Charlotte chef Lisa Brooks was a finalist on the popular Food Network reality show "Chopped." One of our picks for NC-centric holiday gifts this year is a candlelit dinner prepared in your home by Chef Lisa. (Photo by James Ward)
Have This Celebrity NC Chef Make A Meal Just for You, and Other NC-Centric Holiday Gifts This Year

Pottery, apparel, a candlelit dinner for two by Chef Lisa Brooks, and a Blue Ridge bike crawl: Mean it when you say 'shop local' and buy these North Carolina-made holiday gifts.

Armed with a chainsaw, Mountain Mike will carve you animals, superheroes, just about anything.
Elk, Chainsaw Carving, and Building a Good Drum: Our Guide to NC’s Blue Ridge Craft Trails

A tour of western NC’s craft secrets, from Cherokee to the High Country.

This remarkable feast for the eyes is a wintry mashup of a margarita and a pina colada, with a bit of blue curacao for good measure. (Image via The Ginger Fox in Winston-Salem)
The Perfect Holiday Drinks, As Selected By NC Bartenders and Mixologists

The best drink makers across the state, from Elizabeth City to Charlotte to Morganton, give their picks for the best cocoa, cocktails and smoothies to sip this holiday season.

Darlene Gabbard, a member of North Carolina's Lumbee Tribe, started making wine as a hobby, using apples and wild blackberries on her family farm. Now she's the owner of Native Vine Winery in Lexington. (Courtesy of Native Vine Winery)
Meet the People Behind North Carolina’s Emerging Wine Scene

NC winemakers talk about their favorite wines and why they get so many visitors to the vineyard.

Pimento cheese croissants at The Table. Photo courtesy NC Visitors Bureau
11 Dining Spots You Don’t Want to Miss Next Time You’re in Downtown Asheboro

For many, traveling to the heart of North Carolina means only a visit to the North Carolina Zoo. Skipping Asheboro’s charming and walkable downtown is a mistake.

Shelby's inimitable Cozy School Bus rental.
11 Funky Places to Stay in North Carolina This Holiday Season

From a hobbit house to a hippie bus to a shipping container on the beach, NC’s hosts get creative with overnight accommodations.

Oak Island Lighthouse
12 Must-See North Carolina Attractions This Season That Are Free

These spots are perfect for a day trip.