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.

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…

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…

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.

Horseplay

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…