5 Thrilling Ways You can Enjoy the Outdoors in Polk County

Touted as the “First Peak of the Blue Ridge,” Polk County has long welcomed flatlanders to a higher altitude. Since the turn of the 20th century, Polk County’s towns of Columbus, Saluda, and Tryon have been favorite mountain destinations to escape the sweltering summer heat of more urban and southern locales. Today, the area is […]

Everything You Need to Know about River Tubing in WNC

Rivers are an essential component of our region’s lifestyle. They offer a continuous source of enjoyment for the people who live here, as well as visitors from near and far. People of all ages enjoy fishing, paddle sports, and just quietly walking through greenspaces alongside the banks. Throughout the summer, it’s common to see streams […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Waterfalls in WNC?

You’ve been aimlessly wandering from your kitchen table to your sofa—back and forth, hour after hour—for what seems like eons now. You’ve watched your entire Netflix queue. Twice. And you’ve faithfully recreated the entirety of Renaissance art.  It’s safe to say you’re feeling a little stir crazy.  Self isolation can be tough when you’re stuck […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Saluda Community Land Trust

In the Blue Ridge, our mountains are inextricably linked to our way of life. Traditionally, the mountains have guided farming practices, town traditions, and community cultures. Today, they serve as a backdrop for our outdoor adventures and our love of the region. Enjoying the beauty of our mountains is one way you can Live Abundantly […]

Enjoy Elevated Living in Vibrant Waynesville, NC

High mountain peaks surround the vibrant and friendly town of Waynesville and its tree-lined Main Street. Fine shops, galleries, cafés, and restaurants make Waynesville a thoroughly enjoyable place to live and visit. Historic buildings, relaxing benches, public art, and welcoming folks provide the perfect backdrop to Live Abundantly in Waynesville, NC. Downtown Waynesville is Full […]

Saluda Outfitters Helps You Head for the Hills

Growing up in Western North Carolina, Ryan Griffin has never strayed far from the natural beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in his backyard. “I love to spend time on the rivers, on the trails mountain biking and hiking, along the winding routes on my road bike,” Griffin said. “We’ve got so many incredible […]

How to Enjoy the Biltmore Grounds Every Month of the Year

In 1888, George Vanderbilt, grandson of the famous railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, visited the small mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Within a year, George decided to build a cozy winter estate in the area—and carved out 30,000 acres as his own.  Today, much of the original acreage has been reallocated to the Pisgah National […]

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 […]

How to Define Rosman, NC in 3 Surprising Words

What three words would you use to define the riverside town of Rosman, NC? Located southwest of Brevard along Rosman Highway (U.S. 64), this Transylvania County town sits atop several major natural and manmade intersections. It’s location has made the town the perfect spot for scientific research, outdoor recreation, and building a tight-knit community. There […]

Your Complete List of Dog-Friendly Places in Saluda, NC

Great mountain towns deserve to be thoroughly explored, one foot (or paw) in front of the other. And by picking the right places beforehand, it’s easy to bring your dog along. Even though its full-time residents number less than 1,000, Saluda, NC is one such town, full of paw-some spots that both you and your […]