Asheville outdoors/environment

Top 4 for the 4th -Swimming holes in Asheville

Top 4 for the 4th -Swimming holes in Asheville

What better way to celebrate independence day than hitting the water? That’s why we rounded up our top 4 swimming holes around Asheville, enjoy!

Big volunteer work day set for Pisgah Ranger District on Sept. 24

Big volunteer work day set for Pisgah Ranger District on Sept. 24

The event will include an effort to identify flora and fauna species in Pink Beds at the Cradle of Forestry.

by September 1, 2016 0 comments Asheville outdoors/environment
No Taste Like Home: Foraging for Food with Stu Helm and Friends

No Taste Like Home: Foraging for Food with Stu Helm and Friends

“WILL FORAGE FOR FOOD” (If we can bring it to a high-end restaurant afterward & have it paired & prepared by some of Asheville’s best cooks). Written by Stephan Pruitt and Stu Helm Illustration by Stu Helm Photos & Photo Captions by Stephan Pruitt (unless otherwise indicated) To see even more photos from this trip, check out Stephan’s version of[Read More…]

Davidson River Outfitters to host new fly fishing festival on June 11

Davidson River Outfitters to host new fly fishing festival on June 11

The event includes special promotions, product demos, hourly door prizes, casting games and a grand prize drawing.

Fly-fishing and beer fest set for Feb. 23 at Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville

Fly-fishing and beer fest set for Feb. 23 at Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville

Orvis is teaming up with the Asheville Brewers Alliance for the event.

5 Places to Hide and Eat in Downtown Asheville

5 Places to Hide and Eat in Downtown Asheville

Stu’s just trying to eat and be left the eff alone.

Colvin named executive director of environmental organization, Wild Forests and Fauna

Colvin named executive director of environmental organization, Wild Forests and Fauna

The organization is based out of Asheville now, as well as Seattle.

On an excursion with Asheville mushroom hunter Alan Muskat, a few lessons on living

On an excursion with Asheville mushroom hunter Alan Muskat, a few lessons on living

In the field of foraging, there’s still much to be learned.

by December 23, 2015 0 comments Asheville outdoors/environment
Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Hello Asheville! Well, Summer is wrapping-up, winding down, moving on, and effing off for another year. I hope you had a good one! I did, that’s for sure, and one of the main reasons for my good Summer was the wonderful overseas vacation that I went on with 8 members of my immediate family. Also known as: #familytrip As I[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu used to be a vegetarian once upon a time, but now he’s eating deliciously horrible stuff like veal.

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Joe interview Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground boutique flour mill, and baker Laura Geotz of Table/Tod’s Tasties/ Imperial life.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Hello Asheville! Do you guys like to do stuff? I like to do stuff. A lot of stuff. As a way to make money, occupy my hands, or just pass the time in a remotely interesting fashion, using the limited skills that I have, until I finally go belly-up and die. I like to write. About food and flip flops and such. I like to draw[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Hello Asheville! Who likes lists? Lists are fun. Lately I’ve been keeping a list of ALLL the places that I eat at every month, and then posting my lists to FaceBook. This time around, I actually talked to Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) about each and every one of the venues on my May List during the pilot episode of AVL Food Fans,[Read More…]

Bangin’ Chains: Disc golf singles round-up at Lake Julian DGC

Bangin’ Chains: Disc golf singles round-up at Lake Julian DGC

Yes, the lake does come into play, creating a “who’s got balls” situation.

VIDEO Wild Connections: ‘Appalachian Gold and the plight of ginseng’

VIDEO Wild Connections: ‘Appalachian Gold and the plight of ginseng’

Check out this short documentary film by Warren Wilson College students about the threat of illegal harvesting to ginseng in WNC.

Bangin’ Chains: Disc golf doubles round-up at Black Mountain DGC

Bangin’ Chains: Disc golf doubles round-up at Black Mountain DGC

Yeah it’s not the biggest course, but it’s got plenty of fight.

VIDEO Wild Connections: ‘Preserving Hickory Nut Gorge’

VIDEO Wild Connections: ‘Preserving Hickory Nut Gorge’

Three salamander species are found nowhere else in the world by Hickory Nut Gorge.

Wild Connections: The birds of spring in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Wild Connections: The birds of spring in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Learn to identify the pine siskin, winter wren, sharp-shinned hawk and more.

Wild Connections: Documentary film fest Wednesday at Pisgah Brewing honors outdoors

Wild Connections: Documentary film fest Wednesday at Pisgah Brewing honors outdoors

Over the past decade, Pisgah Brewing has been a key collaborator in raising awareness, and money, to help protect the environment.

Wild Connections: Camping, hiking and picnicking in Pisgah National Forest

Wild Connections: Camping, hiking and picnicking in Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest is an outdoor recreation haven. Explore it.

Wild Connections Film Fest set for May 13 at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain

Wild Connections Film Fest set for May 13 at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain

Pisgah Brewing will release its first in a series of “conservation brews” celebrating Western North Carolina’s treasured environment.

Wild Connections: Explore the waterfalls, hemlocks and rich cove forests of Hickory Nut Gorge

Wild Connections: Explore the waterfalls, hemlocks and rich cove forests of Hickory Nut Gorge

Get out and explore the Hickory Nut Gorge.

Asheville Pocket Guide: The new Smoky Mountain Adventure Center taking shape

Asheville Pocket Guide: The new Smoky Mountain Adventure Center taking shape

The new outdoor sports center will feature: climbing gym, a yoga studio, a beer tap, gear rental and more.

Sylva Herald: Fake fracking supporters attended Western Carolina University forum

Sylva Herald: Fake fracking supporters attended Western Carolina University forum

A group of about a dozen men wearing “Shale Yes” T-shirts said they were bused in from, with some saying they were recruited from a Winston-Salem homeless shelter.

WNC Alliance announces launch of smart phone app for French Broad River Paddle Trail

WNC Alliance announces launch of smart phone app for French Broad River Paddle Trail

The app features a map marked with campsites, access points, outfitters, restaurants and more.

Word on the street: Red Bull is building BMX course on Oskar Blues property near Brevard

Word on the street: Red Bull is building BMX course on Oskar Blues property near Brevard

The pumptrack course, obviously being built for top riders, includes some giant dirt jumps.

UNC Asheville gets $1 million donation to create new institute for land use, sustainability institute

UNC Asheville gets $1 million donation to create new institute for land use, sustainability institute

The McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use and Environmental Resiliency honors Dr. Charles T. McCullough Jr., a founding partner in Blue Ridge Bone and Joint Clinic.

Now’s the time for fleeting firefly events in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Now’s the time for fleeting firefly events in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Now’s the time to catch the “blue ghost” lightning bugs in Transylvania County, and the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but you have to hurry.

Environmental activist Anna Jane Joyner set to move on from WNC Alliance

Environmental activist Anna Jane Joyner set to move on from WNC Alliance

Joyner has been one WNC’s most high-profile activists, most recently having been profiled as part of a Showtime documentary series about climate change.

WNC Alliance hosts Wild & Scenic Film Festival April 15 at Asheville Community Theatre

WNC Alliance hosts Wild & Scenic Film Festival April 15 at Asheville Community Theatre

Film’s highlight the Earth’s beauty and the challenges people are facing to protect the environment.

WNC Alliance to lead guided, 115-mile trips down French Broad River in May, July

WNC Alliance to lead guided, 115-mile trips down French Broad River in May, July

Sign up now for the trip along the French Broad River Paddle Trail.

Anna Jane Joyner, of Asheville environmental group WNC Alliance, with TV star Ian Sommerhalder in the summer of 2013./ Photo by Jason Sandford

Asheville environmental activist Anna Jane Joyner prepares for spotlight in upcoming Showtime doc

Joyner will be featured as part of a documentary Showtime series backed by high-profile producers including James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Weintraub.

WNC Alliance offering discussion course on ties between lifestyle choices and sustainability

WNC Alliance offering discussion course on ties between lifestyle choices and sustainability

“Choices for Sustainable Living” is a seven-session book discussion series to be held at Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar.

New half-marathon coming to Asheville and new Half-Ironman race coming to Lake Logan in 204

New half-marathon coming to Asheville and new Half-Ironman race coming to Lake Logan in 204

More big races for a race-hungry community.

Registration open for 2014 Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate

Registration open for 2014 Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate

The race is set for March 16, 2014, on the grounds of the grand estate.

Asheville runners, take note: ‘Spirit of the Marathon II’ to screen June 12

Asheville runners, take note: ‘Spirit of the Marathon II’ to screen June 12

Carolina Cinemas will show the film June 12. Proceeds benefit fund aiding victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

WNC Alliance releases official map of French Broad River Paddle Trail

WNC Alliance releases official map of French Broad River Paddle Trail

The paddle trail, built by WNC Alliance staff and volunteers, was officially opened last year.

CompostNow to launch in Asheville on May 1

CompostNow to launch in Asheville on May 1

The residential composter is ready to roll. Cost of the trash-for-dirt service is less than $8 a week.

Showtime documentary spotlight’s WNC Alliance organizer

Showtime documentary spotlight’s WNC Alliance organizer

Anna Jane Joyner of Asheville was recently arrested in a protest alongside Bill McKibben, Robert Kennedy Jr., Daryl Hannah and Julian Bond.

2013 Organic Growers School is this weekend at UNC Asheville

2013 Organic Growers School is this weekend at UNC Asheville

Tons of information about growing great food.

The Biltmore Estate/photo by Jason Sandford

A new view of Biltmore Estate: Solar panels, canola fields, biodiesel

The Western North Carolina Alliance offers a unique tour of Biltmore Estate’s sustainability measures.

New 30k race coming to Pisgah National Forest in May

New 30k race coming to Pisgah National Forest in May

It’s the first ever 30k footrace for the Cradle of Forestry.

UPDATED: VANDALS CAUGHT Asheville Citizen-Times: 4-wheelers illegally gouge and deface Max Patch bald

UPDATED: VANDALS CAUGHT Asheville Citizen-Times: 4-wheelers illegally gouge and deface Max Patch bald

10 people have been charged.

Asheville chef William Dissen to speak before Congress on sustainable seafood

Asheville chef William Dissen to speak before Congress on sustainable seafood

The Market Place chef heads to D.C. next month.

Southern Environmental Law Center: Arden coal waste illegally polluting French Broad River

Southern Environmental Law Center: Arden coal waste illegally polluting French Broad River

Three conservation groups plan joint legal action for violations of the Clean Water Act.

Volunter with WNC Alliance, get entered to win ticket to Winter Warmer beer fest

Volunter with WNC Alliance, get entered to win ticket to Winter Warmer beer fest

The WNC Alliance mission is to empower residents and advocate for the environment. The group also likes beer.

Register now for WNC Alliance’s guided tour of French Broad River Trail

Register now for WNC Alliance’s guided tour of French Broad River Trail

Sign up for a guided tour of the French Broad Paddle Trail.

BioWheels Asheville to close retail shop, start new bike rental/trail business

BioWheels Asheville to close retail shop, start new bike rental/trail business

BioWheels is getting out of the retail bicycle biz and into a new venture with Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures.

Photos: People of the Pumpkin Pedaller

Photos: People of the Pumpkin Pedaller

More costumes… Asheville on Bikes’ annual costumed ride was Saturday.

Asheville on Bikes Pumpkin Pedaller costumed bike ride is Saturday

Asheville on Bikes Pumpkin Pedaller costumed bike ride is Saturday

Ride your city on Halloween weekend.