Nonprofit Spotlight: Four Seasons Foundation

Did you know that there are more than 730,000 veterans living in the state of North Carolina? That’s 9.8% of our state population! And yet, in exchange for putting their lives on hold, many veterans across the nation receive insufficient care upon their return home. These experiences only magnify the stress associated with their combat […]

Karma Keg Nonprofit Winner Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina

When you were young, who did you look up to? Who made a difference in your life? Who set you on the path you’re following today? At Beverly-Hanks, we give generously of our time and support every day for the benefit of our community. Our giving is generally limited to the causes closest to the […]

7 Swimming Holes You Need to Try this Weekend

If you’ve gone all summer without spending an afternoon in one of our natural mountain swimming holes, we daresay you’ve wasted your time. Luckily for you, this summer season is lasting a little longer than usual, giving you more time to get out and enjoy all the natural wonders that Western North Carolina has to […]

2019 Labor Day Events in Asheville and WNC

Summer weather is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the activities of summer come to an end this weekend. Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the season: Vacations have been had. Children are back in school. There is a slight lull in tourism across Western North […]

Karma Keg Nonprofit Winner Spotlight: WNC Down Syndrome Alliance

At Beverly-Hanks, we give generously of our time and support every day for the benefit of our community. Our giving is generally limited to the causes closest to the hearts of our leadership, agents, and staff. Last night at our most recent Karma Keg for Charity event, the crowd decided which local charity deserved additional […]

3 Ways WNC Rivers Support Healthy Life along Their Banks

As Asheville native and environmental icon Wilma Dykeman once wrote:  “Water is a living thing; it is life itself. In it, life began.” It is no coincidence that many of Western North Carolina’s towns were built along rivers. In addition to their life-giving waters, WNC rivers have played an important role in facilitating manufacturing and […]

2019 July 4th Events in Asheville and across WNC

It’s Independence Day, and you know what that means!—Face paint, flags, and fried food! Celebrate in style at one of the many great 4th of July fireworks shows across the region. If you have trouble choosing, our agents weighed in on their favorite fireworks locations to help you find the right view. But don’t sit […]

14 Locations that Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month Every Day of the Year

There are many people who think that “fake holidays” are getting out of hand. National Popcorn Day? (January 19) National Selfie Day? (June 21) National Margarita Day? (February 22)—”It’s all too much! And it’s all too unnecessary!” we hear them say. Sure. It may be a little ridiculous to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month this […]

Nonprofit Spotlight: Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In Western North Carolina, our surrounding mountains are one of the most noticeable traits that allow residents to Live the Life You Choose. These mountains aren’t just a scenic backdrop. They are alive with more diverse flora and fauna than almost anywhere on Earth. It takes a lot of caring and compassion to keep our […]

Everything You Need to Know about the French Broad River: A Beginner’s Guide

The evolution of brachiopods. Giant insects. The entire history of the dinosaurs. The rise of mammals. Possibly four of Earth’s five prehistoric mass extinction events. The mighty French Broad River has seen it all. Continue reading for: French Broad River at a Glance French Broad River History & Geography French Broad River Climate & Wildlife […]