Fall in the Mountains of North Georgia (Where to See the Best Fall Colors)

Fall colors in Georgia at Brasstown Bald

The infamous heat of summer in the Deep South has finally started to wane, thankfully replaced by the cool, crisp air of autumn. This is that magical time of year when more and more people are increasingly inclined to explore the great outdoors of the Georgia mountains. Fall in the mountains of North Georgia gradually … Read more

Asheville River Arts District: A Guide to Galleries & Restaurants

Over the last decade, Asheville has emerged as a progressive haven of arts and culture in the middle of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is known for its fiercely independent spirit, with myriad “green” restaurants, brewpubs, and countless Asheville art galleries and artists’ studios popping up over time. It’s been a remarkable transformation. … Read more

The 20 Best Western NC Small Towns To Visit (and Live In!)

Western North Carolina is perhaps best known as home to Asheville, one of the most deservedly popular up-and-coming small cities in the United States. But the Blue Ridge region is also blessed with more than its fair share of small mountain towns, which ooze Appalachian culture and history. Dozens of the small towns near Asheville, … Read more

Pisgah National Forest: A Beginner’s Guide

Pisgah National Forest - Blue Ridge Mountains

Pisgah National Forest encompasses over half a million acres of the Appalachian Mountains in Western North Carolina. The forest is separated into three ranger districts: Appalachia and Grandfather are located north of Asheville, while Pisgah is south of it. Within the national forest’s boundaries, visitors can explore sections of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the … Read more

Sampling Blue Ridge Restaurants on the Blue Ridge Mountains Food Tour

Blue Ridge Mountains Food Tour at Mercier Orchards Tasting Room

As a boy growing up near the North Georgia mountains, I tended to take the Appalachian food of my family’s roots for granted. Fortunately, traditional Southern food has come a long way over the last few decades, as has the culinary scene in little mountain towns like Blue Ridge, GA. When Mary and I first … Read more