March 2018

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Sometime during that snow in January, between my fourth and fifth walk to the fridge to find a snack that didn’t exist, my case of cabin fever got real. Stuck inside working for a few days, my mind drifted.

I thought back on beach trips to Duck and the Outer Banks. Even though I’m a Virginia native, who among us hasn’t seen a production of “The Lost Colony” on Manteo? I dreamt of biting into that perfect Apple Ugly at Orange Blossom Bakery on Hatteras. I remembered a hot toddy I’d had a few years ago at Pinpoint in Wilmington – the “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” made with coconut milk and brandy. And it came with heart-shaped cookies!

I’m still planning my trips for the year but I hope to check out Hello, Sailor in Cornelius overlooking Lake Norman. This made-for-Instagram eatery, from the owners of the much-lauded Kindred in Davidson, serves up catfish, oysters and wedge salads … and seasonal hand pies. (Can you tell I love a good fried-fruit dessert?)

I do have a trip to Southport planned for April, and I’ve already been Googling breweries and bakeries near my friends’ wedding reception site. Thanks to my work on the spring/ summer travel story in this issue, I already know a little more about the neighboring area, including Bald Head Island. I’m tempted to leave my car on the mainland and take the ferry over to explore its beauty. You’ll find a half-dozen more ideas for coastal travel on page 50 – here’s to the arrival of spring in the South!

–Jessica Stringer
Executive Editor


10 Letter from the Executive Editor

12 Noted

38 5 Events Not to Miss

40 Books
Q&A with author and Fearrington Village resident Caroline Taylor

126 Taste
Find our area’s best restaurants

139 Engagements
Maggie Peterson and Kyle Peterson;
Chase Woodfin and Hannah Meyers

141 Weddings
Jackson Cox and Margaret Moriarty;
Jessica Marsden and Alex Worsnip;
Annie Hogan and Steven Lahti;
Will Hemsworth and Mandy Brannon


44 Shop Local
Accessories inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year

50 Hidden Gems
Where to visit along the N.C. coast, from the experts

62 Upstart
Danielle Sunde on founding three schools

68 40 Years of Learning
The impact of the educational nonprofit The Hill Center

84 Wellness and Fitness
Four Chapel Hillians share their exercise journeys, health care practitioners dish on the advice they’d give their own families and a directory of area fitness centers.

104 How They Live
Semiretired sports fans enjoy life in one of Chapel Hill’s most special homes



22 Orange County Rape Crisis Center Holiday Auction

24 Catholic Schools Week at St. Thomas More

26 The Carolina Inn’s 23rd Annual Wedding Showcase

28 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s Community Heroes

30 In Our Schools

32 AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown opening

33 Crook’s Corner Book Prize

34 Friends’ First Look at Ackland, Hodge & Kittrell Sotheby’s International Realty luncheon

35 CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio opening

36 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Sunrise Rotary Club Helicopter Drop

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