January 2016

January 2016
How a California girl became a Carolina gal

Last spring, we invited amateur and professional photographers alike to enter our inaugural Images of Western North Carolina Photo Contest, and with so much here to inspire a shutterbug’s focus, more than 600 submissions flooded in. Check out the finalists’ photos as well as the winners of the Amateur and Professional categories on these pages, then visit wncmagazine.com to view other honorable mentions and vote for your overall favorite by January 31. The Readers’ Choice winner will be announced in our March/April issue.

Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, founder of Warren Wilson College’s writing program, is honored with a MacArthur Genius Award

Check in to these lodges where après-ski combines a room, dining, and drinks

Celebrate the cold season at two regional winterfests

Asheville artist Nancy Hilliard Joyce puts a new spin on the circle of life

Jane Kramer returns to Asheville with a new solo album

Boone professor Ray Russell’s amateur interest in meteorology sparked the region’s top forecasting service

Weather the cold with a bourbon cocktail from Aloft’s W XYZ bar

Spread the love with Baxley’s Chocolates’ ganache truffles

Raise a glass to warmth with a passport to Surry County wines

Martin Luther King Jr. visited WNC at two turning points that shaped the civil rights struggle

Probe the pains and pleasures of climbing frozen waterfalls

Get into a good food mood with Eat Crow’s savory Steak & Ale Pie

Sometimes, smaller is better.