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 […]

2021 Labor Day Events in Asheville and WNC

Summer weather is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the 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 Western North […]

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 […]

5 Things You Should Know about the Mountains of Haywood County

In 2002, the United National declared December 11 to be International Mountain Day. The unofficial holiday celebrates the importance of mountainous regions around the globe. Mountains are home to 15% of the world’s population and host nearly half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.  Here in Western North Carolina, we take time every day to recognize […]

9 Breweries West of Asheville You Need to Visit [Interactive Map]

Did you know that Western North Carolina has close to 70 craft breweries? And the vast majority of those are homegrown! From its epicenter in Asheville to tiny enclaves around the region, craft brewing is a big draw for people from near and far. The number of local craft breweries is matched only by their […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Haywood Waterways Association

Rivers of live run through Western North Carolina. They sustain plants and animals seen nowhere else in the world. They support a national forest known worldwide for its range of biodiversity. And WNC rivers have played an important role in facilitating tourism and trade. But their popularity among humans for manufacturing and recreation has led […]