When he and his wife Lilian bought the 248-acre “Connemara” property just outside of Flat Rock from the Smyth family of Charleston, S.C., that year, Sandburg was already a celebrated poet and author, winning three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He lived there for the next 22 years, until his death in 1967. Today, the home and the grounds are preserved as a National Historic Site and are open to the public.
The pairing of arts and a small-town setting is not foreign to this area, but you may wonder: Mermaids in the mountains of Marshall? How do mermaids fit into this picture?
Seven things you probably didn’t think you could do this week…
Less than two weeks ago, long-distance hiker and Appalachian Trail veteran Heather Housekeeper, 28, began walking. Twelve days later, on May 28, she made some time to share her goals with this reporter, just before reaching camp, off Ox Creek Road near Asheville. Outside of the occasional friend tagging along for a few miles here and there, she’s doing it all alone, and not counting the random “trail magic” (assistance like snacks, shoes, a bed, etc.) that strangers have given her along the way, she’s doing the trip totally unsupported.
Incredible food on an inhospitable night. There's something inherently comforting, warm and joyful about passing platters of food around tables set up in the middle of a farmers market. It certainly doesn’t hurt matters when said food is cooked by The Admiral's Drew Maykuth, just over yonder working elbow-to-elbow with Suzy Phillips in Spartacus, Phillips’ souped-up food truck and home of GCQ Lebanese Street Food.
Align your body and mind with ChiRunning and ChiWalking at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road in Asheville. Held on Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-9828. If you’ve always wondered how to make jam, put on your apron and try “Let's Start with Jams” at the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension, 94 Coxe […]
Sometimes Asheville can feel too crowded. When tourist season’s in full swing and the streets are choked with cars, trucks and buses, a place like Hot Springs can be just the ticket. Conversely, sometimes Asheville feels too small — especially when you’re trying to buy something embarrassing at the grocery store. When you want to […]
A door opened that midwinter day, and we stepped through it into a new life full of wonders I never thought I'd see. I've gazed upon the immense tumble of Whitewater Falls, cascading 400 feet down a mountainside in Nantahala National Forest; stumbled upon pink lady’s slippers scattered like fairy lanterns along the trails around Carl Sandburg's mountain home …
I had the best weekend ever. I mean, really. Cause we were, like, packing for the beach? And you know when you have kids? And you’re going on a trip? And you have to pack for, like, three people and a dog?
“Slipped the surly bonds of earth … and touched the face of God.” Have basket, will travel: Each balloon ride begins with a series of steps, from safety lessons to filling the 180,000-cubic-foot “envelope.” Photos by Jerry Nelson These words from an old poem — made famous by President Ronald Reagan during a eulogy for […]
"Staycation" sounded smart and savvy and almost fun when we were all faced with economic demise. Not to belittle that terrifying year: A vacation seemed like crazy-talk when banks were collapsing. But now that the dust is settling and the tourist droves are, once again, returning to Asheville's streets, it's hard not to be in […]
So it’s spring break for Asheville City Schools, and what are we doing?