Making it awesome — Cherokee unveils 10-mile mountain biking system

When Ed Sutton first came to Cherokee in November to break ground on a new trail system, his directive was…
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On your plate, on the plateau: Chef Ken Naron of Canyon Kitchen

Though the culinary and agricultural history of Southern Appalachia is as vast and robust as the tall and rigorous mountains…
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A closer look at WNC festivals

The proud communities that make up Western North Carolina were once mountain towns that played host to several successful blue-collar…
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The art of togetherness

Five years ago, Michelle and Robby Railey had one question in mind. “How do we get to the next level?”…
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For the love of the arts: Macon County Art Association

Following the passing of her husband last year, after a lengthy illness, Betsey Sloan was looking for an outlet, something…
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The beauty of simplicity: Bird in Hand & Ivory Hollow Farmstead

These days, Megan and Bryan Thurman call a 31-foot Airstream home. The iconic silver travel trailer is currently parked on…
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Coming down the mountain: Whiteside Brewing impacts Cashiers culture

It’s just after 5 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 64 and N.C. 107 in the village of Cashiers. Otherwise…
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Espresso yourself: Orchard Coffee opens in Waynesville

Halfway up a steep hill in downtown Waynesville, and just a stone’s throw from the Haywood County Historic Courthouse, sits…
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Bryson City builds on fishing tourism with new aquarium

With fly-fishing tourism on the rise in Western North Carolina, a new attraction in Bryson City will bring visitors up-close…
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A.T. hikers share their stories

From flip-flops to overnights to the quintessential northbound thru-hike, there are many different ways to experience the Appalachian Trail on…
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Can’t keep a good man down: Banjo legend Raymond Fairchild on turning 80, a life in music

Though his fingers seemingly wrap around a walking cane more than his trusty banjo these days, Raymond Fairchild remains one…
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Brewing success: Two WNC craft breweries win national medals

With sunshine spilling into the taproom of Currahee Brewing Company in Franklin one recent afternoon, brewmaster Taylor Yates is all…
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Sharing the craft: Jo Ridge Kelley Fine Art

With the traffic and noise of a busy Main Street in downtown Waynesville zooming by outside her window, Jo Ridge…
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Backyard trails: Local mountain bike trails surge to popularity

In 2013, Western Carolina University cut the ribbon on 7-mile trail system zig-zagging an otherwise unbuildable piece of university property. …
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Blue Collar Dreams: A decade in, Balsam Range looks ahead

Ten years into his tenure with Balsam Range, Tim Surrett can only shake his head. “The most amazing factor is…
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Aw, shucks: Haywood County crafter keeps heritage craft alive, vibrant

You’ve probably driven by the Red Barn Greenhouse & Garden Center on Dellwood Road between Maggie Valley and Waynesville. But,…
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Pouring passion: Andrews welcomes second brewery

Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
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Bryson City’s Nantahala Brewing launches restaurant, open-air taproom

Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
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Creating a community: Haywood Arts celebrates 40 years

In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…
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Under the Bright Lights: Smoky Mountain Community Theatre

It’s the heartbeat of a town. Coming into its 37th year, the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre has become a beacon…
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Hop, skip and a pour away: Waynesville’s Leap Frog Tours

Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…
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The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa
 

The Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa

When asked why he loves Western North Carolina, Travis Smith had to pause for a moment. “Well, that’s a good question,”…
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Over the hills and far away
 

Over the hills and far away

Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush…
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A brush with fate
 

A brush with fate

Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity. With a steady stream of…
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Crafting the future — Dillsboro
 

Crafting the future — Dillsboro

Amid the numerous businesses in Dillsboro, its cultural and economic heart lies in the plentiful art galleries and studios. From…
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Tapping your dreams — Andrews Brewing Company
 

Tapping your dreams — Andrews Brewing Company

Sitting on the porch of the Andrews Brewing Company, co-owner Eric Carlson looks out onto his property. With bluebird skies…
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From the farm to your plate — The Chef’s Table
 

From the farm to your plate — The Chef’s Table

What started as a job while in high school turned itself into a lifelong career and passion for Josh Monroe.…
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Closest thing to flying: Cataloochee Ski Area helped Calhoun reach pinnacle of racing
 

Closest thing to flying: Cataloochee Ski Area helped Calhoun reach pinnacle of racing

Watching the 1960 Olympics on television, a young Keith Calhoun saw something that would forever change the course of his…
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Country crossroads: Boiling down the essence of humanity
 

Country crossroads: Boiling down the essence of humanity

Heading west out of Bryson City, just before the highway narrows into a twisting two-lane road, a small, ramshackle hut…
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Tasting local
 

Tasting local

Eating with integrity, living with gratitude. When family, friends and the curious alike wander into the Cork & Bean in…
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The heartbeat of a community
 

The heartbeat of a community

It never ceases to amaze Lorraine Conard. “It’s a little bit magical,” she said. “You walk in and there’s this…
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So funky you can smell it
 

So funky you can smell it

Who the heck are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out…
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Fire on the mountain: Jam sessions attract eclectic group of musicians
 

Fire on the mountain: Jam sessions attract eclectic group of musicians

Monday is the new Saturday.  Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a…
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Tapping into Appalachia
 

Tapping into Appalachia

Dale Heinlein never thought he’d set roots down in his hometown of Highlands. “Living in Atlanta, in suburbia, with the…
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Crafting a community: Dillsboro celebrates its artistic roots
 

Crafting a community: Dillsboro celebrates its artistic roots

Joe Frank McKee knows what Dillsboro is capable of. “It’s a fighting town,” he said. “There are more craftsmen involved…
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Rolling down the river
 

Rolling down the river

Shane Williams knows exactly when he’s reached the essence of a river. “For me, it’s all about the glide,” he…
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Higher aspirations
 

Higher aspirations

Why do we seek the high places? The easiest explanation for going to the mountains is for the scenery. Even…
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Reeling in Appalachia
 

Reeling in Appalachia

A seemingly dead-end situation became a life-changing moment for Alex Bell. “We came back to school from a tournament and…
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Traditional Hands: Cherokee history bridged through his hands
 

Traditional Hands: Cherokee history bridged through his hands

General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The…
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History comes to life through  food, music and camaraderie
 

History comes to life through food, music and camaraderie

Standing atop the 5,000-foot Cataloochee Ranch mountain retreat in Maggie Valley, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina…
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When you’re here, you’re family
 

When you’re here, you’re family

It’s about making everyone feel welcome for Lynn Stanberry. “You get a warm feeling coming in here,” she smiled. “There…
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WNC artists find new home at Mahogany House
 

WNC artists find new home at Mahogany House

Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
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Shelton House celebrates 35 years
 

Shelton House celebrates 35 years

The Shelton House, which is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, opens for its 35th season this summer. 
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Fresh from the oven: Cashiers’ Slab Town Pizza
 

Fresh from the oven: Cashiers’ Slab Town Pizza

It was time for something different. “We’ve been looking at doing something like this for years,” said Sally Peterkin. “And…
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The WNC summer concert series
 

The WNC summer concert series

From welcoming, backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history,…
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Waynesville
 

Waynesville

Undulating mountains surround the town of Waynesville, a welcoming community that is the perfect combination of nature, tourism and Appalachian…
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Canton & Clyde
 

Canton & Clyde

For true local charm, look no further than Canton and Clyde, the neighboring towns nestled in eastern Haywood County. They…
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Maggie Valley
 

Maggie Valley

In the heart of the Smokies lies Maggie Valley, a mountain getaway that rolls out the welcome mat to traveling…
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Sylva
 

Sylva

Sylva is an eclectic community that’s a blend of a local, tourist and college feel surrounded by towering mountains. 
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Dillsboro
 

Dillsboro

A charming and delightful village, Dillsboro is home to a community of artists, unique retailers and great restaurants.
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