Locals Explain Everything You Need to Know about Black Mountain

Nestled at the eastern edge of Buncombe County, Black Mountain is colloquially known as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina.” This Swannanoa Valley community has long welcomed travelers into the region who climb over the Swannanoa Pass into WNC. Today, the historic small town still prides itself on its sense of community and friendly […]

Mark Bettis Studio & Gallery Brings New Meaning to Going with the Flow

It’s a rainy morning in the depths of the River Arts District (RAD). Inside the cozy artisan studios and large warehouses are hundreds of creative minds milling about: painters, sculptors, glass blowers, metalsmiths, and beyond. With a stream of vehicles splashing through large puddles near the roundabout, acclaimed abstract painter Mark Bettis sits in his […]

Appalachian Pinball Museum Brings the Past to Life

Tucked down a small marble hallway on Main Street in Hendersonville is the Appalachian Pinball Museum. Formerly a ballroom and a theater, the picturesque building is now home to dozens upon dozens of rare and vintage pinball machines. “Not many people can repair both electronic and mechanical pinball machines, but I can,” smiled John French. […]

Everything You Need to Know about Saluda, NC

Saluda, NC is an historic Victorian mountain village at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Since the turn of the 20th century, Saluda has been a favorite mountain destination to escape the sweltering summer heat of lower latitudes. The town remains a great place to enjoy seasonal beauty throughout the year. Learn more about […]

Village Antiques at Biltmore is in Pursuit of the Unique

Stepping into the large two-story building that is Village Antiques at Biltmore, the curious and familiar alike are always in for a surprise. The showcase floors are filled wall-to-wall with wondrous items that tell the stories of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, from the southeast United States to the south of France. “It’s really […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Four Seasons Foundation

Did you know that there are more than 730,000 veterans living in the state of North Carolina? That’s 9.8% of our state population! And yet, in exchange for putting their lives on hold, many veterans across the nation receive insufficient care upon their return home. These experiences only magnify the stress associated with their combat […]

3 Important Hiking Tips You Need to Know for Hunting Season

There are many reasons to look forward to autumn in the mountains. Once the temperature dips, the air becomes crisp, and the leaves shift to vibrant reds and oranges, it’s difficult to resist the call of the forest. But people engage with nature in different ways. If you’re out hunting for the perfect trail, don’t […]

Give a Little and Get a Little when You Shop Local!

In today’s fast-paced world, shopping can be as quick as the speed of light through fiber optic internet cables. But while online shopping is designed for convenience, “offline shopping” is still your best bet for discovering quality, one-of-a-kind gifts.  From ceramics to foodstuffs to that necklace you noticed caught her eye, artisans across Western North […]