The author proved a sojourn in the state capital captured the essence of NC. Those interested in its history could visit folk villages, the Dodd-Hinsdale House, and Oakwood Cemetery. Visitors wanting entertainment could take in concerts, dance, and sports. Tours about town could yield sightings of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, sidewalk cafes, and working farms. For nature lovers, there were boating in the Neuse River and strolling through gardens such as the Rose Garden.