WALTER’s Top Stories of 2023

From sports to sharks to spots to grab coffee, readers love knowing what makes Raleigh tick. Here are this year’s most-clicked articles.
by Addie Ladner

From Raleigh institutions to sports legends to entrepreneurs, our readers love learning about the places and people that make our City of Oaks tick. So we went through all of our articles from 2023 to see what got the most clicks. Did you read them all? Find out what you missed — or revisit a favorite subject — with this list of this year’s most-read articles.

Photo credit: Bryan Regan

Care & Joy: The Story Behind Spring & Mulberry and CareYaya

A battle with cancer inspired Kathryn and Neal Shah to start their own businesses to help others.

Photo credit: Joshua Steadman

The Best North Carolina Beaches to Find Shark Teeth

According the the pros, our state is a particular hotspot for finding fossilized shark teeth. But some beaches have more than others. We spoke to scientists, fossil hunters and divers to learn where they’ve had the most luck.

The Great Escape: 8 Direct Flights from RDU to Exotic Destinations

From Iceland to The Bahamas, plan a trip to one of these worldly spots you can reach direct from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Photo Credit: Bryan Regan

The Best Coffee Spots in Raleigh, According to the Pros

Whether you’re grabbing a quick cup of joe on your way to work or looking for a place to sit and savor a latte with friends, Raleigh offers a range of great coffee shops for every need. In our 2023 guide to Where to Eat & Drink, we asked chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs for their go-to coffee spots — here’s what they shared.

photo credit: Forrest Mason

Right on Time: Carolina Basketball Great Phil Ford

This Rocky Mount native was a powerhouse point guard in the 1970s, known for vexing players with the Four Corners offense. Learn about his most famous games, and what came after.

Photo credit: Mike Dunn.

Elk in Our Mountains of North Carolina

These majestic animals are the largest mammal in the state, and are easiest to see in early fall during their mating season. We learn about their habits and where to see them.

Photo credit: Trey Thomas

History to the Max: Inside Matthew Brown’s Victorian Estate

A longtime Oakwood resident and historian transformed the dilapidated Lamar Hall into a showcase for his collection artifacts.

Give Local 2023: Area Organizations to Support this Year

If the spirit of the season nudges your gratitude into action, consider supporting one of these 25 high-impact local nonprofits. They represent just a few of the many worthy organizations in our area whose important work deserves our recognition. From caretaking to conservation, advocacy to athletics, your financial contributions are critical to their continued work helping our neighbors who need it most.

Photo credit: Trey Thomas

The Angus Barn’s Christmas Tradition

When it comes to Christmas bedecking, there’s the Biltmore Estate, there’s Dollywood and there’s the Angus Barn with its fantastical holiday display of lights, ornaments, nutcrackers and reindeer. Angus Barn owner Van Eure and her dedicated team of volunteer decorators unleash the ladders and LEDs in early October. See the magic here.

Photo credit: John Gessner

Home Cooking: Pam’s Farmhouse Restaurant Serves Up Comfort

The Western Boulevard diner, a Raleigh staple for nearly thirty years, serves classics like barbecue chicken, biscuits and hamburger steak.

This article was originally published on December 20, 2023 on