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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

A Walk Around Wytheville

Bruce Ingram photo

Wytheville is a charming small town in the mountains of Southwest Virginia that offers a variety of musical entertainment, shopping opportunities, rich history and abundance of outdoor recreation. more

Oct 1, 2017 12:00 AM Outposts 1 Comments

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

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

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

East Tennessee Coffee Company

Dawn Gilchrist/Tim Osment

Husband-and-wife team Tim Osment and Dawn Gilchrist explored Newport and Cosby, Tennessee, in search of their favorite hallmarks of small-town living in Southern Appalachia—fresh coffee, smart books, and good eating. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM , Departments

I consider myself a scrounger, part from necessity, part from the love of “rescuing” something of value. When my mother needed household items after an extended period of illness, I traded pet-sitting duties for a kitchen table and some stools. more

Jun 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Knoxville's night life

Sarah E. Kucharski photo

Head to the hip town of Knoxville, Tenn., where the rockabilly lifestyle gives way to family-friendly entertainment and sports fans bleed Volunteer orange. The riverside city boasts a burgeoning downtown full of shopping, dining and history. more

Oct 1, 2010 12:00 AM Departments