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 […]

What to Do on the Perfect Day out in Sylva, NC

Sylva’s tree-lined streetscape, dotted with benches, provides visitors with an afternoon of easy walking. And the vibrant downtown boasts an assortment of art galleries, bookstores, farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries, and coffee shops. Best of all, this bustling mountain town is surrounded by nature, offering a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities.  Ready to spend an amazing […]

Citizen Vinyl has Perfected the Art of Sitting and Listening

In a seismic move further propelling the Asheville and greater Western North Carolina music scene into the national spotlight, Citizen Vinyl has become a beacon of art, culture, and history for the region. Situated in the historic Asheville Citizen-Times building on O. Henry Avenue downtown, the property is home to an extensive artistic collaboration. At […]

Step into the Past at the Oldest Grocery Store in North Carolina

Saluda, NC is an historic Victorian mountain village at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Main Street is full of many distinctive modern shops, art and craft galleries, and delicious restaurants. But there’s one spot that’s nearly as old as the town itself. Walk into Saluda’s century-old grocery store and you get a whiff […]

7 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know about Linville Caverns

Mountain peaks attract a lot of attention in Western North Carolina. From the rolling foothills of Polk County to the tip of Mt. Mitchell at 6,684 feet, there are a lot of places to enjoy wonderful vistas and life among the clouds. But our prehistoric Blue Ridge Mountains offer more wonders, if only we would […]

3 Things You Didn’t Know about the History of Hazelwood, NC

On the west side of Waynesville is an area known as Hazelwood Village. Once the incorporated town of Hazelwood, NC, the neighborhood has maintained its own identity and evolved into a revitalized retail district. Locals and visitors enjoy arts and shopping along the walkable Hazelwood Avenue, including the iconic Hazelwood Soap Company, Robin Blu, and […]

5 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know about Biltmore Village

Located south of Downtown Asheville, and hugging the French Broad River, Biltmore Estate, and town of Biltmore Forest is the iconic Biltmore Village district. The area was once its own town and can still be distinguished by its distinct architectural style. In fact, its location and architecture are intimately woven together in the fabric of […]

3 Historic Buildings in Lake Toxaway You Need to Visit

Located 20 minutes west of Brevard in an area historically known as the “Switzerland of America,” Lake Toxaway was originally a resort community for wealthy travelers. Families including the Fords, Edisons, and Rockefellers have vacationed along its 14 miles of private shorelines. And with their attention came well-crafted homes, businesses, lodges, and other buildings to […]

The Rich History of Hendersonville, as Told through Its Buildings

Main Street, Hendersonville is often called one of the best Main Streets in America. And for good reason! Since the turn of the century, the town has revitalized its local business scene and advanced its reputation as a place that offers something for just about everyone. You’ll find pubs, restaurants, museums, general and specialty stores, […]

3 Historic Buildings in Sylva You Need to Visit

Sylva is in many ways one of the best kept secrets in the Western North Carolina mountains. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sylva’s thriving downtown boasts shops, restaurants, and beautiful historic architecture. Here at Beverly-Hanks, we think it’s always interesting to see how our mountain towns can change […]