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Take the Moonshine Express run of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and I promise you will not be disappointed. After booking our tickets online, we picked them up at 9:30 the morning of the trip and boarded the Carolina Shine car around 10 AM.  Before we even started rolling, we were served three of the seven moonshine flavors we tasted.  Starting with the basic White Lightening, we moved quickly on to Apple… Read More

In the North Carolina High Country, I have never seen so many hummingbirds flying in and out of the trees to the feeder and nearby flowers. Dipping and diving too fast to get a good still photo. They were magical.

The Toe River Studio Tour has become a tradition to kick off my summer season in the mountains.  The twice-a-year event (first weekend in June & December), features the work of artists and craftspeople in what is thought to be the longest running studio tour in the country.  The tour traverses Mitchell and Yancey Counties in Western NC, and with more than 90 featured artists and galleries, offering something for every taste… Read More

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