• The Best U-Pick Flower Farms in Asheville, NC
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    The 6 Best U-Pick Flower Farms Near Asheville

    Springtime in Asheville is an unparalleled time to appreciate the fruits of the Earth’s work on full display. At this time of year, rich hues of pinks, reds, violets, and blues are not an uncommon sight along the roadways.  Growing up, my mom swore that fresh flowers were a guaranteed way to make a crummy day a bit better, and I still wholeheartedly agree with that. Around Asheville, we have quite a few u-pick flower farms to choose from. At these places, you can fill a vase for your own pleasure or brighten someone else’s day with a handpicked bouquet.  If you’re looking to add some color to your life,…

  • Fun Things to Do with Tweens and Teens in Asheville, NC
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    18 Fun Things to Do in Asheville with Tweens and Teens

    Asheville is a fun place for tweens and teens. There are so many engaging activities for them to participate in with their families and a few areas where they can explore independently.  They’ll love checking out thrift shops and tea houses, going skateboarding or bike riding, watching movies at an indie theater, or sitting at an urban park enjoying the sunshine and bubble tea. Traveling with teens comes with its own set of rewards and challenges. According to my experience as a mom of two, it’s crucial to involve them in the planning and let them contribute ideas based on their interests. It’s also a great chance for them to…

  • The Best Picnic Spots in Asheville, NC
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    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…

  • Fun Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Asheville, North Carolina
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    12 Fun Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Asheville

    When kiddos are out of school, the initial excitement of taking a break and enjoying some relaxation sometimes gives way to boredom if we don’t head it off. That’s why we’ve put together this summer fun scavenger hunt that lets local kids and visitors alike go out and try to achieve a few challenges and fully enjoy the many things that make summer in Asheville so fun. Why is Asheville such a great, family-friendly place to enjoy summer? Let’s take a look! The Top 5 Reasons Why Asheville is the Place to Spend the Summer 12 Fun Family-Friendly Summer Activities in Asheville 1. Chase the Sunshine Sammies Truck When I…

  • Fun Toddler Birthday Party Ideas in Asheville
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    12 Fun Toddler Birthday Party Ideas in Asheville

    I think that most parents have at some point lamented that little kid birthday parties are a little out of control. If you only look at social media like Instagram and Pinterest, you’d be convinced that everyone is putting together elaborate themes, complicated and delicate snacks and games, and in general stressing out their toddlers on days when they should just be enjoying themselves and the people they love.  In my opinion, though, toddler birthday parties can be great and fairly low-stress, especially in Asheville. The last few birthday parties in Asheville that I’ve attended with my toddler had a winning combination of factors, which I think most families can…

  • What to Bring While Hiking with Kids in Asheville, NC
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    What to Bring When Hiking in Asheville with Kids

    Asheville is filled with some amazing locations for family-friendly walks and hikes. Just walking in nature for 5 minutes is known to improve your mood, self-esteem, and tension, which is why this is one of my favorite activities to do with my children.  I have been hiking with them since they were six months old and two and a half. A “free” activity that can wear them out, cater to their sense of wonder, and is enjoyable for parents too? Total win in my book!  If you’re looking to go hiking in Asheville with your little ones, here are a few of my favorite must-haves for a happy, safe, stress-free…

  • Easter in Asheville: The Best Activities and Events
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    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…

  • 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…

  • The Best Free Things to Do in Asheville
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    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,…

  • The Best Time of Year to Visit Asheville, North Carolina
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    The Best Time to Visit Asheville, North Carolina

    As I’ve written about before, I wasn’t always an Asheville resident. For more than a decade, Asheville was where I went on holidays and vacations to see my in-laws, and as such, I’ve got a pretty solid window into the times of year that people come here for fun and adventure during vacations.  That being said, I’ve now lived here for a year and a half as well, which means I’ve also seen the in-between times, the times when local residents are the primary folks visiting attractions and all that downtown has to offer.  So here we come to the real question: What is the best time of year to…