunity...

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Travel on a budget: Your winter getaway to the highest ski resort east of the Rockies​

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Do the commercials for the 2018 Winter Olympics have you imagining yourself speeding down a mountain on a snowboard? Or are you ready to perfect your ski jump or show off the Axel or Lutz in the...

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Paradise Found

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Barbados, “the bearded one” in Portuguese, is the easternmost island in the Caribbean. On the map, it’s a speck, but its 166 square miles of winding roads through small towns with shops, restaurants, bakeries and historic places pack a big punch. 

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Exploring The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville

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Fall is my family’s favorite time to explore North Carolina. Sometimes we are in search of apples or pumpkins; other times, rivers or lakes. This time our adventure led us to The North Carolina Arboretum...

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How an ’80s Fanboy Became Headliner of Beech Mountain’s Retro Weekend

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Armed with a huge suitcase and several plastic bags packed with authentic clothes from the 1980s, Brandon Kirkley came to Beech Mountain ready for Retro Weekend.

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Need a weekend getaway? Here’s 5 ways to fall in love with Floyd, Virginia


Our first trip as a couple was to New Orleans. I surprised my boyfriend — who is now my husband — with a AAA triptik planner (This was before...

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Four of our favorite comfort foods and where to find them in the Carolinas


Cooler weather begs for foods that warm our souls and fill our bellies. Comfort foods remind us of family dinners and reunions, and Sunday suppers...

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Jekyll Island, Georgia: Adventure, history and nature packed into one tiny island


I hop on the red tram parked behind the Mosaic museum on Jekyll Island, Georgia. A young and enthusiastic tour guide...

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Rooftop pool, fireworks and pink eye — this uptown staycation had it all

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The grocery store cashier asked me if I had plans for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. It was the third time the question had been posed to...

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Take a day trip to Landsford Canal State Park and see river spider lilies

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Landsford Canal State Park is about an hour south of Charlotte in Chester County, S.C. I am a park aficionado, and Landsford is one of my favorites.

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4 Mom Getaways You Deserve

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Everyone needs to connect with friends, and a getaway without kids can energize a busy mom. Planning a distant trip can be difficult with varying family schedules, but a weekend trip not far from home may be put...

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Put Spring into your Step with a Hike

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North Carolina and South Carolina are home to dozens of state parks and recreational forests with trails through woodlands and pastures and views of waterfalls. Check out these seven trails to hike.

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Planning a bachelorette party? 48 hours in Vegas is just right.

CEO

The bachelorette party tradition is a celebration of longtime friendships and letting loose with the people who know you best. In recent years, bachelorette parties...

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Planning for a Smooth(er) Family Vacation

Senior Architect

I remember being so excited about our first family vacation, and then my best friend, who has children a few years older than mine, gave me a more realistic view of what to expect.

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