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Marla Hardee Milling

Small Town Charm, Big City Offerings

Marla Hardee Milling

If I had to do an elevator speech of sorts to extoll the virtues of Greenville, I’d simply describe it this way: Greenville has a big-city feel wrapped in southern hospitality and small-town charm. Read more

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The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair and the North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival serve as a reunion of sorts for those who head to the mountains every year, as well as provide a warm welcome to newcomers. Read more

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A couple of months ago I stood outside on a cold, clear night and turned my eyes to the sky. I watched as a shadow inched across the glowing orb of the moon until it fully covered it, transforming the moon into the image of a dark reddish ball. Read more

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Forget the days of stuffy museums with ropes to keep the hands of little visitors from getting too close. Today, many museums are geared for kids of all ages with interactive play, colorful exhibits, and rich opportunities for hands-on learning. Read more

A circle provides great symbolism for the town of Ellijay, Georgia. It’s located in the middle of incredible natural beauty and surrounded by miles of trails, wilderness areas, lakes, streams, waterfalls and even reports of Bigfoot sightings. Read more

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Author Robert Beatty introduced a generation of readers to Asheville’s Biltmore Estate, the setting for his wildly popular Serafina novels. Now, he’s shining a similar light on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read more

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Beech Mountain Resort

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Sevierville, Tennessee, native Matthew Ayers stood on top of a groomed slope of dirt in Pigeon Forge and provided his vision for the future. Read more

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Gatlinburg Gratitude

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A devastating fire in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, on Nov. 28, 2016, claimed 14 lives, injured almost 200 and damaged or destroyed close to 2,500 homes, businesses and other structures. A year later, victims look back with gratitude and forward with hope. Read more

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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. Read more

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Sheila Kay Adams knows how to keep a crowd entertained whether she’s telling a tale, singing or strumming, but she claims a go-with-the-flow attitude when she hits the stage, saying she never knows exactly what she’s going to do before she does it. Read more

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Mystery Hill

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Wayne Underwood is supposedly retired, but that doesn’t stop him from showing up seven days a week at Mystery Hill, a peculiar tourist destination near Blowing Rock, N.C. “I’ve never considered this a job,” he said. Read more

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Grandfather Mountain eagles

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A new addition is expected to arrive soon at Grandfather Mountain’s new eagle habitat in the High Country of N.C. An adult bald eagle currently housed at the Alaska Raptor Center is expected to move east where it will join Griffin, an adult male. Read more

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On Tap

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73-year-old Oscar Wong holds status as somewhat of a rock star in the Asheville, N.C. craft brewing scene since he helped blaze the path that’s led to a growing interest in regional craft beers. Read more

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Tiny seeds can grow into mighty oaks, and one of the first seeds in the trend of tourism trails in Western North Carolina came in 1996 when the Asheville-based craft organization Handmade in America published its “Craft Heritage Trails” guidebook. Read more

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Zorbing in the mountains

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Perched on a hillside in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., three humongous balls crafted out of flexible, transparent plastic provoke natural curiosity. At first impression, the oversized globes resemble exercise balls for giant hamsters. Read more

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The Sams Family

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Working crossword puzzles or solving a Sudoku puzzle can keep one’s mind sharp, but for Stan Smith, a more satisfying challenge comes in helping other people solve their genealogical conundrums. Read more

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Cornelia's birthday

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A parade of more than 200 costumed partygoers mingled at Asheville’s Biltmore House on the evening of August 23, 1921, to celebrate the 21st birthday of Cornelia, the daughter of George and Edith Vanderbilt. But where was the Vanderbilt’s only child? Read more

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