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Go Out to Eat: Asheville's Hottest Patios

The Best Outdoor Dining Patios in Asheville

Go Al Fresco in Foodtopia If there's one thing that drives home Asheville's moniker as "the Paris of the South," it has to be the outdoor dining scene. On a warm evening in downtown Asheville, diners are seated at sidewalk tables, tucked into courtyards and gathered around fire pits, enjoying the mild mountain climate with a side of world class cuisine. Here's a brief guide

Bhramari Brewery

Beer Boom! 8 New Ways to Imbibe in Asheville in 2016

The opening of New Belgium’s Asheville brewery in April 2016 was some of the biggest craft beer news to hit Asheville in recent years, and that’s saying something in Beer City USA ! With nearly 40 breweries in the Asheville area, there are festivals, new releases, and expansions happening every month, and 2016 shaped up to be one of the most exciting years yet. Here are eight breweries

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Montford Farmers Market

Local Harvest

Local harvest Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians—and a whopping 20 of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe , Lexington Avenue Brewery and The Market Place are only a few of the many places you

WNC Cheese Trail

U-Pick Farms

Pick Your Own Produce What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? Maybe picking it, and trying not to let the juice run down your chin? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce. Vacation cuisine

Fall Cheese Board

Appalachian Food Legacies and Mountain Harvest

From hand-tied fishing lures to moonshine lore, Appalachia embodies a colorful culture all its own The Blue Ridge Mountains, the spine of southernmost Appalachia, are gently rolling as ranges go. Some of the oldest mountains in the world, the Blue Ridge and its famous scenic parkway are a source of much of the region's beauty, character—and even cuisine. Though the autumn trees are best

Alan Muskat - No Taste Like Home

Wild Food Foraging Adventures in Asheville

Explore the local “find dining” scene Ask local chefs and mixologists about the inspiration for their signature dishes and drinks, and they will tell stories about searching for patches of chickweed, chanterelles, sassafras, violets and dandelions in the forests and parks. The bounty of wild edibles has led chefs out of the kitchen and into nature to forage for fresh, local

Ski Lesson at Cataloochee Ski Area

12 Ways to Spend Your Winter Days With the Fam in Asheville

There’s plenty to do for the whole crew, indoors or out Avoid the crowds (and prices) that come with fall , spring and summer , and enjoy Asheville with your family at the coolest time of the year. Indoors With more than 30 pinball machines and over a dozen classic video games in the “Arcave,” there’s enough nostalgic button pushing at the Asheville Pinball Museum to

National Gingerbread Competition

Gingerbread House Competition at Omni Grove Park Inn

The National Gingerbread House Competition William Shakespeare got it right when he wrote, “And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”   You’ll find plenty of this spicy holiday favorite during The Omni Grove Park Inn ’s 2017 National Gingerbread House Competition, celebrating its 25th anniversary of showcasing

Bee in Fairview

Bee City USA

Honey Bees Make Life Sweeter in the Mountains Asheville goes by many names, including Land of the Sky, Paris of the South, Beer City USA, and also Bee City USA. That's right—Bee City, as in honey bees. Honeybee (apis mellifera) by Eran Finkle ( Flickr/finklez ) The city became the inaugural Bee City USA in 2012, officially designating the community as one of the first in the nation to

Picnic at Richland Balsam

One Trip, Two or More Generations

Make the Most of the Multigenerational Getaway In search of the perfect vacation destination for kids, parents and grandparents? Look no further. Asheville has something fun and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of age. Visitors have been flocking to Asheville since the 1880s when railroad companies transformed it from a wilderness outpost to a destination for those in search of outdoor adventure