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Cucina 24

brick fireplace for making Pizzas

Posted by on December 10, 2014

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Cucina 24 can be found snuggled in a glass and brick face encasement located on Wall Street in our downtown. The feeling is rather urban with a nice warmth created by hardwood floors and brick walls as you either flow down a walkway on the far left or take the steps to the dining/bar area located slightly recessed to the read more...

Grove Arcade

Inside shopping, residence venue showing lighted businesses on both sides and staircases to the upper floors. Marble floor and glass ceiling with natural light.

Posted by on November 19, 2014

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E.W. Grove, responsible for the construction of Grove Arcade, arrived in Asheville in 1898 and was enamored of all the area had to offer. Asheville, long noted by doctors across the United States, had a well established reputation for clean, healthy mountain air and Grove, a sufferer from bronchitis as well as insomnia, had come on orders from his own read more...

The Bull and Beggar

Front Door with name Bull and Begger

Posted by on October 7, 2014

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This dining establishment is one of our newer Asheville eateries, circa 2013. Found neatly tucked into the River Arts District, next to Wedge Brewing Company, lending it an adjacent revelry as beer samplers enjoy laughs and a few beers more on picnic tables right next door. Of note, from both an artistic perspective and also getting a high A in read more...

Chestnut

A plate with Roast Turkey sandwich and fries

Posted by on September 8, 2014

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When Kevin and Joe, the owners of Corner Kitchen, a favorite Biltmore Village dining spot decided to spread their wings and fly to downtown Asheville opening a second restaurant, Chestnut, Asheville locals were both confident and thrilled. Most of us had already enjoyed the awesome food and ambiance they’d created in their Biltmore Avenue location and anxiously awaited the morphing of read more...

The Craggy Gardens

looking at Blue Sky, White Pillowing Clouds,and Lush Green Mountains

Posted by on August 5, 2014

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We have lived in Asheville a long time and this special place, 24 miles northeast of our city, is an absolute favorite. Folks choose Craggy Gardens for a day hike for good reason. The views are astounding providing an opportunity for photographs of a lifetime. The Asheville Watershed is beautifully visible from the Visitors Center parking lot. For Rock Hounds-Craggy read more...

Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse

Long buffet with black marble counters housing all kinds of choices for sides.

Posted by on July 8, 2014

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If I were to be in search of carnivore heaven-I would need look no further than Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse. The location this dining establishment took over was an old favorite of mine (Magnolia’s) so I was most anxious to visit and see what they’d done with the space. It was a complete transformation and the enhancement both fits the space read more...

La Zoom Tours

Purple sided bus with yellow letters at top reading LaZoom

Posted by on June 4, 2014

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Everyone living in Asheville is aware of the Purple Bus that is the hallmark of La Zoom Tours. That crazy bus served as the premier introduction to my beloved Asheville. While in search of a parking place in the Grove Arcade area, trying hard not to run over any pedestrians I noted what appeared to be a Nun running along read more...

The Drum Circle

People beating drums with other people dancing having a great time

Posted by on May 8, 2014

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In Asheville music is king! For some, this may take the form of the Asheville Symphony, The Asheville Symphony Chorus, some drop-by performing artist thrilling the locals with a stop at Diana Wortham Theatre or the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club- but all of these venues come at a price. Or, in celebration of the common folk or read more...

Fired Up! Creative Lounge

Sign inside store reads Fired-Up!

Posted by on April 5, 2014

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Art is vibrant, interpretive, original, speaks to the soul, home grown, and completely personal. It’s those last 3 descriptive terms that can best describe your experience at Fired Up! Creative Lounge. This is a hand’s on studio located in downtown that provides an opportunity for you to become the artist. Various art exploration is available and it is encouraged. Paint read more...

French Broad Chocolates

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Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Do you have an 1-1/2 hours on a Saturday at 2:00 p.m. by appointment to explore your inner chocolate loving child? Somehow, though the question begged to be asked, I am thinking there will not be even one soul who declines this delightful opportunity now available in Asheville for the chocoholics among us. Those of us lucky enough to call read more...

Fire on The Rock Competition

Peach colored walls with red lettering of the Strado Italiano restaurant

Posted by on March 5, 2014

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Food is “on fire” in Asheville. The richness of our culinary scene is multi dimensional with many contributing factors. Our location is rich in agricultural assets and our farming community is knowledgeable, cohesive and constantly striving to increase product yield and quality while still being mindful of the end user. Many grow organically in our region. There is a commonality read more...

Battery Park Book Exchange Champagne Bar

interior of bookstore

Posted by on February 3, 2014

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Every once in a while a place of comfort, calm, camaraderie, hospitality and joie de vivre invites your presence for a short but hopefully exquisite moment in time. In addition to all the aforementioned sterling qualities, the serene influence of our canine friends can also be found at Battery Park Book Exchange Champagne Bar. That’s right, it’s tantamount to heaven read more...

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

sprawling green lawn leading to stately white home

Posted by on December 31, 2013

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If you, like I, have spent time actually residing in places that were official tourist destinations you’ll likely admit that many of the places others flock to your area to see never make your own acquaintance. Many things factor into this phenomenon. Largely, I think it is because you actually live there. You’ll get to these tourist icons at some read more...

The Rumbough House

Yellow house with white trim and wooden doors

Posted by on October 11, 2013

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The Rumbough House, located in the historic district of Asheville, North Carolina, sits alone on a hill on Zillicoa Street. Few looking at it would guess the history of this fine home. Architecturally, it possesses variant elements of design all uniquely conjoined to create this beauty. Queen Anne Revival and also Neoclassical designs are noted. James H. Rumbough built this read more...

Highland Hospital and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s Last Stop

HIghland Hospital, brick building with white columns and white trim

Posted by on October 11, 2013

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Highland Hospital, located in the Montford Historic District of Asheville, has a storied past. Asheville’s treatment center for psychiatric patients was formerly located in the downtown area of Asheville operating under the name of Dr. Carroll’s Sanitorium-the namesake of its primary physician Robert S. Carroll. In 1912, it was renamed Highland Hospital. At a time in this country when mental read more...

Riverside Cemetery

Photo of cemetery's green lawn and headstones

Posted by on October 10, 2013

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Riverside Cemetery was created in 1885. Since its inception it has functioned as the final resting place for Asheville citizens, initially at least, for the most prominent among them. We have owned our bed and breakfast in Montford for over 15 years and this 87 acre plot of land that serves as the final resting place for so many is, read more...

Chestnut Hill Salon & Spa

exterior of chestnut hill salon & spa

Posted by on September 16, 2013

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Ask any women who finds herself having to undertake a significant change of residence what her main worry is superceding even the choice of her personal physician or dentist. The answer might surprise you when she likely mentions her “hair person.” This choice is made carefully and it is a considered one. Many factors influence this choice not the least read more...

Rezaz Restaurant & Wine Bar

Oval white plate filled with a corn and pea vegetable medeley under a grilled sea bass filete

Posted by on August 12, 2013

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The occasion was very special to my heart. Long ago, 1963 to be exact, my sister and friend made her entrance into my world. You guessed it, the 50th birthday celebration. Though Rezaz Restaurant & Wine Bar has had a presence in Asheville for quite some time, we had only been there twice before. It opened in Asheville in the read more...

The North Carolina Arboretum

Small section of green bonsai trees in a ceramic dish with moss and a stone in the dish as well.

Posted by on July 12, 2013

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For those with a passion for nature, there is no finer place to visit than The North Carolina Arboretum. Some of the really fine forest based hiking locations are a bit out of Asheville proper. This Asheville treasure is close in, easily accessible, suitable for ability levels of all kinds with something of interest for everyone. It is a perfect read more...

Fine Arts Theatre

Horizontal view of Downtown Asheville's Fine Arts Theatre, cream colored with dual glass blocks incorporated in structure, art deco, marquee indicating what is playing and times shown.

Posted by on May 30, 2013

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A fine film can offer a great respite from a rainy or blustery, cold day in my world. I love to spend a few hours enveloped in the dark wonder of a movie theatre letting the magic of the films story offer imaginary transport to places I may never see or provide perfect access to the lives of interesting characters, read more...

Stonebowl Korean Restaurant

Round bowl filled with white rice, square white plate with glazed asian stir fry on large green lettuce leaf and silver fork.

Posted by on May 15, 2013

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This trendy place, decked out in red and dark wood housing both booth or table options is located in an out of the way strip center you would absolutely drive past preserving its anonymity unless directed there. Asheville, noted for its diversity of cuisine choice, finds Stonebowl its first Korean dining location. It is authentic Korean cuisine, fresh veggie packed read more...

The Basilica of Saint Lawrence

Beige and brown brick domed ceiling with stained glass arched windows ringing the walls of the basilica.

Posted by on April 28, 2013

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This Basilica is an Asheville landmark and its popularity transcends the confines of any specific faith welcoming all visitors to our area. St. Lawrence’s is an architectural achievement featuring the largest elliptical dome in North America spanning 58′ X 82′. Seeking to understand what exactly this means it was explained that each installed piece exerts equal pressure on itself hence read more...

Asheville Tailgate Market

Bright, multi-colored socks and hand woven small garments on table with sky-blue fabric sign reading Daisy Hill Farm

Posted by on April 28, 2013

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Everyone has their personal definition of when the oppressive blanket of winter has officially lifted, but mine is the opening of the Tailgate Markets. There is a joie de vivre permeating the air, redolent with fragrances of cinnamon from the fresh treats, rosemary-garlic wafting up from fresh baked breads and the invigorating scents of herbs. Music weaves its magic powers read more...

At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn

Exterior of two story victorian inn with green shingle and clapboard siding with white trim around windows and porch, green foliage around house.

Posted by on April 15, 2013

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On a quiet hill in the historic district of Asheville, North Carolina, this inn has stood gracefully since its construction in 1902. Its warm, two story Victorian architecture and the sparkling sounds of a pineapple fountain welcome guests to the front door. Stepping into the quilted maple foyer offers a glimpse of a more gracious time harkening back to the read more...

Pomodoros Greek and Italian Cafe

1-story white building with bright red french doors and outside patio with green table umbrellas and sign reading Pomodoros

Posted by on April 15, 2013

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In the realm of comfort food land, no one does it quite like the Italians except possibly the Greeks and no worries, this place has that covered too. Located, as are many culinary jewels in Asheville, quietly closeted in a strip center this cafe definitely falls in the off-the-beaten-path category. Serving lunch, Sunday brunch and dinner their offerings are top read more...

Patti Wiles

Posted by on April 12, 2013

Location: Asheville, NC Since: 1999 – – We wanted to return to a four season climate and Asheville delivers. While not having to dig out of 6 feet of snow, it has four seasons each more lovely than the last. They tell me I should work for the Chamber of Commerce and likely my long standing love affair with Asheville read more...

Cecilia’s Kitchen

Golden brown crepe pancake wrapped around creamy yellow scrambled eggs, parsley, tomatoes and melted feta cheese.

Posted by on April 10, 2013

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Looking for a delicious and nutritious as well as convenient place to have lunch in the presence of a convivial hostess? Look no further than the culinary skills of Cecilia at Cecelia’s Kitchen. The moment you enter Cecilia’s, the warm, sunshine soul of her homeland Argentina, coupled with her winning smile and desire to help you find something on her read more...

Universal Joint

Sunny outside patio seating at a restaurant with pale blue painted brick, and people eating food and walking around.

Posted by on April 9, 2013

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Are you a hamburger meister like we are, and hard to please? Do you struggle to find as good a burger as the one you grill at home? Get thee to the garage like structure in quirky West Asheville known to locals as Universal Joint. Yes, it was once a real live working garage providing car repair. Now see wooden read more...