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Terrace in at Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville features views of the Blue Ridge Mountains
The sunset terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn is one of many places to drink in Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Nestled in a valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is an outdoor mecca with a thriving art scene, hippie charm, and a beer culture at a fever pitch. Having evolved into a cultural hub for many award-winning chefs, makers, and small business owners—it is a top Southern destination. Asheville’s first food hall, The S&W Market, boasts affordable eats, an outdoor patio, and a taproom. Load up on sweets at Old Europe Pastries, the city's longest running cafe, with macarons, napoleons, eclairs, and tiramisu are just the start. Take a drive or hike on Blue Ridge Parkway, the country’s longest linear park, and enjoy stunning views of waterfalls before discovering its secret swimming holes. Music runs through this city’s bloodstream. Try out hand-crafted instruments or discover the area’s popular artists at music shops. Music festivals are frequent here and showcase the best and impressive variety of local talent. Find Asheville’s spirit in markets and heritage events where creativity blooms.

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In the Field

Green Beyond the Grandeur at Biltmore Estate

Nestled into the base of Appalachia, Asheville, North Carolina, boasts a growing interest in local foodways. The past decade has seen a boom in both the number of small farms as well as locally minded restaurants sourcing from them.[...]

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Southern Seeds Worth Saving

Sow an abundant spring garden through Southern seeds with tips from heirloom growers. Find out what is cropping up across the South, from Virginia to Florida.

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On the Road

An Insider’s Guide to Asheville from Locals Mindi and Owen McGlynn

Off-the-beaten-path coffee shops, taquerias, BBQ joints, and more, from an Asheville local.

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In the Field

A Forestry Camp Grows in Asheville

In a historic woodland setting in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Burial Beer Company’s sprawling new digs tell the story of the community who helped to shape it, past and present.

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Eagle Street Soul

In Asheville, North Carolina, Benne on Eagle dishes out soul food’s next chapter

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Tracing the Black Diaspora at Benne on Eagle

Chef Cleophus Hethington of Benne on Eagle is turning food into tools that elevate Black culinary traditions while educating guests about the African diaspora.

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Southern Heroes: The Independent Restaurant Coalition

How a chef-led group has united the voices of more than 500,000 independent restaurants in order make a legislative impact.

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Chai Pani

Meaning “tea and water,” Chai Pani is slang for a small bite or drink–a humble moniker for the Asheville restaurant’s celebration of Indian street food.

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