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Abingdon, Va.

Abingdon is one of our favorite places to visit anywhere, and during many sojourns we’ve learned the ghostly legends. But what we didn’t know is that this is a town that sometimes seems to have more buildings haunted than not. more

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Barter Theatre is the nation’s longest running professional theater, having opened in 1933 during the Great Depression. more

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Abingdon Trout Stream

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Quality trout streams are common in the Smoky Mountain Region. Indeed, this part of the country is nationally known for its cold water fisheries. more

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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

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Away up there

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Southern Appalachia’s latest crop of guest retreats deepen the experience of some of the region’s most popular destinations—from the glitz of Dollywood and Biltmore Estate to the rugged allure of Pisgah National Forest and Lookout Mountain. more

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Knoxville's Shakespeare on the Square

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Come summer nights in downtown Knoxville, there’s much ado about none other than the Bard himself. more

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The unknown

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The air got noticeably colder as Debra Maddox walked into what she called the most haunted place in Asheville. “How odd,” she said, walking down the steps from Asheville, N.C.’s, Church Street to a gravel parking lot. more

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Center of attention

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The Barter is to American theater what AAA baseball is to the major leagues—one step away from the big time. Among theater professionals and aficionados, Barter is as heavy a hitter as the Goodman Theatre in Chicago or Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. more

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General excellence

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Located where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains pinch Virginia to its narrowest point, Meadowview once was an agricultural center. The railroad’s arrival in 1856 opened the remote part of the state to commerce. more

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At Camella’s Remember When tea parlor in Abingdon, Va., women of all kinds and tea connoisseurs in general are invited to sip from an interesting selection of fine teas while enjoying afternoon, cream, or sandwich tea service. more

Sweet Appalachia

Virginia Creeper Trail

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In the heart of Abingdon, Va., begins the Virginia Creeper Trail, a former train line turned multi-use pathway. The 34-mile trail climbs from its base, marked by a historic Norfolk and Western engine, once used on the tracks, to nearly 4,000 feet. more

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Kids cooking

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“Cooking Along the Crooked Road,” a culinary program at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, holds special classes for cooks of all ages. more

Sweet Appalachia

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The William King Museum Center for Art and Cultural Heritage in Abington, Va., offers an interesting take on craft with two exhibits now on display. more

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