September 2017 Around Town 2

AC Hotel Asheville Downtown Opens

Last month marked the opening of the much awaited AC Hotel Asheville Downtown, which McKibbon Hospitality celebrated with previews of Capella on 9 and a ribbon cutting. This new lifestyle hotel features 132 guestrooms, public spaces for informal meetings and collaboration with free Wi-Fi, 2,000 square feet of meeting space that can be divided into two separate rooms and a 9th floor rooftop bar and tapas concept, Capella on 9. The hotel also celebrates local artists by displaying the work of 10 regional artists of all different mediums. Capella on 9 will offer daily breakfast and evening cocktails and small plates, including a selection of European-inspired tapas, all served up with indoor and outdoor seating and spectacular mountain views. The menu was created in collaboration with Peter Pollay and Jordan Arace of Mandara Hospitality Group and Posana. This partnership allows the Capella on 9 menu to stay true to sourcing locally and responsibly, resulting in eclectic yet balanced dishes.

Gathering Asheville: Wild Foods 
Foraging & Dinner Series

Gather wild food with No Taste Like Home, then enjoy a five-course dinner at Nightbell featuring your foraged edibles. Come for the tour, the dinner, or both. This month’s event takes place on September 6, but the series continues in the months ahead on October 4 and November 1. Foragers begin the day at 9:30 AM for an adventure perfect for all ages, while adults can enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor at Nightbell at 6:30 PM. For more information, visit

North Carolina Apple Festival

Henderson County is the apple capital of the Southeast, so it’s a fitting location for the annual North Carolina Apple Festival! This year’s festival takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 1 through 4. The street fair on charming Main Street celebrates the sweet fruit with live music, arts and crafts, historical exhibits and the King Apple Parade. Other activities include a fun run, car show, sidewalk sale and gem and mineral show. The real star of the fair is, of course, apples. Talented cooks will be selling their delectable sweets, from apple jam to hot apple fritters, and locals will even judge an apple recipe contest. If you’re up for the challenge, pick your favorite of the local apple varieties by tasting them all!

Heritage Weekend

The 37th Annual Heritage Weekend will take place September 16 and 17 at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center. Organized by the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the annual event celebrates the historic arts and crafts of our mountains, from traditional woodworking and weaving to broom making and stone carving. A highlight of the event is always the Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition. A whimmy diddle is an Appalachian mountain toy traditionally made from two sticks of rhododendron. Notches are carved into one stick and a propeller is attached to the end. Rubbing the notches with the second stick makes the propeller spin. Winners of the competition receive a Moon Pie, a t-shirt and bragging rights.