Your Complete List of Dog-Friendly Places in Saluda, NC

Great mountain towns deserved to be thoroughly explored, one foot (or paw) in front of the other. And by picking the right places beforehand, it’s easy to bring your dog along. Even though its full-time residents number less than 1,000, Saluda, NC is one such town, full of paw-some spots that both you and your […]

Essential Journeys Takes Care of What Lies Beneath

Exactly 20 years after she bought a “how to” book on soap, Kimberly Masters now stands atop one of the great handmade item success stories of Western North Carolina. “I started making soap in 1999 because I have sensitive skin, and I was trying to find something that would work for my sensitive skin,” Masters […]

Locals Explain Everything You Need to Know about Black Mountain

Nestled at the eastern edge of Buncombe County, Black Mountain is colloquially known as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina.” This Swannanoa Valley community has long welcomed travelers into the region who climb over the Swannanoa Pass into WNC. Today, the historic small town still prides itself on its sense of community and friendly […]

Appalachian Pinball Museum Brings the Past to Life

Tucked down a small marble hallway on Main Street in Hendersonville is the Appalachian Pinball Museum. Formerly a ballroom and a theater, the picturesque building is now home to dozens upon dozens of rare and vintage pinball machines. “Not many people can repair both electronic and mechanical pinball machines, but I can,” smiled John French. […]

Village Antiques at Biltmore is in Pursuit of the Unique

Stepping into the large two-story building that is Village Antiques at Biltmore, the curious and familiar alike are always in for a surprise. The showcase floors are filled wall-to-wall with wondrous items that tell the stories of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, from the southeast United States to the south of France. “It’s really […]

Get Your Fill: Your November LoLo Gifts are Here

Enjoy Local Gifts from The Blackbird, Blue Ridge Bakery, Dandelion, and Kandi’s Cakes & Bake Shop Asheville: Your Choice of Dessert at The Blackbird Don’t miss out on the delicious dessert menu at The Blackbird Restaurant! Your sweet tooth will thank you. View the offer. About The Blackbird The Blackbird’s goal is to delight guests […]

Give a Little and Get a Little when You Shop Local!

In today’s fast-paced world, shopping can be as quick as the speed of light through fiber optic internet cables. But while online shopping is designed for convenience, “offline shopping” is still your best bet for discovering quality, one-of-a-kind gifts.  From ceramics to foodstuffs to that necklace you noticed caught her eye, artisans across Western North […]

Fall into a Fun Experience: Your October LoLo Gifts are Here

Enjoy Local Gifts from Archetype Brewing, Ecusta Brewing, Dixie Diner, and Sunburst Market Asheville: Your Choice of a Pint at Archetype Brewing Fall is finally here, and what’s a better way to celebrate than with a beer? Pop into Archetype Brewing for a pint. Cheers! View the offer. About Archetype Brewing Archetype is a brewery […]

The Best Coffee Shops in Your Town, as Voted by Locals

Every year, local alt-news weekly Mountain Xpress holds a massive online poll. Western North Carolina residents collectively take to their digital devices to vote on all their local faves, from fitness studios to pet kennels. While in no way scientific, and certainly not without controversy among those with strong local loyalties, the Best of WNC […]