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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Category: Carolinas, Mountains

Making Magic at the Biltmore Estate Christmas

White bankers boxes, some tattered, others torn, are stacked in various closets and other available storage nooks in America’s largest home. They don’t seem special, but these boxes contain Christmas magic. A young woman sits on the floor, fluffing bows and examining ornaments. Cranberry sprigs and gilded magnolia leaves are spread out on the floor […]

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Six Ultimate Southern Game Day Experiences

When it comes to game day experiences and college football in general — the South rules.  Since the inception of the college football playoffs, nine of the 16 teams to compete are Southern bred, six of the eight teams to advance to the National Championship are Dixie proud, and the coveted trophy was won by […]

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Six Ultimate Southern Game Day Experiences

When it comes to college football tailgating — the South rules.  Since the inception of the college football playoffs, nine of the 16 teams to compete are Southern bred, six of the eight teams to advance to the National Championship are Dixie proud, and the coveted trophy was won by Southern teams three out of […]

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