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Guidebook for Asheville

Kat And Benji

Guidebook for Asheville

Food Scene
New on the Charlotte Street restaurant scene and a 5 minute walk down the hill, this local watering hole features coffee/light breakfast in the mornings and cocktails/small bites in the evenings.
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The Waterbird Asheville
197 Charlotte St
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New on the Charlotte Street restaurant scene and a 5 minute walk down the hill, this local watering hole features coffee/light breakfast in the mornings and cocktails/small bites in the evenings.
A long-standing Asheville tradition, City Bakery offers coffee, breakfast, and lunch, featuring house-made bread products from their bakery (don't miss their cheddar-scallion biscuits!). A ten minute walk from our house.
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City Bakery
88 Charlotte Street
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A long-standing Asheville tradition, City Bakery offers coffee, breakfast, and lunch, featuring house-made bread products from their bakery (don't miss their cheddar-scallion biscuits!). A ten minute walk from our house.
Aesthetically pleasing and conveniently located, Liberty House is a great spot for breakfast or lunch without the crowds. Walk there in 15 minutes from our house! Enjoy the outdoor seating in a park-like setting or find a comfy spot inside.
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Liberty House Coffee and Café
221 S Liberty St
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Aesthetically pleasing and conveniently located, Liberty House is a great spot for breakfast or lunch without the crowds. Walk there in 15 minutes from our house! Enjoy the outdoor seating in a park-like setting or find a comfy spot inside.
Hugely portioned "tapas", you won't leave here hungry! Nice little sister restaurant to Limones, featuring upscale Mexican street fare served in a lively atmosphere. Don't miss the house margaritas!
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En La Calle
15 Eagle St
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Hugely portioned "tapas", you won't leave here hungry! Nice little sister restaurant to Limones, featuring upscale Mexican street fare served in a lively atmosphere. Don't miss the house margaritas!
One of our favorites for an upscale meal. Spanish/Mediterranean fusion. You will need reservations and will probably still wait for your table, but it's worth it!
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Limones Restaurant
13 Eagle St
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One of our favorites for an upscale meal. Spanish/Mediterranean fusion. You will need reservations and will probably still wait for your table, but it's worth it!
Delicious, gluten-free menu offering everything from brunch to dinner. You won't miss the gluten! Impressive cocktails as well. Located in the heart of downtown on Pack Square.
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Posana Restaurant
1 Biltmore Avenue
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Delicious, gluten-free menu offering everything from brunch to dinner. You won't miss the gluten! Impressive cocktails as well. Located in the heart of downtown on Pack Square.
Off the beaten path, in the River Arts District along the river. Enjoy dining al fresco and the huge "back yard" with riverside views. Bonus - you can say you ate at the country's largest shipping container restaurant!
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Smoky Park Supper Club
350 Riverside Dr
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Off the beaten path, in the River Arts District along the river. Enjoy dining al fresco and the huge "back yard" with riverside views. Bonus - you can say you ate at the country's largest shipping container restaurant!
A 5 minute walk from our house, Taco Temple features house-made corn tortillas and delicious margaritas. This place was a secret this time last year (2017), but the word is getting out, so you may wait in line to order your food. Worth the wait!
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Taco Temple
132 Charlotte St
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A 5 minute walk from our house, Taco Temple features house-made corn tortillas and delicious margaritas. This place was a secret this time last year (2017), but the word is getting out, so you may wait in line to order your food. Worth the wait!
Unique menu finds and always perfectly prepared, Zambra is a long-standing Asheville favorite. Outstanding wine list as well. Occasionally there will be live music to accompany your meal, ranging from gypsy jazz to lounge music.
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Zambra
85 West Walnut Street
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Unique menu finds and always perfectly prepared, Zambra is a long-standing Asheville favorite. Outstanding wine list as well. Occasionally there will be live music to accompany your meal, ranging from gypsy jazz to lounge music.
Our favorite Asheville restaurant, Nine Mile never disappoints. There are two locations, we are partial to the original location in historic Montford. You will wait for a table during peak dinner hours but it's worth it. Enjoy the Rasta vibrations, mon!
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Nine Mile
233 Montford Avenue
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Our favorite Asheville restaurant, Nine Mile never disappoints. There are two locations, we are partial to the original location in historic Montford. You will wait for a table during peak dinner hours but it's worth it. Enjoy the Rasta vibrations, mon!
Well-prepared and presented farm-to-table cuisine, The Market Place has been here forever. In Asheville's ever-evolving food scene, it has been a constant, which says a lot. Try the PEI Mussels, the broth is TO DIE FOR.
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The Market Place
20 Wall Street
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Well-prepared and presented farm-to-table cuisine, The Market Place has been here forever. In Asheville's ever-evolving food scene, it has been a constant, which says a lot. Try the PEI Mussels, the broth is TO DIE FOR.
Inexpensive, delicious, casual Indian street food. Namaste, y'all!
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Chai Pani Asheville
22 Battery Park Avenue
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Inexpensive, delicious, casual Indian street food. Namaste, y'all!
Of President Obama fame, 12 Bones is still the best 'cue in town (in our humble opinion). Obama visits here every time he comes to Asheville. Two locations, check out the one on Foundy for a feast for your eyes as well as your belly. Oh yeah, and the new Wedge brewery is located in same building, so there's that.
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12 Bones Smokehouse RIVER
5 Foundy Street
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Of President Obama fame, 12 Bones is still the best 'cue in town (in our humble opinion). Obama visits here every time he comes to Asheville. Two locations, check out the one on Foundy for a feast for your eyes as well as your belly. Oh yeah, and the new Wedge brewery is located in same building, so there's that.
Part of the Haywood Rd boom in West Asheville, this new-ish eatery features a gluten-free menu that will not disappoint! Offering international flavors representing everything from Latin to Middle Eastern, you are guaranteed to find something on the menu you will love. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, with alcohol and gourmet coffee concoctions as well.
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BimBeriBon
697 Haywood Rd
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Part of the Haywood Rd boom in West Asheville, this new-ish eatery features a gluten-free menu that will not disappoint! Offering international flavors representing everything from Latin to Middle Eastern, you are guaranteed to find something on the menu you will love. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, with alcohol and gourmet coffee concoctions as well.
Just a quick stroll from our house, this neighborhood spot delivers delicious bites in a welcoming atmosphere. The chef sources meat from the neighboring butchery, The Chop Shop, completing the local circle of support. Offering meat-based creations utilizing everything from the meat to the bone. Salads and veggies available as well. Full bar sporting delicious craft cocktails, nice little wine list too.
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Bone and Broth
94 Charlotte St
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Just a quick stroll from our house, this neighborhood spot delivers delicious bites in a welcoming atmosphere. The chef sources meat from the neighboring butchery, The Chop Shop, completing the local circle of support. Offering meat-based creations utilizing everything from the meat to the bone. Salads and veggies available as well. Full bar sporting delicious craft cocktails, nice little wine list too.
Drinks & Nightlife
This place defies categorization...it's a music venue, restaurant, bar, and recreation facility. Located alongside the French Broad River, this is a popular take-out spot for river floaters in the summer. Kid friendly due to vast outdoor space including corn hole, fire pits, and multiple hangout spaces.
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Salvage Station
468 Riverside Dr
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This place defies categorization...it's a music venue, restaurant, bar, and recreation facility. Located alongside the French Broad River, this is a popular take-out spot for river floaters in the summer. Kid friendly due to vast outdoor space including corn hole, fire pits, and multiple hangout spaces.
We don't usually send our guests to hotels, but the views and vibes from the rooftop of the AC Hotel are amazing.
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Capella on 9
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We don't usually send our guests to hotels, but the views and vibes from the rooftop of the AC Hotel are amazing.
Prohibition-style craft cocktail lounge with a roof top patio - you can't beat this place! They aren't known for their speedy cocktail crafting, but that's because each beverage is made with attention to detail and with hand-crafted mixers/bitters/garnishes. Each beverage comes with a key to an old post office box with a special edible treat inside!
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Top of the Monk
92 Patton Ave
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Prohibition-style craft cocktail lounge with a roof top patio - you can't beat this place! They aren't known for their speedy cocktail crafting, but that's because each beverage is made with attention to detail and with hand-crafted mixers/bitters/garnishes. Each beverage comes with a key to an old post office box with a special edible treat inside!
One of the original craft breweries, and one of the last holdouts for bottling/canning/selling off-site (they don't). This is our favorite brewery in town. Like all of the other breweries, they don't sell food, but there is always a food truck parked there should you want more than the complimentary bowls of peanuts. Located in a secret spot well away from the bustling, touristy "South Slope" brewery district, this place is a locals' secret. Shhhhh!
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Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way
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One of the original craft breweries, and one of the last holdouts for bottling/canning/selling off-site (they don't). This is our favorite brewery in town. Like all of the other breweries, they don't sell food, but there is always a food truck parked there should you want more than the complimentary bowls of peanuts. Located in a secret spot well away from the bustling, touristy "South Slope" brewery district, this place is a locals' secret. Shhhhh!
This is a 2-3 block area of downtown that contains multiple breweries - 8 at last count (Brahmari, HiWire, Catawba, Burial, Green Man, Twin Leaf, Funkatorium, & Asheville Brewing Co) - plus an ever-evolving selection of bites and food trucks. It's on the south side, so it's more of a walk from the Boho Haven than the center of downtown - allow about 30 minutes if on foot. A ride-share will get you there in just a few minutes. Please enjoy the South Slope responsibly - a $6 ride share home is way cheaper than a DUI!
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South Slope Brewing District
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This is a 2-3 block area of downtown that contains multiple breweries - 8 at last count (Brahmari, HiWire, Catawba, Burial, Green Man, Twin Leaf, Funkatorium, & Asheville Brewing Co) - plus an ever-evolving selection of bites and food trucks. It's on the south side, so it's more of a walk from the Boho Haven than the center of downtown - allow about 30 minutes if on foot. A ride-share will get you there in just a few minutes. Please enjoy the South Slope responsibly - a $6 ride share home is way cheaper than a DUI!
Entertainment & Activities
Hilarious and outrageous, La Zoom Bus tours have been regaling Asheville visitors and locals alike for years. Get tickets early, these sell out. BYOB.
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LaZoom Tours
76 Biltmore Avenue
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Hilarious and outrageous, La Zoom Bus tours have been regaling Asheville visitors and locals alike for years. Get tickets early, these sell out. BYOB.
Float the French Broad River on tubes, SUPs, or kayaks. The in-town section is flat and easy to navigate, with several restaurants and breweries where you can stop and take out along the way.
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French Broad Outfitters
704 Riverside Drive
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Float the French Broad River on tubes, SUPs, or kayaks. The in-town section is flat and easy to navigate, with several restaurants and breweries where you can stop and take out along the way.
An art gallery, artist workshop, and bar all in one! Serving rotating local brews alongside glass-blowing demos and occasional live music.
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Lexington Glassworks
81 S Lexington Ave
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An art gallery, artist workshop, and bar all in one! Serving rotating local brews alongside glass-blowing demos and occasional live music.
Reasonable bike rentals, with options for riding around town to shredding the trails.
MustAsheville Bikes
408 Depot St
Reasonable bike rentals, with options for riding around town to shredding the trails.
Also known as the Adventure Center of Asheville, this place sports a bike park, zipline, ropes course, and access to more off-site adventures in the area.
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The Adventure Center of Asheville
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Also known as the Adventure Center of Asheville, this place sports a bike park, zipline, ropes course, and access to more off-site adventures in the area.
One of two local (45 min drive) ski resorts, Cataloochee offers varying terrain, a lodge with food and beverage, and is a well-run operation. Small but always fun to slide down a snowy hill!
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Cataloochee Ski Area
1080 Ski Lodge Road
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One of two local (45 min drive) ski resorts, Cataloochee offers varying terrain, a lodge with food and beverage, and is a well-run operation. Small but always fun to slide down a snowy hill!
Wolf Ridge is the closest ski resort to Asheville, a mere 40 min drive from our house. It's a colorful, somewhat loosely-run local operation, but it's a snowy hill to slide down! Lodge serves food but no adult beverages.
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Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
578 Valley View Circle
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Wolf Ridge is the closest ski resort to Asheville, a mere 40 min drive from our house. It's a colorful, somewhat loosely-run local operation, but it's a snowy hill to slide down! Lodge serves food but no adult beverages.
Soak in a hot tub at a Japanese-style spa. Enjoy a massage afterward if you're so inclined. A short 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. Relax!!
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Shoji Spa & Lodge
96 Avondale Heights Road
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Soak in a hot tub at a Japanese-style spa. Enjoy a massage afterward if you're so inclined. A short 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. Relax!!
Sightseeing
Learn about Asheville's many different breweries and how it all started.
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Asheville Brews Cruise
6 Lennox Ct
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Learn about Asheville's many different breweries and how it all started.
The GPI is just something to see. Go have a beverage on the Sunset Terrace for happy hour and enjoy the stunning, epic views to the west. In the winter, go sit by the giant fireplaces in the lobby with a hot toddy or hot chocolate. There's often a band setting up/playing in the lobby. It's just cool.
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瑟奥姆尼格罗韦公园因
290 Macon Ave
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The GPI is just something to see. Go have a beverage on the Sunset Terrace for happy hour and enjoy the stunning, epic views to the west. In the winter, go sit by the giant fireplaces in the lobby with a hot toddy or hot chocolate. There's often a band setting up/playing in the lobby. It's just cool.
Giant house. Amazing grounds. Meticulous gardens. Bike trails, 4x4 tours, farm animals, a winery, etc etc. You can easily spend a full day here and not get to it all. But yes, it's touristy. This isn't the "off the beaten path" recommendation. Still worth seeing - especially May-October 2018 for the Chihuly Exhibit. Google it.
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比特摩尔庄园
1 Lodge Street
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Giant house. Amazing grounds. Meticulous gardens. Bike trails, 4x4 tours, farm animals, a winery, etc etc. You can easily spend a full day here and not get to it all. But yes, it's touristy. This isn't the "off the beaten path" recommendation. Still worth seeing - especially May-October 2018 for the Chihuly Exhibit. Google it.
Essentials
Approximately one mile from our house. It will be slammed on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, or any weekday after 3:30ish.
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Trader Joe's
120 Merrimon Avenue
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Approximately one mile from our house. It will be slammed on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, or any weekday after 3:30ish.
Approximately one mile from here. Organic health food to-go, as well as groceries.
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Whole Foods Market
70 Merrimon Avenue
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Approximately one mile from here. Organic health food to-go, as well as groceries.
Approximately one mile from here, Harris Teeter is your closest local conventional grocery store. Organic selection available as well.
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Harris Teeter
136 Merrimon Ave
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Approximately one mile from here, Harris Teeter is your closest local conventional grocery store. Organic selection available as well.
Shopping
Mast General has a little bit of everything, but it's most well-known for it's outdoor gear and candy barrel section. A long-standing mountain favorite, this is a sister store to the original located in Valle Crucis, NC. Guaranteed to have quality street performers (buskers) out front most any day, especially weekends.
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Mast General Store Asheville
15 Biltmore Avenue
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Mast General has a little bit of everything, but it's most well-known for it's outdoor gear and candy barrel section. A long-standing mountain favorite, this is a sister store to the original located in Valle Crucis, NC. Guaranteed to have quality street performers (buskers) out front most any day, especially weekends.
With an ever-expanding array of local artist studios, the RAD is fast becoming a tourist favorite. You will find artists of all mediums, alongside breweries (don't miss the Wedge Brewing, our favorite beer!), restaurants, and riverside activities.
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River Arts District
Riverside Drive
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With an ever-expanding array of local artist studios, the RAD is fast becoming a tourist favorite. You will find artists of all mediums, alongside breweries (don't miss the Wedge Brewing, our favorite beer!), restaurants, and riverside activities.
A seeker's paradise. Shop custom-made mid-century furniture and booths hosted by local makers showcasing everything from jewelry to ceramics. Reasonably priced wares and entirely locally run and operated. Shop local!
Atomic Furnishing & Design
124 Swannanoa River Rd
A seeker's paradise. Shop custom-made mid-century furniture and booths hosted by local makers showcasing everything from jewelry to ceramics. Reasonably priced wares and entirely locally run and operated. Shop local!
An amazing warehouse full of individual booths featuring up-cycled furniture and decor.
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ScreenDoor
115 Fairview Road
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An amazing warehouse full of individual booths featuring up-cycled furniture and decor.
Locally-owned, long-standing downtown bookstore. Has a great regional author section, as well as "staff picks", best sellers, reference books, journals, cards, calendars, etc. Also sports a sweet little cafe serving coffees and pastries. Don't miss the "Banned Books" shelves. Shop local!
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Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe
55 Haywood Street
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Locally-owned, long-standing downtown bookstore. Has a great regional author section, as well as "staff picks", best sellers, reference books, journals, cards, calendars, etc. Also sports a sweet little cafe serving coffees and pastries. Don't miss the "Banned Books" shelves. Shop local!
Locally owned ladies clothing store always on the cutting edge of style. Prices range from really reasonable to pretty pricey, but you're sure to find something there if you are remotely interested in today's styles. Shop local!
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Minx Boutique
64 North Lexington Avenue
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Locally owned ladies clothing store always on the cutting edge of style. Prices range from really reasonable to pretty pricey, but you're sure to find something there if you are remotely interested in today's styles. Shop local!
Amazing locally produced artistic jewelry, on the higher end and worth every penny. Custom pieces available as well.
Fox and Beaux Boutique & Custom Jewelry Design Studio
56 Haywood St
Amazing locally produced artistic jewelry, on the higher end and worth every penny. Custom pieces available as well.
Jewelry store + a little more - supporting local artists and high-end mass produced goods (Hobo bags + wallets) alike.
embellish asheville
59 Broadway
Jewelry store + a little more - supporting local artists and high-end mass produced goods (Hobo bags + wallets) alike.
Parks & Nature
Hike to waterfalls and swimming holes for a respite from the summer heat. Pack a raincoat, though, it's not a mountain summer day without a quick thunderstorm.
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Graveyard Fields Loop Trail
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Hike to waterfalls and swimming holes for a respite from the summer heat. Pack a raincoat, though, it's not a mountain summer day without a quick thunderstorm.
A moderately strenuous climb to an epic summit view, Mt. Pisgah is easily accessible off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 407. Pack a raincoat, though, it's not a mountain summer day without a quick thunderstorm.
Mount Pisgah Trail
A moderately strenuous climb to an epic summit view, Mt. Pisgah is easily accessible off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 407. Pack a raincoat, though, it's not a mountain summer day without a quick thunderstorm.
Traverse grassy balds with epic views on this moderate hike. Trailhead located at mile marker 420 on Blue Ridge Parkway. In July and August, bring a bucket for blueberry picking. Pack a raincoat, though, it's not a mountain summer day without a quick thunderstorm.
Art Loeb Trail Trailhead/Parking
Traverse grassy balds with epic views on this moderate hike. Trailhead located at mile marker 420 on Blue Ridge Parkway. In July and August, bring a bucket for blueberry picking. Pack a raincoat, though, it's not a mountain summer day without a quick thunderstorm.
As river rats, we would be remiss not to mention a trip down our favorite river. Less than an hour drive from Asheville, the Nolichucky River is one of the most beautiful in the area. Choose from the exciting upper gorge section or the equally beautiful but calmer lower section. Tell Matt Moses or George that Kat and Benji sent you. :)
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USA Raft Adventure Resort
2 Jones Branch Road
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As river rats, we would be remiss not to mention a trip down our favorite river. Less than an hour drive from Asheville, the Nolichucky River is one of the most beautiful in the area. Choose from the exciting upper gorge section or the equally beautiful but calmer lower section. Tell Matt Moses or George that Kat and Benji sent you. :)
A moderately steep/strenuous ascent with epic, sweeping views as your reward at the summit. Trailhead is at the fish hatchery off of Hwy 276 in Brevard. About a 40 min drive from Asheville.
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John Rock
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A moderately steep/strenuous ascent with epic, sweeping views as your reward at the summit. Trailhead is at the fish hatchery off of Hwy 276 in Brevard. About a 40 min drive from Asheville.
A steep climb, not for the faint of heart, but amazing views at the top. Just outside of Brevard off Hwy 276, about a 40 min drive from Asheville. Brevard is a cute little town worth checking out, too.
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Looking Glass Rock Trail
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A steep climb, not for the faint of heart, but amazing views at the top. Just outside of Brevard off Hwy 276, about a 40 min drive from Asheville. Brevard is a cute little town worth checking out, too.
Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 420, proceed to the Black Balsam parking area and find the Sam Knob trailhead (marked). This is a great hike that takes you to wonderful views at the summit. Be sure to take extra layers, including a raincoat, as temps and weather can vary greatly from Asheville.
Sam Knob Trail
Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at mile marker 420, proceed to the Black Balsam parking area and find the Sam Knob trailhead (marked). This is a great hike that takes you to wonderful views at the summit. Be sure to take extra layers, including a raincoat, as temps and weather can vary greatly from Asheville.
A short hike to beautiful views, about a 30 min drive from our house. Maybe 1 mile round trip?
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Craggy Pinnacle Hike
3641 Blue Ridge Pkwy
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A short hike to beautiful views, about a 30 min drive from our house. Maybe 1 mile round trip?