Stories by K.C. Cronin

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K.C. has written about travel destinations from Hawaii to the Bahamas to Costa Rica and back home in Asheville.  Her career in public relations first brought her to Asheville in 2001, where she fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains along the endless hiking trails.

GSMNP Sunset

Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many , today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

Storyteller Cherokee Man

Over the Blue Ridge to Cherokee Territory

Asheville’s Ancient Connections Beyond the stunning Art Deco architecture, the sounds of drums in Pritchard Park on a Friday night and the smell of Mexico as you pass White Duck Taco - stop and ponder this…you are in the shadows of a sacred and ancient civilization dating back 11,000 years; the Cherokee. And their home is one of the oldest places on Earth, the Appalachian Mountains,

St. Lawrence Basilica

Asheville’s Awe-Inspiring Church

Visiting the Basilica of St. Lawrence A European Master Comes to Asheville Described as “The Paris of the South,” Asheville can boast some keen similarities to the “City of Lights,” especially those reminiscent of the Left Bank: bohemian street performers, art gallery upon art gallery, busy sidewalk cafes and of course the food scene is tres magnifique .  But there is

Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

Hiking Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Heaven… Just Miles From Town Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell on me.  It looks so far away but ahh…it is not. Just a short drive from downtown and I’ll be at Craggy Gardens (Craggy for short) and a soaring 5,892 foot elevation.  This is the locals’ favorite spot to head for the hills

Omni Grove Park Inn - Historic 2

The Legendary E.W. Grove

The Legendary E.W. Grove: A Man with a Vision Edwin Wiley Grove (1850 – 1927) E.W. Grove not only shaped the city of Asheville, he set in motion his dream that Asheville would become the alluring destination it is today.   But who was the man behind the legendary name? Tragedy Leads To Purpose During the nineteenth century malaria struck the South with a vengeance.  There

Photogenic Hikes on the AT Story: Max Patch

The 5 Most Photogenic Hikes on the AT

Follow the White Blazes to These Picturesque Spots   Footpath for the People The Appalachian Trail (AT) is 2,200 miles long and traverses the mountains of NC on the way to its final destination – Maine.  The white blaze of the AT marks entrances into hardwood forests, fields of spring wildflowers and spectacular views of autumn’s peak performance and winter’s snowy