WNC Colleges and Universities Help Students Expand Their Possibilities

Western North Carolina is home to a large number of public and private colleges and universities. These higher ed institutions attract students from across the region and around the world. Each has its own strengths, and together, they offer myriad ways to empower students to expand their possibilities. Here’s just a quick glimpse at colleges […]

Open Your Imagination at City Lights Bookstore

On a quiet hill overlooking Main Street in Sylva is City Lights Bookstore. In the distance are numerous mountain ridges cradling the small, picturesque town. Inside the beloved shop, there are numerous bookshelves, each nurturing the hearts and minds of this community. “Even before I owned City Lights, I’d been a bookseller most of my […]

Tap into WNC’s Craft Beer Gold Rush and Discover Amazing Liquid Gold

It all started for Asheville in 1994 with Oscar Wong and Highland Brewing, the city’s first legal brewery since Prohibition. With his first keg, Wong tapped into Western North Carolina’s craft beer potential. Doug Riley, owner and head brewer of Asheville Brewing Company, remembers how quiet the Asheville craft beer scene still was when he […]

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. […]

Conserving Carolina is Bringing Back Your Back Yard

With almost 50,000 acres already protected in our region, Conserving Carolina continues to be steadfast in its mission to save, conserve, restore, and share these precious landscapes with any and all who want to disappear into its beautiful, mysterious depths. “Our mission is to protect special places, restore wildlife habitats, and to inspire people to […]

Venturing down the Melodic Rabbit Hole at [email protected]’s

An internationally beloved musician, Claude Coleman, Jr. would often find himself in Asheville while on tour drumming with his band, iconic rock juggernaut Ween. Each time wandering through, he would become more enamored with this region. So much so, Coleman relocated here from New Jersey in 2012. Upon putting down deep roots—personally and artistically—in Asheville, […]

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 […]

Swing for the Hills at Rumbling Bald

Rumbling Bald General Manager Jeff Geisler can only shake his head when asked about the reopening of the resort’s Apple Valley Golf Course just three months after it closed for the installation of new Champion Bermuda greens in the summer of 2020. “There was a time [in the spring] when we considered shuttering this project […]

WPTL Broadcasts the Sounds of a Community Gem

Not far from Main Street in Canton and the bright lights of the nearby football stadium is an unassuming one-story commercial building along Pisgah Drive. With a couple of vehicles in the parking lot one recent evening, a lone light radiated from the front window of WPTL. Walking into the beloved community radio station, it’s […]