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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

Jack Betts

Bringing Mabry Mill Back to Life

The iconic mill on the 469-mile blue ridge parkway had fallen victim to harsh weather, time and lack of funding. To the rescue this spring came two parkway artisans and $65,000 in foundation support. Online extras - see even more photos! more »

Jun 11, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Lost World llamas greet visitors with curiosity.

Bill Crabtree Jr.

Exotic Blue Ridge: Private Zoos Adapt to the Mountains

Keeping animals native to other continents is a challenge in the southern mountains. Your ostriches can disappear under the snow; your female monkeys can throw poop, and nearly every creature is threatened by a native one, either large or tiny. more »

Apr 18, 2014 9:53 AM Features

Courtesy LaZoom

Asheville: It’s Weird, It’s Beautiful, It’s Home!

Our contributing editor grew up shopping at department stores and eating at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. My my, how (delightfully) things have changed. more »

Apr 16, 2014 2:35 PM Features

North Georgia Canopy Tours offers one zip line that runs 695 feet.

Courtsey of North Georgia Canopy Tours

Mountain Adventures: 8 Great Places to Play and Stay

C’mon along as we get ready to go outside and have some fun in the mountains of eight states! more »

Apr 8, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Director of the National Park Service William Penn Mott, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole and General William Westmorland.

courtesy Grandfather Mountain

The Blue Ridge Parkway Detail

A young man far out of his element at the 1987 dedication of the last completed section of the Blue Ridge Parkway looks back these 27 years later with a combination of curiosity, perspective and, perhaps, wisdom. more »

Apr 4, 2014 12:00 AM Features

Wilderness Wildlife Week: Getting Back to Nature, for Free and for a Week!

The eight-day Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge has a feel of too good to be true. It’s full of wonderful sessions and activities for all ages. And did we mention it’s all free? more »

Jan 1, 2014 12:00 AM Features

What's New in the Mountains

A major new resort has opened in Virginia. Tennessee’s Dollywood has one in the works too. plus much more, from luxe treehouses to a new North Carolina cheese trail, a West Virginia river trail and more new treasures. more »

Dec 8, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Table Rock in South Carolina is reflected in the misty
waters of Lake Oolenoy.

Lori Kincaid

Photo Essay Preview: Late Fall Beauty

The leaves linger here and there, the air is crisp and carries just a hint of flurries overnight. It’s the delightful, poignant end to a season. more »

Oct 24, 2013 12:00 AM Features 1 Comments

Sunburst Celebrates Caviar

The Jennings-Eason family of Canton, N.C., originally began farming trout to feed mink. Nowadays they feed us. more »

Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Beds in main lodge rooms range from kings to twins.

Paul Clark

Pining to Return to Log Cabin Motor Court

The charming cabins were prominent in the film “Thunder Road.” Today, the pines are even taller, and Asheville is just minutes away. more »

Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

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