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…

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…

Fernet Hot Cocoa Gifts Sets

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

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…

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!

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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…

Our Thanksgiving Table

As far as a favorite Thanksgiving dish, it doesn't fit too well with the Foothills concept, but it's definitely going to be Scalloped Oysters. My mother was from New England, and this recipe was handed down from her mother and so on. It's super simple, fresh oysters layered with crumbled Oyster Crackers, melted butter, heavy cream, clam juice and salt,…

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…

Fresh Suds & Supper

In Asheville, beer comes in all shapes, colors and sizes: ruby-hued ambers in tall tankards, pints of foaming, chocolatey stouts. And you won’t just find it in glasses—it’s infused into desserts and dishes across town, too. 

New Traditions

“When we started this project, the idea was to not just make booze, but to make booze that is pretty unique and sort of new and very traditional at the same time,” says Rett Murphy. The project he’s speaking of is Biltmore Village’s new distillery, Eda Rhyne Distilling Company. 

October 2017 Lifestyle Letter

At home in Asheville—is there any place you would rather be? In this issue we wanted to highlight some amazing personal spaces that reflect the creativity and beauty of our mountains. What is your favorite room in a house? So many things go into making a home, and each room offers unique respite. In our home the back porch is…

The Big Crafty

The 19th Big Crafty featured 165 select artists, an indigo-dying activity hosted by the Asheville Area Arts Council, kid's activities hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, music from Chikomo Marimba and a visit from Street Creature Puppets.

Gathering Asheville: Wild Foods Dinner Series

In partnership with long-time collaborator Alan Muskat of Asheville's No Taste Like Home foraging tours, Katie Button and her Nightbell team prepared a five-course meal + welcome cocktail for up 16 guests using wild foods gathered locally.

October 2017 Around Town

In celebration of American Craft Week, which takes place October 6 through 15, Grovewood Village will offer artist demonstrations by Windsor chairmaker Elia Bizzarri and fiber artist Susan Lenz and will also host open studio art tours on two Saturdays in October. On Saturday, October 7 from 11 AM to 4 PM, Hillsborough Elia Bizzarri, known for his impeccable craftsmanship,…

The Long Way Home

That first roar of the engine starting up the SUV, was a great indicator that I was embarking on an excellent test drive. The 2017 Maserati Levante accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and reaches 164 mph, the highest top speed in its class. Just about everyone is producing a line of SUV’s now; Jaguar with the…

A Time to Savor

In Spain, food is savored. Paired with big glasses of rich wine or light cocktails, meals are served tapas-style, the spices of marinated vegetables and meats bleeding onto thick slices of crusty bread. They’re nibbled and sipped, bitten and chewed over the course of long, languorous meals. And always, they’re savored.

A Worldly History

In May of 1984, Ronald Reagan stood behind a podium, a mass of balloons his colorful backdrop, and welcomed crowds to the World’s Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee. The international event hosted participants from 22 countries and attracted over 11 million visitors during its six-month run. The city, steeped in Southern hospitality and outdoor beauty, has since awaited a more abiding…

A Hip Hap House

“This is our dream home,” Megan Walsh, her hand grazing the worn wood of the stair rail, pauses, turns to look behind her, and laughs. “I know everyone says that, but we’d definitely like to pass this on to our kids.” It’s an open display of the genuineness that marks all that the Walshes do, an almost old-fashioned authenticity that…

What’s Brewing?

Discovering the art of tea

Reclaim Your Garage

Home may be where the heart is, but more often than not your garage is where the stuff is. Shoved in nooks, piled in boxes, dusted with cobwebs, our garages are the often the messy mecca of our homes, but with modern storage solutions and design elements, they don’t have to be.

10 Questions to Ask your Luxury Real Estate Agent

How long have worked professionally in real estate? I began working as a realtor full-time in 2004. However, I have also gained experience in the industry as a licensed General Contractor and by maintaining a portfolio of investment properties over the years. In addition, my family owns a custom home design and construction company that has built over 70 luxury…

Mountain Retreat

Our mountains offer a relaxed retreat for vacationers, and they have for centuries. It’s to the medicinal draw of our sweet mountain air that we owe many of our monuments; the men behind Biltmore, the Grove Park Inn and even Lake Lure built their businesses and homes here after healthful getaways in the Asheville area.

Great (Room) Expectations

Our mountains are ancient, rolling testaments to the timeless beauty of nature. Their majesty lies in the curves that tell a story centuries old. A thoroughly modern home might seem at odds in such a place, the sharp, crisp edges of mankind a jarring antithesis to the mountains around it. But in the case of the Gold’s home in Southcliff,…

Abstract Interpretations

Artist Linda Gritta is an interpreter. Metaphorically, of the emotions and memories she translates into thickly-colored paintings, but literally too, as an interpreter in sign language. For a long time, it was to that literal field of interpretation that Gritta devoted herself. Despite growing up with a passion for the arts, Gritta initially chose a different path. “It didn’t seem…

September 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Fashion. Such a loaded word. High fashion, low fashion. In or out of fashion. What does being fashionable even mean? To us, it's when someone is comfortable in their own skin (but understands they can't walk around looking like a soup sandwich). Fashion is the most personal way of expressing not only yourself and how you feel, but also how…

Wardrobe Malfunction

Move over ladies, men are taking back their half of the closet. This masculine retreat of a closet was expertly designed, manufactured and installed by Carolina Closets with men in mind. A cool, chic-but-rustic aesthetic is adaptable to any man’s style and wardrobe.

September 2017 Around Town

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…

ASAP Farm Tour 2017

The annual ASAP Farm Tour returned in 2017 with new experiences! Participants were able to visit a number of new farms that have never been on the Tour before, and favorite farms offered new opportunities for kids of all ages.

Three-Ring Show

Our town is known for its art deco skyline, but local artist Wendy Newman brings a whole new level of art to our architecture with her unique mandalas and fashion designs. Newman received her first camera as a Christmas gift when she was just 8 years old and has considered herself a photographer ever since. Though the arts long called…


This international dance festival returned with more acts than ever and dancers from across the globe, including Russia, 
the Netherlands, Argentina and Taiwan. The 10 days festival took over venues across Waynesville and the region for performances 
of all types.

Annual Asheville Triathlon

The Annual Asheville Triathlon is a local favorite, multi-sport event for the entire community! The Asheville Triathlon is part of the TRI LOCAL effort to encourage our local community to support and try a triathlon for the first time.

Zip. Zero. Zilch.

We’re living in the future. Need proof? Just look at Zero motorcycles. Born out of a dusty Santa Cruz, California, garage just over a decade ago, Zero motorcycles quickly drove itself to the top of the pack in the electric transportation movement. The company sells more electric motorcycles than all of its competitors—combined.

A Culinary Promise

Hendersonville may not seem like an epicenter of culinary promise, but thanks to Jason Reasoner, head chef and owner of Postero, it’s well on its way. Perched on the corner of Main Street, Postero is an enclave of both rustic and art-deco aesthetics, an unexpected amalgamation of styles that somehow works—much like the menu itself. The immersive kitchen, which seamlessly…

August 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Lagers, ales and pilsners, oh my! With 26—or wait is it 27? No, 28 breweries... well probably more than that by the time you read this... Regardless of the number, we find ourselves in the enviable position of having the most breweries per capita in these great United States! So in honor of our 2nd Annual Caps & Corks issue,…

Asheville Art Museum’s TIME WARP 2017 Benefit Gala

More than 275 arts supporters joined the Asheville Art Museum for its 2017 Benefit Gala, TIME WARP, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, which raised more than $190,000, supporting the Museum’s ability to inspire individuals through dynamic experiences in American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

August 2017 Around Town

One of Flat Rock Playhouse’s wonderfully unique traditions, iconic and timeless, Dark Night Revue is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Each summer, the grand tradition of live theater and arts education in Western North Carolina is celebrated with Playhouse patrons, community theatre enthusiasts and the Playhouse Vagabonds. Planned and executed by the volunteer gild, FRP’s Supporting…

Under the Influence

Three brewers and the Chamber of Commerce walk into a bar… It’s not a joke. We gathered three brewers from hugely disparate breweries to talk about their industry and its impact on our community. The roundtable, facilitated by Ben Teague, COO of the Chamber of Commerce, included Ward Beveridge of nearby mega-brand Bold Rock Hard Cider, Chris Frosaker of longtime…

Bar Stroll

Downtown Asheville's ever-growing selection of craft cocktail bars and wine markets make a night out on the town a varied, vibrant possibility. We may be too old for bar crawls, but bar strolls? That we can toast to.