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Gearing Down, Speeding Up: Great Drives for Spring

Whether you're looking for great windshield-experience scenic drives or a bit of driving-gloves excitement, we've got the spots. more »

Feb 23, 2015 5:00 PM Features

Tim Barnwell

New Home from the Ashes: The Bonesteels' Asheville Residence

The family calls their Prairie Modern home "Frank Lloyd Wright meets the mountains." more »

Feb 23, 2015 12:16 PM Features

Kimberly Button

Move Over Jamestown: First Inland U.S. Settlement in NC Mountains?

Researchers are hard at work in Burke County toward further proof of a Spanish fort. more »

Feb 23, 2015 11:50 AM Features 4 Comments

Shenandoah Valley Dining: A Potpourri

The distinctive towns that dot "the valley of the stars" are home to great places to eat. more »

Feb 23, 2015 11:30 AM Features

Photoessay: The New Green and New Blossoms of Spring

A few of our favorite photographers have lent their considerable talents to capturing the very best of the new season. more »

Feb 23, 2015 10:48 AM Features

Joe Tennis

Weekend! Visiting the Historic Cumberland Gap of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia!

Web Extra: take a Video Tour of Hensley Settlement! more »

Feb 18, 2015 1:24 PM Features

This old chimney in East Tennessee holds many stories, not least of which are those that come into the mind of a visitor to its site and surroundings.

Steve Cason

The Old Stone Chimney

The remnant of an old house close to yours can be a source of curiosity and research. Or, of imagination at work. more »

Jan 7, 2015 2:34 PM Features

The Weekend: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia as Hub for Exploration

While history and scenery are the dominant attractions of this corner of West Virginia and Maryland, shopping, dining and hiking also provide lures. more »

Jan 7, 2015 11:35 AM Features

North Georgia: Dining Destination

Our dining writer, just back from his time away, makes some delightful discoveries in an area he’d never visited before. more »

Jan 7, 2015 10:38 AM Features

The Blue Ridge Experience Travel Guide

For 2015, our annual travel guide not only puts you on the road to mountain beauty and fun, but puts you into the experience. C’mon, let’s get busy learning something new, like maybe mushing huskies, making biscuits or slinging inner tubes. more »

Dec 10, 2014 11:19 AM , , Features

Clockwise from top left: The Festival of Lights at Chetola Resort, the mile-high swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain, the Biltmore House Candlelight Christmas Evenings and Cataloochee Ski Area.

Photos credits, clockwise from top left: Chetola Resort, Grandfather Mountain, Biltmore House and Matthew Morse.

Winter Getaways: Where to Cut, Ski, Hike, See the Lights and More

Whether you’re ready to brave the cold to cut a tree or a path, or prefer to stay warm with a visit to A home tour or a SIP OF A unique winter brew, we’ve got the places and the specifics. more »

Oct 10, 2014 4:35 PM Features

Joe Tennis

The Smokies: Treasures in Every Season

Frog legs, go-karts, trains, wave pools, Santa Claus, Dolly Parton, pancakes, waterfalls, and a competition of chaps with chainsaws: welcome to the eclectic attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains region of Tennessee and North Carolina. more »

Oct 7, 2014 1:59 PM Features 1 Comments

This production still is from the 1937 Fox Hearst film “Romance of the Reaper,” which was produced by International Harvester to celebrate the McCormick reaper’s centennial. The scene is a re-creation of the first reaper test.

Wisconsin Historical Society Whi58739. Used With Permission.

Cyrus McCormick's Reaper: The Ag Industrial Revolution Began in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

Cyrus McCormick’s invention, his business sense and his determination influenced not only agriculture, but also the civil war and business practices that survive today. more »

Aug 8, 2014 11:59 AM Features

Roanoke’s architecture reflects its personality: brick marked with the patina of years, neighbors to contemporary glass asymmetry, all reflecting and surrounded by the green of trees and mountains.

Cara Ellen Modisett

Roanoke: How to be a Visitor in Your Own Hometown

It’s not every city that lends itself as readily as Roanoke to a long-time resident’s stepping out into it as a visitor. Our editor at large got to visit treasures she’s enjoyed for 16 years, and can’t wait to recommend. more »

Aug 8, 2014 11:45 AM Features

Top 50 Things to See and Do This Fall!

Is there a better season in the mountains? Not just the leaves, but the water and the peaks, the wine trails and the parks, the farms and the hikes, the bike rides and the boat treks. C’mon, let’s get out there! more »

Aug 8, 2014 11:23 AM Features

Courtesy of Boar's Head Ballooning

Floating on Mountain Tops: Ballooning in the Blue Ridge

From Phileas Fogg in “Around the World in 80 Days” to Thaddeus Lowe and the First Battle of Bull Run, hot air balloons inspire our imaginations in ways no other form of transportation can. more »

Aug 3, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Pilot Mitch Pennington is with Just Plane Adventures.

Joe Tennis

Dolly Sods and Much More: West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands

Online Extras: Take a flight over the Potomac Highlands with Just Plane Adventures, see the Blackwater Falls, visit the Beverly, WVA Heritage Center and hear the falls of Hills Creek! more »

Jun 12, 2014 3:50 PM Features

This view of the Canaan Valley is from the top of Bald Knob. The new lodge has the feel of a resort hotel.

Ed Rehbein

Canaan Resort: New Lodge, Family Cabins

The high-plateau West Virginia resort, with 32,000 acres, is full of great things to do before you sleep. Online extras: Video Slideshows of Two Great Hikes in the Canaan Valley! more »

Jun 12, 2014 2:20 PM Features

Robert Stephens

Photo Essay: Magic Mountain Skies

Click here for even more beautiful photos from Robert Stephen's July/August 2014 photo essay! more »

Jun 12, 2014 1:15 PM Features

Photo courtesy of Janet Peterson

Farmhand for the Weekend

At farms with overnight accommodations, guests are invited to help with chores and earn their rest. more »

Jun 12, 2014 12:56 PM Features


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