Stories by David Thompson

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David Thompson

David Thompson is the Digital Communications Manager at Explore Asheville, an avid runner, hiker and lover of all things Asheville. 

Local Theater Companies Announce Line Ups

5 Unique Performing Art Theaters in Asheville

From historic theaters to unconventional outdoor spaces, Asheville boasts a variety of venues that provide unforgettable experiences for those seeking to immerse themselves in the world of performing arts. Join us as we explore some of Asheville's most intriguing and distinctive venues, where imagination takes center stage and the magic of live performance unfolds in extraordinary settings.



Spend a Memorable Summer Evening with the Montford Park Players

John Russell pauses for a moment, considering a question he works every day to answer as the Executive Director of the Montford Park Players. “Why is it important to support performing arts in Asheville?” It’s been nearly 20 years since Russell began heading North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare theatre company, providing free annual entertainment to a growing city


Veggie Guide

Asheville's 100 Cant-Miss Vegetarian Dishes from Non-Vegetarian Restaurants

Asheville is home to some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the country, from fine dining at Plant to down home vegan soul food at Rosetta's Kitchen. But if you're the lone vegetarian in your travel party, never fear! There are literally  hundreds of incredible veggie offerings at local restaurants that also serve meat on their menus.   Don't believe


Two people having a picnic during sunset at Lunch Rocks Trail

Budget-Friendly Tips for a Midweek Trip to Asheville

Asheville has become a premier destination for weekend tourists, but after they return home, the locals come out to play during the week. It’s the perfect time for the savvy traveler to find the best deals and discover an Asheville that locals enjoy year around. Hotels and flights are cheaper, the restaurants and hiking trails are less crowded and the nightlife bustles with regional music


Enjoy craft cocktails at Asheville rooftop bar Top of the Monk

Raise the Bar: Adult-Friendly Drinking Experiences in Asheville

If you're looking for adult-friendly places to drink and hang out in Asheville that are not geared towards kids, here are some great options: Sovereign Remedies This cozy and stylish cocktail bar focuses on craft cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients. They also have a selection of wines and craft beers. The ambiance is sophisticated and perfect for adults looking for a relaxed


Disc Golf

The Ultimate Guide to Playing Disc Golf in Asheville

Asheville is renowned for its vibrant arts scene, breathtaking landscapes and a wide range of outdoor activities. Among the many hidden gems waiting to be discovered in this charming city, disc golf stands out as a favorite pastime for locals and visitors alike. Join us as we explore the top disc golf courses in Asheville and embark on an exciting journey through the rolling fairways, towering


Server holding breakfast on a plate

Rise and Dine: Asheville's Battle for the Best Breakfast Spot

Hey Asheville foodies, brunch enthusiasts and breakfast lovers, listen up! We're embarking on a mouthwatering mission to uncover the top breakfast spot in our beloved city. Grab your forks, bring your appetites and get ready to cast your vote for the breakfast joint that makes your taste buds tango. Is it that charming café tucked away in a leafy corner? Or perhaps that trendy


Family Picnic

Top Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Asheville

Summer is an incredible time to experience the Asheville area, particularly families looking for a memorable getaway together. The warm mountain air greets the season with loads of festivals, family-friendly activities and adventures that will be remembered forever. Pack your hiking boots, a swimsuit and a smile … summer in Asheville awaits! Outdoor Summer Adventures One of the best ways



Where to Play Pickleball in Asheville

America’s fastest-growing sport is easy to find in Asheville and its surrounding communities. Yes, we’re talking about pickleball, a quirky cross among tennis, Ping-Pong and badminton, played with a paddle and a perforated plastic ball, that has over millions of players of all ages. Whether you’re an expert pickler or just getting started, there are plenty of places in Asheville