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Marla Hardee Milling

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

Mystery Hill

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Wayne Underwood is supposedly retired, but that doesn’t stop him from showing up seven days a week at Mystery Hill, a peculiar tourist destination near Blowing Rock, N.C. “I’ve never considered this a job,” he said. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Good Reads 1 Comments

Donald Davis

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Sheila Kay Adams knows how to keep a crowd entertained whether she’s telling a tale, singing or strumming, but she claims a go-with-the-flow attitude when she hits the stage, saying she never knows exactly what she’s going to do before she does it. more

Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Grandfather Mountain eagles

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A new addition is expected to arrive soon at Grandfather Mountain’s new eagle habitat in the High Country of N.C. An adult bald eagle currently housed at the Alaska Raptor Center is expected to move east where it will join Griffin, an adult male. more

Oct 1, 2013 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

On Tap

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73-year-old Oscar Wong holds status as somewhat of a rock star in the Asheville, N.C. craft brewing scene since he helped blaze the path that’s led to a growing interest in regional craft beers. more

Jun 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Tiny seeds can grow into mighty oaks, and one of the first seeds in the trend of tourism trails in Western North Carolina came in 1996 when the Asheville-based craft organization Handmade in America published its “Craft Heritage Trails” guidebook. more

Apr 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Zorbing in the mountains

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Perched on a hillside in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., three humongous balls crafted out of flexible, transparent plastic provoke natural curiosity. At first impression, the oversized globes resemble exercise balls for giant hamsters. more

Oct 1, 2012 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

The Sams Family

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Working crossword puzzles or solving a Sudoku puzzle can keep one’s mind sharp, but for Stan Smith, a more satisfying challenge comes in helping other people solve their genealogical conundrums. more

Aug 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

Cornelia's birthday

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A parade of more than 200 costumed partygoers mingled at Asheville’s Biltmore House on the evening of August 23, 1921, to celebrate the 21st birthday of Cornelia, the daughter of George and Edith Vanderbilt. But where was the Vanderbilt’s only child? more

Jun 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features