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Katie Button Restaurants and Cúrate Trips Create Experiences Uniting People

Chef and food writer James Beard said: “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” Taking those words to heart, Katie Button and Felix Meana create food experiences to unite people. Katie & Felix are the husband and wife partners behind Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville and Cúrate Trips, the culinary travel expeditions to Spain and Portugal. An intimate conversation around the table about community, food, travel, sustainability, preservation and collaboration. Yummy!


Katie Button Restaurants and Cúrate Trips Create Experiences Uniting People

Katie Button & Felix Meana are the husband and wife partners behind Katie Button Restaurants in Asheville, and Cúrate Trips, their culinary travel expeditions to Spain and Portugal. Katie and Felix are dedicated to an all-embracing approach to food and travel and talk about their successful restaurants, Cúrate and Nightbell, their new upcoming Button & Co. Bagels, the origin of Cúrate Trips, green travel, sustainable living, preservation, and so much more!


Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park Seasonal Update

It’s beginning to look and feel Like autumn in the mountains of Western North Carolina! And while the Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful at any time of year, there is just something magical about the seasons changing and the weather becoming crisp and cool. And if you're looking for the best of the mountains in one place, head to Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. General Manager Mary Jaeger-Gale shares info about hiking trails, fall and winter specials, photo contests and more....


Speaking of Flying - Traveling With Baby

April and three-month-old Carter are making the trip back home to Orlando after visiting with family here in Asheville. With family in California and a six-year old at home, she knows the ins and outs of flying with kids. Traveling with a baby can be daunting, but April has some great tips for moms on the move. “We usually go to the dollar store and get a bunch of little items – they don’t even have to be toys – maybe calculators or boxes with things in them," April said. "I find the best...


Speaking of Flying - Tricks of the Trade

Drayton is a customer service representative for United Airlines. After working with an airline for 17 years, he knows all the tricks to traveling with ease. “Have your ID available,” Drayton said. “If you are traveling internationally, you must make sure you have your passport.” Drayton loves working at the Asheville Regional Airport. “I like the customers, working with the public and interacting with people is what I love to do most,” he said. “Some travel a lot and you get to see their...


Speaking of Flying - Off to Switzerland

Madison is headed to Switzerland for an impromptu adventure. With nothing but a rented car, Madison and Steven plan to spontaneously explore Europe for a week. From the Holy Land to Russia, these two young travelers know a thing or two about experiences abroad. “Getting to see all these different cultures, you just have a deep respect for other people’s viewpoints and opinions,” Madison said. “It really broadens your horizons. If you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend everyone to...


Speaking of Flying - Biking Around Germany

Tom is off to Germany for an eight-day bike trip. Touring the country by bike leaves little room for excess when it comes to packing, and Tom understands the key is packing only the necessities. “I packed once and then I cut it in half,” Tom said. “People don’t need all that they pack.” Tom loves starting his travels at AVL. “Every chance I get I come out of Asheville because it’s small,” Tom said. “These guys actually know me. I travel a good bit, and it’s easy. Lines are almost not...


Speaking of Flying - Smooth Sailing

Natalie and her family can’t wait to begin their family vacation! They're flying from the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) to Tampa to kick off their cruise to Cozumel and the Grand Cayman Islands. Natalie’s children enjoy the perks of traveling with family. “They love traveling with their cousins,” Natalie said. AVL helps Natalie start her vacation as quickly as possible. She said, “I love that it is so close to us, and that it has direct flights.”


Speaking of Flying - Arizona Bound

Dan and Jen are making their way to Phoenix, Arizona, for a family event. Both Dan and Jen travel for work and they have figured out the secrets to packing like a pro. “Pack for the security line to get in and out as quickly as you can,” Dan said. “Make sure you have liquids handy at the top of your bag… and reduce the number of electronics that you carry on with you.”


Great Vacations Include Hiking Adventures for Beth and Randy Fluharty

Beth and Randy Fluharty are active hikers so taking a vacation usually includes some hiking adventures. They talk to us about why you should consider taking a hiking vacation and discuss various ways to go about it and what advantages and disadvantages might look like. Is it better to participate in an all-inclusive package or do a self-guided tour? Find out what to look for in picking a touring company and whether the tour matches your personal hiking level. Beth and Randy are a wealth of...


AB Tech in Asheville, NC, Provides a Strong Foundation in Global and International Studies

Kelly McEnany is Chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (AB Tech). She also serves as AB Tech’s Global Education Committee Chair and Coordinator. She and her team develop global programming and encourage students to pursue the study of foreign languages and international travel. Kelly regularly presents at conferences on topics of curriculum infusion, global and local connections, and creating viable partnerships to benefit students....


HempX 2018 at Franny's Farm

Hemp is one of the oldest crops and has been used for paper, textiles and fiber for thousands of years around the globe. Hemp is grown as a renewable source for raw materials and is incorporated into thousands of products. Its seeds and flowers are used in health foods, organic body care, and so much more. Join Franny Tacy of Franny's Farm, the first woman to grow hemp in North Carolina and Dayna Reggero of The Climate Listening Project, as they explain the benefits of hemp, not only for...


Gabriele Marewski is a Solo Adventure Traveler Who Loves the World

Gabriele Marewski is a 64 year-old adventurer who knows the difference between being fully alive and just existing. She helps us process how to let go of our fears and create the life we want to live. Gabriele began traveling in 1969! Find out how she started her adventure lifestyle, why she loves solo traveling and where she's heading next.


Celebrating The Gourmet Highway on Speaking of Travel With Doc Lawrence

We are celebrating the one-year anniversary of The Gourmet Highway on Speaking of Travel and Doc Lawrence is onboard sharing a conversation about people, places, food, wine and history! Doc and I reminisce about great cities and wonderful sites and we review some of the special destinations we've visited during 50+ shows. You will learn so much about quality travel and the amazing towns and cities we all call home. thegourmethighway.com


Solo Traveler Tracey Nesbitt Shares Tips for Traveling Alone

Tracey Nesbitt, editor of Solo Traveler, an online publication and community where people who share a passion for traveling alone go for tips and advice, shares wisdom and encouragement for solo travel. She’s also the moderator of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook, a very active group of over 230,000 travelers around the world. And she has traveled solo for over 20 years! She provides useful tips on how to get started, safety and more!


Brian Biro is America's Breakthrough Coach Who Travels the World

Brian Biro has delivered over 1,300 presentations around the world and is one of the nation's foremost speakers and teachers of leadership, possibility thinking, thriving on change and team building and is the author of 11 books including bestseller, Beyond Success! Brian talks to us about how travel is so empowering and how staying in our comfort zones can become confinement zones. He loves people and believes in being fully present in all we do and how everyone has their own potential to...


Forest Conservation and Its Impact to Travel, Tourism and Community

Dayna Reggero of The Climate Listening Project, Rita Frost of Dogwood Alliance and Rev. Leo Woodberry of the Justice First Tour, discuss forest conservation and how to protect our connection to nature. Forests are life-sustaining. Forests provide us with the very air we breathe and clean our drinking water supply. They are our connection to nature and can help us cope with stress, fatigue and anxiety. For over 20 years, Dogwood Alliance has worked with diverse communities, partner...


Speaking of Travel Broadcasts From Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, North Carolina

Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Lake Lure is just a short forty-minute ride from Asheville and within the Blue Ridge Foothills of Western North Carolina. I love this place! Find out all there is to see and do with my guests from Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, the Broad River Inn, the Esmeraldo Inn, Lake Lure Inn, and the Burntshirt Vineyards Tasting Room and Bistro. There’s all this and more as Speaking of Travel broadcasts from Chimney Rock and Lake Lure, NC.


Pilgrimage Tour to Eastern Tibet With Julie Thorner Connects Women

Liquid Spark Foundation founder Julie Thorner leads small groups of women through Eastern Tibet with a mission to connect with women on the other side of the world and learn a different way of life. She began the non-profit foundation to help provide education sponsorships to Tibetan young women to go to college, as well as fund projects at the nunnery they visit based on the needs and interests of the nuns. With the help of a few tour guides in Tibet, Julie designed a tour that includes...


Drew Binsky is Traveling Around the Globe Shattering Stereotypes Along the Way

Drew Binsky has visited 140 countries since 2012 and brings the world to all of us. He inspires people to step out of their familiar zone and shows us we are all one with his unique videos and stories. Drew is a blogger, teacher, traveler, entrepreneur and innovator. And is well-loved by many! Drew tells us about his journey so far and how he's made a career from making travel videos online and why building an audience is so important for him. Drew is a delightful person who is making our...