Asheville Holiday Parade & JingleFest on November 22nd

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The Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, rolls, marches, and dances its way through downtown Asheville on November 22nd with nearly 100 entries from area nonprofits, schools, marching bands, and businesses. Continue reading

Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade 2014

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Downtown Asheville’s historical Grove Arcade is a spectacular spot to enjoy the holidays and support locally-owned shops and restaurants. Continue reading

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

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Lake Julian Park presents “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. The first night of the Lake Julian Festival of Lights is for walkers only. Continue reading

Flat Rock Playhouse Presents A Christmas Carol

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The Charles Dickens’ perennial classic, A Christmas Carol comes to life on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage in a spectacular new production featuring all the classic elements with a few new twists. Continue reading

Red Poinsettias for Sale

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Buncombe County Cooperative Extension Center is taking orders for Poinsettia plants for the holiday season. These are nice, locally grown plants in 6 ½ inch pots. Continue reading

God of Carnage at 35below

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Attic Salt Theatre Company has been selling out performances right and left with their production of the Tony Award winning God of Carnage. Audiences have been raving about the show, the strong cast, and the able and clear direction. Continue reading

WNC Green Building Council Announces the Release of the 2014/2015 Green Building Directory

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The WNC Green Building Council has just released its 10th edition of the Green Building Directory. Continue reading

Decoding Meat: How to Source Healthy & Local Meats

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Local? Grass-fed? GMO-free? Organic? What are the differences and how do we choose when faced with confusing options? Continue reading

What to Keep Where: From Bank Services to Document Storage Online

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Certain financial papers and valuables are essential to keep secure and accessible. What should go where? Continue reading

2014 National Gingerbread House Competition

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The winners of the 2014 National Gingerbread House Competition have been decided. The entries will be on display at the Omni Grove Park Inn through January 1st, 2015. Continue reading

Ten Tech Tools That Connect You to City Gov

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Engaging with City government should be easy as 1-2-3, so the City of Asheville is always looking for ways that tech can help keep up the connection, make life easier and create community opportunity. Continue reading

Support the Senior Wish Tree

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Again this year, the Adult Services Division at Buncombe County Health and Human Services will sponsor the “Senior Wish Tree”. Continue reading

Equity Takes Center Stage in Asheville City Schools

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Asheville has long struggled with racial equity issues and the Asheville City Schools system has reflected this community wide issue. In Asheville, racism is compounded by deep generational poverty with many of our families of color living in de facto segregated housing communities. Continue reading

Asheville in Motion Survey

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Do you want your input to shape the future of transportation in Asheville? Then take a few minutes to complete the Asheville in Motion survey today! Continue reading

City Manager Announces Succession Plan for Chief of Police

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Asheville Police Chief William Anderson announced Friday, November 14 his plans for retirement effective December 31. A recruitment process is underway for his replacement. Continue reading

NutCracker Performance on December 10th

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The D.E.F.T. Theatre-Arts program invites people of all abilities & beliefs to join them in celebrating diversity, and working together to support community needs. Continue reading

UNC Asheville to Showcase Undergraduate Research and Service Learning

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UNC Asheville students will present more than 140 research projects at the university’s Fall Undergraduate Research, Creativity and Community Engagement Symposium, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. Continue reading

Holiday Travel Tips to Prevent Bedbugs

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One present that is not on anyone’s wish list this holiday season is bedbugs. Travelers are encouraged to take extra steps to ensure they don’t pick up any hitchhiking pests this holiday season. Continue reading

Asheville Comedian Makes It Big, Comes Back to Perform on December 3rd

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On Wednesday, December 3rd, former Asheville comedian Joe Zimmerman, who moved to New York and made it big on national television appearances, returns to Asheville for one spectacular show at The Millroom in downtown Asheville. Continue reading

Introducing the 2014 Christmas at Biltmore Wine

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Biltmore announces the release of its annual Christmas at Biltmore Wine featuring label artwork designed by Swannanoa resident Terry Owensby, winner of Biltmore’s wine label design contest. Continue reading

Deputies Seek Information on Home Invasions in Swannanoa

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Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputies are seeking information regarding two separate home invasions that occurred at the residence of an elderly woman in the vicinity of Rockdale Avenue in Swannanoa. Continue reading

Do You Always Use Your Turn Signal?

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Forget distracted driving. A new study says there’s a far more serious problem that’s responsible for as many as 2 million accidents annually. Continue reading

A Christmas Carol Opens December 6th

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The Montford Park Players of Asheville, North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare Festival, will open Charles Dickens’ classic tale of greed and redemption on December 6th at Asheville’s historic Masonic Temple. Continue reading

UNC Asheville Singers and Asheville Choral Society Join Forces

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The UNC Asheville Singers and the Asheville Choral Society present Home and Heritage: An Asheville Tribute in two shows, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, in Lipinsky Auditorium on campus. Continue reading

Help Light-Up the Night with a New Asheville Tradition

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The North Carolina Arboretum will begin a new tradition this month with Winter Lights opening November 22nd and running through January 4th. Continue reading

UNC Asheville to Switch to Energy-Efficient LED Lighting

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UNC Asheville is beginning a $3.2 million project to upgrade the majority of all indoor and exterior lighting on campus to energy-efficient LED fixtures. Continue reading

WNC Farmers Market Seeks Input From Local Consumers

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The WNC Farmers Market is looking for feedback from area residents on ways to improve the market to better serve the changing needs of Western North Carolina. Continue reading

Proper Disposal of Ashes From Stoves, Fireplaces Could Save Your Home

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With the arrival of cold weather, many North Carolinians are beginning to use their wood-burning stoves and fireplaces. Continue reading

Ending Veteran Homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County

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Mayor Esther Manheimer has signed on to the Mayors’ Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness by the end of 2015, a program initiated earlier in the year by First Lady Michelle Obama. Continue reading

West Asheville Holiday Window Decorating Contest

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The West Asheville Business Association invites businesses, non-profits, and other organizations to join in celebrating the holidays with a fun and festive Window Decorating Contest! Continue reading

Sponsor a Foster Child’s Wish List

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Every child deserves a wish come true. The holidays are full of uncertainty and questions for foster children. Continue reading

Craven Street Improvement Project Moves to Next Phase

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The Craven Street improvement project underway in west Asheville moves to the next phase this week. Continue reading

Caring for a Real Christmas Tree

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Now that your special tree has been selected, it needs to be cared for in a manner similar to a fresh bouquet of flowers. Continue reading

Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition

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The 8th season of Asheville’s Brown Bag Songwriting Competition is coming to a close this month after 11-weeks of stiff competition from some of Western North Carolina’s best singer-songwriters. Continue reading

UNC Asheville Holds Annual Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale

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UNC Asheville’s Department of Art will hold its annual Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Continue reading

Give Wisely When Giving to Charity

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We should be proud that so many people in our state give so much of their time and money to help others. North Carolinians contribute billions of dollars to charity each year, and volunteer countless hours in their communities. Continue reading

Neighborhood Profile: Grove Park/Sunset Mountain Neighborhood

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This is the latest in a series of profiles highlighting the City of Asheville’s vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. The City of Asheville maintains a list of neighborhoods who have registered as official organizations. Continue reading

Horticulture InfoSearches Provide Answers

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Looking for answers to fruit, vegetable, weed or floriculture questions? Continue reading

The 5 “Qs” of Public Service Loan Forgiveness

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Everyone wants their student loans forgiven. The perception is that very few qualify for any forgiveness programs. Continue reading

Asheville Tree Map Crowd-sources Survey of City’s Trees

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Autumn has arrived in full, and in Asheville that means admiring the brightly colored fall foliage. There’s no shortage of trees for leaf-lookers to soak in autumn’s display. Continue reading

Christmas at Biltmore

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Known as one of the Southeast’s most beloved and storied holiday vacation destinations, Christmas at Biltmore daytime tours begin on Nov. 7, 2014, and will run through Jan. 11, 2015. Continue reading

The Crowdsourcing of Science

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Can thousands of amateurs make an important contribution to climate science that is eluding experts in the field? Continue reading

Credit or Debit?

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When it comes to what’s in your wallet, consumers have choices. Here are some tips and information to help you understand the differences between credit and debit cards. Continue reading

N.C. Museum of History Accepting Entries for Film Festival

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The N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh is accepting entries for its inaugural Longleaf Film Festival to be held Saturday, May 2, 2015. Continue reading

Biltmore Begins Construction Planning on Estate’s Second Hotel

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The Biltmore Company, which operates the National Historic Landmark Biltmore House, has begun construction planning for Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate, the company’s second lodging property on the estate. Continue reading

Why Do Leaves Change Color?

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While you were playing in the hot sun during summer the trees on the streets, in the parks, and in the forests were working hard to keep you cool. Continue reading

Asheville’s Oldest Brewery, Highland Brewing Company, to Expand

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Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years. Continue reading

Caleb Johnson to Serve as Grand Marshal in the Asheville Holiday Parade

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The Asheville Downtown Association announced that 2014 American Idol winner, Caleb Johnson, will serve as Grand Marshal for the Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, on Saturday, November 22. Continue reading

Beekeeping Tips for Beginners

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Two bee colonies are the ideal number for a beginning apiarist. Expand in a couple of years after your experience and confidence grow. Continue reading

Michael Brenner Begins New Series on German-Jewish History and Culture

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UNC Asheville will offer a year-long examination of the period in German history preceding the Holocaust – known as the Weimar Era – when Jews in Germany experienced a cultural renaissance between the end of World War I and Hitler’s rise. Continue reading

“Downton Abbey” Costumes on View at Biltmore through May 2015

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Biltmore’s exhibition “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times” will continue to be on display through May 25, 2015. Continue reading

Sunday Bus Service Among Big Changes Coming to the ART

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Beginning January 1, 2015, Asheville Redefines Transit will begin offering service on Sundays and improved service to the Emma and Oakley sections of Asheville. Continue reading

Craven Street Improvement Project Begins

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Work has begun on the Craven Street improvement project in west Asheville, a long-term enhancement that will include multi-modal roadway improvements including pedestrian and bike facilities, low impact parking and greenway construction and water line improvements. Continue reading

What Is Smart911?

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Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Continue reading

Keep Safety First When Cleaning Up Storm Debris

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Recent winter storms felled trees and branches across North Carolina. The N.C. Forest Service encourages homeowners and others who prune trees or burn yard debris to use caution and follow some basic steps. Continue reading

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines

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Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Continue reading

New Data Shows Over 104,000 Residents in Western North Carolina are at Risk of Hunger

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A new study finds that more than 104,000 people in MANNA FoodBank’s 16 county service area – including 38,000 children – do not always know where they will find their next meal. Continue reading

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

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If you think you are having a heart attack, please all 911 immediately. Timely treatment is necessary for the best outcome after an attack. Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Recycling

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Remove and discard caps and lids before you recycle plastic and glass containers! Continue reading

Money Saving Tips for Your Vacation or Staycation

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During these difficult financial times a lot of families are trying to decide if they should vacation out of town or stay home and experience their local area. The money you save by avoiding hotels and eating out will leave a lot of … Continue reading

Recycle Your Plastic Bags

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Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most plastic bags are recycled into composite lumber, but they can also be reprocessed into small pellets or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, … Continue reading

Driving and Commuting

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Do you need a new vehicle to take the kids to school? Fuel economy ratings for new model-year cars are available. Continue reading

QuitPal Mobile App Helps You Quit Smoking

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Having trouble quitting smoking? Now there’s an “app for that”! Continue reading

Gift Cards Galore!

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Gift cards are big business. In fact, by most estimates, gift card sales for 2011 will top out at around $91 billion in the US. Continue reading

Numbers You Need During Bad Weather!

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Here are some numbers to keep on your refrigerator that will be useful in an emergency. Included are numbers for power companies, gas, phone service, cable, internet, roads, water, and emergency shelter. Continue reading

Enjoy Winter at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville

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Winter holds a special beauty which emphasizes the silhouettes of many of our fine specimen trees. It’s a good time to look for lesser known flowers. Continue reading

Southern Gateway to Yellow Mountain State Natural Area Protected

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In mid-November, SAHC purchased 89 acres at the southern end of the designated Yellow Mountain State Natural Area in Avery County, NC. This new land protection project in the stunning Highlands of Roan adjoins and nearly adjoins other, larger tracts of the Yellow … Continue reading

Linville Caverns a Great Addition to a Weekend Ski Trip

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It all started from a inquiring nature and a willingness to explore … how could there be fish swimming out of the mountain? Continue reading

Beech Mtn Resort Celebrates 45 Years of Skiing This Winter

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This winter marks a milestone ski season at Beech Mountain Resort. The resort celebrates 45 years since its christening in 1967, when it became Eastern America’s highest ski area at 5,506 feet in elevation. Continue reading

3 Steps for Being Prepared for Emergencies

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The possibility of public health emergencies arising in the United States concerns many people in the wake of recent hurricanes, tsunamis, acts of terrorism, and the threat of pandemic influenza. Continue reading

Experience a Unique Way of “Leaf Peeping” this fall by Visiting the Nantahala Outdoor Center

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Nantahala Outdoor Center, named “One of the Best Outfitters on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, will give “Leaf Peepers” a unique way to experience the fall season through seeing the leaves while whitewater rafting, hiking, taking train rides and zip line rides. Enjoy … Continue reading

New Belgium Brewing Chooses Asheville, North Carolina, For East Coast Brewery

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Gov. Bev Perdue announced that New Belgium Brewing, the third largest craft brewer in the country and the maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, will build its East Coast brewery in Asheville, NC. Continue reading

Energy Myth Busters to Help You Save Green

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Turn your computer off if it won’t be used in the next hour. Don’t turn your computer off and on frequently in one day as this uses more power. Continue reading

Botanical Gardens of Asheville a Natural Reflection of Southern Appalachian Mountains

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The Botanical Gardens of Asheville, located on a lovely ten-acre site next to the UNC-Asheville campus on Weaver Boulevard, is a haven of sorts for more than 700 plant species that are native to this diverse ecosystem we call home – the southern … Continue reading

Mountain Biking Trails Abound in Pisgah Ranger District in Pisgah National Forest

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The Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest contains hundreds of miles of fabulous trails that seem almost specifically designed for a mountain bike, and this is the best time of the year to discover them. Continue reading

Protect Your Eyes From Long-Term Computer Exposure

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Working for long periods on a computer is a demanding visual task. Daily, millions of Americans use a computer for hours at a time, both at work and at play. Continue reading

Chimney Rock Park Offers Four Seasons of Outdoor Fun

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For those looking for a invigorating, outdoors spot to spend the better part of a day away from their own particular brand of hustle and bustle, Chimney Rock Park might just be the place. Continue reading

Mountain Waterfalls a Beautiful Draw for the Mountains

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One of a number of natural beauties for outdoor adventurers and families alike, is to head to one of many area waterfalls. Hiking to the sites is a terrific way to get a little exercise, breathe some fresh mountain air, and spend some … Continue reading

Legends and Geologic Facts Equally Intriguing at The Blowing Rock

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Legend has it that after a Chickasaw maiden’s warrior love had leapt from the Blowing Rock, she prayed daily to the Great Spirit to return her warrior beloved to her and was granted her wish when the brave was blown back up by … Continue reading

Enjoy a Walk through Asheville History on Urban Trail

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Asheville’s Urban Trail, an entertaining, informative, and artistic walk through Asheville history, is 1.7-miles of architecture and memories from earlier times in this engaging mountain city. Continue reading

Treasured Waterfalls, Mountain Scenery the Reward of Scenic Drive through Gorge

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As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, many visitors to Western North Carolina find themselves drawn to any number of the region’s pristine waterfalls for the visual entertainment and cooling respite that they offer from the day’s heat. Continue reading

The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Western North Carolina

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Most people aren’t aware that Western North Carolina is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers. Continue reading

A Tour of the Winery is a Great Addition to Biltmore Estate Visit

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The most visited winery in the United States isn’t located in the Napa Valley. Perhaps a surprise to some, it is at the Biltmore Estate. Continue reading