Barnsley Gardens Resort Ruins: The Tragic Story Behind the Adairsville, GA Landmark

Barnsley Resort in North Georgia

Located in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains (45 miles southwest of Ellijay), the Barnsley Gardens Resort ruins offer a rare glimpse of the state’s pre-Civil War history. Most of Georgia’s early 19th century landmarks were destroyed during Maj. Gen. William Sherman’s march to the sea. The Union Army’s “scorched earth” approach was designed … Read moreBarnsley Gardens Resort Ruins: The Tragic Story Behind the Adairsville, GA Landmark

The Cataloochee Valley Elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Bull Elk in Great Smoky Mtns National Park by Betty Shelton

Created in 1934 and encompassing 522,419 acres, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America, attracting more than 10 million travelers each year. Straddling eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a haven for nature lovers. The most popular Great … Read moreThe Cataloochee Valley Elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Best Downtown Asheville Restaurants

Couple outside Posana Cafe, one of the best Downtown Asheville Restaurants

The first time we visited the city back in 2012, we were blown away by the Asheville food scene. For a 45-square-mile mountain town with a population of around 84,000, the sheer number of critically acclaimed downtown Asheville restaurants was staggering even then. As it turns out, the city is also the greenest dining destination … Read moreThe Best Downtown Asheville Restaurants

Downtown Asheville, NC History: From Biltmore to the 21st Century Boom

Visiting Asheville, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The essence of downtown Asheville, NC exists between two dichotomous extremes, with the outlandish opulence of the Biltmore Estate at one end of the spectrum, and grungy backpackers in a drum circle at the other. To get a feel for Asheville’s downtown area, start at Pack Square Park in the city’s heart. Named in 1900 … Read moreDowntown Asheville, NC History: From Biltmore to the 21st Century Boom