• House of Black Cat Magic Review in Asheville, NC
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    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,…

  • The Best Ways to Celebrate New Year's in Asheville, NC
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    The 13 Best Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in Asheville

    New Year’s as a holiday is a little polarizing – while I know lots of people who love other holidays more, I personally count New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day as my favorite holidays. There’s something so refreshing about getting an opportunity for a new start in the middle of our everyday lives. The key to celebrating New Year’s in Asheville is to figure out what matters to you about this holiday and focus on that!  The reactions to New Year’s are varied, from staying at home, cozy with family, and waking up early to go run the downtown Resolution Run, over to the glitzy parties, fun concerts, and…

  • Where to get Christmas Dinner in Asheville, NC
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    Where to Get Christmas Dinner in Asheville

    Let’s face the facts: one of the best reasons to live in or visit Asheville is the fact of not actually being a great cook – there’s such good food at your fingertips here that people who aren’t much for the kitchen can find top-notch flavors without having to pick up a whisk.  Especially during the holidays, though, this becomes a bit more challenging, since many restaurants take a well-deserved break, and many regular-level home chefs still feel daunted at the idea of preparing an elaborate holiday meal for something like Christmas dinner. The good news is that even if you don’t want to cook it yourself, you have plenty…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville in the Fall
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    The 16 Best Things to do in the Fall in Asheville

    My admiration for Asheville never decreases, but I must admit that fall is, hands down, the most beautiful time of the year to be here. The trees display unreal red, yellow, and bronze colors, the flowers are spectacular, and the average temperature is 68°F/46°F. If that’s not enough, there are many events, and the bountiful harvest makes our food scene even more exciting.  Fall in Asheville is gentle and long (one of the longest seasons in the country), allowing us plenty of time to transition and retreat to the darkness of winter. If you’re looking to see fall foliage, the best month is October, although you can start to see…

  • The Best Things to do in Downtown Asheville
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    Exploring Downtown Asheville: 12 Fun Things to See and Do

    There are many things to do in downtown Asheville, from shopping to people-watching and everything in the middle. But, of course, one of the highlights is the amount and diversity of restaurants. There is something for everyone, from award-winning restaurants to amazing tacos and burritos to outstanding breweries, bars, coffee shops, and places to eat dessert. Asheville has made it onto many Yelp and TripAdvisor lists as the best destination for foodies, beer connoisseurs, and dog lovers, to name a few, yet one of the best titles it got is “one of the friendliest towns in the US.” So, please take any chance you get to mix with locals! I…

  • The Best Things to do in Asheville in December
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    The 14 Best Things to do in Asheville in December

    I love Asheville in December. Although I’m not a big holiday person (my motto is: every day is a holiday!), I do enjoy joyful activities and beautiful light displays. December is a great month to visit Asheville – it’s festive, there are many things to do, and the winter weather is gentle with an average temperature of 50°F/31°F. December means different things to different people. For some, it’s a time to go from one festival to another and participate in every event under the sun (I have good news: there is a lot for you in this article!). For others, it’s a time to slow down, enter hibernation mode, and enjoy…

  • WNC Nature Center Review in Asheville, NC
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    WNC Nature Center Review: Part Zoo, Park, and Hike

    While I’ve been coming to the WNC Nature Center off and on since I was a child, I hadn’t ever thought of it as the unique place it is. As a child, I think I saw it as a zoo that focused on close-to-home animals, a hometown zoo of sorts. Now that I see it through the eyes of a preschooler’s mom, I realize it’s unusually great as a place to take an outing for people of all ages, but especially for the youngest set of Asheville residents and visitors. While you could definitely call the WNC Nature Center a zoo, it’s not quite what you’d expect from a large…

  • The Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Asheville, NC
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    The 15 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Asheville

    Asheville’s most significant honor is to be known as “Dog City, USA.” This city loves dogs and welcomes them (almost) everywhere. There are lovely dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, bars (including a dog playground with a bar for humans!), and breweries to hang out with your best friend while exploring our fantastic food and beverage scene. Of course, the city’s green areas and surroundings make it an ideal place for the family’s furry members to join you on your trip! Also, most stores allow well-behaved dogs on leashes, and plenty of walkable neighborhoods will let you take your friend for a stroll. Did you know that our city features the first Dog…

  • The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Asheville, NC
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    13 Festive Places to See Christmas Lights in Asheville 

    Are you wondering if coming to Asheville during Christmas is worth it? It absolutely is! There are many fun and festive things going on in Asheville throughout the entire month of December – including a ton of spectacular light displays!  Our famous local landmarks – Biltmore Estate, the Omni Grove Park Inn, and the Grove Arcade – get all dressed up for the holidays. There are neighborhood and business district Christmas display competitions, walk-through and drive-through light shows, and many Christmas events for the entire family. I’ve compiled a list of the best places to see the Christmas lights in Asheville. Also, many events around Asheville made it onto this…

  • Christmas Festivities in Asheville, NC
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    Christmas in Asheville: 15 Festive Things to Do

    With all the Thanksgiving leftovers gone from your fridge, are you ready to celebrate the most popular holiday in the country and the world? Well, Asheville is! Luckily, our city features many Christmas events and festivities that are fun for the entire family.  From welcoming the season with an original holiday parade to fantastic light displays and a famous gingerbread house competition, we have everything you need to make your Christmas in Asheville memorable.  There are so many things going on in Asheville in December it’d be impossible to list them all. We’ve chosen something for everyone, always keeping the kids in mind because those little creatures tend to adore…

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