Born in Argentina, Laura is a journalist who's lived in Asheville for 10 years. She loves all things Asheville, from the vast business scene to the beautiful nonprofits, magical people, and marvelous nature. She loves being involved in projects that are the change she wants to see in the world.

  • The Best Restaurants in Asheville, NC
    Wining & Dining

    A Local’s Favorite 16 Restaurants in Asheville, NC

    Oh boy, it’s hard to pick only a few of Asheville’s best restaurants – there are too many! Our city is known for its outstanding food scene and farm-to-table dining, with many restaurants sourcing fresh ingredients from local farms and producers. Asheville also embraces a collaborative spirit among chefs, farmers, brewers, and artisans. You’ll often find chefs working together to host joint dinners, where they showcase their talents and celebrate our region’s bounty. Festivals, pop-ups, food trucks, tastings, tours, and amazing farmers’ markets add to the mix of top-notch Asheville culinary experiences. Overall, Asheville’s food scene is a dynamic mix of tradition, innovation, and sustainability. Whether you’re craving Southern comfort…

  • Complete Guide to Lake Powhatan in Asheville, North Carolina
    Attractions,  Family Friendly,  The Great Outdoors

    Complete Guide to Asheville’s Lake Powhatan

    Lake Powhatan Recreation Area and Campground is an awesome and popular area for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and camping. It borders the 6,000-acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest (the oldest in the East, established in 1927) in the Pisgah National Forest. And the best news? It’s only 12 miles from downtown Asheville!  It’s the perfect family-friendly spot to spend a day playing by the water, exploring the easy trails, or camping, making it the base of your Asheville trip. The seven-acre lake has a sandy swimming beach, a fishing pier, and forested areas hosting a campground with 97 sites for tents and RVs, with glamping options.  Bent Creek Experimental Forest, at…

  • A Seasonal Guide to the Weather in Asheville, North Carolina
    Community

    A Seasonal Guide to the Weather in Asheville

    One of the most attractive features of Asheville is its mild climate, which consists of four distinct seasons. During winter, snowfall is rare and it typically doesn’t surpass 11 inches. Green, sunny, and rainy springs are followed by glorious summers. July and August are the warmest months, although the highest temperature rarely goes beyond 90°F. And needless to say, our falls are simply magnificent! While this is the official weather report, there are some subtle variations; I recently saw a fun and accurate meme mentioning the 12 seasons of Asheville: So, please don’t be fooled and come prepared!  Remember that Asheville is at 2,165 feet. It’s always better to dress…

  • The Best Places to Spot Animals and Wildlife in Asheville, NC
    Attractions,  Family Friendly

    The 12 Best Places to Spot Animals and Wildlife in Asheville

    I often tell my kids I learned the most important lessons about life from observing animals. From watching birds at the birdfeeder at the Asheville Botanical Gardens to playing with black panthers at the House of Black Cat Magic to goofing around with my dog Dulce de Leche, animals are here to ground us and remind us that there is a natural rhythm of life.  Our area is so rich in wildlife that you don’t need to do much to see and interact with animals in Asheville. For example, it’s not uncommon to walk around North Asheville and encounter black bears, wild turkeys, falcons, and deer in one stroll! The…

  • Fun Things to Do in Asheville with Neurodivergent and Disabled Kids
    Attractions,  Family Friendly

    15 Fun Things to Do in Asheville with Neurodivergent and Disabled Kids

    Asheville strives to be an inclusive community, and each year, new organizations make the “welcome to all” slogan a tangible reality, creating spaces for those with additional needs because of a medical, emotional, or learning difference.  From gyms offering safe sensory experiences for all to special needs farm days, Halloween and holiday events, accessible trails, and supporting shops hiring disabled folks, there are many fun things to do with neurodivergent and disabled kids in Asheville. Differences add so much richness to human diversity. It’s comforting to know that we all have something unique to share with the world, and nobody else has it. Differences bring so much wisdom and love…

  • Guide to Dupont State Forest: Waterfalls and Hiking
    The Great Outdoors,  Surrounding Areas

    A Guide to DuPont State Forest: Waterfalls, Hikes, and More!

    With 10,000 acres of protected land, 86 miles of multiuse trails, mountain views, swimming lakes, and some of the most beautiful waterfall hikes near Asheville, DuPont State Recreational Forest is a favorite destination for outdoor lovers.  The best part? It’s only 40 miles south of Asheville, and there is no admission fee – although you can always make a donation. Although the hike that takes you to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls is one of the main attractions, there are also great opportunities for biking, horseback riding, fishing, lakeside picnicking, and enjoying views from mountaintops. Swimming is one of the most fun things to do in DuPont State…

  • Fun Things to Do with Tweens and Teens in Asheville, NC
    Attractions,  Family Friendly

    18 Fun Things to Do in Asheville with Tweens and Teens

    Asheville is a fun place for tweens and teens. There are so many engaging activities for them to participate in with their families and a few areas where they can explore independently.  They’ll love checking out thrift shops and tea houses, going skateboarding or bike riding, watching movies at an indie theater, or sitting at an urban park enjoying the sunshine and bubble tea. Traveling with teens comes with its own set of rewards and challenges. According to my experience as a mom of two, it’s crucial to involve them in the planning and let them contribute ideas based on their interests. It’s also a great chance for them to…

  • Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas in Asheville, NC
    Attractions,  Wining & Dining

    20 Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas and Activities in Asheville

    There are many fun ways to celebrate a bachelorette party weekend in Asheville. From pole dancing and tarot readings to fantastic spas, drag shows, and outdoor adventures, you will love mixing and matching these activities to create the perfect, unforgettable bachelorette getaway! Having a bachelorette party in Asheville is a growing trend. If you are wondering why, think about an outstanding food scene, a rich nightlife culture, more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, spectacular mountain scenery, lots of shops, and some of the friendliest folks you’ll ever meet. Also, Asheville is small, with a population of less than 100,000, so you will only have to…

  • Uniquely Asheville Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
    Attractions

    14 Uniquely Asheville Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Mothers are rockstars, heroines, and goddesses. We have yet to see when the work of being a mom gets the recognition it deserves: Raising happy humans is the most revolutionary thing we can do to transform the world positively!  Motherhood has been celebrated since ancient times, and every culture has worshiped deities who represented and protected fertility, wombs, childbirth, and the sacred role of the child-rearer.  Modern Mother’s Day festivities are usually held in the spring when life is abundantly blooming everywhere. Our mountains in May are astonishing, and Asheville is a buzzing city with many festivals, markets, and activities, giving hundreds of ideas of how to celebrate Mother’s Day…

  • Fun Things to do for Mother's Day in Asheville, NC
    Attractions

    13 Fun Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Asheville

    Life is blooming everywhere in Asheville in May. Flowers and baby bunnies can be spotted at parks and hiking trails, there are tons of festivals and events, and folks are wearing their brightest smiles because the spring weather has finally settled in. In the middle of it all, we take one day to celebrate the superheroes of our lives: moms! There are infinite ways to honor moms daily, from meaningful Asheville-made gifts to curated tea parties, spa experiences, and epic outdoor adventures. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day in Asheville, ranging from an adventurous hot air balloon ride to a grounding waterfall…

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