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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Highlands & Cashiers
 

Highlands & Cashiers

Highlands and Cashiers are perched on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, where the mountains plunge sharply from a…
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Franklin
 

Franklin

Franklin is the ideal staging are for exploring the Nantahala Mountains.
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Bryson City
 

Bryson City

Most of lands surrounding Bryson City are publicly held forest and park land, making the town a staging area of…
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Cherokee
 

Cherokee

A unique mix of modern and ancient, Cherokee is 21st century entertainment played out on a backdrop of time-honored cultural…
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The fastest way down: Cataloochee Ski Area
 

The fastest way down: Cataloochee Ski Area

What started as an unsure adventure turned into a passion-filled career for Jim Rowell.
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Putting the pedal — and roots — down in the Smokies
 

Putting the pedal — and roots — down in the Smokies

What looked like a risk to some was a dream for Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky.
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Food for the soul
 

Food for the soul

The feeling of a new customer walking through the door never gets old for Haley Milner.
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Magic in a bottle
 

Magic in a bottle

If you build it, they will come. If you brew it, they will come and party.
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Showcasing the history of the open road
 

Showcasing the history of the open road

A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet exhilarating, with the smell…
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Heart of the matter
 

Heart of the matter

It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s…
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Family-run Christmas tree farm stakes out its roots
 

Family-run Christmas tree farm stakes out its roots

When Myra Sawyer looks around the Sawyer Family Farmstead, she couldn’t image living anywhere else in the world.
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Holding heritage in his hands
 

Holding heritage in his hands

It was a summer job that literally molded itself into a future.
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Smoky Mountain anglers gain toehold in competitive fly fishing scene
 

Smoky Mountain anglers gain toehold in competitive fly fishing scene

Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
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Swingin’ for the Smokies
 

Swingin’ for the Smokies

Craig Hartle just might have the best job in Western North Carolina. The head golf professional for High Hampton Inn…
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