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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 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 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 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 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 Features

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