​Travel + Food

An Abbreviated Vacation Guide for N.C. Families

Senior Architect

Last summer, our family–which includes teens and tweens–traveled to Jekyll Island, Georgia and Floyd, Virginia for four nights each. We did it out of necessity but our abbreviated family vacation turned out to be a positive experience worth repeating.

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Did someone say 'Road Trip'?

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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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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New vegetarian-forward restaurant to open at C3Lab in South End Charlotte


When Maria and Glen Nocik opened C3Lab in 2015, their intention was to rent artist studios for a reasonable price. In the five years since they opened in South End, they’ve expanded to include more studio space. Photo: GLYN A STANLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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26 Kayaking Spots in the Carolinas – Plus AAA Discounts!


Kayaking may be one of the easiest ways to get outdoors and social distance this summer. There are bays, lakes and rivers — perfect for kayaking — in the Carolinas. Join a guided kayak tour or rent a kayak for a self-guided experience. PHOTO: Paddle NC

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5 Reasons to Plan a Winter Vacation (and Where to Go)


It's tempting to hibernate at home, but winter might actually be the best time of year to travel.

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Moving to North Carolina? Here Are the Basics


From climate to cost of living to craft beer, here's everything you need to know before relocating to North Carolina.

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Cozy up to one of these winter getaways


Imagine winter nights spent in front of a roaring fire after a full day of exploring a small town. 

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This Charlotte golfer teed off at THE PLAYERS championship — then everything changed


It was Harold Varner III’s fifth time at THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. When he teed off at the 10th hole at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, he was hoping for a share of the $15 million purse.

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10 Ways to be a Kid Again on Alabama’s Gulf Coast


The lure of white sandy beaches and aqua-colored water brings guests from all over the United States to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It’s enough to lay in the soft sand, watching the pelicans dive for a meal or the... 

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Kith and kiln


Pick out a piece of pottery at The Mint Museum’s store in uptown or on Randolph Road, and there’s a chance the artist is from Seagrove, a small town just 90 minutes northeast of Charlotte in Randolph County. Despite its tiny population — 218 residents, according to the latest census...

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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)

CTO

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​

CEO

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

CTO

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

CTO

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

CTO

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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Put Spring into your Step with a Hike

CTO

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

CTO

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

CTO

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

CTO

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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