Putting the pedal — and roots — down in the Smokies

tg bicyclingWhat looked like a risk to some was a dream for Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky.

Food for the soul

tg soulinfusionThe feeling of a new customer walking through the door never gets old for Haley Milner.

Magic in a bottle

tg beerIf you build it, they will come. If you brew it, they will come and party.

Showcasing the history of the open road

tg wheelstimeA loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet exhilarating, with the smell of burning oil and gasoline permeating through the air.

Heart of the matter

tg soldiersheartIt’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s Heart.

Family-run Christmas tree farm stakes out its roots

tg tomsawyerWhen Myra Sawyer looks around the Sawyer Family Farmstead, she couldn’t image living anywhere else in the world.

Holding heritage in his hands

tg muddabbersIt was a summer job that literally molded itself into a future.

This must be the place

art garretI had never seen the color green like that before.

Touching down at the Shannon Airport in southwest Ireland, the lush, vibrant green landscape of my ancestors took my breath away. It was August 2005, and I was about to embark on a collegiate semester abroad.  

Smoky Mountain anglers gain toehold in competitive fly fishing scene

travel fishingLike New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina has become one the big names in a slightly less conspicuous sport: competitive fly fishing.

Fly fishing was long dominated by regions in the Rockies and Sierras out West. But the sport has seen a shift in both interest and talent to the Southeast — and specifically the Smokies.

Swingin’ for the Smokies

travel golfCraig Hartle just might have the best job in Western North Carolina.

The head golf professional for High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers, Hartle spends his days instructing any and all visitors ready to step foot on the majestic 18-hole course that snakes through the rich and varied landscape of the Southern Appalachians.

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