A Weekend in Cherokee

Explore the rich history of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians A bonfire illuminated the early dark of night. Families gathered around bundled in fleeces and thick flannels — some wrapped together in blankets — while Cherokee tribal members dressed in traditional garb entertained the crowd with war chants and ages old song and […]

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5 Reasons for a Highlands, N.C., Getaway

Editor’s Escape Situated in the mountains of western North Carolina and in the Nantahala National Forest, Highlands is an ideal respite from a harried schedule. I experienced Highlands, North Carolina, a couple of winters ago when my husband surprised me with a weekend getaway for our anniversary. Our visit coincided with a fantastic snowstorm, which […]

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Brown Mountain Lights: A North Carolina Mystery

A North Carolina Mystery Have you ever heard of a western North Carolina phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights? These “ghost lights,” as they’re often called, are visible from several different overlooks of Brown Mountain near the town of Morganton, North Carolina, and they’ve baffled those lucky enough to witness them for hundreds of […]

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High Points

By Jen Tota McGivney Choose your own mountain adventure in the Carolinas. The Carolinas offer an abundance of mountain getaways, but with the choices comes a tough decision: Which mountain getaway is best? It depends. Do you want to stay in a rustic campsite or a lakeside villa? Do you want to hike to waterfalls, […]

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Green with Envy

By Jason Frye These LEED certified, AAA Four Diamond accommodations are proof you don’t have to sacrifice luxury for an environmentally-friendly getaway. There was a time when travelers with a taste for luxury and the desire to go green had only a handful of options. Today a quartet of hotels and resorts in the Carolinas, […]

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Go Explore: Pilot Mountain, N.C.

By Kristy Tolley If you’re familiar with The Andy Griffith Show, you’ll likely recall the mention of nearby city, Mount Pilot. Many speculate that the name was inspired by Pilot Mountain, which is located near Andy Griffith’s real-life hometown of Mount Airy. A visit to Pilot Mountain will reveal a charming blend of outdoor adventure, […]

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Mills to Meals

By Kimberly Button Across the Carolinas, mills were the backbone of the economy for many communities for generations. When industries left to relocate overseas, entire cities and towns suffered, as did supporting businesses. Today, these former mills are gaining new life. A new generation is rescuing the historic structures and revitalizing neighborhoods, while also providing […]

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A Weekend in Beech Mountain

Editor’s Escape Winter activities are plentiful in the mountains of North Carolina, and if you seek a snow-filled weekend, Beech Mountain is a good bet. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating — there’s lots to keep you busy here. Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Beech Mountain has a peak elevation of 5,506 feet, […]

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