Sweet Appalachia

Finished Dip Dogs

Fred Sauceman

Notes from the Southwest Virginia Hot Dog Trail

The big city hot dogs of Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia get most of the media attention, but the small towns and country backroads of Southwest Virginia are rich in hot dog cuisine.



The tumbling waters of Wolf Creek have flowed down from Neel’s Gap for a century since September 14, 1917, when acclaimed poet Byron Herbert Reece was born in a one-room hand-hewn log cabin. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Acoustic Syndicate

Lynne Harty photo

Straddling the lines between bluegrass, mountain music and rock-n-roll, Acoustic Syndicate is a result of their miles on the road, where they soaked in the sounds of the landscapes they passed through, the countless stages they took each night. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Erin Johnson photography

Blueberries are a Smoky Mountain treat. Bursting with flavor, their yearly arrival sets off excitement as locals and tourist rush to pick them, or to buy a carton or two at area farmers markets. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Before and after

Photo special to Smoky Mountain Living

Working in her studio nestled on a hillside overlooking Wears Valley, a border community of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, artist Kathryn Rutherford’s face takes on a radiance. more

Jun 29, 2017 4:02 PM Sweet Appalachia

Biltmore Industries

Photo courtsey of Grovewood Village

When Biltmore’s first lady, Edith Vanderbilt, approached Fred Seely, visionary of The Grove Park Inn, about buying Biltmore Estate Industries in 1917, she asked that he “continue its educational features and develop the arts.” more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Southern Highlands Craft Guild

SHCG photo

This year the Guild has partnered with several local interior designers, architects and builders from Western North Carolina to showcase how handcrafted works can be incorporated into daily life. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

As the Monday through Friday host of WDVX’s “Blue Plate Special” on 89.9 FM, Red Hickey oversees a legendary radio program in the studio located on bustling Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


Margaret Hester photo

The mountain beer scene continues to grow, with more than two dozen breweries now in the Asheville area and around 60 in Western North Carolina. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

SML is pleased to feature recipes from featured restaurants, chefs — even some oldies!