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Sep 2 2015

An autumn road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Fall is swiftly approaching, and I can think of no better way to experience its crisp air and vibrant foliage than on a leisurely road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Parkway stretches from Virginia's Shenandoah Valley to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, with dozens of jaw-dropping vistas along the way. It's a truly gorgeous stretch of the country, and fall is the perfect time to take it all in.

Fall foliage in Great Smoky Mountains National Park


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Jun 9 2015

Asheville, NC: Seeing the City the Way Locals Do

Asheville, NC has long been associated with tourism: the area that was once chock full of sanitariums for the recovery of the rich and famous (like Zelda Fitzgerald) is now the playground of well-to-do New Yorkers and Californians searching out an artistic, bohemian vibe in a small mountain city. Exploring downtown Asheville is a must, and it's great fun to have a drink at the Grove Park Inn and take in the spectacular view from the terrace, but we suggest stepping outside of the mainstays of touristdom and see the city a little more like a local. There's great beer, food, music and nature to be found in Asheville: here are our top picks.

              

 The building that houses The Wedge is right across the street from the French Broad River. Photo courtesy of AshevilleNow.com.

The Wedge Brewing Company. The Wedge is a cultural institution of Asheville in more ways than one: It is on its own a fantastic brewery, well worth the trip considering its brews can be found nowhere else; it serves as the anchor for the building it occupies, which is filled with artists' studios and sits right on the French Broad River; and, it almost always has some delicious food trucks out front and in summer it shows movies outside. Maybe the best part of the location? Right across the street is an access point for the French Broad, which is a great place for tubing. We recommend hopping in the river there (there are several tube rental spots nearby, or you can bring your own) and floating down for a mile or two until you reach an exit point at the Bywater, an outdoor bar with local beers on tap and plenty of grills open to the public (bring your own food, and feel free to bring the kids—the bar sits on a whole acre of land).

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Aug 13 2012

Thirsty? The Asheville Brews Cruise has a solution

Category: Destinations | Nightlife | On The SceneChristine @ 04:42

North Carolina has some great things to offer. There’s beaches and mountains, big cities and small towns. I’ve lived in Winston-Salem for six years, which is right in the middle of the state, making mountains and oceans both easily accessible. But up until recently, I hadn’t fully taken advantage of that accessibility.


A couple weeks ago, a friend’s birthday offered the perfect opportunity to fix that, and a group of us set out to Asheville to participate in a kind of local tour that is unique to the small mountain town: the Brews Cruise. More...

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Apr 12 2012

North Carolina offers so much it's hard to choose: beaches or mountains?

North Carolina often appears on national lists of the best places to live and visit. It’s no wonder: The state is simply beautiful, all the way across, from its eastern sandy beaches to its western stately mountains. More...

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Feb 8 2012

Appreciating your home state: a weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina

Category: DestinationsMegan Leader @ 09:32

Of course there's nothing more exhilarating than experiencing new cultures and visiting other countries, but there is much to be said for making the most of where you are and what's nearby. It's important to appreciate your home state (as well as support your local economy), and that's why I love weekend trips. More...

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