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Black Mountain

Just twenty minutes outside Asheville, Black Mountain has a gravitational pull all its own. Cocooned in the belly of the Blue Ridge, this amiable mountain town makes slowing your roll the only reasonable thing to do. They don’t call it the Front Porch of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge for nothing. The highly innovative Black…

Leiper’s Fork

If you’ve not heard of Leiper’s Fork, we couldn’t really blame you. This unincorporated village along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee flies mostly under the radar. That is unless you’ve been there. In that case, returning to Leiper’s Fork is nearly all that’s on your mind. Leiper’s casts a spell all its own. It is…

Lewisburg

We didn’t stop just because they’ve been crowned “The Coolest Small Town in America,” but we’ll admit the roadside sign did pique our curiosity.  I mean, how cool could they be, right?  Well, let’s put it this way– it has become a running joke around here that we never fail to stop in Lewisburg when we are…

Lexington

Tucked quietly behind VMI’s warm ochre barracks, the historic district of Lexington, Virginia blends just the right amount of Main Street Americana with a certain citified allure.  The beautiful wrought iron balconies and pebbled walk leading to Stonewall Jackson’s kitchen garden and carriage are alongside gilded truffles, coffee shops, and sweet boutiques. Craftsmen are busy…

Pittsboro

It is the soul of a town that shapes its persona, and Pittsboro reminds us that a good friend with an infectious belly laugh can charm us every time. Its plain talk and easy smiles make us feel as if we’ve been pals for life. With a happy mix of artists and farmers, the Circle…

Saxapahaw

There is a certain generosity of spirit that spreads easily in a community which knows it’s got something good going. Such is the case in the magical little hamlet of Saxapahaw, tucked sweetly in Alamance County, North Carolina. Warmth and openness are de rigueur here. While the town’s hub consists of a narrow cluster of…