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Book Feature: Hazel Creek

Swain County’s Hazel Creek has fascinated author and University of North Carolina–Asheville professor Daniel Pierce since he wrote The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park.

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Food Wellness

The Gluten Storm

In the last few decades, gluten intolerances have skyrocketed. According to new studies by the Mayo Clinic, Celiac Disease has increased by 400 percent since World War II, and about five percent of the population suffers from gluten sensitivities.

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.