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Asheville, North Carolina: Weekend Dining Guide

Asheville is one of The South’s Best Food Towns, selected by the editors of Garden & Gun. See all of the cities here. Do you agree with our picks? Disagree? Have your say on Facebook orTwitter. #SouthernFoodTowns Not that long ago, Western North Carolinians generally mocked the stench of ramps and were bashful about their white whiskey, never contemplating that their community staples could create a stir among outsiders. Then eaters elsewhere started to get excited about heirloom beans and sorghum syrup, and Asheville almost overnight went from a culinary also-ran to a respected sanctuary of mountain food traditions. The area’s surviving family farms and an influx of idealistic young farmers made the quick shift possible, buttressed by visionary chefs, food activists, and an economy boosted in part by visitors seeking to sample beers from the town’s booming breweries. Asheville’s bohemian affinity for collectivism and handicraft bound them all, an…

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7 Things You Can Only Do in Asheville

In conversation, Asheville often gets confused for its twangy Tennessean cousin of a similar name, but this hopping Western North Carolina city has been strumming to its own tune for decades. Perched high in the Blue Ridge mountain range, Asheville is home to more than two-dozen breweries, including Wicked Weed (recently acquired by Anheuser-Busch), as well as East Coast outposts of craft heavyweights New Belgium, Oskar Blues and Sierra Nevada. The brewtopia bona fides, coupled with a thriving arts scene, has led to a hotel boom in the past decade as tourists lap up what’s on tap. But there’s life beyond the booze. Here are seven sip-free Asheville area experiences to savor. Massive mansion moseying The Biltmore Mansion, George W. Vanderbilt’s mammoth mountain estate, was built in the 1890s and boasts 250 rooms and roughly four acres of living space. The sprawling chateau, America’s largest private home, is hands down…

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The Hole-y Land: Asheville, North Carolina’s HOLE Doughnuts

I just had a holy experience. It involved a doughnut pilgrimage. In West Asheville, you see the rustiest glider in front of a doughnut shop named HOLE, with a baby blue vintage truck/van in the parking lot. I noticed several children playing inside the back of it that’s set up with a table. And had always thought it was like a food truck or something. “The truck’s more of a mascot slash billboard,” said owner Ryan Martin, turning over flour calmly as I spoke to him on a Friday morning. “We don’t drive it. It’s for customers to sit.” As customers, Ryan and his wife, actress Hallee Hirsh, became interested in learning how to make dough. Hallee went on to work here, then they later bought the place. The menu is very simple: four freshly made doughnuts at the cash register in a little white box with a glass door…

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What Makes Asheville, North Carolina So Unique

North Carolina is filled with wonderful cities to visit or live in, but one of the most unique is Asheville. Asheville is located on the west side of the state, in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, it is a city that is full of natural beauty, from the mountains and trees to gorgeous waterfalls. The natural beauty of the city provides residents and visitors with the opportunity to explore a plethora of hiking trails that range from beginner level to the level of a seasoned adventurer. Many of these beautiful trails are along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a road that allows travelers breathtaking views of the mountains and valleys below. What else makes Asheville so unique? The Biltmore Estate. The estate is home to the Biltmore House, the largest house in America that is still privately owned. The house itself was built in the French chateau style in…

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RATP Dev Selected to Manage Asheville, North Carolina’s Transit Service

ART bus. RATP Dev announced it has been awarded the contract to manage Asheville Redefines Transit (ART), the transit services for the city of Asheville, North Carolina. The city of Asheville selected RATP Dev through a national competitive process that awarded the contract based on best value procurement. Contract services are set to begin October 1, 2017 and will cover an initial period of four years with two additional two-year renewal options. RATP Dev has appointed Bernadette Townsend to serve as ART’s new general manager. Under the terms of the contract, RATP Dev will directly supervise ART’s daily operations for the Fixed Route bus services in Buncombe County. Presently, ART has 22 biodiesel buses in service, seven of which are hybrid, and currently run 18 routes throughout the area, servicing more than 1.4 million riders annually. “The city of Asheville is excited to be working with RATP Dev,” said Elias…

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Call for contestants — Miss Asheville/Miss Western Carolina/Miss Blue Ridge Valley pageant

2016 Miss Asheville, Kahlani Jackson ASHEVILLE — The countdown begins to the crowning of the new 2018 Miss Asheville/Miss Western Carolina/Miss Blue Ridge Valley Royalty. The committee is seeking contestants for its 2018 season. The pageant will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Joyce C. Dugan Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee. There are several phases of the competition, including fitness, talent, evening wear, interview, and on-stage question. Contestants are encouraged to have a strong commitment to community service work, travel, and should be ready to enjoy new and exciting opportunities. Young ladies between the ages of 17 and 23 that live, work full time, or attend school in the following counties are eligible to compete — Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey. Those interested in the Outstanding…

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Why Asheville NC Should Be One Of Your Stops During Your Vacation

Did you know that there is a city outside of Charlotte called Asheville? If you are traveling to North Carolina, you should head over in this direction. It is equidistant from Charlotte as it is to Knoxville Tennessee, and you will certainly have a good time when you visit there. It is very close to the famous Blue Ridge Mountains, and you can buy tickets to go on a hiking tour if you want to. You will have a lot of fun when you go in here are the top attractions that you should visit when you do get to go to Asheville in North Carolina. Top Attractions To Consider In Asheville As far as outdoor activities, there are so many you can go on. This will include the hiking tour that was mentioned before. You can take a paddle tour which will take you down the river, one that…

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Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Honors Gregg Allman In North Carolina

Last night Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit kicked off their lengthy summer tour at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in Asheville, North Carolina. Isbell and his backing band, which currently includes his wife Amanda Shires on fiddle and backing vocals, are out on the road in support of their just-released studio album The Nashville Sound. Isbell & Co.’s 16-song main set featured a mix of tracks from both his solo career and his days with the Drive-By Truckers. The night featured fan-favorites like “Stockholm,” “Traveling Alone,” “24 Frames” and “Cover Me Up.” The setlist also included “Decoration Day” and “Outfit,” two songs that Isbell wrote and sang lead on during his tenure with the Truckers. Isbell also offered up a healthy dose of new material, playing six of the ten songs off his latest release. The band saved its biggest surprise for the end of the night as they honored…

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Is There More to Asheville NC Than the Biltmore Estate?

Asheville North Carolina is an up-and-coming city located in the Blue Ridge mountains of western North Carolina. It’s most well known for being home to the Biltmore Estate. Biltmore was built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, and occupies nearly 11 acres. The home itself is just under 180,000 square feet, making it the largest privately owned home in the entire country even to this day. But, is there more to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate? Keep reading below to see what other features about the city visitors may find attractive. While Biltmore is a popular draw for the city, Asheville’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains is also an excellent reason to visit the city. The Blue Ridge Mountains are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, and the Blue Ridge Parkway itself is the most visited national park in the country, and it’s this…

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Friday: 4all Service Day Here to Help Those in Need of Legal Assistance

FRIDAY: 4ALL Service Day here to help those in need of legal assistance ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina lawyers will be standing by to take your calls on Friday, March 3, as participants in the North Carolina Bar Association’s ninth annual 4ALL Statewide Service Day. Volunteer attorneys will staff call centers in Asheville (WLOS News 13), Charlotte (WBTV), Fayetteville (Hutchens Law Firm), Greensboro (United Way of Greater Greensboro), Greenville (WNCT-CBS), Raleigh (WRAL-TV) and Wilmington (WECT TV6) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. The statewide service project coincides with the NCBA’s 4ALL campaign to provide civil legal aid to those who otherwise would not have access to a lawyer. The event was first held in 2008 during the term of NCBA President Janet Ward Black of Greensboro and has since taken on a life of its own and hundreds of volunteers gather annually to provide free legal information…