Tar Heel Traveler stories are peppered with dialogue, descriptive detail and beautiful photography. Above all, they celebrate North Carolina and its wonderful history.
"I love traveling the back roads of North Carolina," said Mason. "What an amazing state to explore, full of so many fascinating sights and colorful people. I also love to eat! Hot dogs, hamburgers, biscuits, barbecue, donuts, and ice cream – nothing’s better than enjoying a scrumptious treat and warm fellowship in old-timey landmarks with faded awnings and creaky floors."
Ocracoke Tram a free transportation service on Ocracoke Island. Its a a tram that carries tourists to restaurants and shops. But it's more than that, too, giving visitors a great sense of history and appreciation for this sliver of land surrounded by sea.
Pinkie Strother is an artist from Fuquay-Varina who creates small buildings and clay figures, not dollhouses, but recreations of actual buildings, many of which are from her childhood. Her dioramas, along with her paintings, capture the culture and values of Black families.
Nurse Janie, who spent half of her life bringing newborns into the world at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, has passed away. WRAL's Tar Heel Traveler revisited the first time he met the nurse.
Mema's Chick'n' & Ribs is a popular restaurant in Burgaw (Pender Co.) which has attracted visitors from all over the world.
Scott Mason visits the town of Edenton for Tar Heel Traveler. 'Across the Field' is a new book about an African American church full of beautiful history. It also includes a woman from across the street who captured the church in dramatic photographs and published a book.
At Hot Wax Surf Shop in Wilmington, Michael Paul applies skills learned in the Pacific to build a business on the Atlantic.
Long-time Angus Barn executive chef Walter Royal was at the cherished Raleigh restaurant for more than 25 years.
Forty years ago, this family-owned sock factory in Tarboro was thriving. Then business fled to Mexico almost overnight. Other textile plants in town eventually closed, but Mayo has held on and clings to the hopes of a resurgence today.
For 16 years, a group of hometown men called the Goodfellas meet at the Erwin Gym for their monthly breakfast and fellowship. Some of the Goodfellas drive hours to be at the monthly meetings and the list is now about 200 names long.
It is the day after Memorial Day, and a small church in Dudley has a rock painted by the pastor over a decade ago. It has also become a monument that draws visitors from across the country.
On Memorial Day, the Tar Heel Traveler revisits the story of a 90-year-old WWII veteran from Harnett County who received the Silver Star for his bravery in action
Many people know the famous rock group. What they may not know is the band's name has roots to the Carolinas. Our Tar Heel Traveler took a trip to Sanford, North Carolina to meet the sons of the namesakes of the famous rockgroup.
Tar Heel Traveler spotlights collector Vic Clinco in High Point. He is the world record holder with about 11,000 bottles of hot sauce.
That was the nickname for the town of Cameron in Moore County. Our Tar Heel Traveler made his way to Cameron to learn more about the dewberry, and how one man is trying to bring them back.
Located in Lexington, North Carolina, it is the first Native American owned winery in the United States, and the owner's origins trace back to the Lumbee tribe.
May 18, 2023, marks is the 200th anniversary of the Ocracoke Lighthouse. That 75-foot-tall island landmark opened in 1823.
Blunt Pretzels is a small pretzel company from Swannanoa near Asheville with a twist. It's run by a German immigrant who brings old-time recipes and methods to his popular pretzels. They're sold in bars in the area and online across the country.
Bob Fletcher is a military vet from New England who created his own southern-style BBQ sauce, which is bottled in Henderson and sold nationwide.
The annual Got To Be NC Festival begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. One of the restaurants featured is the County Squire Restaurant from Warsaw, which is said to be haunted.
Sans Souci Ferry is one of the last remaining two-car ferries in the state and nation. Vehicles are guided by cables as it plows the Cashie River in Windsor (Bertie Co.). The trip to the other side takes just five minutes.
Artist Grace Ho has acrylic artwork displayed in her studio on Vance Street in Clinton. She is a Chinese American artist with a studio in downtown Clinton. Grace paints what she feels, her artistry is a depiction of love and devotion.
Tar Heel Traveler can be found in Lexington, where lookalikes honor the King of rock and roll through entertainment. Elvis Presley tribute artists who sang their hearts out recently in Lexington.
Its National Travel and Tourism Week, so the Tar Heel Traveler met a man from Moore County who's visited every county and snapped pictures at every county line.
Tar Heel Traveler is found in Asheville's mountains--the Biltmore blacksmith. WRAL's Scott Mason explores a lost trade and a dying art.