May 2017 Lifestyle Letter

It's the time of year when vacation gets on the brain. The inescapable urge to get out of town and out of the routine for a little while. This issue, we wanted to focus on two other towns in the Southeast, one of which has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to visit, while the other is quickly developing…

Cúrate Grand Re-Opening

cIt's the time of year when vacation gets on the brain. The inescapable urge to get out of town and out of the routine for a little while. This issue, we wanted to focus on two other towns in the Southeast, one of which has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to visit, while the other is quickly developing…

Asheville Amadeus Festival

The biannual festival inspired by the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart included more than 60 events in 40 venues. Organized by the Asheville Symphony, the 2017 festival featured musical comedians, a signature beer from Highland, a community sing-along, top-notch orchestral and chamber performances, and internationally renowned violinist Midori.

May 2017 Around Town

BlackBird Frame & Art will host a new exhibition, “Big Little Paintings,” featuring works from the Appalachian Pastel Society. The exhibition takes place May 4 through June 17 with an Opening Reception on May 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Some of the region's best pastel artists will offer up mini-works, all around 9” x 12”, making them both more…

In the Details

They may call it the Big Day, but the elements that make it are small. From lingerie to nail lacquer, from groomsmen gifts to garters, there are dozens of tiny tchotchkes that make your wedding day special. Asheville's bounty of boutiques hold everything brides and grooms alike need to primp, pamper and celebrate in anticipation of the day.

Asheville Marathon & Half

The Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate is a wonderful opportunity for people to run in America's largest backyard and experience beautiful views that are not usually accessible. This year the Asheville Marathon brought in nearly 2250 participant from 47 states and five countries. Photography by Paul Jackson Photography

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…

Big Day, Big Easy

There’s boundless stress leading up to your Big Day: guest lists to refine, deposits to pay, linens and flowers and cake flavors to choose, and one very important white dress to find. That stress can take it’s toll on a bride’s body and mind (and a groom’s). As your day approaches and your back and mind coil with tension, the…

Musical Interlude

Asheville is an undisputed music mecca. From downtown’s street corners to a dozen venues around town, this city is constantly buzzing with the sounds of instruments plucked, beat and warbled. If there’s an epicenter for music within Asheville, it’s downtown. And it’s here that you’ll find a surprising musical hotspot, a place where drinks clink along to the beat of…

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…

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…