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Appalachian Music Trails: Destinations in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Music stage at Floyd General Store, Floyd, VA

Music is an easy way to celebrate Appalachian culture. All American music can be traced to Appalachia. That’s where the cultural blend of European and African musical and rhythmic forms came together. Everything from jazz, old-time country music and Dixieland, to Cajun, soul, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll, is a product of Appalachia’s cultural fusion. …

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Leaf Peeping and Waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Parkway

This year’s wet weather may have postponed your annual trip to the North Carolina Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway to take in the fall foliage. Good news, you haven’t missed a thing. The dazzling colors will continue to descend from high elevations to low through the beginning of November. When to …

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Leaf Peeping and More in the Smoky Mountains

Dome at Stone Mountain State Park

With a fabulous forecast in the region this week and weekend, I’m headed to the Smoky Mountains! Nothing like fresh air, beautiful scenery—hopefully some local apples—to invigorate the soul! If you headed to the Smokies and are interested in camping at the beautiful KOA in Cherokee, North Carolina, good news: I called …

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Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cherokee public art bear

I created this free guide to planning a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just click the link below. No registration required.   As I ascended the foothills toward Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains on my motorcycle, a refreshing breeze of magnolia and jasmine wafted through my visor. It was a …

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Winter Writing Retreat: Facilitating Author Creativity

Writers with their Mac's around the campfire

This month I facilitated a writers’ retreat for a few mastermind clients who needed a block of time to focus on their books and some intermittent time with me. It was magical, from start to finish. We stayed at Sacred Grove Retreat Center in Gold Hill, North Carolina, which has everything they needed to …

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When a Dragon’s not a Dragon

Yesterday I talked about a legendary road, Beartooth Highway, in Montana. I live in North Carolina, home of another legendary stretch of tarmac, Tail of the Dragon.It’s U.S. 129 at the Tennessee state line.  The 11-mile stretch is said to have 318 curves, but you can’t prove it by me. …

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