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MUSIC: Small songstress channels country music’s queens

When you’re only nine years old, the world seems like a pretty big place with lots of rules and adul...

New Trails Added Along Blue Ridge Parkway

Hikers along the Blue Ridge Parkway have three new trails to explore this spring, thanks to a partne...

OUTDOORS: Atop Shining Rock Wilderness

The winds roared overhead, howling across the treetops so fiercely at times that the thought of reac...

CUISINE: Summer tastes fresh and spicy at DOUGH

Dough is a market, bakery, eatery and cooking school in Asheville, N.C. While one absolutely can get...

Preserving Agricultural Heritage

In a rural farming community outside the small Western North Carolina town of Waynesville, N.C., Ski...

CUISINE: Put a little history on to cook

The Foxfire Book of Appalachian Cookery is perhaps the best resource for anyone seeking knowledge ab...

OUTDOORS: Urban life meets outdoor adventure

With daydreams of adventure and longing for a world much wilder than the office break room, concrete...

Cookbooks for the Kitchen, or the Coffee Table

Located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains about a half-hour from Knoxville, Tenn., is the reno...

OUTDOORS: Atop Shining Rock Wilderness

Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

out_outdoorsThe winds roared overhead, howling across the treetops so fiercely at times that the thought of reaching the exposed, blustery mountaintop of the Shining Rock Wilderness seemed a bit formidable and Mother Nature impossible to ignore.

The gusts were unrelenting atop the massive chunk of quartz protruding from the mountain that is visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway to the south. At this elevation, perhaps 6,000 feet or so, twisted tree limbs quivered in the turbulence.

MUSIC: The Sounds of a North Carolina Summer

Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

dept_musicThe music festival season across the Southern Appalachians starts in early spring and goes full throttle all the way until the first frost. Smaller than Bonnaroo or Coachella, these fantastic music fests don’t come with the headaches of gridlock parking, midnight runs for bottled water, or random tent-hoppers who have decided they’re your new best friend, so get out for a little musical adventure and discover these hidden gems. 

MOUNTAIN VIEWS: Dog days, away days

Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

dept_viewsFriday afternoon on the deck—the kids are home from school, and the three of us are enjoying another warm, sunny day, watching the squirrels and chickadees compete for the bird seed strewn all over the deck, thanks to the regular suicide runs the squirrels make for the feeder in spite of the best efforts of our miniature dachshund, who patrols this area with alarming vigor, to deter them. We call him “The Sheriff.”

Your server has everything under control (barely)

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 00:00

feat_yourserverPhilip Hamilton has been a line cook at the popular downtown Asheville restaurant Bouchon for nearly three years. He’d never worked in a kitchen before he got the job. Now, his hands and forearms bear the burns and scars of moving quickly to prepare as many as 200 plates a night. Hamilton loves the intensity of the work. 

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