2017 Labor Day Events in Asheville and WNC

The best part of a long Labor Day weekend is not laboring over anything—except maybe getting that old grill going. Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the summer season, and your last significant respite before after-school activities crank up, tourists rush in to see our beautiful fall colors, and (gasp!—already?) end-of-year holiday plans begin […]

Life in Burnsville, North Carolina is Above and Beyond the Norm!

Whoever said small-town life was a small life never lived in Burnsville, NC. The town offers living situations and outdoor experiences that go above and beyond the norm, presenting you with many opportunities to Live the Life You Choose. “Burnsville is kind of a cool place to be,” said Jamie McMahan, Yancey County Planner. “Our […]

2017 Memorial Day Events across WNC

You wouldn’t know it from the warm spring this year, but we’re still a few weeks away from the official start of summer. For many, though, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer—a season of grilling, family-friendly events, and outdoor adventures. To celebrate the season, communities across Western North Carolina are holding art […]

Capturing the Magic: Echo Mountain Recording Studios

Within an earshot of Patton Avenue—a main artery of hustle and bustle into downtown Asheville—stands an old church. On the outside, one might mistake it to be abandoned or forgotten. But, upon entering the nondescript side door, the sounds of string instruments and poignant vocals ricochet around Echo Mountain Recording Studios. “I love the sound […]

Charles Frazier: Cold Mountain Author Calls Asheville Home

What does it mean to share the depths of your soul and imagination with the world, and yet find solace those moments of silence only gathered on your own time and terms? For Charles Frazier, it means disappearing into the backwoods of Western North Carolina on his mountain bike or perhaps sliding into the back […]

Marshall Industry is Built upon the Arts

A small Madison County town, Marshall, NC is an enclave of artists that’s in the midst of a renaissance. > Marshall, population 800, is the Madison County seat and sits on the banks of the French Broad River some 20 miles north of Asheville. Marshall’s Main Street offers signs of the town’s unique blend of […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Places to #ShopLocal this Holiday Season?

After only a few years, Small Business Saturday has taken the shopping world by storm. Sandwiched by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the unofficial retail holiday gives shoppers across the nation an opportunity to show their love for local brick and mortar small businesses. And if there’s any region that loves to support its local […]

2016 Memorial Day Events across WNC

  We’re still a few weeks away from the sun’s highest excursion above the equator as Earth makes its slow wobble around our star. But for many, the summer celebrations (and the ice cream cones!) cannot wait for the solstice—they begin this weekend, in celebration of Memorial Day. Communities across WNC are holding art tours, […]