Publisher’s Letter

It's that time of year again! The kids are out of school, everything is in bloom, and the great outdoors beckons. We are blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of stunning nature and experienced people who can help us navigate it. As definite outdoors amateurs, albeit enthusiastic ones, we've found it necessary to seek the counsel of some local…

June 2016 Good Times

Music Video Asheville 2016 gave local filmmakers, musicians and media professionals a chance to bask in the glow of the red carpet! Held at the Diana Wortham Theater, this dreamy night celebrated Asheville's extraordinary creative community.

Around Town

Skillful craftsmen (and women!) gathered at the brand-new Tool Library in Asheville’s South Slope district to formally kick off this exciting new venture. The Tool Library’s mission is to provide tools at low or no cost to citizens and local community organizations; they also opportunities for members to become more deeply engaged in home maintenance bike and automotive repair, garden…

Encounters with the Extraordinary:

Descending into or right next to the falls, this activity is a must-do for waterfall enthusiasts. Beginners start on the seventy-foot Little Bradley Falls; more experienced adventurers can try rappelling into two-hundred-foot Big Bradley Falls!

Asheville: The East Coast’s Cycling Hub

Asheville is the hub of cycling on the East Coast. Other cities may argue for this status, but very few offer the diversity of cycling this area. Below are samples of excellent areas for cycling in and around Asheville, all of which are within a two hour drive of the city. There are rides for the family and moderate skill…

What’s Cooking?

If you’re a barbecue lover, now is the most wonderful time of the year. Summer is the season to bust out the grill and fire up all of your favorites for the family — or at least enjoy the cooking of your loved ones! While there’s nothing quite like barbecuing at home, Asheville has a great new restaurant to satisfy…

Golf With A Shotgun

Don Mallicoat opened Wings n Clays in Asheville seven years ago. Since then, the store has become the city’s go-to destination for shooting sports equipment. The shop provides a full line of rifles, shotguns, handguns and more, along with a number of classes and certified instructors. But among this suite of offerings, Don has a particular passion. A lifelong clay…

Garage Authority Makes The Most Of Your Space, In Style

Does organizing your garage, basement and closets feel like an overwhelming chore? Creating an environment ideal for storing seasonal and much-needed items isn’t easy; too often, this essential work goes neglected, which can lead to damage and deterioration over time. Fortunately, Western North Carolina has a fabulous resource for in-home storage and organization. Garage Authority provides shelving and storage solutions…

Warming Up, Chilling Out

Little speaks to the simple pleasures of summer like a good old fashioned hangout on your back porch or patio area. The long-time centerpiece of warm-weather fun, backyard spaces are where friendships are forged and family memories made.

Jack Schroeder’s Picks For Paddle Sports

If you're looking to learn a thing or two about paddle sports, you may want to talk to Jack Schroeder. With a strong background in whitewater kayaking and long-distance canoeing, Jack lead outdoor education classes at Appalachia State University before taking on his current role as paddle sports specialists at Diamond Brand Outdoors. Though he's paddled all over the world,…