Escape By The Lake

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Less than two hours away from downtown Asheville lies the 2,100-acre gated community and vacation destination Bear Lake Reserve. The beautiful property encompasses the 500-acre lake that provides a picturesque landscape as well as a place to experience various water activities. Interlaced throughout the Reserve's breathtaking property are also 20 miles of hiking trails that…

Nothing Less Than Perfect in Jekyll Island

 Article Emily Shea  One of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Jekyll Island is highly acclaimed for its uncrowded beaches and ample space for relaxation and quality family time. The luxurious Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island resides on over a quarter mile of oceanfront property, boasting unmatched views of the Atlantic Ocean and a private beachfront. From a high-energy swimming pool, whirlpool and kiddy pool to an outdoor fire…

Explore Nature’s Backyard

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Explore  From hiking and fishing to horseback riding and picnicking, there is never a lack of things to do or see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known for its thick foliage and a magnificent diversity of life, the Park offers something for everyone. Their hiking trails meander through forests rich with both plant…

Great Drives to Long Drives

 Article Wesley Brown & Austin Bennett | Photography Evan Anderson  You could drive up the Parkway or down the interstate, park at a pull-off, and drink in views that would make the rest of the state jealous. But if you want to make the most of our mountains, if you want to watch them spread before you in a gradient…

The Men of Asheville

 Article Wesley Brown | Photography Evan Anderson  Sean Sullivan, President, Living Stone Design + Build  Not many of us are lucky enough to love our jobs; Sean Sullivan, President of Living Stone Design+Build, is the exception. Sullivan works closely with his clients and family-based team to build high-performing, award-winning homes: “I love every aspect of what I do, from exercising…


 Article Emily Glaser | Photography Evan Anderson  THE GIVER  Tina M. Owen, Director of Fund Development, Wine to Water

Mother’s Day Brunch

 Photography Evan Anderson  Rosé Sangria  Cinnamon Pancakes & Peach Syrup

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Coming Home to Roost

Drive the backroads around Asheville, and you’ll find dozens of idyllic homesteads and hobby farms—but none quite like Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill. 

Strawberry Sweets Forever

Spring is heralded by a rainbow of edible colors: burgundy turnips, tender green lettuces, and sweetest of all, crimson, gem-like strawberries. 

A Bountiful Harvest

There is proverb that’s been uttered from the mouths of canny pedagogues for centuries: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

Fine Art

Asheville’s adjectives have changed a lot in recent years. From run-down to up-and-coming, stagnant to revitalized, we’ve received lexical boosts in most of our markets: our economy is “thriving,” our breweries “burgeoning,” our culinary scene “renowned.” But one adjective that’s remained a laudatory, unwavering constant? “Artistic.”

It Takes a Village

From dripping murals to rust-speckled statuaries, you’ll find a lot of unique art in the River Arts District—but nothing quite like The Village Potters. “To partner up with five professional potters and build your dream with that kind of support system, I don't know of anybody doing it,” says Sarah Wells Rolland, her hands clasped and balanced on her knees. 

A Woman for All Seasons

Since Flat Rock Playhouse’s earliest beginnings, women have been integral to the theatre. The husband and wife team who founded the Playhouse, Robroy and Leona Farquhar, were just that: a team. “It is said that he was the dreamer and she was the doer. From day one, a woman was helping to lead FRP, and was celebrated for her contributions,” says Lisa…

Readers’ Choice 2018

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In 1908—more than a decade before the 18th Amendment installed a nationwide Prohibition—North Carolina became the first state in the South to outlaw alcohol. 

With Great Care

“Opening a restaurant was not on my radar,” 
Peter Pollay—owner of downtown’s upscale, 
modern American eatery, Posana—pauses and smiles. 
“It was, however, on Martha’s.”

Get Dirty

Centuries, maybe even millennia, ago, our ancestors adhered to a strict workout regimen. They’d crawl through mud, scale sheer walls, push and pull and hurl the obstacles that obstructed their paths. With these practiced plans, they became lean, strong, and swift of both mind and body. 

Slow & Low

Like so many chefs, Giorgio Bakatsias developed a passion for food in his mother’s kitchen. But unlike most of the chefs we feature, Bakatsias’ maternal cooktop wasn’t tucked into a Southern canteen, or even an American one, but in the quiet village of Karista, Greece.


Ice climbing in Western North Carolina is like going on a hunt for a rare, wild animal. The season is unpredictable, anywhere from mid-November to early March. Climbers must prepare by researching weather, local ice condition reports, and the amount of rain that has fallen in the last few weeks. With too much flow, it won’t freeze; with too little,…

Local Gift Guide

In Asheville, we like to keep things local—and that includes our gifts. Lucky for us, our mountain town harbors a bounty of makers, crafters, artists and chefs stitching and whipping up unique gifts this holiday season. All the gifts in our Local Gift Guide are made right here in Asheville (with a few Carolinian crafters thrown in). You can grab…

Noggy or Nice

At the height of the craft cocktail movement, there are a series of American cities renowned for their aperitifs, places where refined palates demand their drinks be made in an artful fashion, cities like New York, Portland, L.A. and San Francisco. With experience slinging and shaking drinks in four of those five domestic meccas, Charlie Hodge was more than prepared…

Tastes like Home

If the holidays have a scent, it is surely the sugary waft of a fresh-baked pie. When the air is thick with the honeyed perfume of a holiday pie, it calls all our hearts home—especially at Baked Pie Company. 

Head for the Hills!

“It’s easier for us to launch a new concept like this because we don’t have to create authenticity,” says Casey McKissick, proprietor of Foothills Meats, elbows propped on a table in his West Asheville restaurant and butcher bar—one of two new locations slinging fresh meat and thoughtfully-prepared dishes and drinks into the clambering jaws of Asheville’s foodies.

Fresh Suds & Supper

In Asheville, beer comes in all shapes, colors and sizes: ruby-hued ambers in tall tankards, pints of foaming, chocolatey stouts. And you won’t just find it in glasses—it’s infused into desserts and dishes across town, too. 

New Traditions

“When we started this project, the idea was to not just make booze, but to make booze that is pretty unique and sort of new and very traditional at the same time,” says Rett Murphy. The project he’s speaking of is Biltmore Village’s new distillery, Eda Rhyne Distilling Company. 

A Hip Hap House

“This is our dream home,” Megan Walsh, her hand grazing the worn wood of the stair rail, pauses, turns to look behind her, and laughs. “I know everyone says that, but we’d definitely like to pass this on to our kids.” It’s an open display of the genuineness that marks all that the Walshes do, an almost old-fashioned authenticity that…

Great (Room) Expectations

Our mountains are ancient, rolling testaments to the timeless beauty of nature. Their majesty lies in the curves that tell a story centuries old. A thoroughly modern home might seem at odds in such a place, the sharp, crisp edges of mankind a jarring antithesis to the mountains around it. But in the case of the Gold’s home in Southcliff,…

Abstract Interpretations

Artist Linda Gritta is an interpreter. Metaphorically, of the emotions and memories she translates into thickly-colored paintings, but literally too, as an interpreter in sign language. For a long time, it was to that literal field of interpretation that Gritta devoted herself. Despite growing up with a passion for the arts, Gritta initially chose a different path. “It didn’t seem…

Three-Ring Show

Our town is known for its art deco skyline, but local artist Wendy Newman brings a whole new level of art to our architecture with her unique mandalas and fashion designs. Newman received her first camera as a Christmas gift when she was just 8 years old and has considered herself a photographer ever since. Though the arts long called…

Zip. Zero. Zilch.

We’re living in the future. Need proof? Just look at Zero motorcycles. Born out of a dusty Santa Cruz, California, garage just over a decade ago, Zero motorcycles quickly drove itself to the top of the pack in the electric transportation movement. The company sells more electric motorcycles than all of its competitors—combined.

A Culinary Promise

Hendersonville may not seem like an epicenter of culinary promise, but thanks to Jason Reasoner, head chef and owner of Postero, it’s well on its way. Perched on the corner of Main Street, Postero is an enclave of both rustic and art-deco aesthetics, an unexpected amalgamation of styles that somehow works—much like the menu itself. The immersive kitchen, which seamlessly…

Under the Influence

Three brewers and the Chamber of Commerce walk into a bar… It’s not a joke. We gathered three brewers from hugely disparate breweries to talk about their industry and its impact on our community. The roundtable, facilitated by Ben Teague, COO of the Chamber of Commerce, included Ward Beveridge of nearby mega-brand Bold Rock Hard Cider, Chris Frosaker of longtime…

More Than a Taste

It’s a warm summer night and the air is alive with the clink of wine glasses, the twinkling bubble of laughter and the soft pop of fresh corks. We’re not at some rooftop cocktail bar or mod wine lounge, but at South Asheville’s favorite wine shop, Vaso de Vino.

Late Night Burger Delight

You’re downtown. It’s late. And you need to eat. This isn’t the time for artfully plated hors d’oeuvres or delicate entrees. This is the time for good, old fashioned red meat and fried potatoes. This is the time, as many Ashevillians know, for The Vault Burger.

A River Runs Through It

While exploring the quiet backcountry of upstate South Carolina in 1970, where a slow-rolling tractor loaded down with apples was the main sighting along lonely Highway 76, Jim and Jeanette Greiner found the place they were looking for. But they had no idea they would also launch a vacation family tradition in the southeast that now boasts over half a…


There’s something inherently romantic about horseback riding. The sway of the saddle and the cadenced clop of hooves make for a quiet lullaby that helps you relax into nature. But there’s something decidedly unromantic about “around the barn” type horseback riding businesses where riders take a laggard jaunt around a dusty loop and miss the magic of the sport. Saddle-Up…

A Taste of Monterrey

Tomatillo salsa is the most classic salsa of any taqueria in Mexico. Our variation is very healthy because we don't use oil, only fresh-charred ingredients. Preparation is easy, but the most important part is finding the freshest, ripe ingredients. Locate fresh, ripe tomatillos (usually they're larger) and make sure there are no white or yellow tones on them. Stickiness is…

Expanding Our Horizons

In Asheville, we’re expanding our horizons—both literally and figuratively. Our city is stretching and growing, as are the souls who inhabit it, as we welcome new industries and new ideas and turn this sleepy mountain town into a Southern hub.

Guy’s Night Out

We’ve all heard of girl’s night out, outings peppered with wine glasses and high heels—but what about guy’s night out? Sometimes a gentleman just needs a stiff drink and a good meal with his compatriots by his side. These are nights of mirth and debate and, occasionally, debauchery, with the staccato clink of glasses and the rounded curl of laughter…

Volvo S90

In theory, a luxury sedan should combine the best aspects of all vehicles: sporty but spacious, fast yet fastidious. But so often these models fall flat, turning into clunky, matronly cousins of the sports car and SUV alike. That’s certainly not the case with the Volvo S90.

Sweet Escape

Charleston is one of the country’s top wedding destinations, and The Cottages on Charleston Harbor offer a sweet retreat for brides and grooms-to-be. The property features two lawns on which to say “I do,” spaces lush with native marsh grasses and pristine white sands where the officiant’s voice blends with the lapping of waves. Rehearsals and receptions along the harbor…

Around the World in 80 Bites

Like so many chefs raised in the South, Zambra’s Brian Bennett cites his grandmother as inspiration for his career. “When I was young, we had family dinners on Sunday which Grandma was the star of. I liked to hang out in the kitchen with her, and that’s what got me started.”

A Weekend Guide to the Scenic City

Nestled between the snaking Tennessee River and the Appalachian mountains, Chattanooga has earned its official nickname as the Scenic City. Once a bustling industrial hub for cargo traveling by river and rail, today Chattanooga promises no less of an adventure for visitors. Efforts to revitalize the city have opened opportunities to engage with the city’s past and present: a popular…

Modern Mountains

The Watkins family placed their modern home in a breathtaking valley, merging the new and the old in seamless symmetry. But it took a lot of planning and foresight to make the two looks harmonize.

From Quaint to Cool

A kitchen is the undisputed center of a home. For centuries folks have gathered on hearths and around tables to break bread, share stories and nourish bodies and souls. Family feuds fade and sibling rivalries fall to the crunch and slurp of good food. It’s the most important room in the house, which means it also needs to be the…

Grow Happy

A stroll through the warm light of Flora, tinged by the dim glow of green things, is as experientially rewarding as it is relaxing. You can bring those feel-good vibes home. Recently, Thomas and her team have been refining a new endeavor in the form of installations. Using Woolly Pockets, and ingenious product made 100% from recycled plastic bottles, Flora…

Greetings From Asheville

Our town has long been the artist's enclave. Our hills clatter with the sound of banjos and spoons, our street corners and storefronts bear the marks of paintbrushes and spray cans, and the quiet halls of dozens of galleries sing with the silent voices of local artists. Take a stroll down the streets of downtown Asheville and gather a spray…

A New Life

Walk into Marthaler Jewelers, the co-venture of jewelry experts and enthusiasts Andy and Tonya Marthaler, and you’ll instantly feel at home in the refined and elegant showroom. It’s a true testament to the idea that the world of high-end jewelry can be an experience that is both fun and comfortable, without compromising quality or integrity.

Duck, Duck, Confit Quesadilla

“Hustle” is the name of the game in Asheville, a city where most folks juggle at least two jobs to make ends and dreams meet. It’s a concept Bandidos owner and chef Justin Smudde knows a thing or two about. The wily entrepreneur has a handful of businesses, including Bandidos and Blue Ridge Renovations. Over the years he’s ventured into…