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Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:48

The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa

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When asked why he loves Western North Carolina, Travis Smith had to pause for a moment. “Well, that’s a good question,”…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:47

Over the hills and far away

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Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:45

A brush with fate

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Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity. With a steady stream of…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:44

Crafting the future — Dillsboro

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Amid the numerous businesses in Dillsboro, its cultural and economic heart lies in the plentiful art galleries and studios. From…
Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:42

Tapping your dreams — Andrews Brewing Company

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Sitting on the porch of the Andrews Brewing Company, co-owner Eric Carlson looks out onto his property. With bluebird skies…
What started as a job while in high school turned itself into a lifelong career and passion for Josh Monroe.…
Watching the 1960 Olympics on television, a young Keith Calhoun saw something that would forever change the course of his…
Heading west out of Bryson City, just before the highway narrows into a twisting two-lane road, a small, ramshackle hut…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:52

Tasting local

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Eating with integrity, living with gratitude. When family, friends and the curious alike wander into the Cork & Bean in…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:50

The heartbeat of a community

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It never ceases to amaze Lorraine Conard. “It’s a little bit magical,” she said. “You walk in and there’s this…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:48

So funky you can smell it

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Who the heck are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out…
Monday is the new Saturday.  Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 19:43

Tapping into Appalachia

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Dale Heinlein never thought he’d set roots down in his hometown of Highlands. “Living in Atlanta, in suburbia, with the…
Joe Frank McKee knows what Dillsboro is capable of. “It’s a fighting town,” he said. “There are more craftsmen involved…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Rolling down the river

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Shane Williams knows exactly when he’s reached the essence of a river. “For me, it’s all about the glide,” he…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Higher aspirations

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Why do we seek the high places? The easiest explanation for going to the mountains is for the scenery. Even…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Reeling in Appalachia

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A seemingly dead-end situation became a life-changing moment for Alex Bell. “We came back to school from a tournament and…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The…
Standing atop the 5,000-foot Cataloochee Ranch mountain retreat in Maggie Valley, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

When you’re here, you’re family

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It’s about making everyone feel welcome for Lynn Stanberry. “You get a warm feeling coming in here,” she smiled. “There…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

WNC artists find new home at Mahogany House

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Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Shelton House celebrates 35 years

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The Shelton House, which is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, opens for its 35th season this summer. 
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Fresh from the oven: Cashiers’ Slab Town Pizza

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It was time for something different. “We’ve been looking at doing something like this for years,” said Sally Peterkin. “And…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

The WNC summer concert series

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From welcoming, backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history,…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Waynesville

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Undulating mountains surround the town of Waynesville, a welcoming community that is the perfect combination of nature, tourism and Appalachian…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Canton & Clyde

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For true local charm, look no further than Canton and Clyde, the neighboring towns nestled in eastern Haywood County. They…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Maggie Valley

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In the heart of the Smokies lies Maggie Valley, a mountain getaway that rolls out the welcome mat to traveling…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Sylva

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Sylva is an eclectic community that’s a blend of a local, tourist and college feel surrounded by towering mountains. 
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Dillsboro

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A charming and delightful village, Dillsboro is home to a community of artists, unique retailers and great restaurants.
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Highlands & Cashiers

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Highlands and Cashiers are perched on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, where the mountains plunge sharply from a…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Franklin

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Franklin is the ideal staging are for exploring the Nantahala Mountains.
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Bryson City

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Most of lands surrounding Bryson City are publicly held forest and park land, making the town a staging area of…
Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Cherokee

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A unique mix of modern and ancient, Cherokee is 21st century entertainment played out on a backdrop of time-honored cultural…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:33

The fastest way down: Cataloochee Ski Area

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What started as an unsure adventure turned into a passion-filled career for Jim Rowell.
What looked like a risk to some was a dream for Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:31

Food for the soul

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The feeling of a new customer walking through the door never gets old for Haley Milner.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:29

Magic in a bottle

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If you build it, they will come. If you brew it, they will come and party.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:26

Showcasing the history of the open road

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A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet exhilarating, with the smell…
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:24

Heart of the matter

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It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s…
When Myra Sawyer looks around the Sawyer Family Farmstead, she couldn’t image living anywhere else in the world.
Thursday, 26 September 2013 18:19

Holding heritage in his hands

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It was a summer job that literally molded itself into a future.
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:34

Swingin’ for the Smokies

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Craig Hartle just might have the best job in Western North Carolina. The head golf professional for High Hampton Inn…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:33

Head for the hills

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When he was a young boy, Jason Hardin fell in love. It was a 1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster. Owned by his…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:31

Getting your fill in Appalachia

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Strolling through downtown Bryson City, one tends to cross paths with the scent of delicious food wafting from a nearby…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:30

Heinzelmannchen Brewery taps into the Smokies

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Dieter Kuhn was 4,500 miles from his hometown in Germany when he came across Sylva, a small community tucked away…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:28

Getting away from it all

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David Lippy was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Orlando when it hit him. “The city was so congested with vehicles,”…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:20

Opening up Appalachia for all

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Amid the cherished traditions of Western North Carolina is the deep foundation of family and friends getting together to celebrate…