3 Wineries You Should Visit within 20 Minutes of Lake Lure

The concept of “Wine Wednesday” may conjure images of bad memes. But did you know there’s science backing up the practice? Okay, it may not be hard science, but there are still good reasons to turn to the nectar of the gods after getting over the hump of our work week. For our physical health, […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)

You may not have heard of it before moving to Western North Carolina. But Tryon, NC, has been a destination for equestrians for well over a century. Today, the town offers world-class equine veterinary, boarding, and training facilities, as well as more than 100 miles of private trail systems. In 2014, the town quickly hit […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach

Oftentimes, families receive assistance through government programs, but it isn’t enough to make ends meet. It’s up to the community to help neighbors who work seasonal jobs, suffer from a disability, have loved ones serving in the military, or have large families—any of whom may simply not be able to afford to provide an adequate […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Live Abundantly in Bright’s Creek

Are you in search of a life that is as tranquil or as adventurous as you want? Private, but not solitary? Active, but never rushed? Bright’s Creek in Polk County, NC, is a true community of kindred spirits who share a passion for Western North Carolina.  There is a world of unlimited possibility at this […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: The Free Clinics

Last spring, we were astounded at the number of caring medical professionals who donated their time, their expertise, and their patience to help administer COVID vaccines at pop-up clinics throughout the community. But did you know that there are hundreds of volunteers who regularly work to offer quality care to the most vulnerable in Henderson […]

3 of the Most Popular Horse Trails in Polk County

Move over, Kentucky. The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the best places in the world for horse owners! Our temperate climate, abundant natural resources, and proximity to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) make Polk County, NC one of the most desirable places to live with horses in the United States. Properties suitable for […]

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 […]

Tryon, NC: Welcome Home to Quiet, Quirky Horse Country

Calling itself “The Friendliest Town in the South,” Tryon, NC is currently home to about 1,500 residents. Tryon has been one of the South’s top equestrian destinations for more than 100 years. And the town has become newly discovered by people flocking to its equestrian events and facilities, quirky in-town living, outdoor adventure opportunities, and […]