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Our State Goes Back to the Beach in its Annual Coastal Issue

GREENSBORO, NC (March 25, 2014) -  The soft sand and hot sun. The salty air and rolling waves. Explore the coast of North Carolina as we take a trip down memory lane in Our State magazine's annual coastal issue. "There's something about our coast that has a way of taking us back in time," says  Elizabeth Hudson, editor in chief of Our State magazine. "And this month, we've done just that with stories that speak to our beach vacations from childhood, where the memories of where we stayed and what we did still live on in our minds." In Our State's May issue, make your way back to the sand, the surf, and the sea. Head back to the summer in the '60s. While every generation makes its own beach memories, summer in the '60s was full of seafood and station wagons, bathing suits and board games. Travel to the family-run Winds Resort Beach Club in Ocean Isle that was founded forty years ago by an advertising executive from New York and his wife. Experience retro Wrightsville as the Blockade Runner celebrates 50 years of providing warm smiles, friendly beaches, and quality service to its guests. Explore Carolina Beach with Thursday night beach music at Tiki Pier and then head to the beloved 80-year-old Carolina Beach Boardwalk for some amusement park fun. Remember the iconic simplicity of Southern Shore's distinctive cottages with flat roofs. Reminisce about letting loose at Williams Lake and Lake Artesia in the '60s and '70s. Recall the Lumina Pavilion, a glowing pavilion south of Wrightsville Beach. Last, but not least, set sail in Our State's May photo essay devoted to boats.
 The May issue also highlights sedan-size maps of centuries past, whose beautiful and detailed drawings kept travelers on track well before the days of GPS and smartphones. Learn about how a fish at the bottom of the food chain became king in Carteret County for decades and how eastern North Carolina became a battleground in the fight for control of the state during the Civil War. Meander along the Carolina coast's hidden trails, including Cedar Point Tideland Trail, Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, Carolina Beach State Park, Neusiok Trail in Havelock, and Fort Fisher Hermit Trail.
 Savor neither eastern nor western-style barbecue at Bib's Downtown in Winston-Salem, coastal seafood at Durham's Saltbox Seafood Joint, recipes from Beaufort Grocery, and Chef Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie. Read about North Carolina's two state berries, the blueberry and the strawberry, in Our State's monthly State Symbols section. This month, Our State's Carolina Classic section is devoted to the fiddle. Discover the man who taught Charlie Daniels to play the guitar before he learned to fiddle, cigar-box fiddles by Asheville craftsman Steven Miller, North Carolina fiddle festivals, the difference between a fiddle and a violin, and places across North Carolina where you can hear and play traditional fiddle tunes.  Read these stories and more in the May 2014 issue of Our State magazine, available April 29, 2014, in bookstores and on newsstands across the state. Don't forget to Find Your Shore with Our State's interactive online quiz. Enhance the issue with more exclusive content at
 Since 1933, Our State magazine has been North Carolina's premier travel, food, and culture publication, celebrating the best of life in the state. Published by Mann Media, Inc., the award-winning magazine reaches more than 893,000 readers each month, with subscribers in every state and nearly 30 foreign countries. Learn more at