48 Hours in Brevard: Everything You Need to Know for a Perfect Weekend

A forest bird never wants a cage. Henrik Ibsen Being a small town doesn’t mean you can’t offer some of the finest charms Western North Carolina has to offer. Just ask the 7,800 residents of Brevard, the seat of Transylvania County. The town has distinguished itself as an epicenter for nearby outdoor adventures, education, art, […]

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 Straus Park

A couple generations ago, Transylvania County residents of all ages would congregate at Camp Straus. The camp boasted that nearly every kid in the county had once waded past the salamanders and tadpoles to take their first dip in the waters of its seven-acre pond. Today, residents of Straus Park are still making abundant memories […]

Preserving the Past for the Future in DuPont State Forest

Even before the organization was established 20 years ago, the Friends of DuPont Forest witnessed not only the physical growth of the serene landscape, but also the growing emotional connection among all who happily disappeared into its depths. “Where we are today remains a testament to those citizens back then who made a huge change. […]

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 […]

Davidson River Outfitters Facilitates Lessons for a Lifetime

From a young age, Kevin Howell was not only immersed in the sport and culture of fly fishing, but he also developed a lifelong love and passion for it. That’s something that has run deep in his family for generations. “My father won the United Bass Fisherman Classic in 1976, which would be the Fishing […]

3 Easy Waterfall Hikes near Brevard You Should Try This Weekend

Every day in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an adventure, especially if you know where to look. We live in a remarkable enclave for hikes of all levels of difficulty. There are countless hidden trails and lookout spots dotted throughout our local mountains and protected forests. And each offers its own unique perspective on native […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Fishing Spots in WNC?

Some people say that fishing is a cure-all for the soul. It offers a direct connection to nature for many. It offers peace and solitude to some. And it offers an opportunity for camaraderie and companionship for others. Whatever your motivation to get out on the lake or into the streams and rivers, Western North […]

5 Breathtaking Cedar Mountain Hikes You Need to Try

Entirely surrounded by scenic mountain peaks, ancient rivers, and cozy coves, Western North Carolina provides an outdoor setting like no other. And the unincorporated hamlet of Cedar Mountain sits right in the thick of it. With what seems like thousands of miles of well-managed trails within just a small radius, Cedar Mountain locals enjoy the […]