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Beer, biking, hiking and whitewater: Asheville has it all

The biggest draw of this year’s Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference for me was Asheville. Although I live in North Carolina, Asheville is a good 4 and a half to 5 hours from my home in Raleigh. 998 more words


The Butterfly Magnet Joe-Pye Weed

Not a weed at all, but a member of the “daisy” family, this amazing plant grows to be ten feet tall, and every August, produces thousands of small lavender pink flowers that attract every butterfly within a mile around. 115 more words

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Swimming snakes and other camping stories

Years ago, my family used to go “up the country” to go camping. Since we lived in suburbia, this was a treat, especially during the summer. 606 more words


The Spectacular Views from "Sugar Top"

The most maligned building in all the mountains has to be the ten story condominium that was perched atop Little Sugar Mountain in 1983. Sugar Top, as it was promoted by the developers, would offer unlimited views of the surrounding high country from its 5,000 foot elevation adjacent to the Sugar Mountain Ski Resort. 493 more words

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The "Blowing Rock" Legend Lives On

My first and only previous visit to the the “Blowing Rock” was thirty-six years ago, and I’m pleased to report that nothing has changed.

As the oldest “attraction” along the North Carolina Blue Ridge, Blowing Rock has appeared on countless travel postcards. 144 more words

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