Aesthetically and culturally, Asheville is my second favorite city in the US (FYI, my favorite is Seattle). How can one city be home to that many artists and yummy restaurants? You can visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Estate and eat the best fried green tomatoes in NC....more
Thank god there are still local bookstores like Malaprop's in the world. And of course, if they exist, Asheville would be the place. They get extremely well-known speakers coming through on book tours and have lots of evening events (plus entire sections on environmental sustainability and...more
When you're here, look in the corners and the rafters. I'm fairly certain you'll find at least one fairy. Maybe a tree sprite or a gnome. This bar is *so* Asheville. The dark wood and what could only be called pagan Celtic chic decor is surprisingly fitting for the town. Plus, they have...more
Okay, okay. I'll admit it: I'm a yurt fanatic. My goal one day is to stay at every yurt in the continental US. Sadly, I didn't get to sleep in a yurt here, but I did get to visit and tour around. Their yurts are seriously fancy, with in-yurt fireplaces, kitchens and bathrooms (heating and...more
I could spend a week here every fall and still not tire of seeing the leaves change along the parkway. It's the sort of place where you'd want to rent an old-school convertible, tie a scarf around your hair and take off. I love hiking across the singing bridge at Grandfather Mountain and the...more
Like food? Scenery? Trees? Being ten minutes away from Asheville but in the middle of the forested hills of the Blue Ridge mountains? Stay here. Seriously. I wish I'd stayed here longer, to spend a few days in Asheville and a day just hiking nearby, enjoying the fireplace, and eating the...more
Is there anything better than organic Southern comfort food? I've eaten at a ridiculous number of restaurants in North Cackalacky, and I don't know if I've ever tasted a better sampling of our cuisine. Come for breakfast and get their famous sweet potato pancake. Lunch or dinner,...more
The Biltmore anchors the town of Asheville (quickly becoming beloved by those in the know) and the two are inextricably linked. Nineteenth century hippies came to Asheville to work as artisans on the Biltmore Estate, and the house (the largest ever built in the United States) still draws art and...more
The best fried green tomatoes in North Carolina! The farmhouse/sustainable cuisine is fantastic, but the location is also fabulous: on semi-pedestrianized Wall Street, in the heart of the Art Deco decor of downtown Asheville.
These biodiesel, purple school buses are quite a sight. The tour leaders are all actors and longtime residents of Asheville, so the tour is as entertaining as the sights you'll pass by. Kids and adults love them.