Stories by Melba Newsome

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Melba is an award-winning freelance writer based in Charlotte, N.C. Her work has appeared in AARP, Bloomberg Businessweek, Oprah and Playboy, among others.

Picnic at Richland Balsam

One Trip, Two or More Generations

Make the Most of the Multigenerational Getaway In search of the perfect vacation destination for kids, parents and grandparents? Look no further. Asheville has something fun and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age. Visitors have been flocking to Asheville since the 1880s when railroad companies transformed it from a wilderness outpost to a destination for those in search of outdoor adventure

Couple hiking at waterfall

Great Ideas for First Time Hikers

Take the Easy Path to Mountain Beauty Asheville is an outdoor lover’s paradise, in large measure because of its many scenic hiking trails. Enthusiasts come from far and wide to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. However, you don’t have to be a seasoned hiker to enjoy what nature has to offer. Whether you are beginner or simply want an easy nature jaunt suitable for the entire family,

Artisan Cheeses

Hot on the Trail of Southern Cheese

2019 Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest: Dates to be announced (check back for updates!) Explore the WNC Cheese Trail The Western NC Cheese Trail covers the hills and dales of the Appalachians and foothills. Exploring it is a great way to soak up some rural mountain beauty and sample some of the best handmade cheese made in the South. Connect with cheesemakers, see how and where these delicious

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