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Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina

Sims was retained by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2016 to help increase awareness of the organization’s Blue Ridge Music Trails, covering 26 counties in Western North Carolina. The trails were created as part of a partnership between BRNHA and the North Carolina Arts Council to celebrate and promote the region’s traditional music and  many […]

Asheville Urban Trail

In 2017, Sims was project manager for a re-launch of the Asheville Urban Trail. Her team created new visual identity for the trail, new collateral materials, coordinated with Explore Asheville in launching a new website and provided public relations support at the unveiling. Click here for more information about the Asheville Urban Trail, www.exploreasheville.com/urban-trail

Asheville Chapter of American Advertising Federation Silver Medal

In 2017, Sims was awarded the highest honor bestowed by the American Advertising Federation — a Silver Medal recognizing her cumulative body of work. The award was presented by the Asheville chapter of AAF. https://www.facebook.com/adclubwnc/videos/10155442310294371/  

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 […]