Pam Myers calls the large, container-like structure hovering at the core of the expanded Asheville Art Museum “a box within a box.” The metaphor is fitting in many ways, the museum’s executive director says. Read more

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The Elkmont Historic District in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is getting a makeover, with work now underway to restore some buildings and demolish others. Read more



Beth Patton photo

Whether he’s scavenging the countryside in search of honeysuckle and dandelion, scouring mom-and-pop farms for fennel and carrots, or tracking down local honey and sorghum cane juice, Todd Boera is on the cutting edge of the farm-to-mug movement. Read more


Microbreweries of the mountains are peddling more than pints these days. The Smokies’ national acclaim as a craft-beer destination has led the burgeoning microbrewery scene on a quest for expansion, one that’s intersecting with the region’s history. Read more


A U.S. Post Office the New Deal’s Public Works Administration (PWA) constructed in Brevard, N.C. in 1940 has been renovated and repurposed for the community. Read more

Linked in logs

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Historically commercial buildings have been trash bins for energy dollars. Through the buildings’ inefficiency and the managements’ disregard, the cavernous spaces have over the years provided for the belching of untold mega-tons of CO2 into the air. Read more


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On its mountains-to-the-sea review of “quirky characters, roadside oddities and other offbeat stuff,” a new book, North Carolina Curiosities, explores scores of unique spots and structures. Read more

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