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’

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.

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…

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

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

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…

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…

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…

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

Veg Out

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

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.  

Here’s to 2019!

We’re thrilled to be publishing Asheville Lifestyle every month once again! We wanted to focus on some inventive ways to improve your health this year and meet some interesting people who have a heart for health.  We’re committed to continuing to bring you the best of what makes Asheville such a special place, and we look forward to 2019 … Continued

Zöe Dental’s Inaugural Smiles for Freedom

Smiles for Freedom allows dental professionals to come together and provide free dental services to veterans and members of our armed services. The event served 10 greatly deserving veterans and provided more than $26,600 in free professional dental services and care.

Button & Co. Bagels Grand Opening

Internationally acclaimed Asheville restaurateur Katie Button celebrated the opening of her newest venture, Button & Co. Bagels.

Dobra Tea

“I want people to come here for healing and wellness. This town is filled with healers, and the community needs a public space that is family-friendly, alcohol-free and a place where people are able to have a true, open-hearted experience connecting through tea,” Andrew Snavely says. 

Southern California Girls’ Getaway

Dreaming about your next girls’ getaway? I’ve found the ideal place for you and your friends: Laguna Beach, California, a charming community nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles along the southern coast of Orange County. The weather is close to perfect year-round, and there are 7 miles of beautiful coastline. There are many luxurious oceanfront hotels with pampering spas, incredible…

Your Complete Holiday Gift Guide

One of my best friends has a sixth sense for interior decorating. She's so talented, but she's not even an interior decorator. (She's actually a nurse.)  I, on the other hand, like to wing it. My apartment follows no color scheme and is basically a conglomerate of items I've bought over the years simply because they look cool. And whether the person that you're shopping for…

Not All Views Are Created Equal

Sean Sullivan began working on homes in 1995. He was employed with a construction company that was slowly winding down and in the stages of going out of business.  During that time, Sullivan began to work on his own, and what started with side jobs and renovations, soon became large-scale home projects. Since the company’s formation, Living Stone Design+Build has crafted…

From Sunrise To Sundown

 Ingredients  French Toast  Peanut butter drizzle

Lifestyle Ltetter

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Asheville Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were planning our Derby Party. (Can you believe that was in May?!) There’s a unique perspective … Continued

Merry Makeover

This past September, Asheville Lifestyle Magazine teamed up Children First/Communities In Schools (CIS) and two local businesses to celebrate a mother-daughter duo just in time for back to school. Each lady chose a new outfit from the downtown boutique, Hazel Twenty, and had their hair and makeup done by the amazing stylists at ananda hair studio.

December 2018 Around Town

Christmas at Biltmore The Christmas at Biltmore celebrations continue throughout December until January 6, 2019. Some of the beautiful holiday décor includes wreaths, garlands and thousands of ornaments on more than 55 glorious Christmas trees within the house itself. Across the estate, the festive décor continues with colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory, commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, special menus … Continued

2018 Asheville Coffee Expo

On September 29, locals celebrated all things coffee at the 3rd Annual Asheville Coffee Expo. It was a delicious celebration of coffee, local cafés and sweet treats. Over a dozen local roasters handed out free samples to attendees who then voted for Asheville's Best Cup. This year's Best Cup winner was The Dripolater Coffehouse, located in Black Mountain, NC. 

Asheville Oktoberfest 2018

Asheville Oktoberfest brought dozens of breweries from Western North Carolina and beyond to Pack Square Park for a Bavarian-inspired tasting event. In addition to samples of specialty beer, cider, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic craft drinks, it featured live polka music, food vendors and Oktoberfest games, including a stein hoist, pretzel toss and more. Photography courtesy of IMA Photos … Continued

On Being Thankful

November marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. After a day of candy-filled laughs and a costume held together by duck tape and a faulty safety pin, I dawn my Santa hat as soon as the clock strikes midnight on October 31. Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween. But Thanksgiving and Christmas are … Continued

Turkey Day Workout

Complete this entire circuit, in order, as fast as possible with correct form. Use weights if you’ve got ‘em!

A Clean Fight

 America’s Battle Against Chronic Pain  The dangers of opioid addiction are well known, and the reach of chronic pain that has led to this country’s growing opioid dependence cannot be understated. In 2017, nearly 50,000 people died of opioid overdoses, which translates to about six people per hour, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Meanwhile, the National Institutes…

November 2018 Around Town

Christmas at Biltmore The Christmas at Biltmore celebrations begin on November 3, 2018, and last until January 6, 2019. Some of the beautiful holiday décor includes wreaths, garlands and thousands of ornaments on more than 55 glorious Christmas trees within the house itself. Across the estate, the festive décor continues with colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory, commemorative Christmas wine at … Continued