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the water issue From waterfront hotels and beautiful Carolina beaches to our favorite lakes and hidden waterfalls in the Blue Ridge, this issue is dedicated to life on the water. NO.77 | SUMMER 2021
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CULTURE ARTS • STYLE • WELLNESS
Natural Talent, Local Roots Toshkova Fine Art Advisory makes an international mark from a local base.
From Where You Grow Grow is a boutique plant store on a mission to make Charlotte greener.
More Skin In The Game Toska Spa charts a SouthPark expansion.
Painting and Presence The process and portfolio of artist Gordon C. James.
It Takes A Village Charlotte Artist Collectives at Mint Museum Randolph.
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SouthPark Welcomes DTR The new Dilworth Tasting Room.
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HOME & DESIGN PROFILES • SPACES • FEATURED HOME
A Grande Duo Meet the husband-and-wife team behind Charlotte's Grande Custom Builders.
The Design Difference Discover how Anna Wilder of DesignLoft Cabinets blends form and functionality within her renovation projects.
An Epic Scullery Lucy and Company and Arcadia Builders deliver a beautiful space.
Escape To Charleston Spend a relaxing weekend enjoying the Cottages on Charleston Harbor. Summer At The Center Play, relax and learn at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
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Summer in the Carolinas is all about being outside enjoying the beautiful places our states have to offer, from the gorgeous coast to the Blue Ridge. And for us at QC Exclusive, a big part of that is getting out on the water; boating on the local lakes around Charlotte like Lake Wylie and Lake Norman, looking for seashells and shark teeth in OBX or exploring hidden waterfalls somewhere in the Smokies. That is exactly what The Exclusives in this issue are dedicated to. We let you in on several of our favorite gems (some more secret than others) and also stay in some of our favorite waterfront hotels. This Summer Issue, you will assuredly get your fill of living the good life! Outside of all the amazing aqua adventures, you'll also meet the talent behind Toshkova Fine Art Advisory, see the art of Gordon C. James, check out a new exhibit at The Mint, get your green thumb at Grow, and take care of your skin at Toska Husted's new location. When it comes to food, this one's got some of our favorites, like the new Dilworth Tasting Room and drinks at Mico. And our home and design department is chock-full of goodies too, including an exclusive interview with the luxury home builders at Grande Custom Builders. We hope you enjoy our favorite season and one of our favorite issues of the year. Until next time, cheers. Sincerely, Jon-Paul Grice, Art Director Brett Barter, Publisher
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Irina Toshkova is the founder of Toshkova Fine Art (TFA) Advisory, a fine art consulting firm that connects art collectors and enthusiasts with the modern and contemporary pieces that inspire and provoke them. Although based in Charlotte, TFA Advisory collaborates with an international network of artists in order to offer private and corporate clients a wide selection of fine art. We sat down with Irina for the inside scoop on owning and operating a world-class art advisory firm out of the Queen City.
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What types of services do you supply both to private and corporate art collectors? With a client-oriented combination of deep market knowledge and relationships with artists, I offer art acquisition, installation, curating, and market intelligence as well as collection documentation, management, and value reporting for private and corporate collectors. Through building relationships between art lovers and today’s most progressive and passionate artists, I work with beginning and established art collectors
with collection management, specializing in contemporary art. How would you describe the relationships formed between collectors and artists? Passionate and authentic — it is about bringing together those who are passionate about making art and those who are passionate about collecting it. How do you tailor services to each individual client? For each client, I source engaging and
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mentors along the way, including Joie Lassiter and Ted Vassilev of DTR Modern Galleries. Why did you decide to start TFA Advisory in the Charlotte area? This is my home. I’ve been here since college and there is no other place I would rather work connecting artists and collectors. We have just opened the doors to our beautiful new space and I’m excited to share it as well as the work of so many amazing artists with the community. What is the most challenging aspect of your business, and what is the thing you enjoy most about art collection? One of the greatest challenges I’ve faced thus far is operating during COVID-19. However, the challenges I encounter are worth it when I’m able to connect people with art. Doing so brings me boundless joy. info tfa-advisory.com / @tfaadvisory
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PAINTING AND PRESENCE The process and portfolio of artist Gordon C. James. words ELEANOR MERRELL
The first accolade arrived in third grade, when Gordon C. James submitted an entry into a poster contest with a safety theme. Decades since then, the awards have been piling up. In 2020, James won the young readers' literature Kirkus Prize for I Am Every Good Thing along with the book’s author Derrick Barnes. “Art has always been in me and around me,” explains James, who grew up in a family with a comic book artist cousin and creative maternal uncles. James was raised just outside of DC but came to Charlotte at the behest of the McColl Center, which invited him to participate in their residency program. After years of studying and creating, James’ style is both academic and expressive, inspired by John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, and Henry Ossawa Tanner.
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James’ fine art portfolio is broken into five sections: origin story, romantic paintings, portraits, figure drawing, and sketchbook. Although all of James’ art is striking, his origin pieces stand apart. “I put together all of those things that make me who I am as an artist in order to come up with these works. The origin is mine,” says James. These pieces are where James takes his time, working until he’s satisfied, until the subject has fully revealed itself to him and he has transferred his revelation to the canvas. No matter which section of his portfolio James is working on, the process remains the same. “The work begins with a challenge to myself,” explains James. “It could be a feeling I want to capture or a subject I want to tackle.” He sketches thumbnail drawings, often 20 to 30 for each painting, then creates a small color drawing. Only then does he move on to the large, final canvas.
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“Art has always been in me and around me.” Gordon James also shares his artistic gifts with the publishing industry. As a children’s book illustrator, he has partnered with authors like Derrick Barnes, David Adler, and Patricia McKissack. “Collaboration brings out the best in both parties,” says James. That’s certainly the case with Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, which James created with Derrick Barnes (another Charlotte resident). It is one of the most decorated books in the history of children’s literature. Its accolades include a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, the 2018 Caldecott Honor, 2018 Newbery Honor, 2018 Coretta Scott King Honor and more. To continue refining his craft, James’ primary approach is deceptively difficult: “I listen to music of different genres, look at all the art I can, and observe and be present in my world. I try to put as much of this world into my brain as possible.” As consumers of his art, we have the pleasure of seeing glimpses of our world refracted through the creative mind of Gordon James and the result is staggering.
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IT TAKES A VILLAGE Charlotte Artist Collectives at Mint Museum Randolph. words SUNNY HUBLER
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It Takes a Village: Charlotte Artist Collectives is a new exhibition running through September 12 at Mint Museum Randolph. The show celebrates the vibrant, grassroots art happening throughout Charlotte by presenting local works of art from three of the city's innovative artist collectives: Goodyear Arts, BlkMrktClt, and Brand the Moth. Jen Sudul Edwards, the Mint's chief curator and curator of contemporary art, organized the show. Each collective will have its own gallery at Mint Museum Randolph. The works on display are by artists of diverse backgrounds, many born in countries outside the U.S., using all sorts of materials — from oil paint to woven fabric, collage to ceramics.
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Many of the artists featured in It Takes a Village were involved with the Black Lives Matter mural in Uptown Charlotte and were in the wildly popular LOCAL/STREET exhibition, organized by Carla Aaron-Lopez in March at Mint Museum Randolph, which featured more than 40 artists of color. The Mint is free Wednesday nights from 5-9 p.m. and there are a number of other free days this summer on the calendar on their website. info mintmuseum.org @themintmuseum
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FROM WHERE YOU GROW Grow is a boutique plant store on a mission to make Charlotte greener. words SAMANTHA HUSTED
Jules Zanoni knows plants. The Chicago native is the proud owner of Grow, a boutique plant shop that specializes in all things green and leafy. After nearly two years in business, Grow has laid down its roots in the form of a brick and mortar storefront in Plaza Midwood and a flagship store in Camp North End. The idea of opening a boutique plant shop was first planted when Jules’ husband Adam grew tired of hearing her complain about the lack of plant stores in the Queen City. He suggested she open her own, and within a month Jules had found a small place to rent, obtained a business license, and started making connections with wholesalers and growers. Now, her and Adam, (or “head plant boy” as she affectionately calls him), have been able to blossom the business into something special. Jules talked to us about the ins and outs of running a small business, the house plants she can’t live without, and the best plants for beginners.
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What first sparked your interest in gardening and plants? I’m actually lucky enough to remember getting my first plant that was my very own. It was a little cactus from the Tucson, AZ, airport when I was a young child. While plants haven’t always been a central part of my life, I have always appreciated having them around. How do you pick which plants get featured at Grow? I work with a select group of growers and wholesalers; some local, or semi-local, and some in Florida. I spend two to three days a week sourcing plants and handpick almost every single one (about 90 percent) of those that come through our doors and end up on our shelves. What advice would you give to someone who is just getting into buying and caring for plants?
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Start small: I don’t necessarily mean with a small plant, but I mean start with just one or two plants. Plants are amazing, and some might say even addicting, so it’s easy to go overboard and want to quickly fill up your entire space with them. But honestly, it’s best to start with one or two. Like us, each plant is unique and has its own unique wants and needs. It’s so important to be able to take time and learn from your plants, and so incredibly satisfying to watch them thrive! What are a few household plants you think everyone could enjoy? Some really great plants that I believe most people would enjoy are Sansevierias or Snake Plants. There are so many and they’re all just so beautiful. Hoyas,
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they’re some of my personal favorites, most varieties are pretty easy to care for and they have the most beautiful blooms. Then maybe some type of trailing Philodendron. They’re so lush and beautiful and bring so much life to any room! What are a few key things you would tell someone who wants to have a small business someday? I guess the number one thing I would say is that, in most cases, it’s not life or death. It’s easy to get wrapped up and feel like your business is your whole world and that if something goes wrong, it’s going to be the end of it all. That’s simply not true. We are all just people behind these businesses and we’re allowed to make mistakes.
What are some of the biggest challenges to running the business? Biggest rewards? One big challenge that is different from other retail, is that our product is alive. So we can’t ever just take a break and put things aside. We have to be fully hands on all the time to make sure our plants are healthy and thriving. On the flipside, the rewards are endless! There is truly nothing like seeing the looks of delight on our customers' faces when they walk through our doors. We have very intentionally curated our shops, so it feels like another world when you come through our doors. info growcharlotte.com / @grow.clt
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MORE SKIN IN THE GAME Toska Spa charts a SouthPark expansion. words ELEANOR MERRELL
Toska Husted is one of the most respected facial skincare experts not just in Charlotte, but in the world. She works with high profile clients including Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, the Kardashians, and Mandy Moore to help them achieve radiant, healthy, youthful skin. After opening a Toska Spa location in Charleston, Toska brought her business to the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte in 2016. (If you saw a substantial increase in the number of glowing, beautiful faces then, Toska Husted is probably why.) Now, Toska is moving again, but this time just down the road to the SouthPark area of Charlotte to provide greater convenience to clients. The new space took two years to design and build and cost a cool $1.2 million to create. Toska worked with Spectrum
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Building and Black Dove Interiors to create 3,500 square feet of state-of-the-art, private treatment rooms and more, which better equips the spa to offer “curated skincare, expert advice,” as the new slogan goes. With the fresh digs, the Toska Spa team had the opportunity to add a Facial Bar, an offering designed with busier clients in mind who may not always have time for a traditional facial. Meanwhile, millennial clients will find the Facial Bar to be a quicker and more affordable skin care alternative. In just 30 minutes, clients can enjoy some of Toska’s most popular services, perhaps even squeezed into a lunch break or mercifully tacked onto the end of a long day. Other changes born of the new location include increased capacity, extended hours, and seven-day-a-week
“We will continue to focus on skincare by offering clients expert advice and the most advanced facial treatments in the beauty industry.” availability—much needed additions in order to keep up with an ever-increasing demand for Toska Spa services. Toska and her expert staff offer facial treatments, body treatments, waxing, tinting, micropuncture lab intensive treatment, and more using the latest technologies and techniques, as well as the highest quality products. All clients begin their journey at Toska Spa with a detailed skin analysis and lifestyle consultation. These fact-finding sessions give the Toska Spa team the information they need in order to offer informed, hyper-personalized services that produce exceptional results. Of course, the tools and technologies at Toska Spa are only as good as the professionals who wield them. That’s why Toska re-
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inforces her skills and pads her knowledge through continuous learning with industry leaders in New York, Paris, London, and around the world. Doing so enables her to lead her team to the forefront of wellness and skincare. The new Toska Spa location ushers forth changes in services and hours, but one thing will remain the same: “We will continue to focus on skincare by offering clients expert advice and the most advanced facial treatments in the beauty industry.” info toskaspa.com @toska_europeanspa
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SOUTHPARK WELCOMES DTR Jaffer Kovic fills us in on the future of the Dilworth Tasting Room and their expansion into SouthPark. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO
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FOOD & DRINK
The Dilworth Tasting Room (DTR) has been a favorite in Charlotte for years. Their relaxing atmosphere and wide selection of wines has made them an excellent choice for both advanced connoisseurs and those just interested in tasting something new. For owner and sommelier Jaffer Kovic, expanding into SouthPark felt like a natural next step for DTR. Kovic sits down with us to talk about the new modern and elevated space, the journey he’s taken to get here, and the future of DTR. Let’s start at the beginning. How did you get into the restaurant business? Where I really got my start was in Buffalo, New York folding pizza boxes in the back of a pizza shop. Eventually, I took an intro to wine class. I fell in love with wine, whether it was white, red, whatever, and I changed my focus in college to Food and Beverage and Finance and took every wine class imaginable. That propelled me into the business.
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“Pick up any bottle at any price point and just enjoy it. Let it open up and talk to you.” How did you successfully turn your passion for wine into a career? I don’t really look at my passion as my career, I look at it as my love. I love what I do. I love being on the floor in any restaurant, talking to guests, engaging with them… I’ve been able to take that love I have with wine, liquor, and beer and bring all that back to working with guests. Do you have any advice for beginners looking to get into wine? Wine already has a stigma of being pretentious—my advice is to throw all of that out the window and not take it so seriously. Pick up any bottle at any price point and just enjoy it. Let it open up and talk to you. What made you choose the SouthPark neighborhood as your new location? SouthPark has a bit more of a neighborhood feel than Dilworth, so it’s good for folks who maybe don’t want to worry about parking or walking. Plus, we’ve always wanted a full kitchen and moving to SouthPark allowed us to have that.
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Why did you decide to put a greater emphasis on food here? I see it like this: if you just want to drink, there are places to go drink. But if you want a real experience, you have to incorporate food at a higher level to complement what you’re drinking. Having that full kitchen just opened up a realm of possibilities for Chef Jonathan—an incredibly talented chef—to grow the menu and really complement our drink selection by doing what he does best. What does the future hold for both you and DTR? Another location, eventually, and growth and expansion for sure. Above all, what’s next for me is finding more time to spend with my family. Period. Those interested in visiting DTR SouthPark can visit their website for more information or simply stop by. We recommend a Côte du Rhône with Grandma's Stuffed Peppers. info dilworthtr.com @dilworth_tasting_room
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DOG FOCUSED, HUMAN FRIENDLY Skiptown gives South End pups a place to play. words ELEANOR MERRELL
If you live with a dog, then you may have experienced the difficulty of keeping Fido active enough to expend his boundless energy. Or perhaps your struggle is making sure your dog’s social life is as full as yours. Either way, Skiptown might be your solution. Skiptown, opened by Meggie Williams in South End in August of 2020, features 24,000 square feet of indoor space and 15,000 square feet of outdoor space. “Dog friendly” is probably not the best way to describe Skiptown; dog focused and human friendly are probably more apt terms. “Dogs are family,” Meggie says simply. “People in Charlotte love their pups and they love to have a good time.” With daycare and boarding services, home care, a dog park, a bar, and a high quality staff, Skiptown is a dog’s dream come true. Dog Park — Skiptown features both indoor and outdoor dog parks with ample space for four-legged friends to let loose. Paw-friendly
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flooring inside and turf outside ensure that every pooch can get their zoomies out in comfort. In addition to space for romping (some of which is divided into leash and non-leash sections, as well as a separate small dog section), the Skiptown dog park has secret trails awaiting intrepid pups’ discovery, an agility course, and a splash pad. Throughout the park, dog referees keep an eye on the play to make sure things don’t get too rowdy. Park visitors can also take advantage of Skiptown’s self-service wash and dry stations, outfitted with elevated tubs, walk-up ramps, and a selection of shampoos. (Human) Bar — Skiptown was built with more than the dogs in mind; their human companions can stop by the bar and choose from 25 beers on tap or draft cocktails. Plus, Skiptown has a rotating selection of local food trucks and provides morning coffee service on the weekends.
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The park offers an opportunity for bonds to develop not only among dogs but also among their human companions, whether that happens over drinks or over fetch. Due to the presence of alcohol, Skiptown does require all guests to be 21 years of age or older. Daycare and Boarding — For the dogs who can’t get enough of Skiptown and the humans who work or travel frequently, Skiptown offers another solution: daycare and boarding. To be eligible for these services, every dog must participate in a compatibility session during which Skiptown employees observe to make sure the dog isn’t aggressive or overly dominant, then get to know the dog’s personality and play style. Each dog is intentionally grouped with peers whose personalities and play styles complement one another. All Skiptown residents are under 24-hour supervision and their humans receive twice daily updates on their activities and well-being. Overnight hounds can enjoy orthopedic beds and kennel free lodging, plus other amenities like aromatherapy and soundscapes. The Skippers — Skiptown is the result of the entrepreneurial spirit of Meggie Williams. After graduating from Chapel Hill, Williams moved to New York City, where she pursued a corporate career. However, Williams soon discovered that she found far more joy caring for pets than spending hours at a desk. She opened a dog walking business before life’s twist and turns brought her back to North Carolina, where she started Skipper.
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“I've loved animals my whole life,” Meggie says. “I knew there were more dog parents like me who were looking for the kind of quality care and convenience from their pet service that I was. That's why I started the company: to offer the kind of service we had been looking for for our two dogs but couldn't find.” Skiptown is powered by a team of pet-loving professionals, called Skippers, who must demonstrate trustworthiness, reliability, and strong judgment during the interview process. Additionally, they must complete ten hours of classroom and field training before they are entrusted to care for patrons’ furry family members. When it comes to convenience and care, the team has already thought of everything: Skiptown can be enjoyed with a day pass, month pass, or annual membership purchased through the Skiptown app. Members enjoy access to member-only events, discounts, and three day passes to share with friends. “The app supports our entire customer experience,” Meggie explains. “It's where you create your pet's profile, update vaccine information, check into the bar, book visits, receive twice daily visit reports... There's a photo gallery in our app of all the photos from your dog's visit reports.” At this unique and very welcome addition to South End, tails are always wagging and paws are tapping. Except when it’s bath time. Williams is actively looking at sites in Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, Austin, and DC for the second to sixth locations, targeting to be operational in the second location by fall of 2021. Big things are coming for this Charlotte entrepreneur, so stay tuned! info skiptown.io / @skiptown.clt
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YAFO Kitchen, owned by restaurateur Frank Scibelli, is a Middle Eastern-inspired eatery that’s embraced the concept of fast-casual street food. For the perfect summer hor d'oeuvres or outdoor dinner, pick up one of YAFO’s picnic boxes. Scibelli and the team use their typical artistic flair and dedication to fresh, flavorful ingredients to serve up these DIY, grab-and-go boxes. Choose from an assortment of fresh fruits, dips (hummus, babaganoush, tzatziki), cured meats, pita chips and pickled vegetables. Order specific ingredients or build your own! — info — yafokitchen.com / @yafokitchen
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At rooster's, simple stuff gets done right every time. The organic smoked chicken wings are a shining example of the restaurant's philosophy of how savory flavor is complemented by simplicity. Seasoned, smoked, and using only the best quality meat, the dish has a deliciously classic comfort-feel. This refined take on a restaurant staple is refreshing, but most importantly, memorably tasty. Rooster's humble but welcoming atmosphere is a reminder of how the best things in life are often the simplest, too.
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Porcelain is the hot new trend for countertops but, due to the challenges it brings,few fabricators are willing to work with it. We looked at its arrival on the scene differently. Three years ago, we flew to Italy, where the product is made, to learn from the best fabricators in the world. We are Charlotte’s experts for porcelain countertops, fireplaces, and shower surrounds.
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ALFA ROMEO words LIZA CARRASQUILLO / photo JAMEY PRICE
Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel, Mico Restaurant is a sophisticated destination known for curating globally inspired flavors for guests. In addition to showcasing their Argentinian roots, they also spotlight other cultures and cuisines throughout their menus—and the drink menu is no exception. The Alfa Romero cocktail perfectly demonstrates
the distinguished global style that Mico exemplifies. This drink uses Exótico Reposado tequila as the base, pairing it with robust blood orange juice and a sweet rosemary syrup. To finish it off with a bit of tartness, the bar team adds fresh lemon: This all combines into a cocktail that packs a bold hit of flavor into a simple, elegant package.
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Restaurants in Italy have long focused on the simplicity of their dishes and their ties to the surrounding communities. These values are what has kept them open for generations, and it’s what Osteria LuCa has relied on for its own longevity. Their straightforward approach to good Italian cuisine can even be found in their cocktails, such as their Prosecco cocktail. Keeping their high-quality prosecco as the star of the drink, they also add in dry vermouth and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. The unique floral notes of the elderflower pair well alongside the prosecco’s light, aromatic presence. The dry vermouth grounds the drink to keep it from being too sweet, while the finishing touches—the dash of lemon juice and lemon peel twist—add a welcoming bit of acidity. Pair this with one of their excellent artisanal pizzas for a meal you’ll love from start to finish. — info — osterialuca.com @osterialucaclt
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A GRANDE DUO Meet the husband-and-wife team behind Charlotte's Grande Custom Builders. words ELEANOR MERRELL / portraits JAMEY PRICE photos MICHAEL BLEVINS / DUSTIN PECK
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Grande Custom Builders is one of Charlotte’s top luxury custom home builders and has earned a reputation for detailoriented designs and re-designs that stand the test of time. At the helm of Grande Custom Builders are husband and wife John and Jenna Jackovich, who have been working together since 2007. Their combined expertise, with John as a builder and Jenna as a designer, along with their natural synergy results in the perfect professional blend. What exactly is the work relationship like for you two? Jenna: It's the perfect husband/wife work relationship. We're together but we're not! Our roles are different enough that we collaborate when we need to and can also give each other the space and trust to do what we do best. How would you describe the style or aesthetic of Grande? Jenna: I would say the style is classic modern. It's a clean aes-
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thetic that still feels warm and inviting. We mostly build in Charlotte, but have expanded to Lake Norman at times and would always explore the opportunity to build elsewhere. Tell us about the impetus behind Grande Custom. John: I always knew I wanted to own my own construction company and be a builder. 2007 presented an opportunity. Even during the worst economy in decades, I decided to run with it. Jenna, tell us about your staging work. Jenna: With a background in fashion and textile design, home staging and interiors was a natural progression. Staging is so much fun because it's an immediate gratification. A house can be transformed within half a day, and it satisfies my creative brain. I enjoy being able to take a beautiful house to the next level and give an aspirational vision to homeowners.
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“At the end of the day, we love what we do and take a lot of pride in it.” John, tell us what your day to day work with Grande looks like now. How has that changed or evolved? John: I'm continually checking in with the project management team and office and doing field visits with homeowners. Talking with potential clients on new-builds, networking, and finding vacant property for custom specs is also always happening behind the scenes. I used to do everything. Now, I have a great team in place to communicate with subcontractors, run jobs, and manage the office. It frees up my time to talk with homeowners and be in the field, which is honestly what I love the best.
it still looks current when we look at photos. Scotland is another home that was gorgeous and allowed us to take some design risks that we still feel good about. What do you both love about the home industry? Why? Jenna: We love creating a beautiful product from the ground up. Also, clients are so educated now that it becomes a fun process to collaborate and feed off each other. The end result is usually something great. At the end of the day, we love what we do and take a lot of pride in it. What are some of the upsides of owning your own business, and what are the challenges? John: We have the freedom to choose and do what we want, but at the same time we hold all of the risk. But, I welcome it and wouldn't have it any other way!
What makes Grande unique? Jenna: It's powerful to be a builder/designer duo. I can help with the design details, inspiration, and general aesthetics. John can make all those ideas happen. Tell us about a few of your favorite or most memorable projects you've been a part of? Jenna: Our first on Shenandoah has a special place in our hearts. We built this craftsman bungalow eight years ago, but
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THE DESIGN DIFFERENCE Discover how Anna Wilder of DesignLoft Cabinets blends form and functionality within her renovation projects. words LIZA CARRASQUILLO
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The kitchen is often called the heart of the home for good reason. It’s where meals are cooked, snacks are shared, and memories are made among families and friends. For all the importance a kitchen holds, it should reflect that in its design. Creating a kitchen that’s just right for a client is no easy feat, but it’s one that Anna Wilder of DesignLoft Cabinets is always ready and willing to take on. As a third-generation entrepreneur and the owner of DesignLoft Cabinets, Wilder is passionate about bringing the dreams of her clients to life. Her firm designs custom kitchens, bathrooms and other areas with an emphasis on melding form and functionality together into a coherent, usable space.
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“The functionality of the space is impacted by the design,” says Wilder. “A good designer adds function with the overall layout and the type of cabinetry selected, as well as the choices between a multitude of accessories, inserts and other ‘bells and whistles.’” Those “bells and whistles” aren’t always easy for a client to pick out, let alone work into a room design. That’s why Wilder works hard to make sure each design fits the requested appliances or gadgets perfectly. As a Certified Kitchen Designer, Wilder can also help clients make the most of their kitchens without sacrificing usable areas just for the sake of aesthetics. She has the knowledge and skills needed to create efficient floor plans, good lighting schematics, ergonomic features, and smart storage—all wrapped up into a stylish design.
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“Each project begins with a visit to our showroom where we focus on the wants and needs of our clients,” says Wilder of their acquisitions. “It truly is an educational process. There are so many variables that the average person doesn’t even consider, like the value of high-quality cabinetry. It’s custom furniture that stays in the home.” Cabinetry has been a staple of Wilder’s firm for decades, and it’s an area where the business truly shines. Serving as the backdrop for everything else in a space, cabinetry can bring in a sense of character and define the architectural style of a home. That’s why DesignLoft Cabinets offers customization services in addition to selling full lines out of their showroom. Wilder can help clients pick out all kinds of cabinet accessories, from convenient pull-out organizers to simple drawer dividers. Once the client knows what add-ons and colors they’re going for, Wilder can make sure they fit into the room’s exact specifications and style. “We pair our experience of the past with the current and upcoming trends of the industry,” notes Wilder. “The local community knows they can rely on us to get a top-quality job done at a fair price.” Those looking to learn more about Anna Wilder and her firm can visit the DesignLoft Cabinets website or set up a consultation. info designloftcabinets.com / @designloftclt
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AN EPIC SCULLERY words ELEANOR MERRELL / photo MEKENZIE LOLI
This room, which is attached to the main kitchen, is complete with dark gray contrasting walls, a bright tile floor, and gorgeous brass hardware. A combination of open and closed cabinets offer ample storage and display space, while a central island anchors the
room and provides additional workspace. The central chandelier adds texture and creates a compelling focal point. The scullery was built by Arcadia and brought to life by interior designer Lucy and Company and residential designer Smith Slovik.
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UNIFIED DINING words SUNNY HUBLER / photo STACE Y VAN BERKEL
When presented with this dining area, Lisa Sherry of Lisa Sherry Interieurs set to work applying her organic-modern aesthetic. Lisa focused her efforts on the entire first floor of the home to create more open feeling areas. She began by taking control of the color palette, applying a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore China White to the walls in every room. The result is a dining room with a neutral but elegant backdrop for the rest of her design decisions.
All of the furniture, flooring, textiles, and most accessories in the dining room are new, sourced by LSI. Lisa led with interesting juxtapositions of tactile organic and more pristine modern elements. “I see rooms in layers, so I add and subtract to develop the just-right balance,” she says. The completed look is modern, casual and sophisticated – perfect, Lisa says, for an interesting family.
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KEEPING IT CLASSIC words SUNNY HUBLER / photo VICTORIA MOON
Summer Tubridy, the founder of Onyx Interiors, is a Charlotte-based interior designer who specializes in classic, timeless design in both her commercial and residential projects. This chic living space is the clubhouse located in The Mezzanine Apartments on Freedom Drive. Summer’s goal was to create a warm and inviting space for residents to enjoy and kick back with friends and family. She kept clean lines for a modern feel, while bringing in a pair of tufted velvet sofas and using elegant materials like marble and white oak adds that classic and timeless flair.
DreamKey Partners, the owners of Mezzanine, wanted a “wow” factor, but also a space that was timeless and durable. “We paneled the entry wall and layered it with metallic gold wallpaper, brought in large, yet simple chandeliers, installed floor to ceiling drapery for a sense of grandeur and elegance, and a double sided shiplap wall to give privacy on the lounge side that also houses a fireplace with a jaw dropping marble surround,” Summer shares. Summer sourced from vendors like Four Hands, CB2, LOLOI, Restoration Hardware, Milliken Flooring, and SunPan.
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A LAKE HOUSE FULL OF DRAMA Discover how Sandy Kritzinger of Collaborative Interior Design created an eye-catching house that still found a way to feel like home. words LIZ A CARR ASQUILLO / photos TIFFANY RINGWALD
People love looking at professionally designed houses for a reason—they push the boundaries of how a home can look in a way that’s different from what’s seen in the average home. So different, in fact, that one could even forget people are meant to live there. Fortunately, there are many designers who know how to balance the creation of a stunning house with the practical needs of a home. Sandy Kritzinger of Collaborative Interior Design is one such designer. Her work on this Meta Road lake house in Cornelius exemplifies what it means to bring a client’s vision to life in a way that still serves any functional needs. “When talking to new clients,” says Kritzinger, “the first question I ask is what they’re looking to achieve. From there, we talk about design, style, and direction.” For the Cornelius lake house, her client landed on an overall aesthetic that Kritzinger dubbed “contemporary casual.”
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Originally built in 1995, this 2,650-square-foot house needed some clear updates to reach the contemporary status that the client was looking for. With three bedrooms, a bonus room upstairs and a master bedroom downstairs, there was plenty of space to work through. Part of working toward that look came from the balance of the bold with the comfortable. The all-black exterior of the house immediately draws the eye, especially against the vibrant greenery of the grass and trees. The hot pink front door and single exposed beam served as the only color breaks across the house, and they each worked beautifully as focal points. The front door does more than serve as a pop of color. The Dutch-style door allows those at home to let in natural light and fresh air while keeping the bottom half of the door securely shut for any of the client’s three dogs roaming around.
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This was the first of many interior decisions made in order to make sure the house worked for the client as a real home. “We used practical materials that hold up to kids and dogs,” says Kritzinger. “The living room sofa is dog-friendly leather, and we installed hardwoods in most of the downstairs level for its durability and easy cleanup.” Kritzinger kept the house cohesive by focusing on a clean color palette. Stepping through the front door brings guests into the white-walled foyer with light, earthy hardwood floors. These colors flow into the open kitchen, which boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a direct view of the outdoor sunroom. The large amount of natural light, coupled with the light colors, gives the kitchen an airy, inviting feeling. The white walls continue throughout the home, broken up only by the deep navy in the office and the charcoal black accenting the master bedroom. To keep the space rooted in the
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casual part of contemporary casual, Kritzinger also grounded the house with neutral wood tones and warm colors. Because the client wanted to take advantage of the excellent weather North Carolina is known for, Kritzinger made sure to weave the contemporary casual look throughout the backyard, as well. The charcoal black exterior color wraps around the side of the raised porch, giving it a two-toned effect when paired with the light-colored wood. Complete with its own kitchen and dining area, this deck space makes it easy to entertain outside. With her strong use of contrasting colors and her clear understanding of the client’s vision, Kritzinger created a beautiful lake house that’s sure to turn into the perfect home. info cidlove.com / @collaborativeinterior
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ESCAPE TO CHARLESTON Spend a relaxing weekend enjoying the Cottages on Charleston Harbor. words ELIZ ABE TH JOHNSON photos courtesy COTTAGES ON CHARLESTON HARBOR
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Picture ten secluded waterfront vacation cottages, where each cottage has breathtaking waterfront views of Fort Sumter, Sullivan’s Island, and Charleston. The cottages are conveniently located only a short five minute drive from downtown giving you access to all the great sights of Charleston. The Cottages on Charleston Harbor offer a variety of amenities, such as free parking, gas fireplaces, private screened-in porches, and a pool. With all the amazing amenities and breathtaking views of the harbor and downtown area, many guests find it hard to leave the charming home away from home. The Cottages are located on historic Patriots Point, just yards from the water's edge, and offer each guest a well thought out, spacious floor plan at approximately 1400 square feet of beautifully appointed living space that can comfortably accommodate up to six people. Here’s how to get the most out of your next Charleston trip with the Cottages as your home base.
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What To See — Charleston Music Hall Located in the Upper King Street area of Historic Downtown Charleston, the Charleston Music Hall is a must-see during your visit. The venue features a variety of shows and is located near popular shopping destinations and museums. Spend the day shopping and exploring museums, and finish the night in Charleston Music Hall. South Carolina Aquarium The South Carolina Aquarium is a must when visiting and the perfect activity to enjoy with the family. The aquarium houses a variety of sea creatures anywhere from cute sea turtles to carnivorous sharks and is only nine minutes away from the Cottages on Charleston Harbor. The South Carolina Aquarium creates an environment of fun and learning.
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TR AVEL Yorktown Ghost Tours In the mood to be scared out of your wits? Yorktown Ghost Tours takes you aboard the USS Yorktown to experience the paranormal. A ship that once inhabited 3,000 people now holds the stories of heroism and great sacrifice, making it a worthwhile stop during your stay in Charleston. Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Looking for a fun place to take the family? The Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park is the perfect place to spend the day. Mount Pleasant Memorial Park features a visitor center, Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion, a war memorial, and a nautical themed playground. Where To Eat — Camellias Experience the luxurious and extravagant Camellias, a place that offers an extensive collection of bottle and by-the-glass offerings, as well as plenty of delicious desserts. Camellias has a stunning interior of nude pinks, marble floorings, and a crystal chandelier. Virginia's on King Virginia’s on King is the epitome of Southern-style food. The menu is composed of family recipes and traditional, classic dishes. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and it’s the perfect place to experience Charleston’s hospitality. La Pâtisserie No trip to Charleston would be complete without getting breakfast at La Pâtisserie. The bakery is run by French pastry chef Rémy Fünfrock, who ensures both authenticity and freshness. La Pâtisserie is also home to the best coffee in Charleston making it a must try for coffee lovers. Whether you come by for breakfast or lunch, La Pâtisserie is a worthwhile stop. Coast Bar & Grill Can you really say you have visited Charleston if you don’t try the seafood? Local fishermen provide the Coast Bar & Grill with fresh catches every day, so you’re sure to be eating the best. The locals recommend trying the selection of wood-grilled fresh fish and the full raw-bar. info thecottagesoncharlestonharbor.com @thecottagesoncharlestonharbor
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Play, relax and learn at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. words ELIZABETH JOHNSON
The U.S. National Whitewater Center has the perfect blend of playing, relaxing, and learning making it an ideal spot to spend the day with friends and family. During the long summer days, it is easy to become bored and fall into the same routines: Take a trip to the Whitewater Center to refresh, have fun, and liven up the season.
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the Wilderness Channel is a bit more intense... The Wilderness Channel features standing waves, holes, and powerful eddylines. Experience is required for whitewater kayaking. Deep Water Solo Take on this twist on rock climbing where instead of relying on traditional climbing protection using harnesses, ropes, and anchors, a slip means that you fall into a pool of water below. The Whitewater Center features five walls ranging in height from 20 – 45 feet arched over a 20-foot-deep pool. Deep Water Solo is open to all skill and experience levels. Climbing If you are a fan of rock climbing, this is your spot, with one of the largest outdoor climbing facilities in the region. The facility includes 35-45 top-rope routes, nearly 50 bouldering problems, and a 46-foot-tall spire for sport and top rope climbing. Relax — River Jam River Jam takes place each summer at the Whitewater Center, and it’s an event you won’t want to miss. This activity features live musical performances of roots rock, Americana, bluegrass, folk, and funk. Come enjoy good beer and even better music. Yoga The Whitewater Center offers daily outdoor yoga sessions from May-September. A variety of skill levels are offered and it is the perfect way to start or end your day.
Play — Ziplines Zipline across the rapids and experience the thrill of a lifetime. The zipline goes anywhere from 200 feet to over 1,000 feet in length. If you have never ziplined before, this is a bucket-list item you must tick off. Whitewater Rafting Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular activities: USNWC has the largest manmade recirculating whitewater river. You can choose a rafting experience based on skill level and intensity, making it accessible for everyone in your crew. Kayaking & SUP At the Whitewater Center, there is both flatwater kayaking and whitewater kayaking. Flatwater kayaking allows you to take a more leisurely route exploring nature and wildlife. It is the perfect activity for people of all ages. The whitewater kayaking on
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Learn — Team Development There is always room to grow yourself, and the Whitewater Center’s team development program allows you a fun way to do just that. The program provides challenging and educational experiences that target personal character development and even professional growth within a company or team. Instruction & Certification At USNWC, there are youth instruction programs, flatwater instruction, whitewater instruction, and climbing instruction. The center also provides guests the opportunity to earn certification in yoga teaching, first aid, CPR, wilderness medicine, and swiftwater rescue. Whether you are a thrill seeker or just looking for the perfect place to escape for the day with the family, the Whitewater Center is always worth a visit. During the long summer season, a day at the Whitewater Center is the perfect way to refresh and reset. info usnwc.com / @usnwc
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WEEKENDS AT THE BEACH No summer in the Carolinas is complete without a trip to one of our many stunning beaches. words LIZ A CARR ASQUILLO AND SLOANE WICK / photos JAMEY PRICE AND JP GRICE
The Carolinas are known for having the best of both worlds—colorful mountains perfect for hikes and beautiful beaches ready for all kinds of fun plans. When the weather turns hot and the nights turn long, the yearning for that salty sea air only gets stronger. That’s when it’s time to pack up the car and head to the coast. Check out our list of must-see beach destinations before planning that upcoming trip: Wrightsville Beach, NC Located just ten minutes from Wilmington, NC, Wrightsville Beach is a popular destination for both visitors and locals alike. The nearby university means it’s a bit livelier than some of the other beaches on our list, so it’s a great choice for those looking to have fun and maybe even play a pickup game of volleyball with some new friends. Wrightsville Beach also features numerous
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beach bars right along its strip, as well as a thriving nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Wilmington. Interested in spending more time in the water than out of it? National Geographic has even named Wrightsville Beach one of its top surfing towns. wrightsville-beach.com Fort Fisher SRA, NC For those looking for a beach that’s a little more secluded, the one at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is an excellent choice. About a half hour away from Wilmington, NC, this beach is maintained in conjunction with the historic Fort Fisher area. Visitors can spend the day at the nearby Fort Fisher Aquarium, then relax by the serene waves. ncparks.gov
Topsail Beach, NC Topsail Beach, NC is the perfect destination for those who want to spend a weekend at a nice beach house with some friends or family. There are a lot of opportunities for private beach access at Topsail, so visitors don’t necessarily have to worry about others crowding their space. For those who want a taste of Topsail living, they can stop by one of the area’s many local restaurants for fresh seafood or even visit the Missiles and More museum to see a bit of forgotten history. topsailbeach.org
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Folly Beach, SC At just a short drive’s distance from Charleston, Folly Beach is the go-to spot for people who want a laid-back trip and an excellent water sports destination. Known as the Edge of America to the locals, Folly Beach is a charming town beloved by many: Paddleboarders and kayakers love touring the saltwater estuaries, while surfers from all over the Carolinas flock to Folly Beach for the high waves and challenging tide. It’s famous for surf spots like The Washout, where waves have even reached 10 feet high. Just don’t forget to check out the
many surf shops in the area to stock up on new gear before you test out the water. visitfolly.com Kiawah Island Beach, SC This stunning paradise is a perfect place to combine relaxation and luxury. Its natural beauty is unmatched. You’ll find yourself with incredible views of all kinds of creatures like Bottlenose dolphins, Loggerhead sea turtles and more. If you are traveling with kids or are just young at heart, classic beach games like cornhole and spikeball are available for rent for the day or for the
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week. You can also rent surfboards, paddleboards and other equipment for water-related fun. kiawahresort.com Cape Hatteras, NC Natural, beautiful and featuring a historic lighthouse? Cape Hatteras offers breathtaking views from its pristine sand to its iconic black-and-white striped lighthouse. You can even turn your beach day into a beach night with Cape Hatteras’s four campgrounds: Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco and Ocracoke. Nighttime visitors are able to
reserve spots to climb to the top of the lighthouse during the full moon. nps.gov Emerald Isle Beach, NC Emerald Isle is best known for its uniquely gorgeous green waters. The beach is close enough to the Gulf Stream to make the waters appear a breathtaking turquoise color. The isle waters are the home of many interesting and beautiful marine creatures for you to see. If you go scuba diving, you might even get to explore a shipwreck or two! crystalcoastnc.org
Isle of Palms, SC Only 12 miles from one of our favorites, historic Charleston, Isle of Palms is every adventurer's dream. This beautiful beach offers fishing, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing and even the ability to charter a boat. If you’d prefer to stay on land, Isle of Palms is also a prime spot for photography or a game of golf. Two courses designed by Tom Fazio, a golf course architect with over 50 years of golf course designing experience, are open to the public for a fee. charlestoncvb.com
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LAND OF THE FALLS North Carolina’s state gems are the perfect summer sightseeing. words SLOANE WICK / photos JAMEY PRICE AND JP GRICE
Western North Carolina, with hundreds of thousands of acres of national forests, national and state parks, and other public lands, is home to the bulk of North Carolina’s many waterfalls. The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests comprise most of this land, and in the Brevard area of North Carolina alone, there are over 250 different falls. You can experience waterfalls you can swim in, ones you can see simply from the road, and others that involve a scenic hike to arrive. Here are some of our favorites to add to your summer road trip bucket list.
Falls Creek Falls Surrounded by lush greenery, Falls Creek Falls is a 125-foot cascade of shimmering water that can be seen from either side through two different hiking trails. This one is tough to get to but worth it. Where to find it: Marietta, SC Distance: 1.5 mile hike Skill level: difficult Linville Falls Offering dramatic, close-up views, Linville Falls is perhaps the most popular waterfall in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Get there early on a nice day. Where to find it: Linville Falls, NC Distance: 1.6 mile hike Skill level: easy Bee Cove Falls Bee Cove Falls is a multi-tiered, backcountry gem with one large stream of water and four smaller ones. Where to find it: Mountain Rest, SC Distance: 2.1 mile hike Skill level: difficult
Issaqueena Falls Issaqueena Falls is a 100-foot beauty said to be named after a Native American woman who risked her life in order to save some of the early settlers. Where to find it: Walhalla, SC Distance: 0.4 mile hike Skill level: easy
Raven Cliff Falls This 400-foot waterfall gets its name from the ravens that are known to breed in the cliffs forming the falls. Where to find it: Caesars Head State Park, SC Distance: 2.2 mile hike Skill level: moderate
Rainbow Falls At this beautiful waterall, the sunlight catches on mist formed from the epic drop of the Horsepasture River and creates photo-worthy rainbows that give Rainbow Falls its name. Where to find it: Sapphire, NC Distance: 3 mile hike Skill level: easy
Hickory Nut Falls This 404-foot natural wonder is so lovely it was featured in the film The Last of the Mohicans. Where to find it: Chimney Rock State Park, NC Distance: 1.4 hike Skill level: moderate
Brasstown Falls Nestled in the Sumter National Forest, Brasstown Falls is a series of three cascades that fall 120-feet into the picturesque Brasstown Valley. Where to find it: Westminster, SC Distance: 0.6 mile hike Skill level: easy
Looking Glass Falls The 60-feet tall Looking Glass Falls gets its name from the mirror effect created when water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight. Where to find it: Brevard, NC Distance: roadside Skill level: easy
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Dry Falls Also known as Upper Cullasja Falls, this 65-foot tall waterfall has a path under the rocks that offers a unique view of the waterfall. Where to find it: Nantahala National Forest, NC Distance: roadside and part of a series of waterfalls on an 8.7-mile (14 km) stretch of the river Skill level: easy High Falls High Falls offers breathtaking views and is a jaw-dropping 120 feet tall. Where to find it: DuPont State Forest, NC Distance: 1 mile hike Skill level: easy Sliding Rock Sliding Rock is one of North Carolina’s most popular waterfalls. It offers a small plunge pool visitors can slide down the waterfall into. Where to find it: Brevard, NC Distance: roadside Skill level: easy
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Triple Falls Triple Falls was featured in the movie The Last of the Mohicans, making this large waterfall a popular tourist attraction. Where to find it: DuPont State Forest, NC Distance: 0.5 mile hike Skill level: easy SoCo Falls Two waterfalls join together under a beautiful canopy of old growth in Jackson County. Where to find it: Cherokee, NC Distance: roadside Skill level: moderate Hooker Falls Get two views of this beautiful and accessible fall, one of the plunge pool and one overlooking the falls from above. Where to find it: DuPont State Forest, NC Distance: 0.25 mile hike Skill level: easy Moore Cove Falls This 50-foot tall waterfall allows visitors the chance to go behind the waterfall, for a unique experience.
Where to find it: Pisgah National Forest, NC Distance: 0.75 mile hike Skill level: easy Turtleback Falls Turtleback Falls, also called Umbrella falls, has a deep swimming pool at the bottom where visitors can safely swim. Where to find it: Pisgah Forest, NC Distance: 3.5 mile hike Skill level: easy Mingo Falls One of the larger falls, on our list, Mingo Falls on the Cherokee Indian Reservationis a beautiful 120 feet high cascade. Where to find it: Cherokee, NC Distance: .1 mile hike Skill level: easy Schoolhouse Falls This stunning waterfall drops dramatically twenty feet into a wonderful swimming hole. Where to find it: Panthertown Valley Distance: 2 mile hike Skill level: easy
LAKESIDE IN THE CAROLINAS Our favorite lake getaways in North and South Carolina. words ELEANOR MERRELL photos JAMEY PRICE AND JP GRICE
Lake Norman One of North Carolina’s largest lake is mere minutes from the Queen City. Lake Norman is a summer playground offering a wide array of activities for visitors and locals alike. Hop in a boat and carve through Norman’s many coves atop a pair of water skis, or refuel at one of the areas many lakefront restaurants like Joe and Katy Kindred’s Hello, Sailor. Jordan Lake The undeveloped banks of this lake make for a restful retreat for the more rustic traveler. Stay on one of the many campgrounds for constant communing with nature and quick lakeside access. Pass an afternoon on the Bald Eagle Observation Deck, keeping an eye out for America’s regal representative. Finally, for a change, carve out time for a meal at the iconic and elegant Fearrington House Restaurant, just 20 minutes north of Jordan Lake near Pittsboro. Lake Marion South Carolina’s Lake Marion is a fisherman’s dream, positioned halfway between Columbia and Charleston. Drop a line for largemouth bass, white perch, striped bass, white bass, crappie, channel catfish, bream, redear sunfish, and the Arkansas blue catfish. However, keep an eye out for alligators: over a hundred call Lake Marion and the surrounding Santee National Wildlife Refuge home.
Lake Jocassee Lake Jocassee rests at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in the shadows of South Carolina’s Jocassee Gorges. The lake is fed by cool, clear river water that streams down the mountains and into the lake, in some cases via waterfall. Accessible only via Devils Fork State Park, the famed filming location of The Hunger Games, Lake Jocassee offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Spend a few days in this hidden world, and stay at Three Points View, a luxury mountain retreat surrounded by the beauty of the Jocassee Gorges. High Rock Lake Just an hour from the center of Charlotte, High Rock Lake is one of the largest lakes in North Carolina and is just north of Uwharrie National Forest. It’s the perfect destination for a getaway by virtue of its many boating opportunities and location smack dab in the middle of North Carolina’s wine country. Lake Glenville Lake Glenville has a few differentiating features, including its status as the highest lake east of the Mississippi and its location within a mountain forest, and boasts a little something for everyone: boat rentals, waterfalls, a sandy beach, and plenty of fishing (expect to catch large and smallmouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, crappie, rainbow and brown
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trout, large brim, and a few catfish). Lake Glenville is a quick half hour from quaint Highlands, NC, so plan to spend the night at the charming Old Edwards Inn and Spa. Nantahala Lake The Nantahala National Forest is one of the most beautiful corners of North Carolina. Better known for the surrounding peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains and its exceptional whitewater rafting, this area keeps one of its treasures more secret: drive to the top of the Nantahala Gorge and you’ll find a deep, blue pool of crisp lake water. Nantahala Lake is a scenic oasis perfect for both relaxation and play. Lake Lure Lake Lure is possibly North Carolina’s most famous lake, its claim to fame being its frequent use as a filming location for movies like Dirty Dancing, The Last of the Mohicans, Thunder Road, and A Breed Apart. Ideal for a family vacation, Lake Lure amenities include a water slide into the lake and water park, a sandy beach, watersport rentals, and a nearby toy train museum. Adults can enjoy the pristine setting, nearby public golf club, and views of Chimney Rock, green mountaintops, and sheer cliffs above.
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Lake James Western Northern Carolina’s Lake James, located not too far off I-40, boasts clear water and a beautiful shoreline. Warm up on 25 miles of surrounding trails and then take a dip in Lake James’ crisp blue water or gently float across the lake’s surface in a canoe or kayak. No matter how you spend your time on Lake James, end your day with a beer at Fonta Flora’s Whippoorwill Farm. Fontana Lake Sandwiched between the southern border of the Smokies and the northern border of Nantahala National Forest, Fontana Lake attracts fishermen from around the country in pursuit of smallmouth bass, muskie, and walleye. Plus, only 10% of the shoreline is developed. The rest is owned by the National Park Service or US Forest Service, so visitors can enjoy a serene retreat immersed in nature. Lake Murray Just a hop and a skip west of Columbia, Lake Murray is a popular day trip location for Carolinians. With 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Murray offers a bounty of activities, from quiet walks along Dreher State Island State Park to raucous boat rides from one lakeside restaurant to another.
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY BY THE WATER Can’t-miss Carolina waterfront luxury hotels and resorts. words ELIZ ABE TH SALERNO AND ELIZ ABE TH JOHNSON photos courtesy of the hotels mentioned
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Whether you crave the crashing waves of the ocean or the softer shores of a lake, selecting your summer trip homebase has never been easier. Head to one of Carolina’s sleepier shoresides or to one of the more bustling coastal cities with some of the finest accommodations the two states have to offer for your rest and relaxation. White Doe Inn Owned by Bob and Bebe Woody, this Outer Banks gem offers unique designs for each room, complimentary breakfasts, and is pet friendly. Located in the center of the island, you only have to walk a block in either direction and you’ll find yourself on either the Croatan or Roanoke Sound. The White Doe Inn is perfect for a quiet summer getaway so book early. Island House of Wanchese At the opposite end of Roanoke Island is the historic Island House of Wanchese, which dates back to the early 1900s. Purchased and renovated by its owners in the 1990s, this charming B&B is decorated with antiques, and each room offers an ensuite bathroom. Island House is pet friendly for small dogs. For a slow-paced vacation, head to the Island House of Wanchese this summer. Beachwoods Resort On the outskirts of the Outer Banks is Beachwoods Resort,
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located in Kitty Hawk, NC. Overlooking the Atlantic on one side and the Currituck Sound on the other, this resort is perfect for the outdoor vacationer. Offering watersports, horseback riding, beach volleyball, fishing and the largest outdoor pool in the Outer Banks, this resort is a great destination to shake off that quarantine restlessness.
Beau Rivage Golf & Resort For the discerning golfers looking to experience a challenge with their vacation, Beau Rivage Golf & Resort might be the perfect solution. Offering a full 18-hole course with water obstacles, wooded areas, and hills, this is any golfer’s dream. Not only is this course just minutes away from historic Wilmington, but you don’t even have to leave the resort for a fantastic meal—Veranda Bar & Grill offers an extensive selection of savory classics that will suit everyone in the family. For a luxurious vacation overlooking the Cape Fear River, head to Beau Rivage. Hotel Ballast Head upstream on the Cape Fear and you’ll find another Wilmington Gem: Hotel Ballast. If you want a modern Wilmington experience, you truly can’t skip this hotel. With three restaurants, a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, and concierge services, this truly is the all-inclusive vacation experience for any family, honeymooners, or business
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traveler. Be sure to check out their inclusive travel packages before you book! Cedar Island Resort Surrounded by water on all sides, the Cedar Island Resort is an untouched and natural beach perfect for nature-lovers. Mere steps away from the Pamlico Sound, the Cedar Island Bay, West Bay, and if you’ve travelled by boat—the Atlantic Ocean! This is the ideal setting for the outdoorsy and do-it-yourself type, as most of the accommodations in this resort are suited for camping, hunting, and other outdoor activities. Don’t worry about getting a great meal if you can’t catch it yourself—Bay Breeze is open five days a week to cater to you. Atlantic Beach Resort Located in beautiful Atlantic Beach, the Atlantic Beach Resort hosts a variety of amenities to make your stay relaxing. With two pools, complimentary Wi-Fi, a separate play area for the kids, and an onsite hot tub, your vacation will be over before you know it! There’s plenty of amenities in the surrounding areas, including wild horses roaming the Rachel Carson Reserve and the nearby North Carolina Aquarium, which is sure to be a hit with younger vacationers. Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort Offering a wide expanse of villas, golf cottages, and more, Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort is the ideal vacation des-
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tination for that all-inclusive getaway you’ve been looking for. With more than three and a half miles of Atlantic Ocean shoreline, you’re more likely to run out of energy than things to do at this beautiful resort. There’s the Fripp Island Marina, Lowcountry Golf, and even Camp Fripp for the kids. Shell Island Resort Shell Island Resort is a beachfront hotel located in Wrightsville Beach, NC. This resort offers quick access to all the amazing sights in Wilmington, NC. With suites featuring balcony views of the ocean and both indoor and outdoor pools, this resort is a must for anyone who is a lover of water. Islander Inn This beachfront hotel offers a breathtaking view of Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Islander Inn is just a five minute walk from the Ocean Isle Beach Pier and Arcade and a seven minute walk from the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Stay at Islander Inn and wake up to a view of Ocean Isle Beach every morning. Montage Palmetto Bluff Set within a striking 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head and Savannah, Montage Palmetto Bluff rests along the picturesque May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The resort encompasses two villages featuring nine Southern dining choices, a marina, two idyllic villages, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.
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Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina Located in Mt. Pleasant, SC, this charming resort overlooks the water. Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina has nautical-themed rooms that make guests feel like they are at the beach, even when they are not. This resort is a four minute walk from Patriot’s Point and a nine minute walk from the water taxi, with access to Charleston’s Historic District. Water’s Edge Inn Water’s Edge Inn in Folly Beach is known for its comfortable rooms and afternoon happy hours. This villa is perfect for adults who want to relax and sip a drink after dipping into the ocean. Water’s Edge is located just minutes from downtown Charleston and a short walk from the Folly Beach Fishing Pier. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort You can find this South Carolina luxury beach resort just 21 miles from downtown Charleston. The Sanctuary delivers Forbes 5-star service with 255 room options spanning from guest, king, or suites to Presidential Suites. Go experience a resort that has found the perfect balance of grace, elegance and Southern hospitality. Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island If you were hoping for a view of the coast during your South Carolinian getaway, gathering or business trip,
you’ve come to the right place. You won’t even have to leave the resort to experience the beach, multiple restaurant options, a lagoon style pool, tropical gardens or spa. HarbourView Inn Take a step into HarbourView Inn, located in the heart of downtown Charleston, where you’ll be greeted with a speciality welcome cocktail, and of course, a good dose of Southern hospitality. This intimate waterfront inn boasts 360-degree views of the beloved city. HarbourView is equipped with a beautiful rooftop bar, bicycles for rent, and fresh baked cookies each evening. The Greystone Inn The Greystone Inn is known for its elegant suites and lake views. Located in Lake Toxaway, NC, The Greystone Inn is a renovated historic mansion making it a unique and luxurious stay. The mansion offers tennis courts, golf and a driving range, and is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest. The Cottages On Charleston Harbor The Cottages On Charleston Harbor will surely become your home away from home. These charming cottages offer full kitchens, outdoor pool, a hot tub, and an amazing view of the ocean. Located in Mt. Pleasant, the cottages are the perfect stay for families or couples on a romantic getaway.
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Gerrard Builders ..................26,51
Omni Hotels & Resorts ...........114
Arcadia Homes............................ 35
Grande Custom Builders ........46
Osteria Luca ...............................57
Augusta Homes ..........................39
Hot Glass Alley .........................87
Paper Skyscraper ......................73
Bedside Manor ............................67
Incredible Bank .........................57
Peters Custom Homes ..............43
Blackhawk Hardware ..............91
JLayton Interiors .......................71
Premier Sotheby's ........................8
Blue Ridge Mountain Club .....84
Karen Kettler .............................79
Shain Gallery ..............................25
Brandon Lawn Real Estate... 33
Kingswood Homes ......................23
Lake Norman Realty ..................29
Sodoma Law ..................................77
Carolina Dental ........................45
Layne Barter Makeup ................55
Uptown Charlotte Smiles ......93
Constant Wayfarer ...................87
Lisa McCrossan Ivester Jackson...41
Window And Door Pros ...........69
Cope And Stick ...........................63
Lucy And Company .....................17
Windsor Jewelers .......................2
Cottingham Chalk .....................37
Majestic Bath ..............................64
Mint Museum ................................22
Diamonds Direct ........................116
Myron Greer ...............................75
Discover The Carolinas...........14
Donald Haack Diamonds ...........21
Nestlewood Realty ...................53
New Life Building Supplies ......12
Emerson Joseph ............................4
Noble Food Pursuits ..................49
Empire Communities ....................6
Oasis Outdoors .........................89
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