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A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

A few weeks earlier, learning to fly fish seemed like a great idea on the eve of turning 40. Something new and adventurous, something novel and romantic. But now I’m doubtful. My vision of whipping S-curves through the air suddenly seems far-fetched. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

In Family of Earth, we find the seeds that would blossom in Wilma Dykeman’s later writing. Her love for the mountains, her concern for the environment and her ability to treat as equals people from varying backgrounds. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Good Reads

A Fly Fishing Lesson

Jon Ostendorff photo

More than 1 million visitors a year pass through the hallowed halls of the Biltmore House, a show-stopper of colossal proportions, draped in brilliant architecture, laced with captivating history and adorned with lavish antiquities. more

Aug 1, 2017 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

Hops

Margaret Hester photo

The mountain beer scene continues to grow, with more than two dozen breweries now in the Asheville area and around 60 in Western North Carolina. more

Jun 1, 2017 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

No Taste Like Home

Mike Belleme

What do an overgrown field, a weed-infested city lot, a wilderness hollow, a suburban backyard, and a shady woodlot all have in common? Well, if you’re Alan Muskat, the answer is simple – food for the taking. more

Mountain Explorer

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

Home Cooking

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You never know what you might encounter on Haywood Road in anything-goes West Asheville. Unless it’s a weekend morning—in which case it’s a given that a line will have formed out the door and along the side of Biscuit Head. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Celebrate the season—and the creativity of Southern Appalachia—at one or more of these markets, fairs, and arts communities. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments

Katie Knorovsky

Second Street photography

As a kid, I whipped up my share of mud pies and looked forward to summer camp and games of Kick the Can with my cousins on our grandparents’ farm. But most days I could be found inside, nose in a book. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Blog

Home Cooking

JBN Photo

’Tis the season for good cooking. Whether your holiday food traditions have been set in place for generations or every year starts as a blank menu, there’s always room at the table for one more special dish. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Learn the Constellations

Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

With a new year comes new resolutions. Whether you hope to hike more or stress less, eat better or give back, Smoky Mountain Living offers an only-in-Southern-Appalachia guide to making 2017 your best year yet. more

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12 Days of Christmas

Donated photo

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

River Whyless, a four-piece folk group from Asheville, makes waves with a wash of harmonies and lush violin melodies on its new album, We All the Light. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

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Mandy Newham-Cobb illustration

My dad insisted on visiting Asheville during Halloween weekend, but I wanted him to come earlier. By then, leaves are past their peak in the valleys and have blown away from the ridgetops. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

We in the Northern Hemisphere experienced the autumnal equinox on September 22, with the hours of daylight and dark virtually equal. Ever since, we have been turning away from the sun, the light growing softer and the shadows longer. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Mountain Explorer

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Hannah Furgiuele photo

Most of the time, no matter the season, Arvil and his fiddle hold court in his living room—also known as his teaching studio. That’s where my fiddle and I have joined him for the afternoon. more

Oct 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

The Asheville Symphony Sessions

Jesse Kitt photo

Music weaves its way through the hills of Asheville. A fiddle tune unfurls on a busy street corner, jazz floats out the windows of a wine bar, and rock clubs shake with raucous energy. Down the street, the Asheville Symphony spins its own magic. more

Aug 1, 2016 12:00 AM Sweet Appalachia

Rick is a man of many talents. He is an attorney, a private investigator, and a sometime employee of the Mountain Center, a group dedicated to land preservation in Western North Carolina. more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Good Reads

Early summer, a couple of years ago, I arrived in these mountains. Typically the season of fresh starts, spring was to close out my first year here. I ended up traveling much of March, and, upon my return to Asheville, the fullness of April washed ov more

Apr 1, 2016 12:00 AM Blog

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Donated photo

Motivation tends to drop with the temperatures for most, and as winter wears on hibernation can seem more appealing than exploration. However, getting that rush is simpler than venturing into the woods 365 days out of the year. more

Feb 1, 2016 12:00 AM Departments