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.

  • 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…

  • Excellent Team-Building Experiences in Asheville
    Attractions,  Community

    13 Excellent Team-Building Experiences in Asheville

    Are you looking for the perfect team-building adventure in Asheville? We’ve got you covered! Trying to figure out the ideal experience for your group can be overwhelming, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the best in town. Scheduling regular team-building experiences is essential. They bring people together in a new environment to do exciting things and help create a more relaxed atmosphere and a positive group culture. They break down barriers to foster communication and build trust among members.  The first step is to find out what you’re looking for. Are you seeking a simple, fun outing to break the ice and deepen the bonds between your team?…

  • Best LGBTQIA+-Owned Businesses in Asheville, North Carolina
    Wining & Dining,  Attractions

    12 Must-Visit LGBTQ+-Owned Businesses in Asheville

    Supporting LGBTQ+ businesses is one of the most influential ways to create more inclusive and diverse communities. We all need to shop for things, so why not do it intentionally to make the change we want to see in the world?  When purchasing goods or services from an LGBTQ+-owned business, you are creating an economic impact – which is great in a community that might face workplace discrimination – and a social impact by fostering a culture of acceptance and a more diverse society.   Spending your money at an LGBTQ+-owned business creates more jobs within the community of gay people and allies. It also increases representation, visibility, and the feeling…

  • The Best Picnic Spots in Asheville, NC
    Family Friendly,  Attractions

    The 9 Best Picnic Spots in Asheville

    Having a picnic is one of the easiest, most fun things to do with your friends, family, date, or even your dogs. And lucky for us, there are so many excellent picnic spots in Asheville! Whether you’re looking for a park by the river, a super fun playground, spring blooms, a perfect sunset spot, or a huge mansion surrounded by 8,000 acres of gardens with impressive fall foliage, Asheville has it all! You can get snacks at the grocery store, make your own, or stop by City Bakery or OWL Bakery for sandwiches and pastries. Grab a picnic basket from The Rhu or a charcuterie box from South Slope Cheese…

  • The Best Waterfall Hikes Around Asheville, NC
    The Great Outdoors,  Surrounding Areas

    The 10 Best Waterfall Hikes Near Asheville

    Asheville’s surroundings offer infinite hiking opportunities, including many that will lead you to cascading waterfalls. Hiking to get to one of the many waterfalls near Asheville is always a fun adventure, and nothing beats a picnic in the sunshine while listening to the falls and taking in the view.  The 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest is home to many of the area’s most famous waterfalls (including Sliding Rock and Looking Glass Falls), swimming holes, and hiking trails. And over in DuPont State Forest, you’ll find six astonishing waterfalls, including some that have been featured in Hollywood movies.  The landscapes surrounding these waterfalls change with the seasons, giving excellent photo ops year-round.…

  • Easter in Asheville: The Best Activities and Events
    Community,  Family Friendly

    Easter in Asheville: The 12 Best Activities and Events

    Easter is among the most celebrated holidays in the United States and worldwide. It recounts the resurrection of Jesus and is also an occasion to mark the return of spring, warmth, and life after the winter months.  In addition to its religious meaning, Easter has become a secular celebration with various traditions, including the Easter Bunny, Easter eggs and treats, festive meals, and family reunions. Traveling to Asheville for Easter is always a great idea! Early spring temperatures range from the 50s to 70s, with lots of sunny days and chilly nights, ideal for staying cozy by a firepit.  In case you’re planning an Easter trip to Asheville, I’ve compiled…

  • The Best Free Things to Do in Asheville
    Attractions,  Family Friendly

    The 16 Best Free Things to Do in Asheville

    They say that the best things in life can’t be bought, and that’s especially true in Asheville. Planning a trip on a budget to a place with astonishing outdoors and plenty of walkable areas is easy!  You’ll have a blast spending the day hiking trails off of the Blue Ridge Parkway, enjoying scenic drives, chilling at a downtown park, listening to bluegrass at a free concert, or checking out local vendors at the River Arts District farmers’ market.  Don’t be intimidated by Asheville’s award-winning food scene. There are plenty of places – from cafés to restaurants to food trucks – where you can have excellent food at reasonable prices. Also,…

  • Uniquely Asheville Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
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    16 Uniquely Asheville Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    While no doubt love is the most potent force in the universe, the Western world has quickly been moving into a more inclusive definition of love, expanding it from romantic love to other meaningful connections with friends and even fur friends. Nowadays, every loving relationship is celebrated on Valentine’s Day. While this list focuses mainly on romance, I’ve included options for Galentine’s Day gifts, fur Valentine experiences, and even gift ideas for single folks. Choosing a uniquely Asheville Valentine’s Day gift can be complicated because there are so many cool choices. To help you out, I’ve included a list of some of the best local gift ideas perfect for Valentine’s…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville, North Carolina in the Spring
    Attractions,  Family Friendly,  Wining & Dining

    The 31 Best Things to Do in Asheville in the Spring

    Spring in Asheville is glorious. From chasing full waterfalls and spotting wildflowers to festivals, farmer’s markets, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventures, you’ll be busy as a bee in Asheville in the spring! Although the weather can bring a little bit of everything, from gorgeous sunny days to rain and even snowflakes, it’s a beautiful time of the year to visit. Dressing in layers and having a good attitude is crucial to having a wonderful spring vacation in Asheville.  The temperatures vary and can change fast, but it’s safe to say that the later you come in the spring, the warmer the climate you’ll get. We all know that rain…

  • The Most Romantic Hotels in Asheville, NC
    Where to Stay

    The 13 Most Romantic Hotels in Asheville, NC

    Are you planning a perfect romantic getaway in Asheville, North Carolina, and wondering where to stay? We’ve got you covered!  Asheville has lodging options for everyone. No matter your needs, you’ll find something cool, from luxury boutique hotels to bed and breakfasts, glamping sites, and dog-friendly hotels.  Whether you want to spend your time hiking to waterfalls or exploring Biltmore Estate with your love, you’ll quickly see why Asheville is made for romance. But first, you have to find that perfect romantic getaway in Asheville.  To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best romantic hotels in Asheville to ease your planning. Now, you can use…

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