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 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…

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…

What’s Brewing?

Discovering the art of tea

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.


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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

More Than a Taste

It’s a warm summer night and the air is alive with the clink of wine glasses, the twinkling bubble of laughter and the soft pop of fresh corks. We’re not at some rooftop cocktail bar or mod wine lounge, but at South Asheville’s favorite wine shop, Vaso de Vino.

Wine & Dine

From eggshell white to deep ocean blue, there's a rainbow of cheeses out there—not just in the world, but in our own backyard. The WNC Cheese Trail connects eaters with makers, tracing a dotted line across our mountains that outlines and allies the farmsteads and artisan cheese producers that call Appalachia home. Eaters can tour many of these creameries for…

Late Night Burger Delight

You’re downtown. It’s late. And you need to eat. This isn’t the time for artfully plated hors d’oeuvres or delicate entrees. This is the time for good, old fashioned red meat and fried potatoes. This is the time, as many Ashevillians know, for The Vault Burger.

July 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Ladies and gentlemen, summer is officially upon us. With our Second Annual Outdoor Adventure Issue, our goal was to impart knowledge from local experts on everything outdoors. From hiking some of our great trails to going down some of our local waterways, and even "glamping," we wanted a little something for everyone.

Asheville Lifestyle’s Derby Party

Wild horses couldn't drag us away from our Second Annual Derby Party! The shindig, which raised over $8,000 for Our Voice, took place on the rooftop of the Capital Club with breathtaking views, delectable hors d'oeuvres from Travinia, a rousing auction and a viewing of the Kentucky Derby.

Color Me Goodwill

The 3rd Annual Color Me Goodwill Fashion show returned to the Orange Peel this spring. Six local designers created collections based on an assigned color, using items sourced from our Goodwill stores.

Greater West Asheville Centennial Lions Charter Night

The newly founded Greater West Asheville Centennial Lions Charter gathered for Charter Night. The group of varied professionals is excited about the opportunity to serve our community through the Lions' traditions of service and expanding to meet emerging global needs, 
including Vision, Hunger, Environment, Pediatric Cancer and Diabetes.

A River Runs Through It

While exploring the quiet backcountry of upstate South Carolina in 1970, where a slow-rolling tractor loaded down with apples was the main sighting along lonely Highway 76, Jim and Jeanette Greiner found the place they were looking for. But they had no idea they would also launch a vacation family tradition in the southeast that now boasts over half a…

July 2017 Around Town

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design unveiled a special summer show last month, a collection of weavings that explore the creative process and finding the right way through the wrong avenues. “Many contemporary art exhibitions explore the metaphor of thread and textile,” say curators Carissa Carman and Natalie Campbell. “We wanted to think about weaving in a way that…

The River’s Magic Carpet

Kyle Ellison may have the longest commute in Asheville. At one end—roughly 4,500 miles from the Land of the Sky—is the Hawaiian island of Maui, his original home, where he works as a travel writer and competes on the professional stand up paddleboarding (SUP) circuit. At the other is Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours, the business he founded in 2015…

The Valley Isle

Our mountains are beautiful, and they offer endless escapes and adventures. But on the other side of the world, bathed in fresh and vibrant shades of green, are a different set of mountains that harbor a whole new side of adventure.

Skinny Dip Season

"I lost 6 1/4 inches with a seven week session, and I have four more weeks of results where inches will continue to fall off. It's incredible!" --Asheville test patient It’s officially summertime! Whether you like to spend the season poolside in a bikini or on the trails in shorts and tanks, this season takes us outdoors with far fewer…

Take to the Trails

Our mountains are stunning, especially in their vastness. The trails that weave in and out of those dense forests can seem a knotted mass, which is why The Pisgah Field School is such a great local resource. Through tours, guided hikes and workshops in the Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest and Brevard, the Field School helps locals and tourists…

Memory Gala

The Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter hosted its Inaugural Memory Gala this spring. The organization raised nearly $110,000 to fuel Alzheimer's Association mission-related initiatives of care, support and research! For more information on the Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina.

Asheville’s Outdoorsy Entrepreneurs

If there are two types of folks drawn to our mountain town, it’s outdoorsmen and entrepreneurs. Enterprise seems to grow as fertilely here as the woods we love to explore. From water shoes to hammocks, Asheville’s outdoors scene is sprinkled with products designed right here in our hills.


There’s something inherently romantic about horseback riding. The sway of the saddle and the cadenced clop of hooves make for a quiet lullaby that helps you relax into nature. But there’s something decidedly unromantic about “around the barn” type horseback riding businesses where riders take a laggard jaunt around a dusty loop and miss the magic of the sport. Saddle-Up…

A Taste of Monterrey

Tomatillo salsa is the most classic salsa of any taqueria in Mexico. Our variation is very healthy because we don't use oil, only fresh-charred ingredients. Preparation is easy, but the most important part is finding the freshest, ripe ingredients. Locate fresh, ripe tomatillos (usually they're larger) and make sure there are no white or yellow tones on them. Stickiness is…

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

During our planning for the Men's Issue this year (which I'll be honest, began last year), we had a million ideas for how to make this issue impactful. As we began to narrow down the list, we realized we wanted to highlight some men who were not only deeply invested in Asheville, but were also on the cutting edge of…

Music Video Asheville Awards

Western North Carolina's stars—musicians, filmmakers and supporting talents & crews—and their friends and families came out for the 10th Music Video Asheville Awards.

Run for the Paws

The 7th Annual Run for the Paws welcomed 500 participants and over 200 dogs to New Belgium Brewing! The event included a 5K, one mile walk and a lawn festival with activities for the whole family. All proceeds benefitted the animals of Brother Wolf.

June 2017 Around Town

In Asheville, we’re particularly cognizant of what we put in our mouths, which is why the annual ASAP Farm Tour is so popular. This annual event provides an opportunity for the community to explore a host of regional farms, including vineyards like Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, creameries like Spinning Spider Creamery, berry farms like Zimmerman Berry Farm and more traditional…

Some Like it Hot

“This one’s called ‘Divine Covenant,’” announces John Almaguer. The glassblower picks up a sphere of frosted grooves, at once both massive and elegant, from the shelves of work that adorn the sun-filled living room of his Asheville home. Peering into the piece, he points out a clear, delicate inclusion beneath the opaque surface. “The carving on the outside is exactly…