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Reclaiming Black History & Culture

  • January 5, 2022

From the 1950s through the 1980s, so-called “urban renewal” policies demolished many landmarks of Black culture in Asheville. In 2022, through the ingenuity and creativity of Black entrepreneurs, chefs, makers and artists, Asheville’s Black history and culture is being reclaimed in bold and exciting ways. Black Wall Street Brings Makers, Artists and Indie Entrepreneurs to the

Neighborhood to Watch: “The Block” Spotlights History With Music, Makers, Tastes & Trails

  • January 5, 2022

For nearly a century, Eagle and South Market streets in downtown Asheville were home to a vibrant cultural and commercial district for Black residents. Anchored by the YMI Cultural Center, one of the oldest Black cultural centers in the U.S., The Block was largely destroyed by urban renewal in the mid-20th century. Now, thanks to pioneering artists and entrepreneurs, The Block is once

Stay, Play — AND Help Preserve — Precious Places

  • January 5, 2022

While very much a current movement, sustainability has a long history in Asheville — thanks, in part, to the minds behind Biltmore Estate. Dating back to its founding ideals, George Vanderbilt had a desire that Biltmore be a self-sustaining estate and a wish to preserve the surrounding beauty and nurture the land and its resources for years to come. America’s Largest Home also lay

Expanding & Diversifying Culinary Scene

  • January 5, 2022

Renowned for its highly creative and collaborative food scene fueling national interest in Appalachian cuisine, Asheville food is undergoing a culinary transformation in 2022. From Hawaiian barbecue to French-Latin crepes, and from The South to South Africa, a new generation of gastronomic auteurs is expanding and diversifying Asheville’s famous food scene. Global Flavors Take Root in Small

Jump Off-the-Beaten-Path With Immersive Art, Culture & Tours

  • January 5, 2022

New exhibits, tours and trails showcase the well-established creative spirit that extends across the Asheville area, as well as under-the-radar experiences and narratives of nearby neighborhoods and towns. Masterpiece Art in Multisensory Form: Biltmore’s yearlong exhibition series —  Legends of Art & Innovation at Biltmore  — kicked off in November 2021 with

Major Sporting Event | Billie Jean King Cup Returns to Asheville Under New Name

  • January 5, 2022

Asheville’s back on the international stage with the return of a world-class tennis event whose new name aligns it with a global icon who has dedicated her life to fighting injustice, inequality and discrimination in all forms. The United States’ Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas (formerly the Fed Cup) will take place April 15-16, 2022, at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in

Save on Serenity and Self-Care in a Wellness Wonderland

  • January 5, 2022

According to a recent Booking.com survey, more than three-quarters of Americans say that travel is critical to their mental and emotional wellness. Fortunately, Asheville has been a self-care escape since long before that term was trending. For over a century, the fresh mountain air, crystal clear waterfalls and stunning natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains have drawn travelers looking to

Ancient Asheville: Celebrating the Cherokee Influence on Southern Appalachia

  • January 5, 2022

For thousands of years, the Cherokee thrived in ᏙᎩᏯᏍᏗ ( To Ki Ya Sdi ), “the place where they race,” or Asheville, as it is known today. Despite centuries of oppression, exploitation and genocide, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) remains a cornerstone of Western North Carolina culture. In 2022, several cultural initiatives will pull forward the often-overlooked

Unique Vantage Points + Unearthing Hidden History in the Great Outdoors

  • January 5, 2022

Asheville has gained plenty of notice as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, lauded not only for its prime setting among some of the world’s oldest mountains, but also for the innovative people and businesses within the outdoor industry that call the area home. This year, the options for exploring the surrounding wilderness range from unexpected ways to take in the views (think, from a roadster

Beyond Beer City: Craft Beverage Capital

  • January 5, 2022

Ever since Oscar Wong opened Highland Brewing in the basement of Barley’s Tap Room in 1994, the stage was set for Asheville’s rise as one of America’s top beer cities. With more breweries per capita than any other city in the U.S., it is no wonder Asheville is called “Beer City U.S.A.” In 2022, Asheville’s mature craft beverage community has clearly