These 12 Crafters for Christmas represent “time-honored traditions and a legacy of handcraft” native to the people of the southern Appalachians, as celebrated through their membership in the Southern Highland Craft Guild. more

Dec 1, 2017 12:00 AM Features

The holidays are approaching, and once again you have no idea what to give your beloved Uncle Fergus and Aunt Ida. What to do? What the blazes do you give such people? Well, books, of course. But not just any books. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

Whiskey Cake

Beall + Thomas photography

Fruitcake isn’t the only liquor-soaked dessert that brings out the holiday cheer. This time of year, the classic Tennessee whiskey cake also finds itself in heavy rotation in Southern kitchens, inspiring the rich updates included here. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Though Appalachia’s apple stack cake tends to get most of the attention, many Southern holiday spreads wouldn’t be complete without an old-fashioned Japanese fruitcake, a layered spice cake with coconut filling or icing. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Wassail that packs a punch

Meg Reilley Photo

There are a lot of things I don’t know. I don’t know why my cat Harold tries to swat me every time I walk by him. I thought he and I were better friends than that. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Departments 1 Comments

Christmas at Biltmore

Biltmore photo

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

Swag Bar

Courtesy of The Swag Country Inn

The holiday season is the time for baking and trading homemade goodies. Try these Western North Carolina creations next time the kitchen is calling. more

Dec 1, 2011 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia


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