An Appealing Appetizer

It may be a season of feasts, but when road-weary travelers trek through the front door or cocktail party attendees slip out of their overcoats and furs, they'll be ravenous. You'll need snacks at the ready—and we don't mean those thumbprint cookies you whipped up for Santa. A charcuterie board, loaded with a fresh, local harvest, will keep their tummies tempered…

Our Thanksgiving Table

As far as a favorite Thanksgiving dish, it doesn't fit too well with the Foothills concept, but it's definitely going to be Scalloped Oysters. My mother was from New England, and this recipe was handed down from her mother and so on. It's super simple, fresh oysters layered with crumbled Oyster Crackers, melted butter, heavy cream, clam juice and salt,…

Reclaim Your Garage

Home may be where the heart is, but more often than not your garage is where the stuff is. Shoved in nooks, piled in boxes, dusted with cobwebs, our garages are the often the messy mecca of our homes, but with modern storage solutions and design elements, they don’t have to be.

Wardrobe Malfunction

Move over ladies, men are taking back their half of the closet. This masculine retreat of a closet was expertly designed, manufactured and installed by Carolina Closets with men in mind. A cool, chic-but-rustic aesthetic is adaptable to any man’s style and wardrobe.

Bar Stroll

Downtown Asheville's ever-growing selection of craft cocktail bars and wine markets make a night out on the town a varied, vibrant possibility. We may be too old for bar crawls, but bar strolls? That we can toast to.

Take to the Trails

Our mountains are stunning, especially in their vastness. The trails that weave in and out of those dense forests can seem a knotted mass, which is why The Pisgah Field School is such a great local resource. Through tours, guided hikes and workshops in the Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest and Brevard, the Field School helps locals and tourists…

The Makings of a Well-Dressed Man

What makes a well-dressed man? If anyone in Asheville knows, it’s the gentlemen behind Joseph A. Banks. William Tepper and Jodie Anderson—who’s been with the clothier since 1963 when they were Bell’s Traditional—outline the essentials. “It’s come back around,” says Anderson of the clothier’s modern picks. “We’re selling some of the same things as we were in ’63 with a…

What’s in My Bag…

With 12 years of experience in the event planning industry, it’s clear that I love planning weddings. My favorite aspect is designing and creating the wedding that my brides have dreamed of since they were little girls—but that dream can easily slip away with wedding day mishaps. My approach is very simple and down-to-earth, but the execution is detailed and…

The Grass Guru

Asheville's resident lawn expert, Brad Johnson, shares his tips and tricks for making your grass verdant and springy all year 'round. "We typically enjoy great weather here in Asheville for growing fescue mainly," he explains. Get past the droughts and dry spells with Johnson's advice:

The Muses of Grovewood

Historic Grovewood Village, once home to the consequential weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, continues its artistic tradition today as a gallery. 12 resident artists craft unique works in these historic, hallowed rooms. "Our 11-acre property, celebrating its centennial this year, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and includes Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, a sculpture…

Girl’s Night Out

Since moving to Asheville five months ago, I have been asked repeatedly: “How do you like your beer?” Foolish me, I thought there were only a few beer options, and they were called Bud Light, or if I was watching carbs, Michelob Ultra. Boy, was I beer-wrong, and Asheville taught me the most about the best beer. I have also…

Cheers to Good Health

Housewives across the country like to espouse the health benefits of red wine, usually with a glass in their hand and a smile on their face. But as with most teachings that fall from the mouths of mothers, this one’s right too.

How to Make a Ribbon Wreath

This is a great way to repurpose ribbons from past Christmases, making an elegant decoration for your holiday celebration. Coordinate colors with your Christmas theme or with your home’s interior design to create a festive and stylish seasonal design. Have fun and be creative!

A Simple Setting

In this season of giving, sharing and gathering, a simply set table let's the food—and the company—do the talking. Food photographer and stylist Chelsea Bollhoefer of Chelsea Lane Photography sets the tone (and the table) for all occasions.

Experiencing the Story of Cancer

This FREE exhibit showcases an amazing collection of artwork created 
by breast cancer survivors. 

The artwork will be on display in the hallway connecting Park Ridge Health and the Medical Office Building.

Perfect Pair

For more pairing advice—and the perfect bottle of vino to match with every meal—visit Vaso de Vino at 75 Long Shoals Rd. in Asheville. 

Asheville's premier wine market also offers monthly tastings and a fine selection of cigars.

Finding Yourself Through Fitness

What is your definition of fitness? Most people seem to equate fitness to appearance. As a result, we as a society have reduced fitness to “drive-thru" status. Find the nearest fitness center, sign up for two years, go get on some fancy machines, do thirty minutes on a treadmill while catching up on Maury, and your fitness goals are achieved.…

July 2016 Parting Thoughts

These days “local” seems like just another buzzword, as universally popular as “organic,” “grass-fed,” and “sustainable.” It tends to fall indiscriminately in with a miscellany of trendy terms recently adopted by youthful beatniks. But in Asheville, we’ve been doing the “local” thing since way before it was cool. Take, for example, the WNC Farmers Market.

Celebration, Collaboration, Community

The first time I took the trip to Asheville from my home state of New York, I knew I’d landed somewhere special. I was only in town for a few days, but it left such a deep impression on me that I promised myself I’d come back as soon as I could. With every return trip I took, it became…