Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Call of the wild

In the same way that water beckons boys to skip rocks across it, the outdoors called constantly to the orange Maine Coon cat I used to own. He would sit on the windowsill, tail twitching, ears alert, and turn to look at me with yearning in his eyes. more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Perspectives

Garret K. Woodward photo

The more the merrier

In July 2012, I wandered into The Smoky Mountain News office in downtown Waynesville, North Carolina—tired, hungry, a little delirious and full of inertia and caffeine after a nonstop haul from upstate New York. more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Perspectives

Cherokee NC photo

Ode to the Odiferous

By late April, we trust you’ve tiptoed into the woods, maybe under cover of darkness, pinched your nose with one hand and, fast as a rabbit, harvested your secret ramp stash using the other. more »

Mar 12, 2015 12:00 AM Cuisine

WCU photo

N.C. novels get the Hollywood treatment

​Western North Carolina author Ron Rash lights up as much talking about his two novels making their film debuts this winter as he does describing the trout stream that runs through campus at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. more »

Feb 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

A perfectly poached egg flecked with black sea salt rests atop a duck confit salad at Fig Bistro in Asheville's Biltmore Village.

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Friendly French in Biltmore Village

Tucked away along the French Broad River and Sweeten Creek Road, Fig Bistro isn’t among the easiest to find, which means those seeking its casual French-American cuisine need make a point of it being their dining destination. more »

Nov 1, 2014 12:00 AM Cuisine

Answers always start as questions

Shortly after I became Smoky Mountain Living’s managing editor, I also took a teaching job at the local community college. I struggle to find the words to express how much it meant to me. My students all were at the lowest end of the spectrum. more »

Jan 1, 2015 12:00 AM Perspectives

Photo essay

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