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Asheville's River Arts District, North Carolina

Asheville’s River Arts District

In the late 1800s, this area was the booming, industrial heart of the city. Factories and mills lined the banks along the French Broad River, producing everything from fabric and flour to crackers and ice. Those businesses have long since faded away. But the district’s creativee spirit never died.
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Hospitality Mints, Boone, North Carolina

Have a Mint

A company in Boone makes the last piece that makes the meal.
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Sunflowers at Biltmore Estate

Sunflowers to Share

At Biltmore Estate in Asheville, most features are purely for presentation. But a few plots of plants have a second purpose.
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History on the Walls

A little paint adds character to West Jefferson.
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The North Carolina Arboretum

A century ago, America’s premier landscape architect designed the state’s first arboretum. Today, on top of a mountain in Asheville, we have our own nature conservatory where every plant is fixed with a purpose — just like he wanted.
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Highlands

One of the most upscale towns in the North Carolina mountains, it still welcomes anyone who can bring just a little good conversation.
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One-Stop Success: Highland Books in Brevard

At Highland Books in Brevard, one couple encourages community members to explore the world around them — whether they travel far away or decide to stick around.
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Sandburg’s Mountain Sanctuary

Carl Sandburg called himself the eternal hobo, and his writing career soared while he drifted. But in his final years, the people’s poet settled into a quiet,
North Carolina mountain paradise in Flat Rock and began producing his best work. The place, called Connemara, remains open today as a source of inspiration.
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Beech Mountain

A former mayor named Fred and his trusted neighbors make the highest town east of the Rockies work.
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The Inn on Mill Creek

At an Asheville-area bed and breakfast, waking up is a delicious dream.
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