7 Tropical Destinations that will Cure Your Winter Blues

You get excited when the first tendrils of fall’s crisp breezes creep in through the window. You can’t wait to see the first flakes of snow stick to the branches of your evergreens. But by mid-February, it’s easy to feel downtrodden by the ongoing gloomy days and chilly nights. Right about now, we start dreaming […]

All Aboard for These 4 Seasonal Train Adventures!

View the beauty of Western North Carolina from a different seat—a train seat!  If driving through WNC has lost its fun, consider taking a passenger rail instead. The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers family-friendly diesel or steam train excursions from their historic depot. No matter the season, you’re sure to find great options for traveling […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Local Chocolate Shops in WNC?

Can you feel it in the air? It’s that magical moment that comes along just once a year, beckoning you to surprise your special someone with a beautiful bouquet and decadent dessert. It’s true that Valentine’s Day is for lovers—chocolate lovers! And true chocolate lovers know that a heart-shaped box of cheap chocolates from the […]

12 Local Coffee Roasters You Need to Try Today

People are buzzing about local coffee roasters! It’s easy to make any day a brew-tiful day in Western North Carolina. Local coffee shops abound, and your cup tastes even better when you realize that the beans were prepared by independent roasters for maximum flavor. Coffee is a great way to start your day. And it’s […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Movie Theaters in WNC?

Western North Carolina has long been home to movie lovers and movie makers. Locals periodically spot visiting actors and crews in the area. (One notable film shot here recently was Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri). And in fact, so many movies have been filmed in our region, we’ve even created a map to […]

Discover the Best Beer Tours in and around Asheville

Did you know that Western North Carolina has close to 70 craft breweries? And the vast majority of those are homegrown! Asheville’s beer makers like Highland Brewing Company and Green Man Brewery have hit the prestigious 20-year marks of their operations. Others like Hi-Wire Brewing and Burial Beer are becoming nationally known for their award-winning […]

Agents Answer: Where can I Find the Best Local Stocking Stuffers?

Santa’s not the only one with a holiday gift list! If you’re like us, you’ve been busy all month coordinating large and small gifts for family, friends, coworkers, neighbors—even delivery drivers. But no matter how thorough your list, or whether you’ve checked it twice, you always need to add something at the last minute! From […]

Essential Journeys Takes Care of What Lies Beneath

Exactly 20 years after she bought a “how to” book on soap, Kimberly Masters now stands atop one of the great handmade item success stories of Western North Carolina. “I started making soap in 1999 because I have sensitive skin, and I was trying to find something that would work for my sensitive skin,” Masters […]

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. […]