Fodor’s Travel: America’s 10 Best River Towns, Featuring Asheville NC!

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Fodor’s Travel Names Asheville as one of America’s 10 Best River Towns! This is a post from back in 2014, but Asheville is only getting better, thanks to the RiverLink organization, and companies like New Belgium doing improvements in the River Arts District. You can read the original article on Fodor’s: America’s 10 Best River Towns.

23 Recent Asheville Videos For You To Watch!

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Asheville videos tell a lot. There is just something about watching a screen that is moving and communicating to you, with little effort on the watcher’s part. YouTube was the undisputed champion when it came to video social media years ago, Vimeo was trailing after, and then there were many other videos sites that have come and gone. Now, Facebook seems to be joining the online video battle with a focus on this form of media. And why not? They already have the audiences in place (including you and me) so all that is left is to offer us something good to see. With that said, here are some Asheville videos that you could watch and experience a little bit of our sweet city!

  1. Rise N Shine Cafe in North Asheville.
  2. Biscuit Head in Asheville NC.
  3. The Hop Ice Creamery.
  4. Asheville Wedding Story.
  5. Asheville Vaping vs Smoking.
  6. North Asheville Yoga at Veda Studios.
  7. Asheville Personal Training at Plank.
  8. Hash House Harriers.
  9. Asheville Mardi Gras – Meet The King & Queen.
  10. Eating Asheville.
  11. West Village Market & Deli.
  12. The Amazing Pubcycle.
  13. Vortex Doughnuts.
  14. Asheville Hip Hop Dance Class.
  15. Asheville Mardi Gras – Second Line Band
  16. Hole Doughnuts.
  17. West Asheville Best Asheville.
  18. Asheville Culinary Program at AB Tech.
  19. Nine Mile Restaurant.
  20. Gan Shan Station.
  21. El Kimchi Food Truck.
  22. Chocolate Gems.
  23. Geraldine’s Bakery.

These Asheville Videos are complements of the G Social Media team.

What To Do: Touring Asheville On A Rainy Day

Asheville is a great city to tour, especially if it is not raining! Of course, sometimes the rain is just wonderful, when we have that perfect Spring or Fall weather, just a few drops lightly misting and falling on us, birds chirping, music playing, and romance in the air. But that is rare. The usual result from rain is that we end up getting wet. We have all experienced it, and getting drenched is no fun at all.

We have put together a list of many places to go and things to do in the area if you ever find yourself in an Asheville downpour:

1. Biltmore Estate – a rainy day in Asheville is the perfect opportunity to spend a few hours on the Estate. You can tour the house, go to a wine tasting, and experience several other activities that are not outdoors. They are located in Historic Biltmore Village, which used to be part of the Estate.

2. Grove Arcade – located in the downtown area of Asheville, this place is the perfect spot to hide until the storm passes over. Shopping, restaurants, wine and more located inside of this historic building. 

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3. Fun Depot – got kids? Or maybe you just want to act like a kid again, escape the rain, and enjoy plenty of indoor activities that they have to offer. They are located up the road from Biltmore Village.

4. Grove Park Inn – this resort located on the north side of town features restaurants, shopping and are always decorated and themed for the holidays. They are located in north Asheville, minutes from downtown.

5. East Asheville Bowling or West Asheville Bowling – there are two bowling alleys, one located on Patton Avenue in west Asheville, and the other on Kenilworth Rd in east Asheville, right off of Tunnel Rd.

6. Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria – located in downtown Asheville, they have pool tables and dart boards on the top level; plus pizza and lots of beer, of course.

7. Double Decker Bus – and right across the street from Barley’s is this landmark bus, which has an upper level that is a great spot on rainy days. Bring a chess table, get some coffee and cake, and listen to the raindrops on the roof in downtown Asheville

8. Bus and Van Tours – there are several fantastic buses and vans in the area that can take you on everything from a history tour, to a brewery crawl, to a bachelor party!

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9.  Asheville Mall – of course the mall has lots of indoor shopping, fun, games and food for your enjoyment. They are located on Tunnel Road in east Asheville.

10. Asheville Pizza Brew & View – on the north side of town on Merrimon Avenue, this establishment is the perfect spot to spend a few hours, with lots of food, beer, movies and a game room.

11. Asheville Art Museum – this place is decked out with 20th and 21st Century American art, and is a one-of-a-kind museum that provides education and culture representative to a 24 county region. They are located in downtown Asheville.

12. Chuck-E-Cheese – this is a spot where the kids like to spend an hour or two playing video games, dancing with that giant mouse, and grabbing a quick bite to eat. Located in east Asheville, right off of Tunnel Road.

13. US Cellular Center – located in downtown Asheville, this venue holds many of the larger events in the community. Wonderful shows, concerts and performances every month.

14. The Orange Peel – the premier music venue in the area, located in downtown Asheville. There are always great shows happening here, and a great place to escape wet weather.

15. Riverview Station – located in the River Arts District, this building is full of artists and crafters who create beautiful handcrafted art, jewelry and more. Several of the shops are open on weekends too, and a great spot to spend a couple of hours indoors.

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16. Arts & Entertainment Options – there are several Performing Arts venues in the Asheville and WNC area to enjoy plays and skits from wonderful performers.

17. Mountain Play Lodge – a great place to take the kids and spend a couple of hours. Located in the south Asheville area.

18. Movie Theaters – there are several movie theaters in the area including the Fine Arts Theatre in downtown Asheville. In East Asheville on Tunnel Road there are 2 other commercial theaters to choose from. Cinebarre in west Asheville is also a discount movie theater that serves beer, wine and food. There is also the Biltmore Grande in south Asheville.

19. Thomas Wolfe Memorial – take a tour of this historic property, and learn about this home written about in the book Look Homeward, Angel.

20. Smith McDowell House Museum – this is Asheville’s 1st mansion, and the oldest surviving structure in the city limits, and listed on the National Registry.

21. Buy an umbrella and walk around Biltmore Village or Downtown Asheville. I know that the Mast General Store on Biltmore Ave has a nice supply of umbrellas waiting to be sold, and it is also a good spot to spend an hour browsing and shopping their big selection.

Do you have some more great ideas for touring Asheville in the rain? Comment and let us know below…

Gold

We live in the technological age where everything is cutting edge and fast paced.  Everything we do seems to be a part of some virtual quilt, with squares made of software, chips, and other small metal things I don’t understand.  Sometimes I long for a purity, a breath in of a simpler time.  I want to go to a place that still smells like the sweat on a farmers brow, or fresh dust from a hand saw.  I want to be part of nature…kind of.  Who am I kidding?  I’m a generation X-er.  Where can I get just a small taste?

My husband actually found that place for me in one his best romantic gestures yet…a horse and carriage ride through downtown Asheville.  I was in awe when I saw the quaint carriage pull up beside me, led by the beautiful horse, Gypsy Gold.  They’d just put the Christmas lights out downtown, and the air was just crisp enough to be comfortably cozy.  I could hear the faint heartbeat of the drum circle in the distance, but was more romanticized by the sax player on the corner cranking out his bluesy rendition of “Winter Wonderland.”

When the horseman helped me on board, my husband handed me a rose and wrapped me in a blanket.  I felt like Cinderella being swept away for a romantic evening, and could feel the other women on the street looking my way.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it. 

As we took off, I took note of the antiquated clip-clop of Gypsy’s shoes against the pavement.  This only grew more charming when he pranced over the cobblestone on Wall Street.  I could smell his horsey musk, but not too much, and could hear the gentle creaking of the wooden carriage.  However, the mixed aromas of Asheville restaurants permeating into the evening air reminded me I was still in our artsy civilization.  I was viewing these 19th and early 20th century buildings from the transportation they were first seen from, getting a taste of what once was.  However, I noted the modern hustle and bustle they were now pregnant with…oh what a yummy juxtaposition our Asheville is.

The three quarters of an hour spent on the horse was perfect.  It was cozy, romantic, historical, and yet the perfect ambassador of modern-day Asheville.  It’s a must-see attraction for locals and tourists alike.  Sometimes experiencing old and new together is the best way to do it.  This tour is  a home-run, and reflective of the adorable horse’s name.  This tour is simply gold…nice, slow, easy, gold.

On the Carriage!

On the Carriage!

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For more information on this tour visit http://www.ashevillehorseandcarriagetours.com

 




Asheville Area Halloween Season! 5 Places To Check Out

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Asheville kind of thinks of Halloween as a national holiday. When you think about it; there is not a time when dressing up in a costume is not acceptable. You can come to Asheville any time of the year and catch people in their favorite Superhero outfit. But around this time of the year, just about everyone gets involved. Costumes, candy, fall festivals, trick or treating and lots of fun! Wait until you see my costume!

Lots of folks are asking what to do during the Halloween Month in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Here are a few options:

1. Haunted Asheville – Joshua P. Warren will take you on a ghost hunt tour of the area!

2. Pinhead’s Graveyard in Canton NC – Meet the real Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 this year at the graveyard!

3. The Haunted Farm in Hendersonville NC – The Woods, Farm and Haunted Hayride around the legend of the Livelys and the Tates!

4. LaZoom Haunted Comedy Bus Tour of Asheville NC – A funny and scary haunted tour all in one!

5. Ghost Hunters of Asheville NC – Several haunted touring options in the area for you to choose from!

Who would have thought that terror could be this much fun?!!