Over the Mountain

Banner Elk offers visitors a locale where rustic meets upscale in the most charming way. The road to Banner Elk, N.C. is peppered with outdoor adventures like rafting, zip lining, and hiking the scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It ends at majestic ski slopes and a small Main Street anchored by historic Lees-McRae College. It is a place…

Glimpses of Grandeur

While traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway, make a scenic stop in Asheville. Asheville is a dynamic city—although it’s already a popular day trip for area residents, there’s always something else to explore. Brewery expansions, seasonal food offerings, antiquing, and new exhibits at the Biltmore make Asheville a worthwhile pit stop on your drive. Stay For your stay in this…

Carolina Cool

Hendersonville packs a vacation punch with outdoor splendor, top-drawer shopping, popular cideries, and sophisticated dining. If the only thing you know about Hendersonville is that it’s a drive-by town on your way from Charlotte to Asheville, you’re missing a top Carolina getaway destination in the cradle of the Blue Ridge. This mountain jewel has outsized amenities and attractions from local…

Garden Variety

The classic cobbler is transformed into a delicious, vegetarian main dish or scrumptious omnivore’s side dish in this recipe. Tomatoes, fresh spinach, and artichoke hearts are beautifully complemented by tarragon. Adding Parmesan to the quinoa crust adds another layer of savory flavor. Savory Vegetable Cobbler with Quinoa Crust Makes 8 servings. Quinoa: Quinoa is a seed indigenous to South America.…

Pampered Pets

British entrepreneurs Lewella and Richard Long recently opened their first stateside business, Tazzy & Boo, a pet foods and grooming store, in the Antiquity Shopping Center in Cornelius. With 50 years of combined experience in the retail pet trade, they are excited to bring their knowledge and love of animals to the Lake Norman community. We sat down—and stayed—with the…

Earthly Delights

Mooresville sculptor Allison Luce finds inspiration at the nexus of travel, education, and art history. Ceramic creations from sculptor Allison Luce’s “Primoris Ortus” series are both familiar and foreign at the same time. The artwork resembles live tropical plants of sorts. Long slender arms, curved and rounded, intertwine with floral petals and leaf-like appendages softly framing muted pastel and earth-toned…

Palate Preview

From local favorites expanding to new concepts coming to the Lake Norman area, 2017 is shaping up to be a delicious year. Clean Juice Healthy lifestyle choices are coming to Davidson with the opening of the fourth Charlotte-area location of Clean Juice. Scheduled to open in April in the new Linden development, Clean Juice will offer a certified organic menu…