• Fun Dog-Friendly Breweries In and Around Asheville
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    15 Fun Dog-Friendly Breweries In and Around Asheville

    Asheville beckons both beer enthusiasts and dog lovers alike with its vibrant craft beer scene and welcoming atmosphere. What could be better than enjoying a cold brew in the company of your furry companion? In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the 15 best dog-friendly breweries near Asheville, where you can sip, socialize, and soak up the mountain views with your four-legged friend by your side. 15 Dog-Friendly Breweries in and Around Asheville 1. New Belgium Brewing Company Located in the heart of Asheville’s South Slope district, New Belgium Brewing Company offers a spacious outdoor patio where dogs can join their humans. With a diverse selection of…

  • The Best Restaurants in Asheville, NC
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    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…

  • Summit Coffee Review: Asheville, North Carolina
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    Summit Coffee Review: The Buzz of the People

    Maybe it’s not true of everyone, but as a person who hangs out in coffee shops a lot, I have that one coffee shop on which all others are modeled in my mind. It was a coffee shop I frequented when I was in college, when frequent coffee drinking was still a novelty and not just a daily necessity.  It was nestled out of the way, multi-storied, and I think in an old house. It was all nooks and crannies, and of course excellent coffee and pastries came standard – I remember vividly that there were only ever three or four food items, like a scone and a muffin and…

  • Gypsy Queen Cuisine Restaurant Review Asheville, North Carolina
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    Gypsy Queen Cuisine Review: Those Sweet Shawarmas

    I would like to think I have a leg (albeit a short one) to stand on when talking about Lebanese food. I grew up outside of Detroit, which is home to the largest Lebanese population in the country. It was commonplace for us to regularly eat shawarma, falafel, and more fresh, warm pita than any one person should eat.  Fast-forward to my 20s in South Carolina, and I realized that there was close to nothing in the way of Mediterranean or Middle Eastern food. Southern food had its place, but I would get homesick for the food I was used to in Detroit, and I’d make sure any return trip home…

  • Fun Bachelorette Party Ideas in Asheville, NC
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    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…

  • Best LGBTQIA+-Owned Businesses in Asheville, North Carolina
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    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…

  • French Broad Chocolate Lounge Review in Asheville, NC
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    French Broad Chocolate Lounge Review: All About Cacao

    In what I assume was a bit of a cosmic joke, I spent a week in Asheville when I was a young and chipper 20-year-old. It was mere months before I could legally partake in the (then very young) brewery scene or wander into a bar with my college roommate, who was also hanging out for the week here.  But we discovered, just blocks away from our hostel, the perfect spot for people who couldn’t legally drink but who wanted to have a destination in the evening: the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. There was something so special about walking into the sweet, crowded little shop and breathing in the wildly delicious…

  • Best Organic and Locally Sourced Restaurants in Asheville, NC
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    The 10 Best Organic and Locally-Sourced Restaurants in Asheville

    Eating organic has become a popular choice for many individuals, and the Asheville area is full of organic and locally-sourced eateries to satisfy a variety of taste buds. After all, Asheville loves all things natural and offers a ton of ways to help preserve the local ecosystem we’ve come to know and love.  There are many reasons why Asheville locals and tourists may opt for cleaner eating options, including the health benefits, environmental sustainability, and the strong desire to support local farmers.   As the awareness of these factors continues to grow, so does the popularity of organic food choices in Asheville. For organic and local-eating enthusiasts, Asheville’s dining options are…

  • Twisted Laurel Restaurant Review in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Twisted Laurel Restaurant Review: Both Roots and Wings

    The warmth gets you when you first step into Twisted Laurel – this is the quintessential lunch and dinner spot, equally comfortable giving you a quick sandwich meal as they are plating up a gourmet salmon for you to feast upon on a special occasion.  It used to be my in-laws’ go-to spot for a chill but fun New Year’s Eve, and as the new year approaches (as I start this review, anyway), I am thinking a lot about tradition, about how the areas in and around Asheville are always in cycles of welcoming the new and commemorating the old – Twisted Laurel is a great example of a venture…

  • Well Played Board Game Cafe Review in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Well Played Board Game Cafe Review: Back to Basics

    It’s no secret that board games have taken off over the last decade. No longer are we stuck with the small cache of 10 games to choose from like previous generations.  With games like Exploding Kittens becoming the most backed Kickstarter of the time and the hashtag “board games” having over 5 billion views on TikTok, it’s safe to say, despite a world being overtaken by electronics and people using FaceTime with one another, board games are back in a big way.  Well Played Board Game Cafe has answered the call, and whether it’s the classics or the new, trendy, and maybe obscure, chances are they’ve got the thing you…

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