Hiking to Heal with The Outdoor Journal Tour

The Outdoor Journal Tour is a hybrid health organization that combines the wellness benefits, of outdoor activity with introspective journaling and mindful meditation. ODJT is also home to #wehiketoheal, the premiere outdoor wellness event for women. Keep reading to learn more about how Kenya and Michelle plan to change the face and narrative of outdoor activity by merging mindfulness and movement.

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Bringing Nature Back

In this informative and inspiring post by Cambria Whitcomb, learn how TB&C received a grant from the Orange County Small Business Investment Program to upgrade and enhance our garden space. As a strong believer in the power of food and of plants, Cambria devised a plan for the garden aligned with the principles of Permaculture, a design philosophy that looks to nature for inspiration for creating systems that can exist with as little maintenance as possible.

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South Toe Sunday

Betsy Bertram shares the beauty of the Black Mountains of North Carolina on a Sunday adventure in South Toe with photographer, writer and explorer, Marley Parker. Join Betsy and Marley as they hike up Woody Ridge and forge friendship. Experience not just the landscape but the inner experience of immersing in nature and the power of outdoor adventure to bring us into the present moment.

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Finding Community in the Outdoors

Erin Jobe got hooked on exploring the outdoors through trail running seven years ago, but only in the last few years has she seen what a difference it makes to share the outdoors with a group of supportive women. We all benefit from a relationship with the outdoors, and we all deserve a community, however big or small, to support us and share our experiences. With this idea in mind, she created Collectively Outside and the Women’s Trail Festival. Read about how Erin’s love for adventure and the outdoors grew into a nonprofit and trail festival on the Glass Top Counter.

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Refuge at the Franklin Hotel

Travel is a core part of our business and whether you are a local or a visitor to our town, you can have an adventure at the Franklin Hotel and Refuge bar. On the Glass Top Counter we love featuring other local businesses who reflect our values and interviewing hotel owner Jay Patel was a true delight as he has disrupted the hospitality industry in the best of ways, investing in his staff and building a business based on trust. May you take as much joy in reading this interview as I did in writing it.

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Hope in the Heartbreak

Daniela Aliy shares her fears for the natural world in light of the recent government shutdown. Unafraid to ask the big questions, Aliy takes the reader on a journey from the darkness of those affected by the government shutdown, to the light of community to support each other and the earth we call home.

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