Nan Chase

Nan Chase
Long-time green thumb, author, and WNC resident Nan K. Chase offers a guide to gardening in the mountains

A local writer ruminates on her affection for the region

Two Henderson County brothers are rocking the plant world

Hit the road to five off-the-beaten-path historic sites that hold lessons aplenty

How one musician found community through harmony

Bee City USA leads the way in protecting pollinators

Make your way to the High Country for outdoor winter revelry

Founded in 1779, long before Tennessee became a state, quiet little Jonesborough served as the capital of the geopolitical oddity known as the Lost State of Franklin, a territory along the North Carolina border that was organized as America's 14th state. It lasted from 1784 to 1788 but was never formally recognized by the union. Jonesborough is best enjoyed on foot, so park the car and stroll this historically rich town to appreciate the fine old houses and same westward-ho views that early pioneers took in.

Taste a seasonal feast of juicy fruit at the North Carolina Blackberry Festival

Slip away to peaceful Apalachicola for sun, siestas, solitude, and a taste of wild Florida

Between Old Fort and Marion, make a detour for quaint Pleasant Gardens

For esteemed sculptor Michael Sherrill, the best is yet to come

George W. Vanderbilt's inaugural holiday party in 1895 welcomed 50 guests to the newly completed Biltmore House. Today's elaborate Christmas production at the estate enthralls hundreds of thousands of visitors each season. Here we take you behind the scenes to see just how the celebration unfolds.

An author savors fall's leisurely stroll through the mountains

An aerialist teaches others the ropes of high-flying performance

Asheville's Masonic Temple invites the world in

Heather Knight imbues her delicate porcelain creations with textures inspired by elements of land and sea

An Ashevillian finds a relaxing getaway just outside her front door

With the demise of chestnut trees, so went the reign of bark architecture in the mountains. Today, Chris and Marty McCurry are leading a revival of the historic style. Using poplar bark and sustainable practices, they’re ensuring a lasting connect between home and nature

One of the country's early attempts at harvesting renewable energy began in Boone

Suzanne Q Evon’s evolution from glamour girl to luxe jeweler

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee marks progress by the years

Six plants that will turn your backyard into a private farmer's market

Sew Cool: Katie Park's got a soft spot for sculpture and knitting