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My favorite way to see the New River is with RiverGirl Fishing Co.   Owner Kelly and her team will make sure you find the right activity – for a big group or just one. She has single and double kayaks and canoes as well as tubing adventures. Trips can last from 1.5 to 3 hours. Kelly McCoy is a fisheries biologist who has an incredible amount of information to share. She also… Read More

For an art experience even a non-art lover can enjoy, visit the Energy Xchange located between Spruce Pine and Burnsville. A North Carolina renewable energy center, the Xchange captures methane gas produced from a landfill and uses it to heat greenhouses, and fire pottery kilns and glass blowing furnaces. Established as a craft business incubator program, a juried panel selects six young artists for three-year residency programs to help them develop craft… Read More

  The amazing thing about western North Carolina is finding all the incredible artisans tucked away among the hills and mountains. One of the best known is glass blower Kenny Pieper of Pieper Glass. Located near Burnsville (a short trip from Asheville), in Celo, you will generally find Kenny working in his expansive, airy studio equipped with huge ovens and massive equipment. He makes all his own colors and glass tubes prior to… Read More

The mountains of North Carolina hide many surprises, and one of the best is the multitude of important artists who are tucked away off grass and gravel lanes. Surrounded by beautiful views, wooded yards and eclectic home sites, you can find some of the best artisans in the U.S. It makes for a very special kind of treasure hunt. There are hundreds of artists in the western region of the state, with… Read More

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