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A short, but rigorous hike will reward you with views of the lovely Crab Orchard Falls. Even in this very dry summer, the sound of the water rushing over the rocks is powerful. The falls are extensive and have many levels, but from what I have read, have never been officially measured. Visitors park at the Valle Crucis Episcopal Church, in the upper parking lot.  It is well-marked where you should and… Read More

The August issue of Pinecrest Lifestyle Magazine is hot off the presses and I’m pleased to share my article about the thriving Rivers Arts District in Asheville, NC. Click this link for the full article.  Pinecrest Mag.Paint the Town.August2016

Each little “pup” is ready to plant. Who knew that Appalachian State University (ASU) has some amazing greenhouses and conservatory tucked away a couple of miles from campus, behind a commercial area in Bonne, NC. I had the opportunity to tour this wonderful ASU facility and see plants from, literally, every country in the world. There were so many unusual and amazing varieties.  We had a crash course in plant adaptation and… Read More

48 degrees. Glittering golden leaves. Carolina Blue sky and a mountain view that doesn’t stop.  We took an afternoon break from packing-up to head south, and enjoyed our last hike of the season, to The Cascades. A short 30-minute walk along a well-maintained trail leads to the beautiful falls located in E.B. Jeffress Park at mile marker 272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Deep Gap.  You hear the it before you see it…. Read More

Find out why life is great in the NC High Country. Check out my recent article in South Florida’s Pinecrest Magazine: Pinecrest Magazine: It’s Cool to be in the NC Mountains

What do you give the guy who pretty much has everything?  An experience of a lifetime. My husband is a train-fanatic and for Father’s Day our daughter and I gave him a chance to be “At the Throttle” of the powerful, iconic 611 steam engine. The massive engine is visiting the North Carolina Transportation Museum, on loan for a couple of weeks from the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The Norfolk and Western,… Read More

Actually, every day during the summer along the Blue Ridge Parkway is apple-time.  At mile 328.2 you will find the historic Orchard at Altapass. Pay attention to the mile markers, because the road appears quickly (Orchard Rd., of course) and you won’t have any advance warning. Open from early May until late October, the 280 spread features a working orchard, growing 15 types of wonderful apples.  In case apples aren’t your thing,… Read More

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a hikers paradise.  With more than 70 trails along the North Carolina portion of the Parkway, you can find something for every level and interest, from easy to strenuous. Close to Blowing Rock, near Parkway Craft Center at Moses Cone Manor is the Julian Price Memorial Park featuring a beautiful lake and lovely picnic grounds. BTW, you can rent canoes and row boats by the hour at… Read More

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