River Whyless

The Asheville Convention Visitors Bureau selected the music of River Whyless to articulate the destination’s experience in a musical interpretation. I was asked to write about the band and why they’re the perfect fit for Asheville. See it here.

A Funeral for Blues Boy

A Funeral for Blues Boy By Elizabeth Sims Riley’s mother was a religious woman and made him go to church every Sunday. That’s where he fell in love with gospel music and where his blind mother left a lasting impression on her son about faith and purpose. When she died, he lived with his grandmother […]

Tupelo Honey Café

Tupelo Honey Café – Asheville, NC Sims was retained by Tupelo Honey Café in 2009 to author the iconic Asheville restaurant’s first cookbook, Tupelo Honey Cafe: Spirited Recipes From Asheville’s New South Kitchen, published by Andrews McMeel’s Kansas City offices in 2011. Working in tandem with the restaurant’s owners and the executive chef, she concepted […]

Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville, NC The 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway traverses the Appalachian mountains through Virginia and North Carolina. In 2010, the Blue Ridge Parkway celebrated its 75th anniversary, and the Blue Ridge Parkway Association, though a National Scenic Byways Grant, retained Sims to oversee public relations efforts during a 16-month time period. Working in tandem with the […]


Asheville, NC Biltmore, the 8,000-acre estate established by George Vanderbilt in 1895, is anchored by Biltmore House, America’s largest home. Open to the public, Biltmore welcomes over a million visitors a year. The property and its additional businesses – including the Inn on Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Estate Wine Company, and Biltmore For Your Home branded […]