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Jonathan Austin

For many in the mountains, that first car you got was a ticket to explore. In North Carolina, we took driver’s education class in high school when we were 15 years old. Read more

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As the history of Asheville is written, residents and visitors alike would be remiss to overlook the impact of the man named Warren Haynes. Read more

Sweet Appalachia

Maybe it’s just me. Do others raised in these mountains forget what trails they’ve hiked? Do you lose track of which parts of these beautiful ridges you’ve seen up close and personal? Read more

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The Mountain Mile development, near the Teaster Lane and Wears Valley Road intersection, is the site of the proposed August Moon drive-in movie theater. Read more

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Carol and Jim Steiner say they understand that the idea of a jaunt on the Appalachian Trail can intimidate some would-be hikers. After all, the AT is about 2,181 miles long, known as the longest continuously marked footpath in the world. Read more

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It’s a name that often stands alone, bereft of more because it is complete in its singularity. Chihuly. From Venice to Jerusalem, the exhibitions of Seattle artist Dale Chihuly have attracted fans and critics alike. Read more

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A friend’s Facebook meme last month caught my eye. It was the image of a boy playing in the mud, and the caption read: “They didn’t know their clothes were hand-me-downs, or that their home was not a mansion." Read more

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Jim Parham says he is like many people when it comes to finding and appreciating the variety of flowers that can be seen on hikes or simple strolls in the North Carolina mountains. Read more

Mountain Explorer

My grandmother maintained a yard of flowers, mostly bulbs. She had a simple house with uneven floors and windows that were covered with ice on the inside in the coldest of winters. She had no money, she lived simply, but boy, did she have flowers. Read more

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Sometimes, it is worthwhile to try to make things as they once were. In a sense, that is the purpose of the Southern Appalachian Spruce Restoration Initiative at the Southern Highlands Reserve. Read more

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Sunset

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The Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park top lists for popularity, according to the National Park System. Read more

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For many, the ultimate reason to go to Bristol is to visit the iconic Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway. Opened in 1960, the NASCAR short track sits in a coliseum that vastly compounds the sound and feel of a race on a primal level. Read more

Outposts

On a recent Sunday my wife and I piled the dogs in the car and headed up Cove Creek Road in Haywood County, North Carolina, to see what was to be seen in the Cataloochee Valley. Read more

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If you like music then you owe a debt of gratitude for events that occurred 90 years ago in Bristol, Tennessee. Read more

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Bristol sings a new tune

Cameron Davidson photo • Virginia Tourism Corporation (Virginia.org)

Bristol is complex and effervescent, from the roar of NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway—the world’s eighth largest sports venue—to vivacious State Street, the downtown boulevard that anchors a resurgent arts and entertainment community. Read more

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The Paramount

Billie Wheeler photo

A step into Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts is a step back in time to the heyday of jaw-dropping movie palaces designed to entertain the masses. Read more

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Museum exhibit showcases new research from World War I battlefield where unassuming Tennessee soldier singlehandedly routed a German counter-offensive. Read more

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On an Icy Edge

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The beautiful, fast-flowing waterfalls of the mountain regions take on a completely different appearance when the chill of winter comes blowing. Read more

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Cold winters mean good business at Waterfall Farm, where a simple venture tapping “a few maple trees close to the house” in 2006 has evolved into one of the few commercial maple syrup operations in the region. Read more

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