The Black Walnut Inn, a Historic Bed and Breakfast in Asheville NC

Black Walnut B&B Inn in Asheville NC

(EDITOR’S NOTE: After this piece was published, we learned that the Black Walnut B&B Inn had been sold to a new owner, Alicia Wilson, in 2019. We leave our story intact to reflect our personal experience at this beautiful Asheville bed and breakfast.)   “You don’t choose Asheville… Asheville chooses you.” This enigmatic insight from … Read more

The Best Western NC Christmas Events in Asheville, Biltmore, Bryson City & Beyond!

Tweetsie Christmas in Blocking Rock

There’s nothing quite like celebrating the holiday season in a magical place, and many of Western North Carolina’s small towns offer something special for Christmas lovers to experience. From parades and shopping to dazzling Christmas lights and meetings with Santa, these Blue Ridge mountain towns are the perfect place to celebrate and get into the holiday … Read more

The Appalachian Culture & History of the Blue Ridge Mountains

Appalachian Culture at the Foxfire Museum in Clayton GA

If you’ve lived in the Southeast for a good portion of your life (as our team has), chances are you’ve been exploring Appalachia and the Blue Ridge range for years. Maybe you’ve visited state parks in North Georgia and North Carolina, hiked to various waterfalls, soaked in the scenery atop majestic mountains, or taken a road … Read more

Asheville River Arts District: A Guide to Galleries & Restaurants

Over the last decade, Asheville has emerged as a progressive haven of arts and culture in the middle of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The town is known for its fiercely independent spirit, with myriad “green” restaurants, brewpubs, and countless Asheville art galleries and artists’ studios popping up over time. It’s been a remarkable transformation. … Read more

The 20 Best Western NC Small Towns To Visit (and Live In!)

Western North Carolina is perhaps best known as home to Asheville, one of the most deservedly popular up-and-coming small cities in the United States. But the Blue Ridge region is also blessed with more than its fair share of small mountain towns, which ooze Appalachian culture and history. Dozens of the small towns near Asheville, … Read more

The Best Things to Do in Asheville NC

For a relatively small Blue Ridge mountain town with a population of under 100,000, there is a surprising wealth of unique things to do in Asheville, NC. Thanks to an infusion of wealth brought in by the Biltmore Estate in the early 20th century, there’s historic art deco-influenced architecture. There is also a critically-acclaimed restaurant … Read more

Exploring the Sierra Nevada Brewery– Asheville, NC

Sierra Nevada Brewery

Sometimes when a recipe is right, it is simply right. There’s no arguing the fact that Sierra Nevada nailed its flagship beer, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, coming out of the gate. The Pale Ale flavor might be somewhat familiar these days, but that’s because most of these newbie challengers continually strive to achieve the mark … Read more

The Best Downtown Asheville Restaurants

Couple outside Posana Cafe, one of the best Downtown Asheville Restaurants

The first time we visited the city back in 2012, we were blown away by the Asheville food scene. For a 45-square-mile mountain town with a population of around 84,000, the sheer number of critically acclaimed downtown Asheville restaurants was staggering even then. As it turns out, the city is also the greenest dining destination … Read more

Downtown Asheville, NC History: From Biltmore to the 21st Century Boom

Visiting Asheville, NC in the Blue Ridge Mountains

The essence of downtown Asheville, NC exists between two dichotomous extremes, with the outlandish opulence of the Biltmore Estate at one end of the spectrum, and grungy backpackers in a drum circle at the other. To get a feel for Asheville’s downtown area, start at Pack Square Park in the city’s heart. Named in 1900 … Read more

Highland Brewing: Visiting the First Asheville Brewery

Highland Brewing-Visiting the First Asheville Brewery

Of the many cities across America currently vying for the title of “Best Beer City,” Asheville, North Carolina has a legit claim to the crown. Asheville’s breweries list is not only extensive, but choice, from nationally recognized brands like Sierra Nevada and New Belgium to local stars like Wicked Weed and Hi-Wire. But the Highland … Read more