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…

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.

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…

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.”


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…

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…

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 Lifestyle Letter

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

6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser

Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call home. The 6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser focused on the homeless population and those in crisis in our community, supporting five local nonprofits (Homeward Bound of WNC, Caring for Children, Helpmate, Eliada Home, and ABCCM's Transformation Village).

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…

The Van Life

Our photographer, Evan Anderson, took to the road in his van last summer, spending months roaming the country with his partner, Abby, and their two dogs. He shares some of his favorite images from his epic adventure. 

Strike While The Iron’s Hot

We hear approximate estimates all the time of Asheville's growth, inestimable definitions full of vague modifiers like "double" and "times." We all know Asheville's growing—anyone who's been here more than a few months can attest to the expanding crowds of pedestrians on Broadway and bellying up to our beer bars—but how? What do those numbers actually look like in 2018?

Readers’ Choice 2018

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In 1908—more than a decade before the 18th Amendment installed a nationwide Prohibition—North Carolina became the first state in the South to outlaw alcohol. 

With Great Care

“Opening a restaurant was not on my radar,” 
Peter Pollay—owner of downtown’s upscale, 
modern American eatery, Posana—pauses and smiles. 
“It was, however, on Martha’s.”

Beaverdam Studio Tour

The Inaugural Beaverdam Studio Tour included 24 artists who demonstrated their crafts and chatted with visitors. Visit for a list of sponsors and info about the artists. Mark your calendar for next year: October 27 + 28, 2018.

January 2018 Lifestyle Letter

2018 is upon us!  Let's make the most of it, starting on day one.

15th Annual HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival

Congregation Beth HaTephila held their annual festival with over 30 Jewish organizations and vendors. An amazing assortment of Jewish food was sold (over 500 pounds of pastrami and corned beef alone!) to the 5,000 attendees, who also enjoyed Jewish music and dancing.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Named best Oktoberfest in America by Conde Nast Traveler, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is one of the brewery’s most beloved events. Thousands of revelers gathered beneath the big tent at the brewery for steins of beer, a Bavarian feast, live music, dancing, costumes, contests, and more.

January 2018 Around Town

Blue Spiral 1 has recently facilitated the purchase of April Flanders’ piece Advance, through an anonymous donor, to be given to the Asheville Museum of Science. Advance is comprised of 300 individually designed, printed, and hand-cut pieces. There are 77 invasive species of North America and Hawaii represented. It took approximately 1.5 years for Flanders to complete the work. April was…

Get Dirty

Centuries, maybe even millennia, ago, our ancestors adhered to a strict workout regimen. They’d crawl through mud, scale sheer walls, push and pull and hurl the obstacles that obstructed their paths. With these practiced plans, they became lean, strong, and swift of both mind and body. 

Slow & Low

Like so many chefs, Giorgio Bakatsias developed a passion for food in his mother’s kitchen. But unlike most of the chefs we feature, Bakatsias’ maternal cooktop wasn’t tucked into a Southern canteen, or even an American one, but in the quiet village of Karista, Greece.


Ice climbing in Western North Carolina is like going on a hunt for a rare, wild animal. The season is unpredictable, anywhere from mid-November to early March. Climbers must prepare by researching weather, local ice condition reports, and the amount of rain that has fallen in the last few weeks. With too much flow, it won’t freeze; with too little,…

Forever Young

Looking younger is a near-universal desire, but often folks are dissuaded by the downtown or invasiveness that usually accompany procedures that reverse aging. Not anymore! Biltmore Restorative Medicine and Aesthetics’ Dr. George Ibrahim is one of the only physicians between New York and Miami certified in the innovative new YLIFT procedure!  

The Facts of Pain Management

Whether from age or accident, be it chronic or acute, pain is something most of us will face over the course of our lives. And yet, it’s a subject about which many of us are unknowledgeable. Instead, we’re overwhelmed by the barrage of friendly advice and wives tales, hurled at as so often that many of us can’t see the…

Functional Fitness with Tim Thew

Tim Thew has a long history of fitness and training, beginning back in 1996 when he was asked to fill in as a coach for a water aerobics class. It was teaching that course and the bond he developed with his students that forever changed Thew.

Health from Head to Toe to Soul

January may be the time for frantic fitness and quick cleanses, but sometimes health and wellness necessitates a different kind of pace. Of course Asheville offers plenty of opportunities to slow down and soak up the holistic benefits of local cures. From head to toe to soul, there’s no shortage of spas and retreats to start your new year off…

Asheville Lifestyle Fall Fashion Show

Asheville Lifestyle Magazine Inaugural Fall Fashion Show took place at Capella on Nine. Attendees, decked in their chicest whites, wiled the night away with champagne and fantastic fashion. The event raised nearly $8,000 for Children First of Buncombe County.

December 2017 Around Town

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st of December every year, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Though there have been advances in the treatment of AIDS and laws put in place to protect…

Fernet Hot Cocoa Gifts Sets

Need a gift idea? Or just a little boozy cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit?

Local Gift Guide

In Asheville, we like to keep things local—and that includes our gifts. Lucky for us, our mountain town harbors a bounty of makers, crafters, artists and chefs stitching and whipping up unique gifts this holiday season. All the gifts in our Local Gift Guide are made right here in Asheville (with a few Carolinian crafters thrown in). You can grab…

The Evolution of Hunter Grigg

As Asheville grows, so does her range of musical talent. Take, for example, Hunter Grigg. 

Deck the Tree with History

If there's one house that knows how to deck the halls this season, it's the palatial Biltmore House. Biltmore's Floral Displays team spends months crafting and curating the annual Christmas display, including thousands of bows, hundreds of trees and innumerable sparkling lights. Needless to say, they're the experts, which is why we tapped them for a little DIY inspiration for your…

Asheville Lifestyle’s Second Annual Curated Home Tour

With our partners at the AHBA, Asheville Lifestyle hosted the Second Annual Curated Home Tour. Six lucky readers won the grand prize day tour and afterwords celebrated at the reception with great food, live music and amazing beer, all at the gorgeous Southcliff reception area!

An Appealing Appetizer

It may be a season of feasts, but when road-weary travelers trek through the front door or cocktail party attendees slip out of their overcoats and furs, they'll be ravenous. You'll need snacks at the ready—and we don't mean those thumbprint cookies you whipped up for Santa. A charcuterie board, loaded with a fresh, local harvest, will keep their tummies tempered…

December 2017 Lifestyle Letter

December is a month for counting your blessings and supporting your family and community. A time to take account of the year and share the joys of traditions both new and old.  We here at Asheville Lifestyle are proud to celebrate another great year in which, with the help of our partners in the magazine and you, our readers, we've been…

Noggy or Nice

At the height of the craft cocktail movement, there are a series of American cities renowned for their aperitifs, places where refined palates demand their drinks be made in an artful fashion, cities like New York, Portland, L.A. and San Francisco. With experience slinging and shaking drinks in four of those five domestic meccas, Charlie Hodge was more than prepared…

Tastes like Home

If the holidays have a scent, it is surely the sugary waft of a fresh-baked pie. When the air is thick with the honeyed perfume of a holiday pie, it calls all our hearts home—especially at Baked Pie Company. 

November 2017 Lifestyle Letter

In our Second Annual Farm-to-Table Issue, we've decided to feature an awesome variety of food culture here in Asheville. Food is a universal language, and while we humans may not be born fluent, we're all certainly quick studies. We've been gifted with an abundance of talented chefs and restaurateurs here in Asheville, and in this season, we wanted to give…

Council on Aging’s Over the Edge

48 people rappelled down a downtown highrise with Over the Edge in support of the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, which serves older adults and their caregivers in Buncombe County with the mission to help adults age with choice. Edgers raised $49,697.

A Colorful Palate

In Ethiopia, men aren’t allowed in the kitchen. But peek behind the scenes of Asheville’s Ethiopian restaurant Addissae, and it’s the sparkling eyes and contagious grin of Neeraj Kebede you’ll find hovering over the steaming pots of greens and stews.

Head for the Hills!

“It’s easier for us to launch a new concept like this because we don’t have to create authenticity,” says Casey McKissick, proprietor of Foothills Meats, elbows propped on a table in his West Asheville restaurant and butcher bar—one of two new locations slinging fresh meat and thoughtfully-prepared dishes and drinks into the clambering jaws of Asheville’s foodies.

November 2017 Around Town

Craft in Toyland opens on Saturday, November 18 at Grovewood Gallery, just in time for the holidays. This group exhibition will showcase handcrafted toys and games—all American made! Also on display will be a collection of antique wooden toys from the heyday of Tryon Toy Makers & Wood Carvers, on loan from Tryon, North Carolina resident Rick Dunn. An opening…

Georgia on My Mind

Cradled in the Chattahoochee Valley and accompanied by the waters of the famous Chattahoochee River, the city of Columbus embodies modern Southern culture and charm while preserving Georgia’s rich history. The second largest city in Georgia, Columbus is home to some of the state’s most exciting and amazing attractions. The region’s beautiful climate, scenery and thriving metropolitan scene make Columbus…

Polanco Grand Opening and Mexican Independence Celebration

Downtown's newest restaurant, Polanco, opened with a celebration of Mexican Independence, including dancing, a DJ, a mariachi band and delicious fare and crafted cocktails throughout the weekend.

Realtor Roundtable

With thousands of offices in 105 countries, RE/MAX is undeniably a global brand. But in Asheville, and America, they’re local; some 20-25% of American house sales are done through RE/MAX agents. We sat down with Hadi Atri, President & CEO, and Kourosh Sharifi, CFO, of RE/MAX Executive, and Kit Cramer, President & CEO of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, to…