A Grand Time

Elevate your Lowcountry trip with a stay at the quirky and elegant Grand Bohemian Charleston. A stroll down Charleston’s Meeting Street gives way to historic buildings, year-round palm trees, cafés, and art galleries—all things that ensure visitors return year after year. As the city remains a popular destination for vacationers in the region, everyone has their must-do activities from favorite…

If These Walls Could Talk

This luxurious lake house has a story fit for film. There is a piece of Hollywood glamour for sale on Lake Norman. A very large piece, actually. A nearly 10,000-square-foot piece. The home sits at 17240 Connor Quay Court in Cornelius, in a private gated community in the Penninsula. You might have seen the inside before. It was Ricky Bobby’s…

Pig Out

Barbecue lovers rejoice as Midwood Smokehouse comes to Birkdale Village. With the closing of Smoke Modern Barbeque at Birkdale Village, it was only a short time before a new tenant was announced. At the end of May, news broke that Midwood Smokehouse would take over the space and bring its signature style north. Midwood Smokehouse is part of the FS…

Summer Splash

Beat the heat with sleek style and fun accents this season. Photos by Zaire Kacz Styled by Stacee Michelle Hair by Sheena Steele with Star Studio Charlotte Make-up by Alyssa Green with Artistry By Alyssa Modeled by Hadley Hilton with Marilyns Modeling and Talent Agency Shot on location at the home of Alex and Megan Chasnis, custom built by Brent…

20 Reasons to Love Lake Norman

From hiking trails to hitting the beach, these are the reasons we love the lake. Ramsey Creek Park Beach Ramsey Creek Park Beach in Cornelius is a summer hotspot. But last year brought overcrowding issues. Thanks to new improvements like an expanded parking lot, the addition of lifeguards, and more security cameras for safety, the beach is now a relaxing…

The Top 5

July’s top events. July 2 Troutman Independence Day Parade: This free festival is the perfect way to kick off your July 4th weekend. The parade honoring veterans will begin at 11 a.m. and there will be happenings all day. Let the kids hang out in the kids’ zone while you nosh on yummy food and local beers. Be sure to…

Low & Slow

The key to any summer cookout has to be the spread—and ribs cooked just right are a guaranteed palate pleaser. People still have preferences (barbecue sauce, dry rub, or some combination of both), so this recipe tells you how to master all three. Countdown Baby Back Ribs 2 racks baby back ribs Bacon drippings (cold) or lard (oil) to coat…