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Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina

Ask the Expert: Hitting the Powder in North Carolina’s High Country

An expert skier gives the rundown on the ski capital of the South
Grove Park Inn courtyard

Spotlight: The Grove Park Inn

At its opening banquet in 1913, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan proclaimed The Grove Park Inn to be "built for the ages."

Charlotte, NC

As I sat on the outdoor patio of the restaurant Halcyon, watching dusk settle over Charlotte’s glittering uptown, sipping a cocktail made from local moonshine, oolong tea, chai, ...

Flat Rock, NC

My friend and I followed national park ranger Peter Goldsmith into the modest, fifties-era living room of Connemara, Pulitzer-winning poet Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, ...

Highlands, NC

There are those who think Highlands has become too commercial, who miss the cozy shabbiness of the dowdy Old Edwards Inn—before the “Old Girl” underwent a...

Nearby Casinos

This is as close to Atlantic City as you’ll get in the Southeast. Three hours north of Atlanta, Harrah’s Cherokee is in the process of a $633 million expansion and renovation...

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The main building at Waynesville’s Swag Country Inn is built of century-old, hand-hewn tulip poplar logs, formerly upholding the Lonesome Valley Primitive Baptist Church. The...

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The idyllic South Fulton hamlet of Serenbe was founded by foodies, so it’s no surprise it remains a popular destination for food lovers. Steve Nygren, who launched the...

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Amicalola is Cherokee for “tumbling waters,” and this 729-foot cascade is the highest waterfall (or, more accurately, series of waterfalls) east of the Mississippi. Trails descend from...

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The next time you find yourself wistful for the days when kids just ran outside and played, book a room at the High Hampton Inn. The resort is like summer camp for adults and...

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