Get away from It All with Pisgah Area SORBA

When it comes to mountain biking, it really doesn’t get much better than the trails around Western North Carolina. “A lot of us travel to mountain bike different places in the United States,” said Matthew Leach. “And when you start talking about quality trails around the country—from Moab, Utah, to Arkansas—no matter where you go, […]

Waynesville Soda Jerks has Perfected the Art of Alcohol Free

A little over five years ago, Megan Brown and Chris Allen saw a need in the gigantic craft beer industry that dominates Asheville and greater Western North Carolina: an alternative. “There’s a lot of people that can’t or don’t want to drink alcohol, but they do want to consume a locally made craft beverage,” Brown […]

Nantahala Brewing’s Eastward Expansion is Just the First Step

Bryson City-based Nantahala Brewing recently launched outposts in both Sylva and West Asheville. “Our recent retail expansion to Sylva and this expansion into Asheville are a direct result of refocusing on what got us to where we are today,” said Nantahala Brewing co-owner Joe Rowland. “We see our outposts as a way to share the […]

Asheville Museum of Science Sparks the Minds of Tomorrow

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the heart of Downtown Asheville resides the Asheville Museum of Science. Opened in November 2016, AMOS has become a hub for science and learning in Western North Carolina. “We are much bigger than these four walls,” said Amanda Bryant, executive director of AMOS. “As a museum, […]

Transylvania Crossroads Meet at Ecusta Brewing

The intersection of U.S. 276 and U.S. 64 in the mountain town of Brevard is a bustling hub for local, commercial, and tourism traffic. Heading west on U.S. 64, you enter Brevard, a place of independent businesses, academic institutions, small cafes, and farm-to-table restaurants. If you head north on U.S. 276, the Pisgah National Forest […]

Rescuing Each Other: Hope for Horses

It’s a sunny morning in the hills just east of Hendersonville. Walking through her backyard pasture, Whitney Wright approached a handful of horses. Her boots are muddy and her spirits are high, especially when the horses trot over to see her for a handful of carrots. “Being around a horse makes you feel better, makes […]

Blossoms at Biltmore Park Offers a Smile for Any Occasion

Regardless of being happy or sad, celebrating a special day, or simply just because, receiving a flower or merely being in its presence conjures one timeless image: A smile. “There’s no way you can make flowers without a smile on your face. They’re just magical creatures,” said Adrienne Kort. “They’re beautiful, fragrant, and they match […]