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 Luxury Hotels in Asheville, NC
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    The 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Asheville

    An astonishing number of 11 million people visit Asheville every year, and it’s easy to see why! Our city has been praised in the national media and honored with titles like “Beer City USA,” “Dog City USA,” “Friendliest City in the US,” and “Best Place to Move.”   Asheville is home to famous attractions like the Biltmore Estate (“America’s Largest Home”) and offers a fantastic food and beer scene, with James Beard award-winning restaurants and more breweries per capita than any other city in the US.  From the art studios and street art in the River Arts District to all of the fantastic music venues and annual festivals, there’s always something…

  • Elevated Kava Lounge Review in Asheville, NC
    Wining & Dining,  Local Business Reviews

    Elevated Kava Lounge Review: An Alcohol-Free Alternative

    Have you seen all these kava bars popping up around the country and wondered what they are? They are alcohol-free, family-friendly social spaces that primarily serve kava, a beverage made from the roots of the kava plant (Piper methysticum), native to the South Pacific islands and known for its sedating effects.  Elevated Kava Lounge West  Beth and Chris Fisher are an adorable father/daughter duo who share the same friendly smile and twinkly eyes. They moved to Asheville from Southwest Florida in 2021 to open Elevated Kava Lounge West on the second floor of 747 Haywood Road in West Asheville.  Beth had previously worked in a kava bar and loved the…

  • House of Black Cat Magic Review in Asheville, NC
    Local Business Reviews,  Family Friendly

    House of Black Cat Magic Review: ‘Where Magic Truly Saves Lives’

    My son and I love to explore the origins and different aspects of our culture’s traditions. That’s how, on the weekend before Halloween, we got to the House of Black Cat Magic in an attempt to learn more about the Celtic pagan celebration of Samhain, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the darker months.  The Celts believed the veil between the living and the dead was thin on this day, allowing the spirits of the deceased to connect with the living. Samhain is the origin of Halloween, and, not surprisingly, it also has a lot in common with the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition,…

  • Best Dessert Places in Asheville, North Carolina
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    The 15 Best Dessert Places in Asheville for a Sweet Treat

    Asheville’s food scene has you covered for every food craving, and dessert is no exception. From Polynesian-inspired sweet treats, churro fondues, and vegan donuts to pie flights, liquid truffles, and sippable desserts, there is something for everyone and lots of vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free options.  Of course, the definition of dessert is broad, and we’ve included a list of frozen treats, cakes, classic desserts, baked goods, and everything in the middle! You can start your evening with drinks at a rooftop bar, enjoy a world-class dinner in one of Asheville’s award-winning restaurants, and end the night with a fantastic dessert in another spot.  Or you can have dessert and coffee…

  • Working Remotely in Asheville: The Best Cafes and Coffee Shops
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    Working Remotely in Asheville: The Best Cafes and Coffee Shops

    Asheville’s food scene is fantastic. We have nationally awarded restaurants and an abundance of excellent places to eat every meal (and snack during the day). Asheville coffee shops, of course, keep up with the curve, and it’s no surprise that we have tons of great ones!  Ashevillians crave good food and wellness – and it’s no secret that this city loves its coffee. According to Randy Talley (the owner and founder of the Green Sage cafe described below), Asheville consumes more natural food per capita than anywhere else. I wonder if he’s right, but we are fortunate to enjoy so many cafes featuring food and drinks made with organic, whole,…

  • Best Budget Hotels in Asheville, NC
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    The 17 Best Cheap Hotels in Asheville for the Budget-Minded Traveler

    Nestled in one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world at about 2,200 feet above sea level, Asheville offers many experiences for visitors: from hiking scenic trails, discovering beautiful waterfalls, and tubing on rivers to enjoying fantastic farm-to-table dining, booking unique wellness experiences, and sampling one of the best craft beer scenes in the country!  Are you planning to visit and wondering where to stay in Asheville? Our city has many unique neighborhoods with a range of different lodging options. One thing to remember is that Asheville is small, so wherever you are, you are just a short drive from where you want to go.  Are you on a…

  • The Best Airbnbs in Asheville, NC
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    The 17 Best Airbnbs in Asheville, NC

    Millions of visitors come to Asheville every year. They want to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of this area, where almost every adventure is possible. From hiking to kayaking to mountain biking and even river snorkeling, fun is always guaranteed in these mountains! Folks visit us to confirm firsthand if our food and beer scene is as fantastic as the national media tells them. Asheville is also home to fantastic musicians and artists, and craft and art lovers worldwide love to explore our galleries and shops.  Now that you have chosen Asheville as your next destination, it’s time to find a place to stay. Asheville…

  • Cats at Play Cafe Review in Asheville, NC
    Local Business Reviews,  Wining & Dining

    Cats at Play Café Review: Asheville’s First Cat Cafe

    Cat cafes satisfy two of the most basic human needs: coffee and cat cuddles. Originating in Asia, they are now spread worldwide. They are an excellent opportunity to share the love with kitties while having a cozy beverage. They are also purrfect places to bring your computer and work (playful interruptions are guaranteed!). Hanging out with cats has many health benefits: it’s relaxing, lowers your stress and anxiety, and, according to scientific research, cat owners tend to be at a lower risk of suffering heart disease. It’s a fact: the company of cats makes us happier and healthier! Cats are mysterious, fascinating creatures and were considered sacred by many ancient…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville, NC in the Winter

    The 13 Best Things to do in Asheville in the Winter

    One of my favorite things about Asheville is the seasons: we get four seasons of three months each. The summers are friendly, with the highest temperatures in the low 80s (64-82°F average, with rare temperature peaks in the 90s). The winters are also moderate, with an average of 30-50°F and occasional colder snaps.  While most visitors might be more familiar with the astonishing views of the fall leaves, the flowering rhododendrons in the spring, or the lustful waterfalls and rivers surrounded by shades of green in the summer, there is also beauty in Asheville in the winter.  Travelers are surprised to learn that Asheville rarely gets snow (the average is…

  • The Best Boutique Hotels in Asheville, NC
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    The 15 Best Boutique Hotels in Asheville

    Asheville is often called “The Land of the Sky” because of its unique biodiversity and scenic vistas. It has been a travel destination since the 1800s among health seekers who would come here to gain strength and for wealthy families looking for a gentler summer climate.  Located in the land of the Cherokee Nation and settled at 2,200 feet above sea level in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville receives an estimated 11 million travelers each year. The best news? Our small city has something to offer to each one of them! Visitors come here because they want to experience our farm-to-table food scene, our award-winning breweries, the fantastic outdoor…

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