Come and Get It!

By Vanessa Infanzon Four of our favorite comfort foods and where to find them in the Carolinas Cooler weather begs for foods that warm our souls and fill our bellies. Comfort foods remind us of family dinners and reunions, and Sunday suppers at grandma’s house. Tradition and locale dictate the comfort food of choice — […]

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6 Picks for Fall Fun

From musical celebrations to cultural events, these autumn festivals make ideal weekend road trips.     Mountaineer Folk Festival  (Spencer, Tennessee) Sept. 6-8, 2019 —- Held each year in Fall Creek Falls State Park, this festival showcases the cultural history of the Cumberland Plateau. You’ll find handmade crafts, traditional mountain music and demonstrations of pioneer […]

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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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