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Man Armed With Gun Demands Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich

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Asheville Butcher Shop – NYBS

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Visit West Asheville, North Carolina – 3 Part Video Series

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Visiting Asheville? Add A “Manicure Party” To Your Birthday or Bachelorette Plans

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Asheville has lots of things to do, and many of those things include rest, relaxation, and self care. Lin’s Nails of Asheville and Hendersonville are now offering their services for Birthdays (including kids), Baby & Bridal Showers, and Bachelorette Parties. So lets say a bunch of ladies are in downtown Asheville for a bachelorette party ...

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Take A Video Tour of Asheville’s South Slope – Beer, BBQ, Art, Gin, Donuts, Cider +++

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  The South Slope of Asheville North Carolina has become the official beer district, with lots of breweries all around. If you want to do a beer tour in Asheville, this is the place to be, especially if you do not want to drink beer and drive from brewery to brewery. The South Slope is ...

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Now Introducing – The Best Damn Chicken Sandwich in ALL of Asheville North Carolina

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Asheville has another amazing chicken sandwich to add to their list of favorites, and its at Henrietta’s Poultry Shoppe in the River Arts District, which is full of art, food, beer, and home to the east coast headquarters of New Belgium Brewing. If you are looking for the real deal when it comes to chicken, ...

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The AUX Bar & Restaurant in downtown Asheville

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We visited the AUX Bar & Restaurant for dinner in downtown Asheville recently and had such an amazing experience. Listen to Tola Sun in this video as she tells you all about the experience, and when you are in the area, make sure you pass by, eat, and say hi to Chef Steve and Chef ...

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Asheville Has A New Favorite Chicken Sandwich, And You Need To Try It

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I should just put WOW in this blog post, along with the photo of this amazing chicken sandwich at Henrietta’s Poultry Shop in the River Arts District, but let me tell you a little more about it. They are located right near the new “Stay Weird” graffiti painting, in the Hatchery building, AKA the location ...

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Photo: New Belgium Brewing in Asheville North Carolina

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Living in Asheville, usually when you take a photo, you have mountains in the background. Well New Belgium Brewing in Asheville North Carolina has done something different through their archway… a view of giant beer tanks or brewing vessels. If you are visiting the area, make sure you stop by this brewery and take a ...

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VIDEO: Visiting Asheville For Art – The River Arts District

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If you know anything about Asheville, it is not all about downtown, and for some – it is not about downtown at all. There are several micro-communities in the area, some just minutes away, where you could enter a different world and time. The River Arts District is one of those places. Have you ever ...

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Asheville Gets A New Mural, Encouraging The City To Stay Weird

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Asheville is not Portland, but we have kind of stolen one of their lines when we announced “Keep Asheville Weird”! Now Asheville is as weird as it gets, so maybe the slogan did work. There’s lots of weirdness that you can find all around Asheville North Carolina, and for the most part it is good. ...

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Retiring in Asheville North Carolina

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Asheville has become the land of retirees. Some of them are young, and some of them are Senior. And it’s for a good reason. Where else can you get the best of all of these worlds in one place? Asheville is the spot! Nice folks, hiking, amazing food, craft beer & spirits, entertainment, mountains, clean ...

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Take a 25 Restaurant Food Tour in Asheville for Free

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Asheville has so many restaurants, cafes and eateries to tour that we have put together this list of amazing eats so that you can go on your own if you want to. Now the food is not free, but this self-guided tour is. There are a couple of ways to do this. You can contact ...

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5 Things To Love About Asheville North Carolina

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   Asheville North Carolina is a wonderful place to visit or call home. There are so many great things to love about the area. Take a video tour with us and see these 5 Things To Love About Asheville NC – Beer, Food, Wine, Waterfalls, and Weirdness!   Featuring scenes, beer, taps, food, cameos ...

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Mark Your Calendars for Asheville Restaurant Week 2019

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Asheville Restaurant Week is a great time in the foodie community where Chefs and restaurants get to feature some amazing eats and cuisine with special menus and/or pricing. As eaters, we get to try out so many delicious spots around town, sometimes even making a “restaurant walk” out of it so we can hit several ...

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VIDEO: 3 Amazing Hotels in Downtown Asheville

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 Asheville North Carolina is the place to be, and when you come, you should stay somewhere nice, like the Hyatt Place, Aloft, or AC Marriott Hotel. All of these properties are beautiful and well accommodating. Take a look at our video tour of these hotels in downtown Asheville.

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Asheville “Weed-cations” Coming Soon!

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North Carolina is pretty much on the verge of legalizing marijuana, or so they say at least, and Asheville will surely have the biggest celebration in the State. Smoking weed is nothing new for some of you, but smoking it legally can get a little weird. After what happened in the Colorado tourism industry, and ...

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Photo: The Weather Channel in Downtown Asheville For Snowmageddon 2018

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  The Weather Channel came into Asheville North Carolina for Blizzard 2018, or so it was supposed to be. We ended up with about 10 inches of snowfall, which was the perfect amount for a snow day, building snowwomen and snowmen, throwing snowballs, and having a great time.

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The Delicious Straightaway Cafe Between Asheville & Charlotte NC

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When visiting the Asheville area, there are several small towns nearby that you must visit. Black Mountain in one of them. We passed through recently and decided to stop by Straightaway Cafe. And we are so glad we did! The Straightaway Cafe in Black Mountain North Carolina, just 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville, has been ...

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The Best French Fries You Ever Tasted. But That’s Not All

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  Bouchon has been one of Asheville’s premier restaurants for many years. Not only are their french fries famous, but their mussels are so delicious, and those are just the starter plates to get ready for the main courses.   Their crepes were made perfectly, and tasted as if we were dining in France once ...

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Latin Lunch at Sonora in Downtown Asheville

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  A eatery named Sonora Cocina Mexicana in downtown Asheville is one of the newer restaurants on the scene. They come with a Latin twist of great food and flavors. And they are right at the upper head of Asheville’s South Slope, so a great spot to either start or finish your beer tour and ...

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Lunch at the Edison – Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville

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During the holidays, we always make our way out to the Grove Park Inn. On this occasion, they were not letting anyone on the property unless they had a reservation, due to their place being fully booked inside and out. So we did what any sensible person would do and made a reservation at the ...

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Deliciousness at the Blue Ridge Biscuit Company in Black Mountain NC

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We had heard a bunch of great things about Blue Ridge Biscuit Company in Black Mountain, that it was put on our list to try for awhile now. Our teams had been spending lots of time in several other cities and small towns, so we have yet to make our rounds to Black Mountain; but ...

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Eating at Brooklyn Bros Pizza in South Asheville

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  When traveling around on all ends of town, we try to find some food spots that folks are talking about. We had passed by Brooklyn Bros Pizza in south Asheville – Arden NC many times, but never stopped by. Finally, we did!   The Garlic Knots were great. Breads with Italian dinners in a ...

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Holiday Ice Cream Flavors at The Hop in Asheville NC

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The Hop Ice Cream Cafe is always coming up with new flavors; and now since the Ice Creamery has opened, they can experiment even more. We stopped by for their Toy Drive Tweetup recently and got to try these delicious flavors: Snow Cream Coconut Milk Mocha Peppermint Stick Sugar Plum Fruit Cake Now these flavors ...

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An Amazing Restaurant, Woodfire Bar & Grille, Opens in East Asheville

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  When I pulled up the Holiday Inn in East Asheville, I expected that a dive bar / tiki bar would be awaiting me. Instead I walked into a new restaurant that I would not soon forget. As I entered, I felt as if I were walking into one of Asheville’s high end restaurants.   ...

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Two Days, Two Burgers, Too Good!

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There are times we go for weeks at a time without a burger. Asheville has such a variety of food options that the choices are sometimes overwhelming. The past few days have not been one of those times. We actually stopped by two places and ordered a cheeseburger that made us very happy that we ...

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10 Articles About Asheville You May Have Missed

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Asheville is constantly on the radar when it comes to the media talking about us. And for the most part, it is good news. Online websites and magazines are calling us out regularly for the great food, beer, music, tours, and so much more. Here are some articles about Asheville North Carolina that you may ...

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The Asheville Bachelorette Party Guide

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There comes a time in many of our lives when marriage is on the horizon. You already hear wedding bells, you are thinking about the home you will be living in, and the excitement of starting a new family is a dream come true. But before we walk down that aisle, it is wise to ...

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It’s Finally Leaf Season In Asheville North Carolina!

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Today is the day that we woke up to leaf season in Asheville North Carolina! Yes, the leaves have been changing here and there lately, and a little on the slow side. But this morning you can see the vibrant colors coming on display and the leaves covering sidewalks all around town. Leaf Season has ...

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It’s National Dessert Day, And Asheville Has Your Fix!

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  National foodie days are a great reminder to eat some of the things that we have maybe forgot about, and an excuse to even splurge on some sinful desires that our personal trainer has deprived us of. National Dessert Day is a time to reflect on all of the delicious desserts we have eaten ...

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And Another Asheville Area Brewery – Mad Co Brewing in Marshall NC

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The breweries keep on popping up all around Western North Carolina. Asheville took the lead, then both Waynesville and Hendersonville followed suit, and now Marshall NC is getting their first brewery thanks to Mad Co. Brewing! This coming Saturday is going to be the big day as they open at high noon and the party ...

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Smallcakes Gets Ready To Open In Biltmore Park, Asheville NC

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Smallcakes Cupcakery: A cupcake and ice cream franchise with locations in 26 States and also 2 International locations is getting ready to open in Asheville NC. This goes to show you how much the foodie scene is rapidly growing in the Western North Carolina area, as this location in particular has the Coldstone Creamery ice ...

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Hurricane Matthew Becomes Hurrication Asheville

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As Hurricane Matthew was headed to the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; many folks made an exodus to the mountains of Asheville North Carolina. Most people do not need an excuse to come to Western North Carolina, but it this case it was kind of mandatory to leave certain areas due to the ...

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Sugar & Snow Gelato Cafe Opening Soon in Bent Creek West Asheville

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It used to be Sugar & Spice and everything nice, but Asheville has a twist on that. Sugar & Snow Gelato was launched in 2013, and available in a couple of places, as well as in a push cart that you could find around town, at events, and for catering. But now things are about ...

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New West Asheville Restaurant Named “Jargon” Coming Soon!

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West Asheville has become a whole foodie experience of their own. Now a new restaurant named Jargon is opening soon on Haywood Road with lots of fine food options to eat. Sean Piper and Chef Matthew Miner are the folks that are making all of this happen. The Asheville Foodie Community recently launched their new ...

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2016 Guide To Fall Leaf Season In Asheville North Carolina

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[arve url=”https://youtu.be/YOE7N6fpNRU” thumbnail=”13605″ title=”Asheville Fall Leaf Season 2016″ description=”Leaf Season in Asheville North Carolina during the Fall Season”] It’s that time of the year again, Fall 2016 Leaf Season in Asheville North Carolina. This is the time of the year when the local can sit back, take a deep breath, and reflect on the year ...

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Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson & Zach Galifianakis Talk Asheville North Carolina

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[arve url=”https://youtu.be/6F74z3xWpp8&sns=em” thumbnail=”13578″] It already goes without saying, that most people have a wonderful time when visiting Asheville North Carolina. Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson & Zach Galifianakis are interviewed by Jimmy Kimmel and talk a little about their experiences here while filming the Masterminds movie, and how great it really is. For those of us who ...

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100% Absolutely Asheville Made!

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So while browsing Twitter today, I noticed a question that asked… “How Well Do You Know Asheville, NC Slang?” So click on the link, went to a 10 question quiz, and got a score of 100! They said I’m 100% Absolutely Asheville Made! To take the quiz yourself, go to Women.com, and then let us ...

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5 Asheville Breweries Eateries That You Must Try

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When you think about Asheville breweries, the first thing that comes to mind is craft beer of course. But after a short time, and a few brews, your stomach starts to kick in and put in a food request. You can always go to a restaurant that features plenty of local Asheville beer, as so ...

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Pinwheels & Pizza in Asheville North Carolina

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We stopped by Favilla’s Pizzeria in north Asheville the other night to grab a quick bite. Of course we started with their delicious pinwheels, one made with spinach and the other with sausage and pepperoni. If my wife had nothing else but this, she would be satisfied, as it is her favorite “appetizer” or snack ...

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I Wasn’t Born In Asheville, But I Got Here As Fast As I Could

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So maybe you are not an Asheville local, born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina; but at least you know a good thing when you see it. That’s how it happened for many of us. We heard of Asheville, we visited the area, and the next thing you know… we were packing ...

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Watch The Asheville Community Video

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[youtube id=”Er9MB7PYHvE”] We live in a wonderful community. Asheville North Carolina is known for many things including food, beer, mountains, and fun; but the community aspect pretty much encompasses them all. Sometimes when visiting you get a little taste of what it means, but you really have to be here for awhile to completely see ...

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A Recap of Asheville BaconFest 2016

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If you love bacon, then you would have loved Baconfest 2016 in Asheville North Carolina! We stopped by Highland Brewing Company this past Saturday for the event, grabbed some beer, and started baconing it out. Starting at the VIP, we had some delicious tastes from Luella’s Barbecue, and yummy cupcakes from The Bake Shoppe. We ...

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Masterminds Movie, Filmed In Asheville, Shows On September 30th

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Many of you remember last year, when the Masterminds movie (originally titled Loomis Fargo) was being filmed all around the Asheville and WNC area. Zach Galifianakis (who replaced Jim Carrey in this film), Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and several others were seen all around town experiencing what Asheville has to offer. Now the time has come ...

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A Delicious Experience on the Brevard Bites Food Tours

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Asheville is just the beginning. After you have experienced many of the things that Asheville has to offer, you may want to check out some of the neighboring cities and towns. Western North Carolina features a bunch of places where you can spend the day, or a few days, and get to know the many ...

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English Honor Students Find Books and Chocolate and Home in Asheville

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I am an English professor at Gardner-Webb University and for the past four years, I’ve taken students who are joining our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, on a trip to Asheville for induction. Usually a handful of students are familiar with Asheville having grown up nearby or visited frequently, but ...

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Lunch at Sweeten Creek Brewing in South Asheville

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So I was working today, and stuck doing so. That was until a tweet came across the screen from Sweeten Creek Brewing in South Asheville talking about their lunch specials. One was a ham with double Swiss cheese, and the other was hot shaved beef sub. So I abandoned ship and headed that way. I ...

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Dinner at Nachos & Beer in East Asheville

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Of course in Asheville, you have plenty of Mexican food choices from Papas & Beer to Mamas & Beer, but this is one that does not have a person affiliated with it, only a nacho. Nachos & Beer has been our go-to spot lately for Mexican food. If you don’t know where it is, you head ...

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10 Asheville Breweries – Beer Tour Map

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[mapsmarker layer=”1″] There is a lot of craft beer all around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but if you cannot drink them all, here are 10 breweries that you should definitely pay a visit to: Highland Brewing Wedge Brewing Co. Green Man Brewery Asheville Brewing Hi-Wire Brewery Burial Beer Oyster House Brewing Bhramari Brewhouse Lexington ...

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A Delicious Dinner at Luella’s Barbecue in North Asheville

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Luella’s is definitely one of our favorite go-to places if we are in the mood for barbecue. We stopped in tonight and as we were getting seated, I heard Aaron LaFalce playing the guitar, and you can watch the performance by clicking here. So we sat down and were greeted by Aniela, who then took ...

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Asheville Drum Circle Video Goes Viral On Facebook

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While walking around downtown Asheville this past Friday night, Ask Asheville made a quick stop at the Drum Circle. We immediately started taking video on one of our GoPro video cameras, but then we were stopped because the memory card was full. So we pulled out the old Samsung Galaxy 6, went to Facebook, and ...

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Video Intro: The Color Run in Asheville 2016

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[youtube id=”APGRVvRBLrw”] The Color Run in coming to Asheville North Carolina once again! 2016 just got better as our City joins the World for this famous happy run. And AskAsheville has a discount code just for you. See the Asheville Color Run Event Page for more information.

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The Promise – Welcome To Asheville

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[youtube id=”EYkKM0h1nIc”] Asheville makes a promise, that you are welcomed here and will have a great experience to go along with you visit. When planning your vacation and travels, put us on your list as we have a community of great folks and businesses whose pleasure it is to accommodate you. Meet some of them ...

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8 Asian Restaurants In Asheville That You Need To Try

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We eat a lot of biscuits & gravy down south, and we love every minute of it. And when we want to try something different than southern comfort food, we have no problem finding it. Asheville has become a melting pot for many ethnic groups and cultures, and along with their arrival comes their food. ...

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Western North Carolina is in Full Bloom!

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Yes, Western North Carolina is in full bloom! Have you been out taking photographs of the wildflowers or perhaps just enjoying them? If so I have a great resource for you on how to identify them! Considered to be the classic botanical handbook inside you will find color images of hundreds of flowers, trees, shrubs, ...

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Dirty Dancing 2016 Cast & Crew at Mountain Deli in Hendersonville NC

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The Dirty Dancing 2016 Cast & Crew stopped by Mountain Deli in Hendersonville North Carolina for a delicious lunch. This film has brought many celebrities to the area including J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez) who was spotted at Renzo’s and Kilwin’s recently. If you yourself have not visited Hendersonville NC, it is a great small town in ...

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J.Lo Jennifer Lopez Getting A Chocolate Fix at Kilwin’s in Hendersonville NC

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Sweets for the sweet of course, so J.Lo had to stop by Kilwin’s Chocolates in Hendersonville North Carolina to get some! It’s the perfect spot to satisfy any sweet tooth. Here she is pictured with several of the great employees at this location. Kilwin’s also has a location in Downtown Asheville NC. Here is the ...

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Jennifer Lopez J.Lo Spotted at Renzo’s Ristorante in Hendersonville NC

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The Dirty Dancing movie crew is out and about in Western North Carolina. Tonight Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Scherzinger, Bruce Greenwood and several more were spotted at Renzo’s Ristorante in Downtown Hendersonville NC! Here is the original post from Facebook: Lots of stuff happening in Hendersonville North Carolina nowadays, including the launch of AskHendersonville soon!

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Long Lost Family finds Abby The Spoon Lady in Asheville after 35 Years Missing

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This is such exciting news! Many of you know Abby The Spoon Lady of Asheville as she is involved in so many aspects of our community. From busking on the streets of downtown Asheville, to working with a radio channel in the area, to being featured in the Only in Asheville book, and so much ...

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Amazing Dinner by Chef Justin Burdette at Local Provisions

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Foreword: When we first heard about Local Provisions opening in downtown Asheville, we were not that quick to try it out. They did not initiate a giant marketing campaign, and the buzz was not that heavy. But after eating there recently, we now want to change that. We finally got the chance to stop in ...

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Now Casting: Asheville Grandmas for Food Network’s “Clash of the Grandmas”

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Food Network is NOW CASTING for the Clash of the Grandmas! Asheville has lots of great cooks, and grandmas in the area; so lets get them entered and win this competition.

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Amazing Lunch at Strada in Downtown Asheville

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While working on a video shoot with the G Social Media crew in downtown Asheville, we ended up on the upper level of the Social Lounge. If you have never been to there, it is a 2-story craft cocktail bar with a rooftop area to eat, drink and be merry. The food at this place ...

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Lunch at the Universal Joint in West Asheville

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While making our rounds around town the other day, we decided to eat lunch at The Universal Joint in West Asheville. It was getting warm out and we could see several folks already sitting on the patio area. So we wanted to join them, right under the Cherry Blossom tree with a light wind blowing ...

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8 Downtown Asheville Stops You Must See

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There are a lot of things to do in Downtown Asheville. From one street to another, you are surrounded by new scenes, architecture, places to eat, breweries, shopping, and some great photography opportunities. The Flat Iron Building in Downtown Asheville is a gorgeous piece of architecture, and surrounded by plenty of shopping and restaurants including ...

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An Asian Food Feast at Red Ginger Dim Sum in Asheville

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I thought I knew what Chinese food was my whole life. I mean I grew up in New York City and there was a little Chinese food takeout spot every couple of blocks. It was great because we could grab a pint of Pork Fried Rice, just like we did a Slice of Pizza, and ...

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4 Asheville Tacos You Most Definitely Need To Meet & Eat

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Tacos are taking over Asheville North Carolina. It all started out years ago when a few burrito and taco shops opened. Then a couple of food trucks came on the scene with some tasty tacos. After that, several restaurants started offering craft cuisine style tacos as entrees. Then White Duck came and sort of perfected ...

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Welcome to Fabulous Weaver-Vegas

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Letters from Asheville and Beyond: A Fictional Journey into Western North Carolina by Ellen J. Perry. Part Four: “Welcome to Fabulous Weaver-Vegas” dedicated to Abigail Hickman, Wanda Wilson, and Connie Wilson. Dear Nicky, You know how I like to be spontaneous. Well, me and Shelby ventured out of Asheville on the spur of the moment today and found Weaverville, the ...

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Asheville on $10.00 a Day

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Asheville and its surrounding mountainous border has much to see and enjoy. But what if you only have $10.00 in your pocket to “enjoy” the sights, sounds, smells, and secret treasures? How would you spend $10.00 during one fun-filled afternoon? That’s the question we posed to local residents on a particularly snowy winter afternoon. Their ...

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Football, Wings & More at Wild Wing Cafe Asheville

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The other night we wanted to get out for a few, and we wanted to see some football. I guess you can say that we are not sports fans, but knowing that the Carolina Panthers have come this far calls for us to celebrate right along with it. I grew up in a home where ...

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Hungry Man Takes a Bite Out of Asheville!

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Hungry Man’s Guide has been making trips to Asheville a lot lately. Maria had the privilege of catching up with him the other day to talk about Savannah, Asheville, business, and food of course. Then he got hungry, the meeting abruptly ended, and he ran off to eat. Here are some of his recent adventures: ...

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One Day One Night Trip To Charlotte NC

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We recently decided to take a trip to Charlotte North Carolina, which is about 2 hours away from Asheville NC. We had a little celebrating to do, but also had a business meeting to attend. The first thing we asked ourselves is “where are we going to stay?” We searched a bunch of hotel and ...

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Unique Asheville Locations to Host Your Child’s Next Birthday Party

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Planning a young child’s birthday party can be, well, stressful. All of the mini-details from party theme to invites, along with securing a safe, fun and affordable party space can all add up to be down-right overwhelming. So why not think out-of-the-box the next time a celebration is upon you? Get Creative and Artsy Does ...

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A Bold Rock Hard Cider Party in Mills River NC

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As you already know, Cider is on the rise here in Western North Carolina. And not only here, but all across the United States. Bold Rock Hard Cider has been on the scene for several years and has recently opened up a new distribution facility and taproom in Mills River NC, about 20 minutes from ...

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Korean Barbecue in Downtown Asheville

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When I first heard of Korean Barbecue, I was on a six city tour of China. Coming from Asheville, also known as Barbecue City USA; I simply thought that Korean Barbecue was barbecue pork with some type of Asian bbq sauce on the side. Boy was I wrong. I went to this place, and they ...

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Dinner at the Noodle Shop in Downtown Asheville

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The Noodle Shop in downtown Asheville is one of those few places in the area that serves real Chinese cuisine. And believe me, we have been to them all at one time or another. The restaurant is small, tight and cozy; reminding me of the little hole-in-the-wall Chinese food takeout spots in New York City ...

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A Visit To Chimney Rock

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My husband has a brochure problem. Every stinkin’ time we are in a hotel on one of our many adventures, he looks for a brochure display and gets himself a thick stack of them to familiarize himself with the highlights of the area. The car is full of them. Three years in a row he picked up ...

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10 Waterfalls to Visit Near Asheville, NC

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Hooker Falls – Located in DuPost State Forest. The easy hiking trail has made it one of the most popular waterfalls in the area. From the main parking lot, use the trail to the right and follow the signs to reach the falls. The trail is about a quarter of a mile. Upon getting close ...

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Professional Athlete Manteo Mitchell Moves To Asheville

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My name is Manteo Mitchell. I was born in Shelby, North Carolina; raised in Mooresboro, North Carolina. I am a Professional Athlete. My sport is Track & Field, although it is often referred to Athletics. I am also an Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Model, and my most favorite job — a full-time family man and father. Being ...

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6 Amazing Outdoor Spots in the Asheville Area

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Blue Ridge Mountains – These mountains provide for a calm and amazing atmosphere. On a clear day, it is obvious where the name originates from. The Blue Ridge Mountains features many summits with plenty of trails to choose from. Catawba Falls – Located only 20 minutes from Asheville, this waterfall is an attraction that is ...

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27 Things Asheville Is Known For

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Asheville is just one of those places that gets known for its specialties. Many of these things were not planned, they just happened. Here are 27 Things Asheville Is Known For, many of which you most definitely want to experience. [youtube id=”YOE7N6fpNRU”] 1. Mountains – they call us the land of the sky, a mountain ...

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The Asheville Chocolate Tour Guide

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Chocolate is becoming one of the great things Asheville is known for. Along with the foodie and restaurant scene exploding in the area; snacks, desserts and chocolates come right along with it. We did some research online, and did you know that there is a “Chocolate Academy” you can attend? There is not one in ...

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Ambient Autumn in Appalachia

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Mornings first rays greet a frozen foliage wonderland that’s dressed in it’s Sunday best, waiting for Mother Nature to sever her ties. Ah it is Autumn at last. The stink bugs are disappearing, and on occasion one can see her breath. Snow is just around the corner. Neighborhoods are buzzing with trick-or-treat plans, and dads ...

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Grabbing a bite to eat at Mayfel’s in downtown Asheville

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Since we live in Asheville, we find ourselves complaining sometimes that there is no place to eat. Of course we live in a land of plentiful eateries, but after living here for awhile, we are always on the lookout for new places to try. And that is sometimes a gamble. When you visit a new restaurant, you ...

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Asheville Cider at Urban Orchard on Haywood Rd

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We had not really gotten on the cider wagon. Living in Asheville nowadays, you gravitate to craft beer for the most part. And rightly so. After Beer City USA happened, the craft drinking scene in our community was embedded in our hearts and souls, which led to our mouths and down our throats. Along with that, ...

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Oink Oink Farm To Table at Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville

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It doesn’t take much to find a good place to eat in Asheville; but when it comes to a great place, sometimes you just have to stumble upon it. We were jumping around town the other day from meeting to meeting, when Nathan from Heartland Payment Systems asked us to meet with him and Ed ...

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Asheville is just one BIG Hippie Festival!

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It doesn’t take long for someone to walk around downtown Asheville and notice just how many hippies are out and about around town. And it is not just your average hippie either. As we had mentioned in our Asheville Hippie article years ago, there are many types of hippies around town. We have just touched ...

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Top 25 Restaurants In Asheville According To TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor has become our first choice when looking for a place to stay, eat, or go to in Asheville or any city we end up in. Urbanspoon was a close second, but since they have sold out to Zomato, things just have not been the same. We rarely visit Yelp anymore, but I have to ...

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Aerial Photos of Asheville from the Helicopter

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We recently made friends with Queen City Helicopters on Twitter. After seeing some of their beautiful aerial photography of the Asheville and WNC area, we had to share it with you. So here it is…    

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Asheville Craft Cocktails

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Craft Cocktails are taking Asheville North Carolina by storm! There are cocktails; and then there are craft cocktails. You can get a cocktail just about anywhere that has a wet bar. But a craft cocktail doesn’t come so easy. There are many wonderful places in Asheville area to get a well made cocktail. It is not ...

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New Eatery in South Asheville – Abeja’s House Cafe

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The Asheville Foodie Movement is not only taking over downtown Asheville, but everywhere you look… North, South, East, West and even the outskirts of Buncombe County; delicious eateries are popping up left and right. While passing by one of our favorite wine shops, Table Wine of south Asheville, we noticed that Abeja’s House Cafe is getting ...

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Great Times At NC Apple Fest 2015

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We decided not to wait a day or two, so we took a ride out to beautiful Hendersonville North Carolina to visit the North Carolina Apple Fest downtown on Main Street. Yes, it should go without saying, but we were surrounded by tons of apples just about everywhere we looked. And not only that. We ...

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An Italian Feast in Asheville North Carolina

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Italian food was not that easy to find years ago in Asheville. Everything from pizza to amazing cuisine, as the years passed, the options became more and more. Many of the folks that owned these restaurants were from out of town, some having the New York connection. I remember years ago, a place named Savoy ...

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Asheville Named #1 Hippie Hideout in America

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Sure enough, in Asheville we are known for our hippies. Some have labeled us Hippie City USA, and others call Asheville… One Big Hippie Fest. I recently read on Twitter where someone said they finally found out where all of the hippies have gone, referring to Asheville North Carolina. Either way, if you have even ...

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Told He Would Never Walk, Now Running Spartan Race Asheville

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Everyday is training day for Dustin Scoggins, 40 of Cliffside, NC. His sights are set on the Spartan Race in Asheville on August 29th. Born with Cerebral Palsy effecting mainly his lower extremities, he was told he would never walk, run, or ride a bicycle, he did all those things. For good measure, he also ...

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Asheville Ranks #10 In America For World’s Best Cities

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Travel & Leisure has just released their “World’s Best Cities” list, and guess what? Asheville is the #10 City in America. Oh, and this also includes cities in Canada. There are so many reasons for this… the culture, the beer, the food, the people, the great outdoors, and the reasons go on and on. And ...

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Asheville – Something’s Horsey Around Here

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Asheville has a thing for horses. When I first moved here, I was traveling down Reems Creek in Weaverville, and it was as if someone had literally stolen the pavement. I am talking about driving down a dirt and gravel road. And no sidewalks either. Can you believe that??? I surely couldn’t. At the time ...

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New “Only In Asheville” Book Now Available

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Today is an exciting day as Marla Hardee Milling has released her new book entitled “Only In Asheville” which features so many amazing things about Asheville North Carolina, our weirdness, our quirkiness, our… ways! And featuring so many wonderful folks in the community. You can find “Only In Asheville” on Facebook. The book was published ...

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Spending Time With Friends In The Mountains

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Remember the days when “getting away” was all we did. Nature, water, hiking, enjoying the great outdoors. We had lots of time on our hands, and spent it carefree; in moments that would never be revisited. We made friends, we lost friends, we had our ups and downs. We lived, we played, we lost, we ...

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Hot Chicken in Asheville NC

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I was never really into Hot Chicken. That was until a friend of mine brought over some wings from Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack in west Asheville, and with some New Belgium 1554 to go along with it. Wow! Unlike my friends, I am not into too much spice, or trying to beat the next man ...

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