A look inside our January/February, 2013 Issue
- Writer on the Road: Visiting Wilderness at the Smokies Resort
While on assignment for our 2013 travel guide, Joe Tennis stopped off at this Sevierville, Tenn. resort, which gives visitors the feeling of being both at the beach and in the mountains at the same time!
- More Mountain Curios!
What's with those round barns in Madison County, Va.? Where is "Frog Level?" Why is that inn shaped like Mother Goose? What the heck is the Snallygaster Monster? Read about all of these mountain oddities and more.
- New App is Great Guide to Western N.C. Waterfalls!
Check out a quick review of a handy new iPhone/iPad app "The Waterfalls of Western North Carolina."
- Foodie Tour Recap
Our Blue Ridge Foodie Tour comes to a close with this issue, but if you missed an installment make sure to check out the entire four-part series today!
- The Stark Beauty of Winter
See more gorgeous winter photos from Lori Kincaid's photo essay here, plus get info about how you can learn from Lori firsthand in private and seasonal workshops and impromptu winter photo tours!
Cover Story: The 2013 Travel Guide!
- Great Driving Trails in Nine Mountain States
C’mon along as we explore new towns, new adventures, new sights. by Joe Tennis
- The 2013 Blue Ridge Almanac and Mountain Curios
Not just wit and wisdom for the coming year, but also Pearl Buck-signed books, bent trees marking a path and more. by Gwen Clarke, Su Clauson-Wicker, Phillip Bonner, Susan Fair and Jo Harris
- 25 Ideas That Changed the Mountains
Over the last 100 years, many aspects have remained timeless, while many – the auto, the interstate, the parkway and many others have altered our mountains. by Su Clauson-Wicker
- Connecting Generations by Moon Signs and Love
When a mother faces life-threatening surgery for her young son, should she turn to the folk wisdom of her grandparents? by Marla Hardee Milling
- Parkway Foodie Tour Recap: And the Winning County Is . . .
Exploring the culinary offerings of Rockbridge County, Va. by Jessica Wright
- Cabin in the Woods: Where Quilters Get Away to . . . Quilt
At Eagles Ridge Resort in the Smokies, 18 ladies find the perfect cabin from among about 250 mountain hideaways. by Marla Hardee Milling
Music Notes, High and Low: Loggins, Carter, Jonesborough and Watson.
- From the Editor: A Long Time?
As we begin our 25th-anniversary year with this issue, it’s easy to think not much has changed in these timeless old mountains. by Kurt Rheinheimer
- From the Farm: Strength in What Remains
The annual cycle of things outside has its precious set of swells and ebbs, not the least of which is the wistfulness of the nearly spent. by Elizabeth Hunter
- The Hike: The Delightful Surprises of West Virginia’s Flatrock Plains
It’s a good bet you know what West Virginia’s Dolly Sods is. But how about the nearby Flatrock Plains? by Leonard Atkins
- Creature Feature: Dig It
The woodland vole has adapted well to life underground. by Nancy Henderson
- Festivals & Events: Winter Wandering
Find plenty of ways to ward off – or even embrace – the cold.
- Country Roads: In the Shadow of a Bear
Whiteside Mountain in Jackson County, N.C. produces a bestial silhouette. Plus, Riding the Ghost of the Potts Valley Branch Railroad and a Book Review for “Asheville Beer: An Intoxicating History of Mountain Brewing"
- Flavors: Campus Drive-In: Shaping a Community Since 1955
The three-meals-daily diner has also helped fuel generations of Gate City High School football players. by Fred Sauceman
- Mountain Garden: Jalapeno Peppers: Pick a Peck – or More
With heat or without, they’re tasty, versatile and pretty easy to grow. by Elizabeth Hunter
- Guest Column: Coming Home to West Virginia
Alisa Bailey is a career tourism marketing professional, white water rafting enthusiast and self-proclaimed mountain girl. by Alisa Bailey