By Jane Izard

There is a new kid on the block of the Little Rainbow Row in Flat Rock. The restaurant Honey and Salt debuts in March and it is going to be good — really, really good. Imagine this: Clean eating marrying the flavors of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse to make (what chef Mary Mujica calls) “Southern fresh food.” I expect it will quickly become the area’s new favorite brunch and breakfast spot. The restaurant is the brainchild of Starr Teel (Hubba Hubba’s owner and pitmaster), Erin Hill and chef Mujica.

By Brandy Culp

“Ichi-go ichi-e. One time, one meeting describes the Japanese thought of treasuring the moment. The term is often translated as ‘for this time only,’ ‘never again,’ or ‘one chance in a lifetime.’” —The Art of Travel

There is an art to traveling and I am not referring to the way you can pack more things in your small suitcase than necessary, or a knack for finding cheap flights. While in search of contemporary Japanese ceramics for a client, I set out to explore how travel can be as carefully curated as an exhibition, so that the world becomes your museum — and in this museum without walls you use all of your senses to explore, learn, interact … and maybe even better understand your place on this globe.

By Jane Izard

Biltmore Estate is beautiful anytime of the year — every season brings its special touches. The spring is one season not to miss; the estate’s flowers are in full bloom. Welcome spring 2016 during the annual festival of flowers, Biltmore Blooms, as Biltmore Estate’s gardens come to life with thousands of bright and beautiful blooming orchids, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, forsythia, azaleas, roses and much more — a rainbow of entrancing pinks and purples, oranges, reds, blues, yellows and whites in a rich sea of green.

By Jane Izard

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create a basket with a shed mule deer antler? What about the ancient art of charcuterie? Or turn a bamboo rod into a stream-ready fly rod? How about create lost-wax cast jewelry? Learn to play the fiddle? One can learn to do all this and more at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina. With more than 880 weeklong and weekend classes offered every year, one is bound to find a course — if not several.

By Jane Izard

January is here! The bustle of the holidays is behind us and the new year full of resolutions has begun. Winter is in full swing, bringing with it colder temperatures and in higher elevations, snow. Snow provides a variety of outdoor activities for the entire family — skiing, sledding, snowboarding and snowshoeing. Whenever I think of snow activities, my mind immediately goes west — the Rockies, Jackson Hole and Tahoe. Fun times, but expensive — especially if you are traveling with your family. Never fear, one doesn’t have to travel too far west to experience the thrill of riding up the chair lift and carving down the mountain.

Mercury newspaper racks are located at the following locations:

The Meeting Street Inn

Clair's Service Station at 334 Folly Rd.

Harris Teeter on Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

The Square Onion in I'On

Mt. Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry Rd.