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.
A visionary effort to create a statewide trail has been 40 years in the making. With the path now finished in Western North Carolina and a groundswell of support rising in the East, the completion of North Carolina’s most monumental natural treasure is on the horizon.
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.