The great outdoors: Explore a bit of history and more at Carvers Creek State Park

By Jami McLaughlin From hiking trails to fishing, Carvers Creek State Park is the perfect place to spend the day. The main access point at Long Valley Farm in Spring […]

Prehistoric beasts meet modern activities: Sweet Valley Ranch has entertainment options for all ages

By Jami McLaughlin Whether you are a kid wowed by dinosaurs or an adult who likes to relax to live music, Sweet Valley Ranch offers a variety of activities for […]

Round and round we go: Whirligig Park & Museum delights children of all ages

Story and photography by Janet Gibson We can’t help but smile and be happy at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The wow factor captures us at first glance. […]

For the birds: The winged wonders of Sylvan Heights inspire awe, admiration

Story and photography by Christina Burnham Sylvan Heights Bird Park, roosted in Scotland Neck, is home to the largest waterfowl collection in the world. All told, the park hosts more […]

Seaside adventure: Carolina Beach has plenty of options for a quick getaway

By Lorry Williams | Photography by Michael Spencer From a seaside boardwalk to a state park to award-winning dining and, of course, relaxing beaches, visitors to Carolina Beach will find […]

Making memories: The Gronski family’s adventures have them enjoying the sweeter things in life

By Jami McLaughlin With hashtags #growingupgronski and #icecreamSunday, Meredith Gronski’s Instagram page is full of outdoor and ice cream adventures with the goal of making lifetime memories and enjoying the […]

Family on the go: Fayetteville couple, adult children explore the world together

By Bobby Parker At work, they call him doctor. At home, he’s dad. But when his family sets out on another adventure, Sanjay Shah has a different title: CTO. That’s […]

Food, travel make for lasting friendships

By Jason Brady Some psychologists contend that if two people are friends for seven years, they are friends forever. A group from Fayetteville has proven that assertion. The group goes […]

‘A beautiful spirit’ Fayetteville’s Demetria Davis is the reigning North Carolina Mother of the Year

By Michael Futch Demetria Washington Davis says she has had a maternal instinct since her days in college at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. That’s where she was […]

Outer beauty, inner strength: Dr. Leif Nordberg helps patients fight the march of time

Leif Nordberg, M.D., always knew he wanted to be a surgeon. He was picturing a career in heart surgery, but during his medical education he had the opportunity to observe […]