Author: Michael J. Solender

Good Times Roll On

Gulf Coast hospitality is showcased in Mobile, Ala. full of history, charm, a knock-out culinary scene, and plenty of outdoor fun. You’re never far from the water when in Mobile, Ala., nor do you want to be. As a sinking red-orange fireball sunset streaks across the coastline, I snake along the Mobile-Tensaw Delta on the “Osprey,” Wild Native Five River…

Carolina Cool

Hendersonville packs a vacation punch with outdoor splendor, top-drawer shopping, popular cideries, and sophisticated dining. If the only thing you know about Hendersonville is that it’s a drive-by town on your way from Charlotte to Asheville, you’re missing a top Carolina getaway destination in the cradle of the Blue Ridge. This mountain jewel has outsized amenities and attractions from local…

Earthly Delights

Mooresville sculptor Allison Luce finds inspiration at the nexus of travel, education, and art history. Ceramic creations from sculptor Allison Luce’s “Primoris Ortus” series are both familiar and foreign at the same time. The artwork resembles live tropical plants of sorts. Long slender arms, curved and rounded, intertwine with floral petals and leaf-like appendages softly framing muted pastel and earth-toned…

Culinary Creativity

Research at Dole Nutrition Institute in Kannapolis is making nutrition science accessible—and delicious. It turns out your mother was right: eating fruits and vegetables really is good for you. And there’s an army of nutrition scientists in Kannapolis at the Dole Nutrition Institute conducting research demonstrating the connection between the phytochemicals—plant compounds such as antioxidants—found in fruits and vegetables and…

Delightful Turn

Concord-based artist and curator brings internationally recognized turned wood sculptures to the Gantt Center. Concord resident Charles Farrar has an unabashed love affair with wood. An acclaimed wood turner, he works wooden “blanks” using a lathe, hand tools, and a sophisticated finishing process to create museum-quality art. “It’s very much a tactile experience for me,” Farrar explains about his infatuation…

Swiss Tryst

Switzerland romances visitors with storybook vistas, captivating rail journeys, and Alpine adventures to engage the entire family. Switzerland, long regarded as Europe’s playground, is increasingly becoming a top destination for American families seeking outdoor adventure, Old-World European charm, and scenic, carefree travel aboard the world’s most sophisticated transportation network. Navigate the Alps on a panoramic scenic train journey, picnic like…

Pit Masters

These four guys’ work on pit road may not catch much attention on race day, but they’re still crucial to the success of their teams. They chatted with us about their industry starts and how they spend downtime—all while test-driving the latest fall styles at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Hometown Guy Quiet, poised, and possessing a movie-star smile, Daniel Smith…