Photo by Sarah M Valentine at for Dargan Landscape Architects

Hey y'all, 

I realize that, according to the calendar, summer just started—but to me, the 4th of July has always felt like the season's apex. By this time I usually feel lulled by the languid humidity of the season, thoroughly contented by a gluttony of ice cream cones and sunshine. The 4th of July is, after all, the ultimate testament to summer, a celebration of all its glories: late nights and hot sun and memories lit by sparklers. ✨

We want to make sure you readers are still able to celebrate the holiday, which is why we've put together three (socially distant) itineraries for your Independence Day. Whether you want to hit the road or head for home, we've got plenty of ideas for how to make the most of the warm weekend ahead. 

Until next week,

Emily Glaser, Managing Editor

PS. We're still looking for pics of you (and your pups, if you've got 'em!) enjoying the great outdoors! 🌲
 4th of July Itineraries Around Asheville
This Independence Day is going to look a little different—but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We’re trading in those hot, crowded parade routes for cool, secluded trails and lukewarm beers from your friends’ cooler for ones poured from a sterilized tap. Here are three itineraries for how to spend your holiday socially distanced and sufficiently sunbaked.
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Peter Belt of Red Sky Shelters. Photo by Anthony Harden
  • Featured Capitalist | Yome Sweet Yome: Red Sky Shelters  ⛺️
    The year was 1987, and Peter Belt was camping near some hot springs outside of Eugene, Oregon. He decided to take an early morning hike when he happened upon a tipi someone had set up along the river. “The mist was coming up off the ground, and it was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen,” he reminisces. “I immediately thought, I am going to make myself one of those.” Little did he know that desire would redefine his future. Continue Reading

  • Featured Capitalist | The Great Outdoors: Bryson City Outdoors  🌲  
    The term “serial entrepreneurs” seems like an understatement when it comes to Ben King and Brett Hackshaw of the growing Bryson City Outdoors (BCO) empire. These co-owners, collaborators, and friends are savvy businessmen who have opened a new location almost every year since 2013, when Ben first founded a rental company out of his home in Bryson City.  Continue Reading

  • Leisure & Libation | Playing it Cool: WNC Ice Creameries  🍦
    From friendly soft-serve stands to high-end gelato bars, Western North Carolina communities are home to a smorgasbord of frozen-treats traders, including some Asheville-area businesses who take pride in sourcing from nearby farmers and makers to churn out hand-crafted frosty offerings with a distinctly local taste. Continue Reading

  • Local Industry | Lands of the Sky: Landscape Architecture  🌾
    The region’s long history of noteworthy landscape architecture began with the famed work of Frederick Law Olmsted at Biltmore Estate in the 1890s and continues today through residential projects and monuments as wide-ranging as the grounds of Trinity Episcopal Church’s Asheville campus to the North Carolina Arboretum. Continue Reading

Asheville's historic Albemarle Inn has hit the market. Photo by Ryan Theede



Tryon's Stitching Fox will begin offering classes and gatherings this month. Photo courtesy Stitching Fox

✏️ Supply Schools | The United Way's 2020 School Supply Drive is officially underway and will run through July 24. Donate online.

⏰  Manage Your Time | WCU's professional development workshop, Driving Your Success through Effective Time Management, will be held virtually Thu. July 9 from 9:30–11 a.m.

🧵 Stitch Fix | Stitching Fox will begin hosting Wednesday evening classes and Thursday evening Stitch Club Tryon gatherings this month.

🧺 Pic-a-nic | During National Picnic Month, you can help the Blue Ridge Parkway by hosting a Picnic for the Parkway—in-person or virtually.

🇺🇸 Celebrate Independence | The Asheville Downtown Association is planning a virtual Independence Day celebration featuring an online concert series with eight local bands. (Find more ideas for celebrating around the region in this week's newsletter exclusive!)

The folks behind Bryson City Outdoors recommended the best of their city in this month's issue (read our recs for a 4th of July in the High Country here): 
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