Spruce Pine

Spruce Pine
Aug 2019
Pumpkins are a hallmark of autumn, but jack-o’-lanterns are just the beginning of the fall fun. Make the most of the season with an idyllic outing to a u-pick patch for the perfect specimens, décor inspiration using fanciful heirloom gourds, and a delish take on a pumpkin pie that’s as nice as sugar and spice.

Aug 2019
25 fall foliage adventures that are big on color and light on crowds

Aug 2019
September brings opportunities for all ages to learn about winged migrations

Apr 2019
The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations

Feb 2019
Kenny Pieper’s unbreakable passion for glass

Dec 2018
Locals, especially, can confirm Western North Carolina holds a wealth of riches. From natural wonders and cultural treasures to splurge-worthy experiences, the indulgences afforded in our mountains are, in many ways, priceless.

Dec 2018
The elemental sculptures of Jeannine Marchand

Oct 2018
From apps to mains to sweet finishes, get inspired for your holiday feast with our editors' picks for 10 festive recipes

Aug 2018
Barry and Sandra Bearden’s sky-high Mountain Air retreat blends green construction with contemporary style

Jun 2018
Glass works shine in a multi-venue summer series

Jun 2018
The mountains’ mineral history is a gift that keeps on giving

Oct 2017
Not even Scrooge could resist the mountain area's festive offerings

Oct 2017
Penland-based Terrane Glass Designs artfully raises the bar

Oct 2017
Support these vital local nonprofits to support one and all

Oct 2017
Jenny Lou Sherburne’s Seussian-style pottery delights through color and shape

Aug 2017
Discover close encounters with creative characters and starry nights

Apr 2017
For nearly 70 years, City Drive In has been keeping it real in Spruce Pine

Dec 2016
Winter farmers markets keep the produce coming, even in the cold season

Oct 2015
Relish fresh renditions of old Appalachian standards

Oct 2015
Spoon bar tempts with a refreshingly light eggnog rendition

Aug 2015
The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations

Jul 2015
While remaining true to its past, the world-renowned Penland School of Crafts never stops exploring the reaches of contemporary art

Oct 2014
With 50 breweries counting, Western North Carolina's reputation as a craft beer mecca continues to grow, but for how long? Experts and brewers weigh in on the industry's future.

Aug 2014
The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations

Aug 2014
Internationally known for the quality of the mica in its soil, Spruce Pine is also ground zero for one of the most highly regarded craft communities in the nation. Potters and other artisan wizards work in the hills and hollers that surround Mineral City, making Spruce Pine a prime base for hiking, touring, and studio-hopping.

Apr 2014
Difficulty: Strenuous Round-Trip: 8-miles

Dec 2013
You can never foresee how the life you choose—or the one that chooses you—can ultimately impact someone in extraordinary ways. Meet seven inspirational locals whose personal journeys are making a big difference in the lives of others.

Dec 2013
Warm up this winter with five seasonal offerings from local chefs

Mar 2013
Entrepreneur Joel Friedman builds community in Marshall

Jun 2012
Spruce Pine gets saucy with a barbecue and bluegrass festival

Jun 2012
There are endless reasons we all fall for the mountains, but one enchants us above all others: This place feels like home in our hearts. Here, five writers share how their deep connections to these hills were forged with Sunday drives, old-time music, wildflower hikes, and through the discovery of inspiration and strength.

Apr 2012
Take a mine tour that uncovers lessons in geology and history.

Apr 2012
How Harvey K. Littleton’s vision sparked an artistic revolution and ignited the Studio Glass Movement.

Jul 2011
Fiber sculptor Anne Lemanski narrates messages through her delicate conceptual creatures

Jul 2011
Beets show their true colors (and flavors) in simple dishes.

May 2011
From pageant queens to the namesake blooms, the 65-year-old Rhododendron Festival continues to celebrate the beauty of the mountains

Apr 2011
The 150th anniversary of North Carolina’s entry into the Civil War sparks reminders of our region’s conflicted role in the fight

Feb 2011
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

Jan 2011

Jul 2010
This community of glass artists didn’t suddenly appear. It was shaped and molded by the nearby Penland School of Crafts