Definitive hiking guide: The 16 best hikes around Charlotte

What a weird year, right? Let’s get outside and make up for lost miles. Let’s lace up our boots, lather up with some bug spray and sunscreen, and hit the...

Wait and worry: The painful process of finding a daycare in Charlotte, and paying for it

Dana Mackay’s first piece of advice for pregnant friends isn’t about childbirth, or breastfeeding, or how to deal with a howling infant at 2 a.m. “I ask,...

I go hiking with my 15-month-old son — here’s what I’ve learned

The smell hit me as we drove into Morrow Mountain State Park. My 15-month-old son, Jacob, was in the back seat, where he’d been fussing off and on for the...

Higher prices and fewer homes: A real estate agent’s race to buy and sell before Charlotte’s boom ends

Jonathan Osman points to a one-story, brick house in Camp Greene, a neighborhood just west of Uptown and off Wilkinson Boulevard. A little more than a decade...

The 6 best spots for a first-time backpacking trip within 2.5 hours of Charlotte

You’ve hiked at Crowders Mountain more times than you can count, made the drive to the Blue Ridge Parkway and back in a day, and explored every greenway in...