3 Toe-Tapping Tales about Polk County’s Music History

Many features of daily life come together to make up a community’s heritage. But nothing quite brings that heritage to life like music. Western North Carolina has a long and storied musical history, and Polk County is no exception. Here are three toe-tapping tales about Polk County’s music history. Music has Always Been Part of […]

5 Exciting Winter Walking Trails for Outdoor Adventures in Saluda

Every day in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an adventure, especially if you know where to look. And luckily, in Saluda, you can look in nearly any direction outdoors and find great trails for hiking, biking, walking your dog, and exploring with friends and family—no matter the time of the year. In winter, some WNC […]

10 Annual Festivals and Events You Must See in Polk County, NC

Touted as the “First Peak of the Blue Ridge,” Polk County has long welcomed flatlanders to a higher altitude. Thousands of visitors flock to the area’s foothills each season to enjoy the rich history, culture, crafts, vast natural areas, and unique culinary traditions.  If you’ve never been to any annual community events in Polk County, […]

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 […]