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With sunshine spilling into the taproom of Currahee Brewing Company in Franklin one recent afternoon, brewmaster Taylor Yates is all…
When Ed Sutton first came to Cherokee in November to break ground on a new trail system, his directive was…
It’s the heartbeat of a town. Coming into its 37th year, the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre has become a beacon…
In her short tenure, Executive Director Lindsey Solomon has righted the unknown direction of the ship that is the Haywood…
Surrounded by piles of debris, old wood and gravel, Joe Rowland sees opportunity. “This is the inevitable next step for…
Stepping out of a large passenger van into the sunshine last Saturday afternoon, a group of around 10 people entered…
Turning onto 2nd Street from the hectic U.S. 19/74 highway, you find yourself cruising through downtown Andrews. It’s Saturday afternoon,…
When asked why he loves Western North Carolina, Travis Smith had to pause for a moment. “Well, that’s a good question,”…
Taking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush…
Just mere feet from a bustling South Main Street in Waynesville resides a cocoon of creativity. With a steady stream of…
Amid the numerous businesses in Dillsboro, its cultural and economic heart lies in the plentiful art galleries and studios. From…
Sitting on the porch of the Andrews Brewing Company, co-owner Eric Carlson looks out onto his property. With bluebird skies…
What started as a job while in high school turned itself into a lifelong career and passion for Josh Monroe.…
Watching the 1960 Olympics on television, a young Keith Calhoun saw something that would forever change the course of his…
Heading west out of Bryson City, just before the highway narrows into a twisting two-lane road, a small, ramshackle hut…
Eating with integrity, living with gratitude. When family, friends and the curious alike wander into the Cork & Bean in…
It never ceases to amaze Lorraine Conard. “It’s a little bit magical,” she said. “You walk in and there’s this…
Who the heck are those guys? It’s a question constantly asked about Porch 40, a Sylva-based funk/rock outfit barreling out…
Monday is the new Saturday.  Heading down Frazier Street in Waynesville to BearWaters Brewing Company, one can barely find a…
Dale Heinlein never thought he’d set roots down in his hometown of Highlands. “Living in Atlanta, in suburbia, with the…
Joe Frank McKee knows what Dillsboro is capable of. “It’s a fighting town,” he said. “There are more craftsmen involved…
Shane Williams knows exactly when he’s reached the essence of a river. “For me, it’s all about the glide,” he…
Why do we seek the high places? The easiest explanation for going to the mountains is for the scenery. Even…
A seemingly dead-end situation became a life-changing moment for Alex Bell. “We came back to school from a tournament and…
General Grant knew from a young age he was an artist. “I was gifted, it was a gift from The…
Standing atop the 5,000-foot Cataloochee Ranch mountain retreat in Maggie Valley, the vastness and endless beauty of Western North Carolina…
It’s about making everyone feel welcome for Lynn Stanberry. “You get a warm feeling coming in here,” she smiled. “There…
Bouncing around her gallery like a rubber ball, the energy of Teri Siewert is contagious. “The ambiance here is something…
The Shelton House, which is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts, opens for its 35th season this summer. 
It was time for something different. “We’ve been looking at doing something like this for years,” said Sally Peterkin. “And…
From welcoming, backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history,…
Undulating mountains surround the town of Waynesville, a welcoming community that is the perfect combination of nature, tourism and Appalachian…
For true local charm, look no further than Canton and Clyde, the neighboring towns nestled in eastern Haywood County. They…
In the heart of the Smokies lies Maggie Valley, a mountain getaway that rolls out the welcome mat to traveling…
Sylva is an eclectic community that’s a blend of a local, tourist and college feel surrounded by towering mountains. 
A charming and delightful village, Dillsboro is home to a community of artists, unique retailers and great restaurants.
Highlands and Cashiers are perched on the edge of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, where the mountains plunge sharply from a…
Franklin is the ideal staging are for exploring the Nantahala Mountains.
Most of lands surrounding Bryson City are publicly held forest and park land, making the town a staging area of…
A unique mix of modern and ancient, Cherokee is 21st century entertainment played out on a backdrop of time-honored cultural…
What started as an unsure adventure turned into a passion-filled career for Jim Rowell.
What looked like a risk to some was a dream for Diane Cutler and Andy Zivinsky.
The feeling of a new customer walking through the door never gets old for Haley Milner.
If you build it, they will come. If you brew it, they will come and party.
A loud roar echoed from the back of the building. The deafening sound is terrifying, yet exhilarating, with the smell…
It’s the sound of the ancient mountains, the unique people and rich culture of Southern Appalachia. It’s the sound of Soldier’s…
When Myra Sawyer looks around the Sawyer Family Farmstead, she couldn’t image living anywhere else in the world.
It was a summer job that literally molded itself into a future.
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
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