Sweet Decay At a Mountain Resort

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William Jones hates highway driving—he told me this during one of our text marathons—so I felt bad when he aimed for an I-64 entrance ramp, me following his minivan, certain…

Humans of Biltmore

Photo used with permission from Deborah Scannell.

On the shuttle ride from Biltmore’s parking lot, I knew I should have been paying more attention. The estate’s legendary grounds, designed by the father of landscape architecture Frederick Law…

Get Help for Popmusicitus

Young fiddler Carson Peters performs at Blue Ridge Music Center. Photo by Erynn Marshall.

Does Taylor Swift blare from your child’s bedroom at all hours? Is Usher on constant shuffle in your house? Is watching The Voice the closest you get to family bonding? If…

One Night In Galax

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If you’re an old time music fan, you know Galax, Virginia. It’s no bigger than my thumb—just a few thousand residents—but home to more musical talent than five Nashville’s rolled…

Appalachian Kriskindlmarkt

A traditional kriskindlmarkt in Mariazell, Austria. Photo by Rinaldo Wurglitsch on Flickr.

The end of November is a great time to go to Europe. Flights are cheap. Tourists are scant. And one of the continent’s best traditions—Christmas markets—are in full swing. From Hamburg…

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