Stories by Jen Nathan Orris

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Jen is a writer and audio producer based in Asheville. Her work has appeared in the Mountain Xpress, Bold Life Magazine, Carolina Home + Garden and public radio stations across the country. When she’s not writing, she tends to her chickens and garden on her five-acre homestead.

Follow Jen on Twitter at @jenathan.

Rising Appalachia

Rising Appalachia Rests Its Roots in Asheville

Sisters Draw Musical Inspiration From Appalachia and Beyond Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith started Rising Appalachia in 2004 as an experiment in combining Southern musical traditions with global influences. Their music has taken them around the world, including Asheville where they’ve been part of the region’s music community since the 1990s. Now they split their time

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To Asheville with Love: An interview with Local Business Advocate Franzi Charen

Sharing some local love with an Asheville insider Walking down Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville is a feast for the senses. The scent of fresh coffee emanates from Izzy’s Coffee Den and classic sweets beckon from Laughing Mask Candies . A slew of wildly creative dresses and shoes peek out from boutiques like Hip Replacements Clothing and Minx Boutique . Each business is unique,

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Reynolds Mansion Pool

Make Way for Woodfin, Asheville’s Neighbor to the North

A Few Miles and a World Away The town of Woodfin beckons just beyond Merrimon Avenue’s shops and restaurants. Head north past the majestic trees that line scenic Beaver Lake and discover a town that reveals itself mile by mile. Woodfin is small in size but mighty in stature, boasting unusual shops and restaurants that welcome curious visitors. Fueled by Chocolate Weaverville Highway is the

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Top Pet-Friendly Places to Stay in Asheville N.C.

Top Spots to Curl Up with Your Furry Travel Companion Asheville loves its four-legged friends. Dogs lounge beside cafe tables and proud owners parade their pups through downtown. Meeting pets of every size and stature is one of the most exciting ways to experience Asheville. So why not let your pup join in on the fun? Many Asheville hotels and cabins offer amenities just for pets. From in-room

Hive of bees

Eat Well, Bee Well: Asheville's Honey Trail

Sweeten Up to Asheville’s Honey Culture Asheville is bee heaven. They buzz through local gardens , orchards and honey festivals and are celebrated throughout town. From restaurants to shopping excursions, bees keep Asheville’s honey culture humming. Honey in the Mountains Golden honey drizzled on biscuits and a glass of sweet tea are the cornerstones of a good Southern meal.

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Beercation Getaway

Tap Into Asheville’s Beer Scene Asheville offers a dizzying array of  beer . From hoppy IPAs to dark stouts, the city’s breweries keep beer flowing like mountain water. With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., Asheville was first named Beer City USA in 2009 and has swept the competition almost every year since. Track down the city’s best pints and pours

Magnetic Theatre

Theater as Original as Asheville Itself

Fresh Works that Spark Imagination Asheville is a haven for originality. From breathtaking aerial arts to vibrant reinterpretations of Shakespeare, Asheville is driven by artistic vision and bold risk-taking. Artists push boundaries to delight visitors and locals with original works that inspire discovery. Sitting in the audience is like stepping into a new world where creativity reigns supreme.

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Live Music Lives in Asheville

Follow Your Ears to Asheville’s Hot Sounds Wander through Asheville and you’ll hear music from every nook and cranny. A bluegrass fiddler on the sidewalk, an indie rocker at a club, and an old-timey jam session at a bar are all equally at home here. Immerse yourself in Asheville’s live music scene with this handpicked list of the city’s top music spots. Busker Streetlife