Olympian Ryan Lochte Visits Asheville, Gets Warned About Robberies

Ryan Lochte in Asheville NC

Just recently during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, Ryan Lochte and three of his friends were robbed, or so we believed according to the story he told us. But when the dust settled, and the videos were shown, a whole different story was told. Ends up, Ryan flat out lied to the authorities, made Team USA seem dishonest, and made Brazil out to be worse than it actually was. I guess he fed into the warning about how dangerous it was over there, needed some attention, and made up a “Poor Ryan” victim story.

After everything was said and done, what does Ryan do? He escapes to Asheville for a few days of relaxation at the Omni Grove Park Inn with his babe. He then tweets a photo, someone calls him out as being at the GPI in Asheville, and @AshevilleLife on Twitter warns him to be careful. And we all know how this story could unfold. He was relaxing in his room when he decided to go right down the hall to the ice machine. Next thing you know he is surrounded by 4 rich white dudes who drag him down to Elaine’s in the basement, take his money, and force him to dance on top of the piano half naked. After hours of being tormented by these men, they let him go, and he runs back to his room to be comforted by his honey. She calls APD, and the next thing you know a few brothers are going to jail.

Not this time Ryan Lochte, this is Asheville and we have big eyes on you! Hahaha

The Travelocity Roaming Gnome is Coming to Asheville

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Exciting times this week as the Travelocity Roaming Gnome brings tidings of great joy to Asheville, North Carolina. Our community is making so much good noise around the world, that he simply had to come by to experience it for himself. And we at AskAsheville.com are thrilled to be his local guide for his visit, making sure he sees all of the area’s best sights. 

He will roam about with us for three days: sampling the cuisine, taking in our area’s natural beauty and documenting every moment of his visit on Instagram and Twitter.

And with so many things to do in Asheville and the western North Carolina area, you’re probably wondering just what will be on his agenda.

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First up: food. The Roaming Gnome can’t be expected to properly gallivant about without fueling up his belly. And there is so much incredible local cuisine on all ends of the WNC community that a foodie tour is definitely in order. He will not miss out on a single tasty morsel! 

After all that food, he’s sure to be thirsty. So we’re taking him to sample some flights at Asheville’s great area breweries. We want to give him a proper taste of the awesome Asheville beer scene, so don’t be surprised if you spot him downing a pint down the bar from you.

And you can’t explore Asheville without stopping by the Biltmore Estate. The Roaming Gnome will be taking a tour of the epic mansion, sipping some vino in their tasting room and maybe even canoeing. (Paddling is not his forte, but he’s up for anything.)

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R&R is also on the itinerary, with a soothing visit to the Grove Park Inn. If anyone can loosen up the stiffness in a cement statue, it would be their masseuses. 

Plus, we’ll be hitting up The Orange Peel for an authentic Asheville music experience.

But above all, the Roaming Gnome is the sort of fellow who likes to fly by the seat of his underknickers. So keep your eyes peeled. You might catch him dancing to the drum beat at Asheville’s Drum Circle, scarfing down breakfast at the best morning spots, or perusing pottery in the River Arts district. You just never know!

He’s arriving soon, so if you want to keep up with all his Asheville adventures, make sure you follow him @RoamingGnome on Twitter and @RoamingGnome on Instagram.