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Celebrate Christmas at Biltmore and see “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition”

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE By Carol L. Timblin Fans of Downton Abbey can’t seem to get enough of the public television hit series that enthralled viewers for six seasons. It’s the highest rated PBS drama series of all time, winner of three Golden...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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Hang Out Along the Hammock Coast

By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher Between Myrtle Beach’s high-rise condos and Charleston’s Southern city charm lies the “Hammock...

Fast Getaways

By Kristy Tolley Charleston + Carnival = One Convenient Cruise Sometimes you just have to get away. Turquoise waters and blue skies beckon. However, a Caribbean...

Go Explore: Hampton Roads Virgina

Hampton Roads, Virginia, is comprised of seven cities: Portsmouth, Newport News, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Virginia Beach and Suffolk. Named after the old shipping lanes...

Edenton: An Inner Banks Hidden Gem

By Vanessa Infanzon Finding Edenton is like discovering your own corner of paradise. Tree-lined streets with beautiful homes compel guests to stop and marvel at...

Member Spotlight: Muggsy Bogues and Brittney Bogues

Muggsy Bogues At 5’3”, AAA Member Muggsy Bogues might have been an unlikely candidate for a career as point guard in the NBA. He not...