Banner Elk, N.C.

Todd Bush photo

Sandwiched between Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain along the Elk River in North Carolina’s High Country, the tiny burg of Banner Elk rises as a destination for all seasons. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

Fabulous Franklin, N.C.

Margaret Hester photo

Tucked away in a forgotten corner of Western North Carolina, not far from the Georgia line, lies an old town that’s rapidly developing a new spirit. more

Feb 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts

A Stay with a Story

Tapoco Lodge photo

Fly over the Smoky Mountains and one thing becomes apparent: This is a wild place. That wildness calls us to come visit. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The Swag

John Warner photo

As dusk falls, the night music can be heard through the open windows and the mountain temperature cools enough to warrant the stoking of a small fire to crackle and burn as book pages turn, until at last, embers expire and sleepy eyes are retired. more

Aug 1, 2011 12:00 AM Departments

As you gaze out from your private, open deck upon mist-covered mountains—silent save for a bird’s reverie and the cool morning air—it’s hard to believe you’re not a million miles away. more

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM Departments

In the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, cycling and cycling safety have become a focus of one of the region’s inns — Dancing Bear Lodge. more

Jul 1, 2008 12:00 AM Departments