Asheville Lifestyle’s 3rd Annual Hats Horses & Hope Derby Party

On May 5, we held a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser in support of local crisis intervention and sexual violence prevention non-profit Our VOICE. The event was held at the AC Marriott Hotel in downtown Asheville and over $5,000 was raised.

ASPCA Behavioral Rehab Center Grand Opening

The ASPCA opened its 28,000-square foot Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, NC, on May 10. This facility is the first of its kind, offering a permanent space that is dedicated to the study and rehabilitation of extremely fearful dogs whom are victims of cruelty or neglect. The facility covers 13 acres and offers rehabilitation to … Continued

Escape By The Lake

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Less than two hours away from downtown Asheville lies the 2,100-acre gated community and vacation destination Bear Lake Reserve. The beautiful property encompasses the 500-acre lake that provides a picturesque landscape as well as a place to experience various water activities. Interlaced throughout the Reserve's breathtaking property are also 20 miles of hiking trails that…

July 2018 Around Town

Colorado Rockies Extend Player Development Contract with Asheville Tourists The Colorado Rockies have extended their Player Development Contract with the Asheville Tourists for another two years. This new agreement marks the longest active affiliation between any South Atlantic League team and their Major League affiliate. At the current time, 18 out of the 40 Colorado … Continued

No Cuisine Left Behind

 Article 'Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  The rustic yet elegant downtown eatery, Polanco, has become a local favorite since opening in September 2017. Their authentic Mexican cuisine isn't just delicious, but welcomes diets of all kinds. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian or lactose intolerant, owner and Head Chef Ricardo Carrasco said his mission is to make everyone feel welcome at Polanco.   In…

Lifestyle Letter

Allow me to introduce myself, as I am an unfamiliar face. My name is Emily Shea and I am the new editor of the Asheville Lifestyle Magazine. As a local to the area and a lover of all things Asheville, I am overjoyed at the opportunity to be a part of this lovely publication. July’s … Continued

Nothing Less Than Perfect in Jekyll Island

 Article Emily Shea  One of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Jekyll Island is highly acclaimed for its uncrowded beaches and ample space for relaxation and quality family time. The luxurious Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island resides on over a quarter mile of oceanfront property, boasting unmatched views of the Atlantic Ocean and a private beachfront. From a high-energy swimming pool, whirlpool and kiddy pool to an outdoor fire…

Explore Nature’s Backyard

 Article Emily Shea | Photography Evan Anderson  Explore  From hiking and fishing to horseback riding and picnicking, there is never a lack of things to do or see in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known for its thick foliage and a magnificent diversity of life, the Park offers something for everyone. Their hiking trails meander through forests rich with both plant…

Chaat & Thalis

 Article Emily Glaser | Photography Evan Anderson  Meherwan's Garam Masala   

Summer Sixer

 Photography Evan Anderson  They don’t call us Beer City for nothin’, but until last winter, one neighborhood was distinctly un-beered. “I chose South Asheville since it was an area of town that I felt needed a great bottle shop and bar,” says Matt Vaughan, who opened Craft Centric in December with his wife, Shannon. The bottle shop’s already earned its…

Publisher’s Letter

Sometimes I have to take a step back from all the hectic things in my world and appreciate not only how amazing my life truly is, but also how great it is to choose to surround myself with incredible people every day. You may have noticed from the cover that this is our Second Annual Men’s … Continued

Hi-Wire 8K

Hi-Wire Brewing hosted their Inaugural Hi-Wire 8K, which started at their South Slope Tasting Room and finished at the Big Top Brewery in Biltmore Village. Runners reveled in the music and beer festival that followed. Photography by Great American Brewery Runs

Cider Wine & Dine Weekend

The Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend featured Henderson County wineries and cideries, who partnered together to present a new signature weekend filled with artisan hard cider, local wines, food, educational programs, music, tours and more. Photography by Andy & Lisa Jay

High Water Fest

Curated by folk powerhouse couple Shovels & Rope, High Water Fest returned to Charleston’s waterfront with music from renowned acts like Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Band of Horses. The diverse lineup drew Ashevillians en masse to this year’s festival; save the dates for next year’s festival, April 13-14, 2019! Photography by Nathan … Continued

June 2018 Around Town

Flat Rock Playhouse Summer Shows The Flat Rock Playhouse’s summer shows promise laughs, mystery, and more for theater-goers of all ages. Clue: The Musical offers a new take on the popular board game, bringing the world’s best-known suspects to life and inviting the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what … Continued

Great Drives to Long Drives

 Article Wesley Brown & Austin Bennett | Photography Evan Anderson  You could drive up the Parkway or down the interstate, park at a pull-off, and drink in views that would make the rest of the state jealous. But if you want to make the most of our mountains, if you want to watch them spread before you in a gradient…

The Men of Asheville

 Article Wesley Brown | Photography Evan Anderson  Sean Sullivan, President, Living Stone Design + Build  Not many of us are lucky enough to love our jobs; Sean Sullivan, President of Living Stone Design+Build, is the exception. Sullivan works closely with his clients and family-based team to build high-performing, award-winning homes: “I love every aspect of what I do, from exercising…

MOVERS & SHAKERS

 Article Emily Glaser | Photography Evan Anderson  THE GIVER  Tina M. Owen, Director of Fund Development, Wine to Water

Mother’s Day Brunch

 Photography Evan Anderson  Rosé Sangria  Cinnamon Pancakes & Peach Syrup

Asheville Through the Eyes of Painter Molly Courcelle

 Article and Photography  Local painter Molly Courcelle found art through the guidance of her mother, artist Bee Sieburg. Courcelle honed both her appreciation of art and her own talents as a child with weekend trips to D.C. galleries and birthday parties splattered with art supplies. It’s no surprise that Courcelle pursued a degree in painting.   Courcelle, who spent her college…

May 2018 Around Town

Chihuly at Biltmore Opening May 17, Chihuly at Biltmore will feature the immense glass sculptures of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly. Scattered across the gardens and grounds and inside the Biltmore House itself, the colorful, fantastical pieces will surprise and delight visitors. For the first time Biltmore will host an evening experience in the gardens that … Continued

Lifestyle Letter

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense, and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”   This quote from Maya Angelou reminds me of the women you’ll find in these pages. They are strong, determined leaders, both in business and … Continued

Art Affair

OpenDoors Asheville held its Ninth Annual Art Affair at the Events Center at Highland Brewing. With 400+ people in attendance, OpenDoors surpassed its fundraising goal with more than $200K donated in support of its mission to break the cycle of poverty with local kids through advocacy and opportunities for education and enrichment. Photography by Reggie … Continued

Condom Couture Fashion Show

The sixth annual Condom Couture Fashion Show took place on Saturday, March 10th at The Orange Peel. 16 local designers used condoms to create fashionable, wearable art, promote safe sex, and benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. More than 450 people attended this year’s event, raising more than $68,000 for Planned Parenthood.

DIY Duotone Statement Earrings

Shake up your jewelry box with these handmade geometric earrings— perfect for yourself or as a gift for your best ladies Article and Photography Nicolette Martin Piece by Piece Use both your bent nose forceps and needle nose pliers to secure each end of the jump ring. Gently twist the jump ring to open the … Continued

Asheville Mardi Gras Parade

The Asheville Mardi Gras parade returned in 2018, this time taking over South Slop with a vibrant celebration of music, costumes, and all things quirky. 

April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

We've themed this issue around sustainability. Call it "eco" or "green" if you like, but Asheville has a history of sustainability, both environmentally and socially, stretching back in history to a time far before those buzzwords were in the lexicon. Visionaries like Carl Schenck have long cultivated (see what we did there) an ethos of preservation and proper management of the beauty…

2018 Fed Cup

The Fed Cup first-round tie between the U.S. and The Netherlands culminated with a U.S. win at the U.S. Cellular Center this spring. A Net Generation Kids' Clinic held ahead of the event brought local kids in touch with tennis stars.  

Fashion Forward

Most folks associate fashion shows with designer duds and unfathomable price tags, but in Asheville—as with most things—we do things a little differently. 

April 2018 Around Town

On April 7 through 23, Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will host Spring Awakening, a pediatric patients’ exhibition to benefit Arts For Life, an Asheville-based nonprofit that provides pediatric patients and their families with arts education and engagement opportunities. An opening reception, sponsored by The Hop Ice Cream Café, will take place on Saturday, April 7 from 2-5pm and feature live…

Coming Home to Roost

Drive the backroads around Asheville, and you’ll find dozens of idyllic homesteads and hobby farms—but none quite like Echoview Farm and Fiber Mill. 

Get Dirty

Spring has officially sprung, and that means the garden gurus at Gardens for Living are busy helping folks plant, preen and prune all season long. We tapped Shane and John Phillips to share their VIP tools for home gardeners to use in the growing season ahead. 

The Iconic Ioniq

Many may try, but only one car can take the title of the most fuel-efficient car in America. That designation belongs to the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. 

It’s Easy Being Green

In Asheville, we like our cars with low emissions, our restaurants with local produce, and our power solar. In other words, we like things green. Why should our houses be any different? 

Strawberry Sweets Forever

Spring is heralded by a rainbow of edible colors: burgundy turnips, tender green lettuces, and sweetest of all, crimson, gem-like strawberries. 

A Bountiful Harvest

There is proverb that’s been uttered from the mouths of canny pedagogues for centuries: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

As I write this, it is 20 degrees and getting ready to snow again. We here at Asheville Lifestyle cannot wait for spring to, well, spring! In the hopes of bringing some much-needed color to your world, we've put together our Arts & Culture issue. With so many talented artists here, we feel it is vital to showcase such a huge part of what…

March 2018 Around Town

OpenDoors of Asheville proudly announces its 9th Annual Art Affair to be held Saturday, March 10, at the Event Center at Highland Brewing. The festive evening offers art lovers a unique opportunity to extend their collections while expanding the horizons of young people challenged by poverty. All proceeds directly support OpenDoors’ mission to break the cycle of poverty with local…

Gingerbread House Competition

The annual Gingerbread House Competition returned to the Omni Grove Park Inn last December with incredible, edible creations on view throughout the month. 

29th Annual Christmas Jam

Warren Haynes' epic annual music marathon, Christmas Jam, returned with more riffs and rock than ever before in 2017.  The Jam has raised more than $2 million for the 
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and helped 36 families in need of affordable housing.

SPRING FORWARD

I love trends, but I tend to take small bits of those that work for me and my clients and sprinkle them in accordingly. You have to do what works for you! Check out the trends I've highlighted below and sprinkle them into your own wardrobe! 

Escape to French Polynesia

Crystal turquoise waters, perfect temperatures year-round, white and black sand beaches, towering waterfalls, rugged volcanic hillsides, lush tropical foliage, over-the-water bungalows… it’s no wonder that the islands of French Polynesia are an idyllic dream vacation for many. While there are 100 islands in this area of the South Pacific, most visitors are familiar with the popular destinations of Tahiti, Mo’orea…

Fine Art

Asheville’s adjectives have changed a lot in recent years. From run-down to up-and-coming, stagnant to revitalized, we’ve received lexical boosts in most of our markets: our economy is “thriving,” our breweries “burgeoning,” our culinary scene “renowned.” But one adjective that’s remained a laudatory, unwavering constant? “Artistic.”

Farm-to-Table, French Style

Asheville’s culinary scene is rich with cultures: Italian, Indian, Mediterranean, Ethiopian. And, for 13 years, French.

It Takes a Village

From dripping murals to rust-speckled statuaries, you’ll find a lot of unique art in the River Arts District—but nothing quite like The Village Potters. “To partner up with five professional potters and build your dream with that kind of support system, I don't know of anybody doing it,” says Sarah Wells Rolland, her hands clasped and balanced on her knees. 

A Woman for All Seasons

Since Flat Rock Playhouse’s earliest beginnings, women have been integral to the theatre. The husband and wife team who founded the Playhouse, Robroy and Leona Farquhar, were just that: a team. “It is said that he was the dreamer and she was the doer. From day one, a woman was helping to lead FRP, and was celebrated for her contributions,” says Lisa…

February 2018 Lifestyle Letter

We asked and you answered! It's with great excitement that we bring you the Readers’ Choice edition of Asheville Lifestyle Magazine.
 

Western Carolina Rescue Christmas Gala

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries in association with Judd Builders held the first annual nonprofit Christmas Gala. The Gala featured New York Times best-selling author, Ron Hall, author of the book Same Kind of Different As Me, which tells the life-changing experiences in a Rescue Mission. 

February 2018 Around Town

Grovewood Gallery’s annual Holiday Sip & Shop event brought artists and their crafts to the public last December. Local patrons shopped unique holiday gifts handcrafted by local and regional artists, as well as a large collection of American-made art and craft. Holiday shoppers enjoyed complimentary wine, warm cider and cookies. Local artists Patricia Cotterill (painting) and Karen Kennedy (needle felting) also…