12 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in Asheville and across WNC (2022)

The summer heat is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the quintessential activities of summer will soon come to an end. Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the season: Vacations have been had. Children are back in school. There is a slight lull in tourism across […]

Major in the Great Outdoors at Haywood Community College

When it comes to the ancient Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountain ranges of Western North Carolina, there’s a wide network of stewards protecting and conserving these vast wilderness areas. “Around our region and across the country, there are a lot of changes going on, especially when it comes to land use and making sure […]

5 Places to Find the Perfect Father’s Day Gift in Haywood County

If television sitcoms are to be believed, dads are not much more than bumbling blockheads who need their level-headed wives to get them out of the pretty pickle they’ve found themselves in. But we know better. Dads helped us learn to ride bikes, change a flat, and grill up the perfect hot dogs. They were […]

3 Free Farm Stand Tours Guaranteed to be Fun for Foodies of All Ages [Interactive Maps]

One of the many ways we Live Abundantly in WNC is through access to the many local food and artisan goods available in our slice of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A long growing season and mild winters provide bountiful harvests of produce, dairy, and other farm products for people across Western North Carolina. Our farmers […]

3 Drinks to Try in Haywood County This Year for Dry January

It’s easy to create the perfect beer day in Waynesville.  But if you’re part of the 13% of Americans (and rising) who participate in Dry January every year, it can feel difficult to come up with better options than a begrudging order of unsweet tea. Luckily, Haywood County is replete with fun non-alcoholic options wherever […]

Local Schools are Building Tomorrow: Education is a Top Priority in WNC

One of the most important things to consider when you’re thinking about moving is the quality of the schools. The schools around a home affect its value and its appeal to potential future buyers. Even if you don’t have children or they are out of the nest, you want to be aware of the quality […]

3 Haywood County Hop Farms that Help Grow Our Craft Beer Industry

Can we properly call craft beer “local” if its ingredients come from thousands of miles away? A number of farms in Western North Carolina have decided to resolve the question completely by growing the ingredients local brewers crave for their beers. Breweries now source many of their grains from Carolina farms, as well as added […]

How to Describe Maggie Valley, NC in 3 Meaningful Words

Just 10 miles outside of Waynesville is Maggie Valley, a quaint mountain delight that sprang up to cater to visitors and still rolls out the welcome mat to traveling tourists, creatives, old souls, and the young at heart. This laid-back resort town is easy to traverse year round. Most businesses are located along a five-mile […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: REACH of Haywood County

At Beverly-Hanks, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity and means to Live Abundantly in WNC, free from violence.  Today, we shine a spotlight on a local organization that works hard to address the root causes of domestic violence, advocate for positive social change, and empower individuals when they need help the most. We […]

8 Amazing Places to Celebrate Pancake Day in Waynesville

Whether you call today Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Mardi Gras, it’s a day of significance to many. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians who make a special point of self-examination on this day, the last before the period of penitence known as Lent. However, in addition to considering one’s wrongs, many also indulge […]