Hot Springs embraces relaxation along the Appalachian Trail

Hikers and honeymooners soak up Hot Springs, a western town with a centuries-old history of hospitality.

Dishing on the dash: The story of Fuquay-Varina

Two boom towns for the price of one: Beer keeps Fuquay-Varina’s growth flowing.

Town Square: Morganton gets smart

North Carolina giveth and taketh in Morganton, adding a promising boarding school while facing a mess at its landmark psychiatric hospital.

Greenville suburb Winterville vies to retain small-town charm

Winterville is changing, but barbecue keeps a town — and pork — pure.

Davidson maintains a 4.0 in charm

A top-ranked college, a hot restaurant and a stringent growth plan earn Davidson a 4.0.