• The Best Places to see the Leaves Change in Asheville, North Carolina
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    The Best Places to see the Leaves Change in Asheville in the Fall

    I’ve always loved autumn anywhere in the world, but after I moved to Asheville, my love for that time of the year deepened. In some other places, fall is just a spark before a long winter. But Asheville’s fall colors – which include leaves but also flowers – last a long time, gifting us with a five or six-week-long festival of color! This gives us plenty of time to witness the magical process of trees shedding their leaves. As Hermann Hesse put it, “That is the way leaves fall around a tree in autumn, a tree unaware of the rain running down its sides, of the sun or the frost,…

  • The Best Restaurants in Brevard, North Carolina
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    The 18 Best Restaurants in Brevard, NC

    You might be a long-time resident of the Brevard area, or you might be coming for your first trip to the “Land of Waterfalls” – no matter which description fits you, you’re going to need some grub! Dining in Brevard runs the gamut, with a lot of options for a small town. You’ll be able to find everything from a tasty and humble hot dog at Corky’s Dawg House to classy dining in Brevard at Square Root or The Falls Landing Restaurant.  The restaurants in Brevard offer plenty of options for dietary restrictions, from allergy-friendly options to vegan and vegetarian dishes. When you’re exploring the boisterous and pleasant downtown area,…

  • The Best Scenic Drives in Asheville, North Carolina
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    14 Incredible Scenic Drives Near Asheville, NC

    One of the best and easiest things to do in Asheville is to pack or grab a picnic lunch and go for a drive to enjoy the beautiful, relaxing vistas the Asheville area is so famous for. The Blue Ridge Parkway is “America’s Favorite Drive” and one of the most beloved scenic drives near Asheville. But with so many scenic drives in the area, it’s not the only one!  The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it’s beautiful all year round. It offers all kinds of experiences and adventures, from watching the sunrise or sunset from an overlook or after a hike to spectacular…

  • Complete Guide to Waynesville, North Carolina
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    A Complete Guide to Waynesville: Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shops

    Welcome to Waynesville, the sweetest little town at the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While Waynesville isn’t far off from more populous places – 35 minutes to Asheville and about an hour to Hendersonville – it’s got more than enough to keep you busy for a beautiful weekend retreat or a special festival or event.  Make the most of your trip and make Waynesville a memorable spot in these gorgeous mountains. From taking in the beauty of nature and wildlife along the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoying all of Waynesville’s excellent shops, restaurants, and annual events, you’ll never run out of fun while you visit this best-kept secret of…

  • Guide to Hendersonville, North Carolina: Where to Eat and What to Do
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    A Complete Guide to Hendersonville, NC: Best Activities, Restaurants, Bars, and Shops

    If you drive south for about 40 minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, you’ll find the charming and bustling town of Hendersonville. This town has a pretty perfect balance: just big enough to have a lot of nice conveniences but small enough to feel like a neighborly and fun place to spend time. The backdrop of gorgeous mountains really makes it the best place for a great day out in nature but also just a walk down Main Street. From the excellent Hendersonville restaurants to the unique Hendersonville shops, you’ll find that there’s something to do or explore around every corner. We’ve compiled some of our favorite Hendersonville activities, including things…

  • The Best Apple Orchards in Asheville, NC
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    Apple Picking in and Around Asheville: The Best Apple Orchards

    When autumn arrives in the mountains of North Carolina, one of the best opportunities for a fun time in nature is to explore Asheville’s apple-picking scene. Sure, you could just buy local apples at a farmers’ market, and believe me, I do that too, but the experience of trekking into the orchards, searching for the best apples, and filling up a box or two to bring home for apple pie, apple butter, and just eating straight cannot be beat!  The climate and soil make orchards near Asheville, NC, really incredible, though most are slightly closer to Hendersonville or farther out of the city rather than being apple picking in Asheville…

  • The Best Restaurants in Hendersonville, North Carolina
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    The 18 Best Restaurants in Hendersonville: Eat Great on a Day Trip!

    Downtown Hendersonville has really blossomed in the past few years. Whether it’s seen as the “city” by those living in the beautiful and rural areas of Western North Carolina, or a sojourn from the hustle and bustle of Asheville or Charlotte, this town is just right, not too big and not too small.  Many of the best options for places to eat in Hendersonville are near or on Main Street itself, so on a pretty day, you can survey all the places to eat in downtown Hendersonville by simply taking a stroll and checking out any specials on display outside each spot. We tried to get you a cross-section of…