About 90 miles north of Greenville, South Carolina you’ll find a progressive, small, inviting, and quite interesting city. Asheville, North Carolina is something that has to be experienced, while, I will try to explain it to you as best as possible, there is something about Asheville (love it or hate it) that needs to be experienced. I personally love Asheville, the air is crisp, the people are friendly, and the food is heavenly.
I know The Biltmore is probably what everyone knows Asheville for, however, I really wanted to focus on Downtown Asheville, it is growing exponentially, and attention needs to be paid to this growing city.
I recently visited Asheville on my way to Knoxville, Tennessee and the Friday afternoon I was there the streets were busy with local musicians waiting to be discovered, families enjoying a nice cool Autumn afternoon, and many college-age students such as myself shopping and drinking in the city. While Asheville may be known as a “hippie city” I find it to be rather refreshing. A city tucked in the Bible belt that is progressive, yet understanding of everyone’s beliefs, as well as non-judgmental, and just plain fun.
There are various local shops all around Asheville that one could spend countless hours and even more money. I personally love to go into the many art galleries and talk to the artists who created the work, and find out what inspired them. There is always a great story behind the most simple of pieces. If you are looking for trendy, yet reasonably priced jewelry, accessories, and clothes Frock Women’s Boutique in the heart of downtown is a great place to find an outfit for a night on the town. For the guys looking to spend some cash on local Asheville wear, check out the always popular Urban Outfitters, and the Mast General Store, both have unique finds & Asheville specific clothing.
Now, let’s get to the most important part; the FOOD. Asheville at least in my mind is kind of known for their food. I mean I am sure that can be argued, but after all, they gave the world Tupelo Honey Cafe, among other various restaurants we have come to know and love. Tucked away on a picturesque street corner right next to Aloft Hotel is The Blackbird Restaurant. The Blackbird is a chic, fairly large, open, and rustic restaurant. They offer everything from bar bites, to large plates, to nibbles. I have always sat at the bar and gotten a great glass of rosé, or pinot grigio per the bartender’s recommendation.
Asheville isn’t just a bunch of olé hippies like your parents say, while I am sure that you could find some if you just kept an eye out, Asheville is a welcoming, ever-growing city. Tucked in the North Carolina mountains, Asheville is perfect for a Fall or Winter getaway with friends, family, or just a relaxing day for yourself.
Hi, I’m Tyler Center; I was born and raised in Greenville, SC. I have seen first hand how this town has grown and improved for the past 20+ years. As a lover of Greenville, I find great pleasure in trying new restaurants and bars around town.