March 2017 Lifestyle Letter

"The Paris of the South." A town doesn't come by this name by accident. It's been odd for me, having been of small-town, midwestern upbringing (10 years in Asheville and I'm never going back!), to meet people when I travel and have them get excited when I say where I'm from. There are times when it becomes almost passé to…

March 2017 Around Town

The oddly unique orchid flower is equal parts beautiful and tricky, a notoriously picky plant that makes it all the more lovable. Asheville’s orchid enthusiasts will gather once again at the North Carolina Arboretum’s Education Center March 25 and 26, where world-class orchid growers and breeders and regional societies will exhibit hundreds of beautiful orchids. The Western North Carolina Orchid…

Asheville Lifestyle Premier Partners Dinner

The Farm Kitchen, Bev and Myron Gottfried and Chef Mike Ferrari put together an amazing 5-course, wine-paired dinner, hosted by Asheville Lifestyle, The Farm Kitchen and Vaso de Vino Wines.

Greetings From Asheville

Our town has long been the artist's enclave. Our hills clatter with the sound of banjos and spoons, our street corners and storefronts bear the marks of paintbrushes and spray cans, and the quiet halls of dozens of galleries sing with the silent voices of local artists. Take a stroll down the streets of downtown Asheville and gather a spray…

Music & Messages

Imagine the sounds of a springtime stroll through the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. Bees buzz between the vibrant blooms of the Rose Garden, water gurgles from the satyr fountains on the terrace, wind rustles through the azaleas—and Samantha Redstreake Geary speaks into her voice recorder as she walks through it all.

Letting your Soulshine!

Warren Haynes is one of those rare individuals who is a shining light in both his musical career as well as his personal life. Already revered by his peers and fans as one of the best guitarists to ever take the stage, the Grammy Award-winning artist continues to reinvent himself and his music. His command of his instrument, like an…

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Nancy Hilliard Joyce’s art is currently on display at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Cafe 64 and The Junction. Learn more about Nancy Hilliard Joyce, her art and her nonprofit work at NancyJoyceGallery.com. Nancy Hilliard Joyce grew up in nearby Greenville, but her love for Asheville began young, when her parents would bring her family to the city to hear…

The Muses of Grovewood

Historic Grovewood Village, once home to the consequential weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, continues its artistic tradition today as a gallery. 12 resident artists craft unique works in these historic, hallowed rooms. "Our 11-acre property, celebrating its centennial this year, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and includes Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, a sculpture…

The National Gingerbread House Competition

The National Gingerbread House Competition returned to the Grove Park Inn this winter for it's 24th year. Visitors enjoyed the tasty artwork through the season.

2017 New Year’s Resolution Run

The 2017 New Year's Resolution Run in downtown Asheville started 400 locals' resolutions off on the right foot with a New Year's Day run through the streets of our town.

A New Life

Walk into Marthaler Jewelers, the co-venture of jewelry experts and enthusiasts Andy and Tonya Marthaler, and you’ll instantly feel at home in the refined and elegant showroom. It’s a true testament to the idea that the world of high-end jewelry can be an experience that is both fun and comfortable, without compromising quality or integrity.

Duck, Duck, Confit Quesadilla

“Hustle” is the name of the game in Asheville, a city where most folks juggle at least two jobs to make ends and dreams meet. It’s a concept Bandidos owner and chef Justin Smudde knows a thing or two about. The wily entrepreneur has a handful of businesses, including Bandidos and Blue Ridge Renovations. Over the years he’s ventured into…