• The Best Gluten-Free Restaurants in Asheville
    Wining & Dining

    18 Delicious Gluten-Free Restaurants in Asheville

    Every stomach processes food a tiny bit differently due to a ton of factors, but every person deserves to get to try the incredible tastes available in the many restaurants, bakeries, and shops in Asheville, NC.  Luckily, the restaurant community here is very attuned to the needs of diners, offering options to cater to plant-based diets, modify dishes to avoid allergens, and also keep gluten, which are particular proteins primarily found in wheat and similar grains, out of foods.  While the exact source of gluten sensitivities is unknown, many people find that the stomach pain and gastrointestinal illness that they experience while eating wheat products go away when they switch…

  • The Best Distilleries in Asheville, NC
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    Moonshine and More: The Best Distilleries in Asheville, NC

    Most people know Asheville as Beer City, and for good reason – there are literally dozens of micro and even nanobreweries in the area, creating a wide variety of incredible lagers, sour beers, IPAs, and every other imaginable variety.  But when it comes to drinking local on the cocktail side, did you know that Asheville has a great craft distillery scene? Since many spirits spend time aging in barrels or in other kinds of time-consuming processes, many craft distilleries emerge on a small scale at first, only to grow rapidly as their products hit the market and people discover the delicious flavors. Whether you’d prefer your locally distilled whiskey on…

  • The Best Tea Shops in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Tea Time: The 9 Best Tea Shops in Asheville

    I’ll be honest with you – I was not much of a tea fan until I started visiting tea houses in Asheville with a friend of mine. I’m a coffee drinker through and through, and she was only able to win me over because the atmosphere of Asheville’s tea shops is such a lovely and inviting one.  Whether you’re looking to lounge on floor cushions while sipping a tasty oolong at Dobra Tea or want to learn about the complex and fascinating history of pu-erh teas at High Climate, the tea shops in Asheville offer a wide variety of teas for both on-site consumption and for taking home with you. …

  • The Best Things to do in the River Arts District
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    The 14 Best Things to do in Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD)

    The Asheville River Arts District (aka RAD) by the French Broad River is a former industrial area that slowly became one of the coolest parts of town after being abandoned and run-down for decades. Spending a day walking around this area to appreciate the eclectic Asheville art studios and shops is one of the best things to do in Asheville! There are over 200 art studios and shops in 23 buildings and many wonderful restaurants – from family-friendly options to a James Beard award nominee to the Obamas’ favorite BBQ joint. You’ll also come across plenty of cafes, breweries, and music venues, as well as two skate parks and a…

  • The Best Sushi Restaurants in Asheville, NC
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    The 17 Best Sushi Restaurants in Asheville

    To some, sushi is associated with delicate rolls made of cold, packed rice and various fish and vegetables, all wrapped in delicate nori (edible dried seaweed paper). But at some of the very best Asheville sushi restaurants, sushi is truly an art form, combining skill at creating rolls with delicate sauces and toppings.  Some fans of Japanese food prefer sashimi, the high-quality raw fish variety of sushi that is sometimes served without the rice and seaweed, while others favor rolls that contain only cooked items, like shrimp tempura.  No matter which kind of sushi offering you prefer, you’ll find many varieties in Asheville, from classy Asian fusion places to sushi…

  • The Best Festivals in Asheville, North Carolina
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    From Beer to Music: The Best Festivals in Asheville

    Asheville is a small mountain city with lots of action year-round! Spending time outdoors, exploring the farm-to-table food scene, and sampling craft beers at the many breweries are some of the best Asheville activities, and many local festivals showcase the highlights of Asheville’s unique culture. Do you love multicultural events? Would you prefer spending your time learning about Southern Appalachian arts and crafts? Or have you been reading all about Asheville’s excellent breweries, local food movement, and James Beard award-winning restaurants? There’s a festival for that! When it comes to festivals in Asheville, there is something for everyone, from free live music and a “laugh-your-Asheville-off” comedy festival to foodie-friendly events…

  • Where to Find the Best Mocktails in Asheville, NC
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    Dry January: Where to Find the Best Non-Alcoholic Cocktails in Asheville

    Whether you’re taking a break as you focus on your health or just want to feel a little better after an indulgent holiday season, many of us consider the idea of “Dry January,” a 31-day break from consuming alcohol.  While Dry January may not be quite as popular in Asheville as other places, since we are “Beer City,” it might be just as welcome among both locals and visitors who want to discover new options for nights out and ways to enjoy a beverage with friends without the accompanying effects of alcohol.  When you’re looking for the best mocktails in Asheville or a chance to try non-alcoholic beers, you’re in…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville in November
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    The 13 Best Things to do in Asheville in November

    November is an excellent time to visit Asheville. The average temperature is 60°F/40°F (though it’s colder in higher elevations), perfect for long days of playing outside and sleeping without the air conditioning.  Asheville’s fall season is long and beautiful, with sunny, dry, warm days and chilly evenings, and the fall foliage season goes from late September to early November.  In November, fall turns into winter, so many fall activities and landscapes remain to enjoy. Still, many of the most popular December holiday events start in November: the National Gingerbread House Competition at the Omni Grove Park Inn, the Winter Lights show at the North Carolina Arboretum, and the Christmas at…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville in April
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    The 17 Best Things to do in Asheville in April

    All of nature is waking up in and around Asheville in April: flowers are blooming, the river surges with lots of spring rain, and the wildlife that was a little more sparse during the winter is back out and about (people start talking about bear sightings again!).  April still gets its fair share of showers, but in general, activities that are seasonally open tend to come back to life after the winter, and you’ll find that the streets of downtown Asheville become much more lively and full of visitors.  Visiting Asheville in April offers a wonderful chance to take advantage of the temperate spring weather before the high season of…

  • The Best Indian Restaurants in Asheville, NC
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    The 9 Best Indian Restaurants in Asheville, NC

    Indian food in Asheville is rather plentiful, given the fact that this isn’t that large of a community. While the tourism in Western NC does swell the dining public a bit, we’re really spoiled for choice around here, and some of the best restaurants in Asheville serve up incredible Indian cuisine. Some of the best Indian restaurants in Asheville are truly making waves, winning major food awards, and gaining praise nationally, not just here in town.  What’s great is that you don’t have to eat Indian food just one way: there are simple restaurants with great lunch buffets that allow you to sample different curries and sauces as you get…