A look inside our January/February, 2013 Issue


Online Exclusives:

  • 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.
  • 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!

Photo Essay:

  • 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

More Features:

  • 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
  • Parkway Foodie Tour Recap: And the Winning County Is . . .
    Exploring the culinary offerings of Rockbridge County, Va. by Jessica Wright


  • Letters
    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
  • 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
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