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50 Things to Do in Asheville

If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flair of this Southern Appalachia getaway, here are 50 ideas to help you see, do, and explore the best Asheville has to offer. #1 Downtown Asheville

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What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2016

Park celebrations, new hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore and Grammy winners releasing an Asheville soundtrack—here’s a round-up of what’s hot in Asheville in 2016: National and North Carolina State Parks Mark 100 Years With close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park and a number of

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Asheville Gift Guide: 27 Mountain-Made Items for Your List

Share the city you love with your loved ones It’s that time of year again, when you want to remember family and friends with special gifts. But where do you start looking for items to delight the toughest customers? We suggest you begin right here. The city’s creative community is full of fabulous gift ideas ranging from the functional to the whimsical, the sumptuous to the

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

Amy Ager | Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Experience Farm Life in Asheville

Down on the farm Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) devotes itself wholeheartedly to fostering the area’s local-food movement. For the last two decades, the nonprofit group has carried out this mission by helping local farms thrive, linking food growers with buyers and generally creating a healthier community through these

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

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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

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Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Asheville

Fan Favorites: Most Romantic Places to Dine in Asheville Feel the ambiance and savor the meals at Asheville's most intimate and romantic places to dine. From crackling fireplaces to stunning vistas, these restaurants serve up the perfect atmosphere for a special night out. We asked our Facebook fans to help us create this list and give you ideas for your next date night on the town. Here are

Appalachian Paella Recipe

  • January 1, 2011

Ingredients 8 oz. Pepper Trinity (Diced Red & Green Peppers, Diced Vidalia Onions) 1 tsp. Fresh Chopped Garlic 4 oz. Roasted Chicken 2 oz. Country Ham 2 each 26-30 Shrimp 8 oz. Rice Blend (Equal amounts of Roasted Corn, Black beans, Red & Brown Rice) Preparation Sauté ingredients in bacon grease. Season each portion with small sprinkle of equal amounts of cayenne and cumin. If

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