3 Quick Tips to Win at Apple Picking Season in Hendersonville, NC

Having new children in the family means a lot of changes. And one of the best changes is all the new traditions you can begin. In Western North Carolina, a favorite annual tradition among families and friends is apple picking at a local farm. It’s easy to make an entire fun, family-friendly day out of […]

5 Beard Award-Recognized Restaurants that Prove Asheville is a Destination for Luxury Dining

Gone are the days when “luxury dining” meant overpriced steaks served on white tablecloths by snooty servers in vests while Muzak was piped in to mask the sounds of chewing. Today’s active luxury lifestyle pairs class with style, innovation, and a sense of place. And today’s luxury restaurants are meeting those trends with politesse and […]

5 Places to Go for a Successful Day of Thrifting in Fletcher

Some people engage in thrift shopping as a matter of frugality. Others enjoy “the hunt” that’s inherent to thrifting and antiquing—the rush that comes from discovering a small treasure and acquiring it for a low price. Whatever your motivation, there are plenty of places to shop for a great bargain in the small town of […]

48 Hours in Pisgah Forest: Everything You Need for a Perfect Weekend

Are you ready for the ultimate destination in outdoor adventures? The unincorporated community of Pisgah Forest, NC, is surrounded by more than 100,000 acres of public land. That makes the area a choice spot for biking, camping, climbing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, fishing, paddling, sightseeing—and so much more! Whether you’re vacationing or stay-cationing, Pisgah Forest […]

3 Wineries You Should Visit within 20 Minutes of Lake Lure

The concept of “Wine Wednesday” may conjure images of bad memes. But did you know there’s science backing up the practice? Okay, it may not be hard science, but there are still good reasons to turn to the nectar of the gods after getting over the hump of our work week. For our physical health, […]

Seasonal Businesses Thrive in Western North Carolina: The Land of Four Seasons

Much like this writer, when storm clouds climb up and over the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, they lose a lot of their steam. One of the great benefits of our mountains is the steadiness of our weather patterns. Yes, the unique topography in Western North Carolina does create the risk for occasional floods. […]

Agents Answer: What’s the Best Performance Venue in WNC?

There’s always something exciting to see in Western North Carolina! In the many arts-focused communities around the region, an active lifestyle includes plenty of opportunities for live performances. From street buskers to independent plays to the biggest names in entertainment, it’s easy to fill your calendar with things to do and shows to see. But […]

4 Fun Ways to See as Much Local Art as Possible in Brevard, NC

While shopping for groceries recently, this writer passed a woman singing “The Bear Went over the Mountain” to the baby in the carrier perched at the front of her cart. Her unexpected operatic singing style of this nursery rhyme and the fact that I hadn’t heard it in decades both caught my attention. Much like […]

3 Words that Describe the Growing Neighborhood of West Asheville

Just across the French Broad River from downtown is Asheville’s hippest neighborhood: West Asheville. In the past two decades, the neighborhood has seen unprecedented rejuvenation and growth. At the heart of the neighborhood is Haywood Road, lined with locally owned small businesses like funky vintage shops, eclectic boutiques, an independent record shop, and unusual eateries.  […]

Agents Answer: Where are the Best Local Parks in WNC?

Throughout Western North Carolina, our communities and neighborhoods are interconnected—not just by our mountains and rivers, but also by our many local public parks and greenspaces. In fact, in Asheville alone, the city’s Parks and Recreation department maintains seven community and 38 neighborhood parks. And while all parks have common elements, many are as unique […]