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Cara Ellen Modisett

Cara Ellen Modisett

Fine Dining in the Mountains

The ties to the region are strong – use of local ingredients, ties to old recipes, regular meetings with farmers – but these chefs create dishes a step or two beyond the traditional. more »

Oct 7, 2014 3:36 PM Food & Flavors

Blackberry Farm • Beall + Thomas Photography

Locavore Dining: An Abiding Passion for Cooking What’s Out Back

These restaurateurs share a passion for the closest tie possible between what they cook and where they obtain the ingredients. The happy result is a consistent diner’s delight. more »

Aug 12, 2014 11:32 AM Food & Flavors

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

Great Dining Rooms, Great Recipes

These signature mountain restaurants earned that status the only way you can – with signature mountain dishes. here’s how to enjoy them and how to make them. more »

Jun 12, 2014 1:43 PM Food & Flavors

The Future of the Mountains: 25 Gen-X and Gen-Y People Making a Difference

Writers, musicians, activists, researchers, educators, visionaries… here are 25 Generation X and Y people who are making a difference in our region. This is by no means an exhaustive list – who would you add to it? more »

Jul 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

The Future of the Mountains: Damien Heath

View a view interview with Damien Heath, owner and chef of Lot 12 Public House in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., profiled in Cara Modisett's July/August 2013 story about 25 Gen-X and Gen-Yers Changing the Mountains for the Better. more »

Jun 21, 2013 9:41 AM

The Future of the Mountains: Erika Johnson

Hear more from Cara Modisett's interview with FloydFest's very own Erika Johnson, profiled in Cara's July/August 2013 story about 25 Gen-X and Gen-Yers Changing the Mountains for the Better! more »

Jun 17, 2013 4:34 PM

The Future of the Mountains: Kathlina Alford

Hear more from Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute Research Associate Kathlina Alford, profiled in Cara Modisett's July/August 2013 story about 25 Gen-X and Gen-Yers Changing the Mountains for the Better! more »

Jun 17, 2013 4:03 PM

The Future of the Mountains: Taylor Laprade

Hear more from Cara’s interview with Radford University student Taylor Laprade. more »

Jun 17, 2013 3:56 PM

The Future of the Mountains: Kelli Billips

Hear more from Cara’s interview with Radford University student Kelli Billips. more »

Jun 17, 2013 3:50 PM

Seeking the Stars

The dark spots in these mountains – where streetlights and other brightness from the ground don’t compromise the views of the stars as much as in most places – are home not just to telescopes, but also to curious, sky-peering people. more »

Mar 1, 2013 12:00 AM Features

Courtesy of Steve Reilly

Advice for Beginning Astronomers

Did you enjoy Cara Ellen Modisett's March/April astronomy feature? Then here are even more breathtaking photos of the night sky, information about the approaching PanSTARRS Comet, and some great advice for beginning astronomers! more »

Feb 7, 2013 4:22 PM Web Extras

The Train to Maryland

No more steam locomotives, except scenic excursion trains, but Amtrak is still a wonderful way to travel and I go by train any chance I get. more »

Aug 12, 2012 12:00 AM Ridgelines

Music is passed between generations.

Pat and Chuck Blackley

40 Reasons We Love the Blue Ridge Region

40 Reasons We Love the Blue Ridge Region more »

Jul 1, 2012 12:00 AM Favorite Articles

Reader Favorites: Movies in the Mountains

Our beautiful mountain geography; our small, charming, sometimes frozen-in-time towns; our warm welcome; our reasonable prices for things. They’re all part of what brings Hollywood to the Blue Ridge region... more »

Jul 1, 2012 12:00 AM Features

Weekend Words: Madeleine L'Engle and the Tooth Fairy

Weekend Words: Madeleine L'Engle and the Tooth Fairy more »

Jan 28, 2012 12:00 AM Ridgelines

Climbing the Family Tree: Mountain Genealogy

Genealogy. The word conjures up images of dusty libraries, dry courthouse records, endless hours with microfilm and crumbling documents. But talk to anyone researching his or her family and you’ll find an excitement that suggests otherwise. more »

Oct 5, 2011 12:00 AM Favorite Articles

Mountainside and countryside meet with stunning color in the Virginia’s Highland County.

Pat & Chuck Blackley.

Great Fall Leaf Treks

Here are some autumn drives for an afternoon, a day or a weekend. more »

Sep 1, 2011 12:00 AM Fall Travel