Category: Carolinas, Mountains, US

All Aboard for Fall Foliage

Soak up autumn colors in a whole new way aboard a passenger railroad train. Train excursions provide a unique travel experience. It’s a return to the trailblazing and romantic mode of transportation that played a critical role in the United States’ growth and prosperity. While automobiles and planes eventually supplanted trains as the preferred way […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

5 Ways to Taste Fall in Morganton

A rugged town perched on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Morganton and its townspeople charm visitors with easygoing conversation, elegant cuisine and grand scenery. It’s an ideal place to kick off a celebration of all things autumn. Here are five ways to taste fall in this quaint town:    Savor the Views A […]

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Playing with Clay

Area autumn pottery festivals you don’t want to miss! Makers and admirers have long had a great love affair with clay. It can be shaped into incredible works of art as well as functional items for everyday use. Plus, the sky’s the limit when it comes to eye-catching glazes, different techniques and unusual designs. The […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

The Mountains are Calling

Mountain Magic Wherever you go in the Carolinas you’ll find yourself surrounded by a landscape almost too lovely for words. In the mountains this is especially true. Views of ridges and peaks marching to the horizon; the crenelated shape of the land; the trees — emerald green, blazing with fall color or bright with spring […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

Head Over Hills

Weekend Mountain Drives You'll Flip Over Clear air, waterfalls tucked within Eden-like forests, lively small town main streets — there’s plenty of lure in the mountains of the Carolinas. Not sure where to start? Here are a few destinations in each state to consider as you plan your escape to the mountains. Seneca and Walhalla, […]

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Editor’s Escape: Grab Your Girlfriends and Get to Asheville! 

Editor's Escape  Life is busy. It’s often difficult to carve out time in our schedules for fun with friends. My tribe and I make a point to meet often for dinner, but I relish our once-a-year weekend getaways. We visit Asheville often separately, but rarely get to experience it together. It’s the perfect place for […]

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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

Ski Local

Ski Local: Hit The Slopes Close to Home The mountains may be higher out west, but the Southeast provides some worthy ski areas of its own. And the best part is, you can ditch the pricy plane ticket. Prime skiing is just a short road trip away. Appalachian Ski Mtn Blowing Rock, NC Operating since […]

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Category: Mountains

Asheville Celebrates with Lights and Decorations

Lights, lights, and more lights!  Nearly 500,000 energy-efficient LED lights will illuminate the 434-acre North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville during the holiday season. “Winter Lights” will debut Nov. 18 and continue through Jan. 1, nightly, 6-10 pm. Now in its third year, the event is a dazzling spectacle that lures visitors into its gardens to […]

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