Kick It into Gear

It’s no secret that Asheville is home to some awesome roads and trails, and the cycling guides from The Cliffs know their way around these mountains better than most. Legends Christian Van Velde, Bobby Julrich and George Hincapie have been cycling for 30-plus years, and they’re currently the cycling guides for members of The Cliffs. The three experts know all the…

The Art of Eyebrows

Kelli Delperdang has been an artist her whole life, and this didn’t change when she became interested in the art of microblading. This practice has gained popularity over the past few years, and Kelli is ahead of the game. She’s been giving women and men eyebrows they love for two-plus years, and above all else, she’s an artist dedicated to her…

Through the Eyes of Steve Yocom

In this digital age, it’s not uncommon to spend hours scrolling through various social media platforms admiring others’ view of the world through their camera lens. But for Steve Yocom, exploring landscapes, cities and moments with a camera is a full-time job, and he’s thankful for it. His portfolio boasts some huge brands, including the state of North Carolina, and it’s…

The Livin’s Easy

Ahhh, sweet summertime. Inspiration hangs heavy in the air, and everyone is breathing just a little easier. For this issue, we took a look at many of the summer activities we can enjoy in the Asheville mountains. From floating down the river with friends to hanging out in trees reading a book or practicing your … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Asheville Gallery of Art July 2019 Show The July 2019 show’s theme is “Abstract Art: Emancipating the Mind,” and features the work of Sally Lordeon who has a passion for abstract impressionism. The show will run all month during gallery hours, and a reception for the artist will be held on July 5 from 5–8 p.m. … Continued

Introducing Black Bear BBQ

In the late summer days of 2018, the key to Webo's BBQ was handed over to A.J. Gregson and Autumn Pittman, whose names you may recognize from their other popular restaurant, Mojo Kitchen and Lounge. The pair wasted no time once they had the space. They immediately began serving barbecue while slowly transitioning into their envisioned brand: a more eco-friendly, chef-driven restaurant with…

Heroes Among Us

The hero’s journey is by far the most common arc in film and literature but is viewed less often as a real process adolescents experience as they transition into the adult world. Joseph Campbell, a 20th-century American professor and great mind of the time, explored this journey in many different cultures, concluding that the hero’s journey is an important process for adolescent…

June Thoughts from Austin

I’m sitting on my back porch as I write this letter, smelling the charcoal in my grill getting hotter and pondering masculinity and all its connotations. Our youngest daughter just came outside and asked what we’re doing for dinner (on my cooking nights, it’s a bit last-minute and scattershot with the menu). Our five kids keep reminding me … Continued

Style Spotter: Man Cave

We asked our seasonal style spotter, Lacey Blanton of ID.ology Interiors & Design, for some manly elements that will accentuate any space with masculine vibes. Notice the mix of textures, rich colors and minimal design of each concept. So go ahead, crack open a beer and start planning the man cave you've always wanted. 

The Stoobie Awards: A Foodie’s Paradise

Asheville food blogger Stu Helm held his annual restaurant competition and food extravaganza earlier this year and, as always, it was a hit! To check out all the places Stu deems "the best," Asheville Date Night created a comprehensive list of all the winners. Cheers, y'all!

June 2019 Around Town

S.P.A.CE.: Spruce Pine Alien Conference and Expo Spruce Pine is set to host the first-ever S.P.A.C.E. – Spruce Pine Alien Conference and Expo June 14–15. This event will celebrate Spruce Pine’s long history of the most UFO sightings in North Carolina, the purest quartz in the world responsible for all technology and the world’s largest telescopes (Wired … Continued

History, Diversity and Community: The YMI’s Longstanding Place in Asheville

When Anthony Thomas moved to Asheville in 1992, he couldn't have known just how much of his time he would be giving to the community. Thomas, the president and board chairman of the YMICC (Young Men’s Institute; now considered a Cultural Center), a realtor at Mosaic Realty and the general manager of Upstaff Personnel, has dedicated his life to serving…

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Family Ties

In 1981, Doug McKinney and his wife, Sandy, moved to Asheville to start a business in an industry they knew well: insurance. They’d been living in Atlanta by way of Greenville, South Carolina, and worked for Nationwide until they realized they wanted to start their own branch. The McKinneys took over an existing property and casualty agency and expanded it…

Doula Rising

Birth is complicated. Motherhood is difficult. Welcoming a new life into the family is challenging yet richly rewarding. As a culture, we’ve known these simple facts for a long time. So why are we just now viewing emotional birth support as a necessity to the process and not just a luxury? Chama Woydak of Homegrown Babies and Cindy McMillan of…

Miss Asheville Pie

As with many local businesses, Baked Pie Co. started with a dream—and a craving for pie. While out looking for a slice of pie and a cup of coffee, Kirsten Fuchs and her daughter realized Asheville was lacking in a good place to sit and enjoy a baked treat. Kirsten used her background in business management and found a baker,…

Asheville’s Hot Spots of Summer

 A New Way to Float  Stephan Pruitt and Hamlin Beattie are the brains behind The Brew Tub, Asheville’s newest addition to the river community. With summer in full session, people are headed to seek relief from the heat in local swimming holes and waterfalls, and these two entrepreneurs have a new twist on tubing down the French Broad River. Both…

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Red Carpet

“The world is filled with people that are gonna try to tell you who you are, but that's for you to decide, you hear me?” –Aunt Lucy, Dumplin’

Making the Magic with Shay Brown Events

 “I just want a lot of flowers.”  For Shay Brown, taking a vague idea and turning it into a breathtaking event is nothing new. In fact, it’s her specialty. Shay, an Asheville event planner and coordinator, loves taking a concept and turning it into a magical night. While weddings are what you may know Shay Brown Events for, Shay and…

Move Over, Beer—There’s Another Craft in Town

Leah Howard, co-owner of H&H Distillery and creative mind behind many delicious cocktails, sat down with us to talk about her craft cocktail journey in Beer City, USA. And trust us, the Ginger Rose Smash pairs great with her story.

Greetings to a Blossoming Asheville

Ah, May. The scent of flower blooms wafts delicately in the air. Chilled bones have begun to thaw. The promise of warmer days greets us each morning like a hug from a friend we haven’t seen in a while. Whoever decided Mother’s Day should be celebrated in May was onto something. What better time to celebrate the maternal … Continued

The Wonders of Cavi-Lipo

If you’ve ever been frustrated by stubborn fat, cellulite or some extra dimples, you’re not alone. Oftentimes diet and exercise routines don’t target the specific area you want to change, and you’re left looking in the mirror wishing for a solution. Let’s face it; our bodies go through transitions due to myriad factors: pregnancy, medications, aging and stress can be…

May 2019 Around Town

Carolina Holistic Health Celebrates One Year Carolina Holistic Health will be celebrating its first birthday by hosting a party April 13 from noon to 4 p.m. All proceeds go to the Food Connection, an amazing local nonprofit that works in conjunction with local restaurants, schools and businesses to get unused food to soup kitchens and shelters that need it … Continued

Holistic Health and Preventative Wellness with Dr. Erin Stafenacci

If you wander into one of the many nooks of historic Biltmore Village, you might find Dr. Erin Stefanacci of Carolina Holistic Health. Walking into Dr. Stefanacci’s office, you feel an instant sense of calm. It’s unlike the traditional doctor’s office and feels much more like a spa; there's no stuffy waiting room, and warm lighting and healing energy fill…

An Authentic Taste of Japan

If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting WakuWaku Eatery on Merrimon Avenue, you already know the amount of love and care that goes into each dish. The owner, Naomi Mikami, has poured her heart into this popular spot, and she’s excited to share a bit of her culture with Asheville. If you haven’t tried the okonomiyaki yet, finish reading this…

April 2019 Around Town

Biltmore Blooms It’s that time again—time to walk among the flowers and snap that perfect photo at the Biltmore Estate Gardens. Designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, the brilliantly colored tulips are springing from the ground. The restaurants on Biltmore’s premises will offer special menu items, and the winery will be offering specialty tours.  … Continued

Blue Spiral 1’s ‘Eat Your ART Out’

The winter 2019 installment of "Eat Your ART Out!" was a huge success, raising more than $3,700 to support the Asheville Symphony. The evening began with music from Upland Drive. Dinner was filled with solo cello tunes by Franklin Keel. Eat Your ART Out! is a biannual charity dinner hosted by Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville. Photography by Evan … Continued

Hello, Asheville!

My name is Trista Pruitt, and I’m happy to have joined the Asheville Lifestyle team as the editorial coordinator. I would say it’s nice to meet you, but I’ve been loving this city and the people in it since I was born here in ’92. That’s also about how long I’ve been writing! Since I … Continued

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

RiverLink: For Nature, For You

It may be hard to imagine, but Asheville wasn’t always ideal for tubing down the river with friends on a warm day. In fact, it wasn’t until the mid-1980’s when the Asheville Chamber of Commerce decided our city’s visitors needed a reason to stay longer, and the solution was river cleanup and conservation. Thus, RiverLink was born. The Founding Director,…

Monkeys and Giraffes and Lemurs – Oh My!

Right outside Charlotte, N.C., lies a small town of approximately 2,700 people, some monkeys, a few lemurs and a couple giraffes. This town is called Troutman, and these delightful creatures can be found at Zootastic Park, a family-owned zoo boasting safaris and one-on-one encounters with exotic animals. Those aren’t the only animals one can find at the park, either. Ever…

The New Wine in Town

In a city full of breweries, a new wine shop is a welcome sight for those hunting down a healthier sip. Crocodile Wine is sure to pique the interests of wine enthusiasts as well as the casual drinker. John Hale recently opened his shop on Biltmore Avenue and is ready to introduce you to the budding world of natural wine.

Four Well-Crafted Spaces with Matt Osada

In 1988, Matt Osada, just a boy at the time, helped his dad complete a room in the basement of their family home. During this project, a passion for design was lit, and that spark led him to pursue his career as a civil and environmental engineer, first for commercial spaces, now for dream homes. With 20-plus years of experience…

Home Is Where the Heart Is

As publishers of Asheville Lifestyle, one of the major perks we have is being able to speak with so many talented and passionate people all the time. It is so enjoyable to speak with someone who is living passionately and purposefully, and we wanted to thank not only you, our readers, but also our advertising partners … Continued

A Modern Touch

We asked Jasper Haugaard, proprietor of Ambiente Modern Furniture here in Asheville, to give us a glimpse of some of the modern touches people are bringing into their spaces. He notes that most people are focused not only on aesthetics but also on quality and sustainability and buying pieces that last. Here are a few pieces we selected that can either…

Home Away from Home

Vacation Your Way and Book a Luxurious Vacation Rental for Your Next Getaway Photography provided by HomeAway When you’re determining where to go for your next trip, it can be difficult to decide among sights to see, food to eat and adventures to have. From wine country to the mountain state, we’ve rounded up a … Continued

Aux Bar Brings Flavor Home

Since its opening last year, Aux Bar has become a dining destination in downtown Asheville. Offering a creative interpretation of modern American cuisine, the menu features well-constructed dishes that push culinary boundaries. The fun, eclectic space creates a welcoming atmosphere where guests can share small and large plates like duck wings with sweet potato Buffalo sauce and braised pork cheeks…

Kitchen 2.0

Above the hustle and bustle of downtown Asheville, there’s a quiet refuge from urban life. With its 22-foot ceilings, artist-commissioned steel doors and sliding glass walls, this home is a unique, modern build by Lauren and Mike Tamayo of LMT Homes.

Crafting Inspiration

Blue Spiral 1, a 15,000-square-foot gallery in the heart of downtown Asheville, presents exceptional artists and object makers. Three expansive floors allow for ample displays and extensive exhibitions. Two talented artists, Alex Bernstein and Tamie Beldue, share their work with us.

Devil’s in the Details

 You ease your troubles when life's the bubbles...   Have you ever had an occasion where you wanted to go out and have a nice drink without consuming loads of sugars? The power team of Benjamin and Vashti Colvin, Jacob Baumann, Aaron Wilson and Carly Reese set out to solve this equation: how to create a healthy alternative to alcohol and…

Arts + Makers

Creatives, makers and doers, people who can create something real and touchable from nothing more than an idea. Asheville has long been something of a mecca for people who have the drive to make something where before there was just an ephemeral thought. What’s often forgotten in the conversation about creative people is the amount of patience … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Ambiente Modern Furniture Gives Back To celebrate its one-year anniversary in Asheville, Ambiente Modern Furniture partnered with Stressless Furniture to give back to Trinity Place, a shelter for homeless and runaway youth ages 7 to 17. A portion of all proceeds from Stressless Furniture sales during December and January was donated to this great cause.   Advent … Continued

Castles in the Sky

“The magic of treehouses is the connection to the outside world, which is essential to our health and to our humanity. If you slow down enough, you may hear the voice of the mountain,” says Adam Lauder, builder and owner of World Treehouses.  

The Potter’s Clay

“Ring the bells that can still ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” –Leonard Cohen, "Anthem"

The Art of Baking

Pris Maynez, Asheville’s up-and-coming baker, is quickly gaining recognition on the wedding and event scene. The Texas transplant moved to town with her husband in 2015, and after having a baby six months later, she started baking. She started with birthday cakes for kids' birthdays, and another friend asked her to make a cake and some small desserts for her…

Romantic Santorini

Plan your Romantic Getaway to the Historic Island in the Aegean Sea Article Nicolette Martin Stay: Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel is considered one of Santorini’s most romantic hotels. The elegant couples-only cliffside hideaway—named a Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice 2018 award winner—features luxe, minimalist rooms and suites carved into the side … Continued

A New Beginning

In the heart of downtown Weaverville lies a beautifully constructed Japanese-style venue. The building was constructed after the previous building suffered extensive fire damage. Keelan McCoy, Cameron Patton and Ward Patton purchased this destroyed space and created a new venue set in the old building’s footprint. The space has been carefully crafted for wedding ceremonies, musical events, private dinners and unique alternatives to…

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

Mindfulness in Meditation

“Mindfulness is the art of paying attention…when we pay attention with faith that we will be supported, then growth really is possible, our vision becomes clear, our path becomes unobstructed and we are able to see the Divine Good in every person and situation,” says Beth Farlow, a volunteer instructor at Asheville Community Yoga.  

Veg Out

“Experiencing good food should be transformative, marked by change, and once sensuous and cerebral,” chef Jason Sellars says.