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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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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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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Scenes and Songs

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra and Asheville Art Museum marry their artistic mediums for a performance of Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6.
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Mountain Pie Company

Merri and Bill Tyndall bake dozens of flavors of pie each day, including Blueberry Blintz, at the Mountain Pie Company in Hendersonville.
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The Sisters McMullen

Unfortunately, this dessert spot in Asheville is now closed. See our original post about them below and other North Carolina bakeries you should visit.
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Rediscovering Riddle

This month, the Burnsville community honors the legacy of a native son whose talented ear shaped the sound of country music.
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The Appalachian Trail: Peak of Perfection

You have to work to savor the majesty of the Appalachian Trail, but there’s much to appreciate — and preserve.
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