Melissa C. Smith

Melissa C. Smith
Ready your fork for a culinary cook-off in Highlands

Lost objects and found treasures that exude character and wit typify this mother and shop owner's artistic flare

Hide out from stress at one of these soothing retreats

Get your daily dose of health with a yummy smoothie

Take relaxation to another level with a mix of yoga and wine

A culinary weekend makes for a savory getaway

Take to the canopy with the burgeoning sport of tree climbing

Summit these lookouts for awe-inspiring mountain vistas

Go for the Historic Morganton Festival, then stay and play

Asheville Vaudeville is as strange as it gets--in a good way

Moogfest sends out good vibrations

Thanks to community support, the show always goes on at Peacock Playhouse

A landmark greenstone home in Hickory melds historic elegance with modern luxuries

Friends of the Ecusta Trail hope to add a new route to the region’s selection of recreational pathways

You’ll want to sip and savor Limone’s tequila flights

You can help the WNC Nature Center name its new cougar cubs

A vivid West Asheville haven nurtures a mother and daughter’s creative spirits

From wines to jewels, Dillsboro sparkles with an old-fashioned charm

The shopping season has officially arrived, and we’ve searched stores across the region to help minimize the gift-giving guesswork. Here, you’ll find ideas for the jewelry lover, gentleman, gardener, gourmand, host, and outdoors enthusiast in your life.

Learn to identify examples of the season’s brightest foliage

Discover handmade creations in this haven for artists

Lisa Klakulak sculpts accessories out of the woolliest of mediums

Venture below the surface of a local lake to discover a world of sunken weirdness

Tribes from across the Americans unite in Cherokee

Legacy Artist: Michelle Moog-Koussa shares her father’s pioneering explorations in electronic music through education and preservation

Truth be Told: Revisiting cultural icons through street art style

Tupelo Honey Café’s chef prepares a sweet spread with a bounty of blueberries picked in his backyard

Tour du Rock: Gear up for travel season in the High Country

It’s a party in the streets during Spindale’s newest festival

Grass to Greens helps residents sow and grow a food source close to home

Open for Business: From downtown to the south side, explore the town that keeps reinventing itself

Take a peek inside the realm of a paranormal investigator

Busy Hartzog just couldn’t forget her aunt’s circa-1920s playhouse, so she brought it home from South Carolina and restored it with love

Just when you start to lose steam, the kids’ energy reserves always seem to kick in. Here are ideas for curbing their enthusiasm.