Rustic Retreat

At Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, the views are breathtaking and the livin’ is easy. A mile high in the Maggie Valley area of the North Carolina mountains is a gem of a vacation spot that will leave you refreshed, renewed, and ever-grateful that you live less than three hours from a slice of how life used to be. Allow…

Farm to City

Uptown’s newest restaurant, Haymaker, is serving up local seasonal ingredients in a stunning urban setting. When it comes to farm-to-table fare, Chef William Dissen is the real deal. Haymaker’s owner and chef hails from the mountains of West Virginia, where he grew up spending time on his grandparents’ farm and in his grandmother’s garden-fed kitchen. He attended the Culinary Institute…

Change is Brewing

Carol Waggener blazed a trail when she opened Bold Missy Brewery and now pays homage to other female change-makers. Carol Waggener is pretty much the original Bold Missy. The owner of the popular NoDa brewery says an old boss at Tropicana gave her the nickname and it stuck. Born and raised in Florida, the 52-year-old was working for Anheuser-Busch when…

Women to Watch

As Charlotte grows, some of the people most critical to the region’s development fly under the radar. So here, in our annual women’s issue, we want to introduce you to the faces changing the face of our city, from the world of fine art to professional sports, energy conservation to food deserts. DeAndrea Salvador, The Energy Educator DeAndrea Salvador is in…

Hello, Tandur: Check out SouthPark’s new hotspot for approachable Indian cuisine.

The SouthPark area just welcomed another must-visit restaurant, Tandur Indian Kitchen (tandur.com), in April. The fast-casual spot is next door to EarthFare at 721 Governor Morrison St., and serves up everything from tikki masala to local fare with Indian flare, such as The Carolina barbecue wrap with slow-roasted Tandur pulled pork. “We really wanted to present Indian food in a…

What lies beneath: 3 questions for one of the nation’s top boudoir photographers

No longer just a risqué present for a groom-to-be, boudoir photography is now a gift that women of all ages and sizes are giving themselves—as a means of empowerment.   We talked with Charlotte-based photographer Critsey Rowe, owner of Couture Boudoir and one of the premier boudoir photographers on the East Coast, about the growing trend. Her packages start at…

Local painter Wendy Bilas’s new exhibit at Sozo Gallery is about letting go—and letting in

At age 54, Wendy Bilas says she’s finally doing what she was always meant to do. “It doesn’t feel like work, but it feels more important than a hobby,” says the Myers Park-based artist and mother of two. “I wish I had given it the effort earlier, but it’s never too late. It’s nice to find it.” Now a full-time…

Your Asheville bucket list: What to eat, drink, and do on your next weekend getaway

Known for its small-town charm and welcoming feel, Asheville has stepped into the national spotlight in recent years, becoming a top destination for North Carolinians and world travelers alike. Just last year, Lonely Planet ranked it the No. 1 place to visit in the U.S. And it’s easy to see why: The “Land of the Sky” is nestled in the…

Mark your calendar with these May must-dos

May 3 Some of Charlotte’s finest designers will create stunning tablescapes at the 30th-annual Festival of Tables, hosted by the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. The event will feature a silent auction, luncheon, and guest speaker Jane McIntyre, former executive director of the United Way of Central Carolinas. Proceeds benefit homeless women…