Stories tagged: "Guides"


Uptown Charlotte has one of the busiest fireworks shows, but towns and cities across North Carolina are planning festive fireworks shows this year. (Photo by Patrick Schneider for Charlotte Center City Partners via Uptown Charlotte)
12 Best New Year’s Eve Fireworks Displays in North Carolina

From Raleigh’s Acorn Drop to High Country's ski resort soirees, these are the best places across North Carolina to watch fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Have your hot chocolate with a dose of (optional) spice.
6 Hot Chocolate Recipes to Warm You Up (and 1 to Cool You Down)

It's not just for kids. Hot chocolate is a indulgent classic, and an internationally unifying experience. In honor of that, we’ve put together a list of 7 recipes to bring it back to your list of treats! 

This Asheville coffee shop, opened in 1999, took a double-decker bus from England and made it one of the area's more original coffee shop vibes. (Image via Double D's Coffee and Desserts)
9 Local Coffee Shops in North Carolina That We Love

Just about every North Carolina town or city has a coffee shop that’s worth a visit. We’ve picked some of our favorites below.

Henry Frye, far right, with NC Central law professor Hugo Payne and Dean Daniel G. Sampson. One of 12 children born to  Richmond County tobacco farmers, Frye became the first Black person elected to the state legislature after Jim Crow, the first Black person to serve on the state Supreme Court, and the first Black person to be chief justice of that court. A history of this remarkable man makes our list of NC-centric books to gift. (Image via NC Central)
Have a North Carolina Nerd in the Family? Here Are 9 Books to Gift 

A comprehensive history of this fascinating state, the (ongoing) struggle for voting rights, and the scandal that rocked North Carolina politics: They all make our NC-centric reading list. 

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.

The holidays are a feast for the eyes at Biltmore Estate in Asheville. (Shutterstock)
5 Things to Know About the Holiday Lights at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned home in America. And this time of year, it’s a feast for the eyes.