Christmas tree

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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In late fall and early winter, families find their way to the steep slopes of Southern Appalachian farms to choose and cut the most favored of trees—the Fraser fir. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments

Christmas at Biltmore

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Décor will create a sense of the Gilded Age, while incorporating elements that nod to George Vanderbilt’s legacy in Western North Carolina in “A Vanderbilt Christmas Celebration” at the Biltmore Estate this year. more

Nov 20, 2014 12:00 AM Departments

A vine to remember

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

A fellow I know welcomes the holiday season by decking the halls, and the walls, and a few of the yard’s ornamental bushes with hundreds of lights that won’t come down until Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. more

Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads


Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

Since moving to Asheville a little over a year ago, it has become clear to me that I have relocated to the sustainability capital of the universe. Here I am an eco-amateur. I should be raising my own cow and feeding her indigenous grasses. more

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM Good Reads

There. Could that be the one? Robust, evenly distributed branches—but a little too portly. “Like a little fat man,” the boy, about 11 or 12, thought to himself. That won’t work. Breathing through his checkered scarf, he hoofed it over to another. more

Jan 1, 2011 12:00 AM Features