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Perfect storm

Don Hendershot

A perfect storm or the new norm?

A confluence of events that came together in the Southern Appalachians in the fall of 2016, which precipitated this unprecedented fire season: Decades of fuel buildup, drought, warm temperatures, low humidity, wind and then ignition.

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Hot Springs, North Carolina, and Damascus and Harper's Ferry, Virginia, offer wonderful amenities along with a walk down part of the Appalachian Trail. more

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The downtown, arts and crafts community, and many other places, suffered no damage from the 2016 forest fires. more

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The true impact of the fires won't be known for decades but you will see them while you are in the woods this summer. Get answers with our Q&A from Smoky Mountain News. more

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The art of creation is in full force at the Robert Beatty household. Without a TV for mindless distraction, the family finds other ways to entertain themselves. You might say their South Asheville home is a portal for inspiration and imagination. more

Feb 20, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Bellafina Chocloates

Photo courtesy of Bellafina Chocolates

From Mad Priest Coffee in Chattanooga to Aurora Studio & Gallery in Asheville and many places in between, the mountains are full of labors of love - business that put people ahead of profits. more

Feb 20, 2017 12:00 AM , Features

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Photo courtesy of Navitat Canopy Adventures.

Ziplines, hang gliders, tree climbers, trapeze teachers, skydivers and more. more

Feb 20, 2017 12:00 AM Features

12 Days of Christmas

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Partridges and pear trees need not apply: These 12 holiday destinations around Southern Appalachia offer mountain merry-makers a bit of everything—from homespun traditions to festive glamour and glitz. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

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