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The $650m Expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

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Set on the Qualla Boundary of Cherokee is the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, one of only two casinos in North Carolina. Open since 1997, the Cherokee has become a leading gambling hub for the state since opening with only video poker for their guests to play some 20 years ago.

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Riverlink Seeks to “Name That Creek” in Kenilworth

French Broad River Photo by Adam Rice

RiverLink seeks to "Name That Creek" in the Kenilworth neighborhood

With the help of the City of Asheville and the Kenilworth Residents' Association (KRA), RiverLink's Name That Creek pro

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Celebrating 100 Years of State and National Parks in WNC

100 years of state and national parks

Western North Carolina’s natural beauty has drawn visitors and residents to our area for centuries, so it’s no surprise that some of the very first state and national parks were established right here. Today, our region is surrounded by protected parklands, which are visited by millions of people each year and provide a stunning backdrop for our cities and towns.

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7 Things For Couples In Asheville To Do

7 things for couples to do

“A couple who vacations together, stays together."

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Bold Rock Hard Cider Unveils New Packaging and Bottle Design

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bold Rock Hard Cider has unveiled the new packaging and bottle design for its full line-up of award-winning hard cider styles. The refreshed look comes as Bold Rock enters its fourth year making craft cider with apples locally picked in the Blue Ridge Mountains and continues to expand its reach throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. In addition to Bold Rock’s flagship Virginia-based Cider Barn, which features a public taproom, the company recently opened a second production facility and taproom in Mills River, North Carolina, and the regional craft cidery’s variety of hard cider styles can now be found in nine states from Pennsylvania through South Carolina.

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Asheville Outdoor Center Hosts Sunset River Arts Festival to Benefit WNC Advocacy League

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In the middle of April planning began for a series of events to be held at the Asheville Outdoor Center to benefit WNC Advocacy League. The owners and staff of Asheville Outdoor Center have a deep passion and appreciation for the local arts movement, and were hoping to find a way to celebrate and promote that. They just happened to reach out at the right moment to the founder of WNC Advocacy League who is equally passionate and motivated. Together they are bringing the area the First Annual Asheville Sunset Arts Festival to be held on June 20th, 2015, from 4pm to 10pm at the Asheville Outdoor Center, right on the river at 521 Amboy Rd. Asheville.

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Duke Energy Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to Catawba River Watersheds

Duke Energy Catawba Watershed

Duke Energy Foundation awards Foothills Conservancy $100,000 to protect critical Catawba River watersheds in the South Mountains

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Frugal Backpacker Opens in Westgate

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Frugal Backpacker has officially relocated to the Westgate Shopping Center and reopens this Friday, November 7th. The retail outfitter will host a Grand Opening event for the public on the following Friday, November 14th.

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Diamond Brand to Host Groundbreaking for New South Asheville Store

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Diamond Brand, Asheville’s oldest outdoor gear shop, will celebrate its upcoming new retail store at Parkway Centre, at a festive groundbreaking event on September 25 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m on 1378 Hendersonville Road, Suite J, next door to the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Fresh Market and Liberty Bicycles. The public is invited to attend. The event is an opportunity for Diamond Brand’s devoted shoppers and newcomers to get acquainted with the new store location, while enjoying music, refreshments and special giveaway items.

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Cold Weather and the Parkway

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The parkway during cold weather brings many changes from ice to snow to just plain cold rain. Each of these changes is unique in the mountain range because each one brings a new perspective the wilderness. While the majority of the trees are bare for late fall and winter, there are still areas where different shades of green and yellow appear. One such area is the lookout near Highway 191 exit. This lookout overlooks the French Broad River which is a magnificent river that runs by and through parts of Asheville. Even on a cold rainy day, looking out on the river is a peaceful experience. On one side of this overlook is the river and the other side is a wall of rock spotted with green and yellow-green brush that will remain there all winter long. Soon, as the weather gets colder, this wall of rock will fill up with ice streaming downward from the top to the bottom. That is in itself a pretty site especially when the sun comes out making the ice sparkle and dance! Don’t let the cold weather stop you from exploring the parkway areas that are open for access. This late fall and …

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