Traditional and On Trend

The 39th-annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour returns this month. Fourth Ward, perhaps Charlotte’s best example of historic preservation, is a study in contrasts. Skyscrapers with stunning views surround an enclave of Victorian and Queen Anne homes built in the early 1900s. It’s proof that traditional and trendy can play well together. The walkable, self-guided Holiday Home Tour includes admission…

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Destination Dining

Charlotte’s new Stoke Restaurant, tucked inside an Uptown hotel, has been a fast favorite for both visitors and locals. The rise of restaurant culture dates back to the late 18th century and the marriage of two institutions—the hotel and its restaurant. These grand establishments were some of the first to recognize, by name, the individuals who curated the menu, creating…

Club Music

Charlotte’s Music With Friends offers the ultimate intimate concert experience. It was 2007, and legendary song man Tony Bennett had just finished an unplugged set at Charlotte’s McGlohon Theatre when he told the night’s organizer, “This is the way music was intended!” “It’s an experience you just can’t replicate,” says Larry Farber, the longtime agent and music industry insider who…

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Classic Cool

A traditional Myers Park home gets an airy, modern, and ravishing renovation. When Nicole Murch began interviewing builders to help renovate her new home in Myers Park back in 2014, the best way she could explain her vision was this: “I want to the home to look like it fits on the street, but be just that teeny bit different…

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Tuned In

Charlotte Symphony’s new President and CEO Mary Deissler is hitting all the right notes. Mary Deissler’s career might have turned out differently if she hadn’t experienced crippling stage fright as a budding concert pianist. She might be performing with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra today instead of leading the organization as its newly appointed president and CEO. “I was a very…

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Old-Fashioned Holiday Getaway

This season, travel 90 minutes—and back in history several centuries—to Winston-Salem. Old Salem is the antidote to a frenetic, fast-paced holiday. And a great place to take kids who may be shocked to discover that Colonial children had fun without Pokémon Go or an Xbox. Beginning just before Thanksgiving, Old Salem, a living history district in Winston-Salem, is decorated—in an…

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Food for Thought

In September of 2015, Johnson & Wales University named Robert C. Mock Jr., 50, as president of the university’s Charlotte campus. Mock brought a wealth of higher education experience to the role, as well as big and creative ideas for the university. We caught up with him on campus to talk programs, plans, and where he likes to dine. Tell…

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Map of Our Hearts

Charlotte architect Karen O’Leary creates works of art from simple street maps. The places we’ve lived, studied, and vacationed help define us. Think of the first city you lived in as an adult. Or the neighborhood where you lived as a newlywed. Imagine your honeymoon in Bermuda, an anniversary trip to London, or a dreamed-of vacation, years from now, in…

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The Write Stuff

Four Charlotte authors have teamed together. They call themselves “Authors Out of Carolina.” The women, all Charlotte-based novelists, formed a group this fall to help promote each of their books. They travel together, do book signings together, and have become good friends along the way. “The job of promoting a book is a lonely business. It’s really fun to travel…

Left: Yigal Azrouel diamond plaid leather moto jacket, $1,490, Top Shop floral plunge party dress, $160, Top Shop open toe zipper leather booties, $150, all available at Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com; embellished necklace, $24.99, Versona, www.shopversona.com

Right: Sachin and Babi off-the-shoulder ruffle top, $395, Alice + Olivia studded leather and lace skirt, $995, both available at Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com; Swarovski crystal beads wrap bracelet, $39, BOEM, www.shopboem.com; Panacea crystal drama drop earrings, $32, Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com.

Forever Fall

The art of dressing for the in-between season of autumn requires a touch of creativity. Warm afternoons are perfect for playful dresses and skirts, while cooler evenings call for darker hues and cozy textures. We’ve found some of the season’s top looks, sure to inspire your style both day and night. Styled by Stacee Michelle Photography by Joseph Bradley Hair…