Category: Carolinas, Mountains

Hanging out in Hendersonville: The Apple of Western North Carolina’s Eye

Online Exclusive Situated 22 miles southeast of Asheville in prime orchard country, Henderson County is home to about 200 apple growers who supply 65 percent of North Carolina’s apples. From late August through October, twisting and pulling down honey crisp and golden delicious at the many pick-your-own establishments along the stretch of US Highway 64 […]

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Hot in the City: Raleigh, NC

Editor's Escape Although I’ve lived in the Carolinas for about twenty years, my firsthand experience in Raleigh was limited to the two times my plane landed there. I was anxious to remedy that and see for myself what everyone I’ve talked to raves about. Now that I know what I’ve been missing, I’m kicking myself […]

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Category: Mountains

Waterfall Walks

When the weather gets hot, cool off at these natural wonders. Rushing water cascading off the side of a rocky cliff is a sight to behold, and you don’t have to be an accomplished hiker to experience them. Anyone can explore numerous waterfalls in the Carolinas without venturing too far from the road. In fact, […]

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Festival Fun

Explore a new town, try different foods & enjoy summer with these Carolina celebrations. Cities & towns in the Carolinas celebrate history & honor traditions with varied and unique festivals. These local  tributes are community-driven and mark the importance of the area’s industry, foods and people. Summer is the perfect time to take in a few […]

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Category: Carolinas

Magical Blue Ghost Fireflies

Come late May at nightfall in the mountains south of Asheville, a neon blue glow radiates from forest floors, creating an ethereal aura that lasts every evening for a month. Some attribute this nocturnal lightshow to woodland fairies carrying tiny blue lanterns, but scientists now know it’s caused by mating displays of the blue ghost […]

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Category: Carolinas

Member Spotlight: David Ankin

If you’ve seen the hit show “ToyMakerz,” you’re familiar with AAA Carolinas Member, David Ankin. A former stuntman, Ankin performed for the Warner Brothers Batman stunt show, various Universal stunt shows, and other high-octane events. The TV show was born from Ankin’s successful company (of the same name) of building high-end custom racing machines — […]

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Category: Carolinas, Coastal

Retro Coastal Carolinas Destinations

Relive the simple pleasures of bygone vacations with these classic diversions. As the world speeds up with ever-changing technology and longer to-do lists, wouldn’t it be great to slow things down and get back to basics? Unplug and enjoy the charms of a vintage vacation.  Go Fly a Kite When is the last time you […]

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Movie Night Out

The Nostalgia of Drive-Ins Thrives In the Carolinas At the bottom of a hill, a monster movie screen rises 50-feet high along South Battleground Avenue, a well-intentioned sore thumb in a clearing among a perimeter of tall oaks. Kings Mountain, off in the distance, creates an idyllic panorama for a film set in its own […]

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