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Wrap a Dash of Asheville Into Your Next Housewarming Gift

Local Gift Asheville

With so many people making Asheville their new home, you’re bound to know someone moving to the area soon. And while the region already exudes a welcoming warmth, you can make recently relocated friends or family feel even more at home by bestowing a uniquely Asheville housewarming gift. Following, a few creative and thoughtful ways to say “Welcome Home”:

Brew Basket

What better introduction to “Beer City” than a basket boasting an array of local brews? Breweries like Highland, Wedge, Green Man, Twin Leaf, Funkatorium – the list goes on and on – provide a range of options for gifting. Create your own basket stocked with seasonal offerings, variety packs, or limited releases. Or consider adding some local ciders (Urban Orchard, Noble) and alcoholic ginger beers (Ginger’s Revenge) to the mix. And for the nondrinker, a regionally crafted kombucha (Buchi) or fermented effervescent tea (Shanti Elixirs) provides the perfect punch of local flavor.

Home Sweet Home

Local Products Asheville HoneyAsheville boasts a number of locally crafted, eclectic treats, from chocolates (French Broad Chocolate Lounge) to honey (Asheville Bee Charmer) to popcorn (Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn). Proffer a present that encapsulates a range of sweet treats for a housewarming gift sure to impress.

Focal-Point Pottery

With Asheville artisans galore, picking a piece of pottery, whether decorative or functional, for a housewarming gift is easy – and hard! The range of glassware (think a set of cocktail vessels), pottery (perfect for new dishes), even woodwork (an intricately carved fruit bowl, replete with locally grown fruit) is mind-boggling. Hit the River Arts District for one-stop shopping, or peruse the wares at permanent artist stalls (Kress and Woolworth).

Restaurant Gift Cards

Moving can be a delightful, and draining, experience. Sometimes new homeowners just need a break from the boxes begging to be unpacked; gift cards to locally owned eateries provide the perfect excuse to get away, and to also learn about all that Asheville’s amazing food scene has to offer.

Hit the Trails

Local Products AshevilleOnce they’ve settled in, your newly relocated friends will want to take advantage of Asheville’s proximity to amazing hiking trails. Get them started with the ideal gift: a small backpack containing a hiking guide (Five-Star Trails Asheville), stainless steel water bottle, compass, flashlight and small first-aid kit.

New Home Spa

Asheville is home to a range of local companies crafting naturally delightful bath and body products. Stock a gift bag with soaps (Appalachian Natural Soap), mineral salts and scrubs (Faerie Made), and perfume and body lotions (Mountains to Sea Skincare) for a special, sweetly scented housewarming gift.

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Kid-Friendly Fun Is Hopping at These Asheville-Area Breweries

Brewery Asheville Kid Friendly

In Asheville, enjoying the craft-beer scene goes beyond simply sitting back and sipping: Thanks to everything from state-of-the-art spaces and informative tours to live entertainment, lawn games and scenic surroundings, a number of area breweries are becoming destinations for the entire family. Following, a few spots that supply fun for adults and kids alike:

New Belgium Brewing Company

This brewery, situated in the heart of Asheville by the French Broad River, is surrounded by an expansive lawn perfect for tossing a ball, a roomy deck for watching the action along the water, and paths for exploring native gardens or bike-riding. Take the entire family on a free all-ages tour of New Belgium’s operations, or enjoy the outdoor shows the brewery hosts throughout the warmer months. On-site food trucks mean you can make an afternoon of your visit.

Highland Brewing Company

Kid Friendly Breweries AshevilleThe tasting room of this East Asheville brewery, open year-round, offers a spacious, family-friendly space to enjoy a beer and live music, which Highland hosts throughout the year. In the warmer months, the entertainment moves to the Meadow, a green space surrounded by trees perfect for energetic kids to run around in. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic along with your beer, or grab a bite from a rotating roster of popular food trucks.

Wedge Brewing Co.

With two locations in the River Arts District, The Wedge offers plenty of opportunities to make a family evening of your brewery outing. Enjoy a range of live music and outdoor movies in the summer months, or play a game of corn hole as the sun sets.

Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.

This popular brewery, boasting three Asheville locations, is the epitome of family-friendly. The North Asheville location is a combo pizza place, dine-in movie theater, and brewpub, and also features an airy game room perfect for letting the kids loose while you enjoy one of their many on-tap beers. The downtown location has a large covered patio for taking in the South Slope scene while you savor a meal and a brew.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Asheville Beer and BreweriesThis Mills River destination, against an Appalachian backdrop, stuns with its state-of-the-art brewery, restaurant and taproom, along with both an indoor entertainment space and outdoor amphitheater hosting free concerts. The Visitor Corridor offers the entire family a bird’s-eye view of the stunning brewhouse, warehouse and packaging hall from its raised mezzanine. Lounge in the large outdoor area, stroll through the gardens, or play a game of cornhole or bocce ball.

Oskar Blues Brewery

This Brevard brewery features live music from local and regional bands, farmer’s markets, and Monday music jams for all skill levels, guaranteeing your little ones will have lots to enjoy. Grab a bite from the CHUBwagon food truck and enjoy a family evening at the outdoor patio bar.

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Asheville's Rooftop Bars: The Pinnacle of Picturesque

Asheville Rooftop Bar

Asheville, famed for some of the most spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain vistas, is seeing its popularity peak in a different arena: rooftop bars. Downtown Asheville boasts an ever-growing number of elevated outdoor bars and restaurants, featuring eclectic menus to go with those breathtaking views. Following, some of the most popular rooftop destinations from which to drink it all in:

The Montford Rooftop Bar, atop the eight-floor Hyatt Place Hotel, offers mountain views from the outdoor terrace or the indoor bar. The Montford features a seasonal cocktail menu, with accompanying small bites crafted from locally sourced ingredients. 199 Haywood St.

Asheville Rooftop BarPillar, part of downtown Asheville’s Hilton Garden Inn, offers signature craft cocktails, regional beers and sustainable wines, coupled with small plates of Southern fare. The sixth-floor outdoor terrace offers the perfect perch from which to soak in sunset vistas; its indoor lounge provides year-round views. 309 College St.

Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar, on the fourth floor of the Cambria Hotel, has an outdoor terrace with a firepit. Soak in downtown and mountain views while enjoying craft cocktails and Cuban cuisine. 15 Page Ave.

AC Hotel has a large rooftop bar overlooking Pack Square Park and City Hall. The ninth-floor venue, which also has a spacious indoor bar, features a tapas-style menu. 10 Broadway St.

Social Lounge, one of Asheville’s first rooftop bars, offers a bird’s eye view of bustling Broadway below. Visitors to the cozy rooftop destination can enjoy a range of cocktails, wines and local beers, as well as small plates. 29 Broadway St.

Asheville Rooftop Bar Sky BarSkyBar features vistas from its multiple fire escape terraces atop the Flatiron Building. The unique seasonal experience begins with a ride up to the eighth floor in the building’s original elevator. Enjoy drinks and appetizers along with panoramic views. 18 Battery Park Ave.

The Top of the Monk sports signature hand-crafted classic cocktails featuring house-made bitters, infusions, syrups and fresh-squeezed juices. The cozy downtown patio, perched above Pritchard Park, offers city views framed by string lights. 92 Patton Ave.

Highland Brewery, in East Asheville, is famed for its open-air Meadow, featuring food trucks and live entertainment. Adding to the brewery’s popularity is its seasonal rooftop patio, surrounded by sweeping mountain views. Visitors can enjoy one of many Highland beers on tap, and they can even bring their furry friends to the dog-friendly venue. 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200

For a personally guided tour of neighborhoods within walking distance of rooftop bars, or for more information on real estate anywhere in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Unique Farm-Connected Programs Feed Asheville's Green Movement

Asheville CSA Produce Basket

In Asheville, it’s never been easier to go green while getting your greens.

Green living through local and organic shopping and support of local businesses and farmland is gaining an ever-greater foothold in Asheville. The city’s proximity to farm-rich regions in Western North Carolina means the freshest organic, local produce and foods are readily available. Spreading that access to everyone is the goal of a number of food programs focused on local and organic produce and edibles sourced from area farms and food makers. If you’d like a convenient way to simultaneously go green and bring fresh local produce into your kitchen – and in the process help others to do the same – or if you’d like to learn more about how to strengthen area farms and build a healthier Asheville community, the following programs are a perfect place to start.

Mother Earth Produce

FEAST Classroom in AshevilleMother Earth Produce Delivery is a family-owned, year-round delivery service of local and organic produce and edibles sourced from area farms and food crafters.  The program partners with local farms and food artisans to bring sustainable vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs, bread and pantry items to Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. Mother Earth Produce increases the reach of the farmer, and sharply curtails your need to get in the car and go to the grocery store – in other words, it makes green living easy in more ways than one.

Mother Earth Produce’s contribution to the green movement goes beyond grocery deliveries, though. Graham and Andrea DuVall, the owners of Mother Earth Produce, have been donating produce to the FEAST program since Mother Earth Produce’s inception. The weekly fresh local produce allows FEAST to serve more than 1,000 students every week, providing hands-on cooking and garden education to area children in grades K-8.  

Mother Earth Produce also partners with Asheville schools to strengthen real food awareness by creating opportunities for the schools to raise funds for healthy snacks and edible education objectives. The partnership benefits students in afterschool programs by providing items like local, organic apples, peaches, carrots, pears, Roots Hummus and Happy Cow Cheese.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive and link farmers to markets and supporters. It also aims to build healthy communities where farming is valued as central to the past – and the future.

ASAP focuses on a number of areas to support its mission, including providing marketing support and training to area farmers; connecting regional chef and foodservice buyers with the farmers who match their needs; spearheading a Local Food Campaign, which includes publishing a local food guide; and running Growing Minds Farm to School Program, which focuses on reconnecting children with where their food comes from.

Mountain Food Products

Fresh Produce Asheville NCLooking for a unique way to promote local products, Mountain Food Products started a Community Supported Agriculture program with members of the Asheville community. Traditionally, a CSA is between a farmer and a customer, and produce mainly comes from that one farm. But because they were already working with a number of farmers, Mountain Food Products decided to source produce for their CSA from all around the area, providing a diverse mix of products.

Since 2011, Mountain Food Products has been partnering with area businesses to deliver these local food boxes directly to workplaces, making local food accessible to hundreds of people. The program runs from May to November, offering a wide variety of fresh local produce, a list of which farm they came from and a recipe on how to cook what’s in the box. Mountain Food’s program aims to put food dollars back into the local economy, in the process strengthening the community and keeping it resilient against changing forces in the food industry.

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Get a Taste of Asheville's Flourishing Food and Drink Scene

Asheville Beer and Breweries

The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains enveloping Asheville, N.C., have long-established the city’s reputation as a mountain lover’s mecca. But in recent years, Asheville has reached the pinnacle of another scene: food and drink. From creative craft cocktails to farm-collaborative dining to an unrivaled micro-brew boom, Asheville has become an epicurean’s escape like no other.

Asheville is in a Glass All by Itself

Asheville Craft CocktailsThe craft cocktail scene in Asheville has gained a large, loyal following, not through lots of bells and whistles, but thanks to carefully curated, thoughtful recipes that incorporate seasonal, locally grown herbs, fruits and vegetables to produce the freshest cocktails possible. From downtown Asheville’s bustling eateries boasting popular bars, to laid-back lounges devoted exclusively to the art of the creative cocktail, there’s no shortage of spots to experience the city’s spirited side.

A Brewing Movement in Asheville

With more than two dozen craft breweries operating locally (and that number is growing at a mind-boggling pace), it’s no wonder Asheville has garnered national attention as an innovative, progressive player in the micro-brew boom. With the South Slope in downtown Asheville serving as craft-brew central, the local-tap trend has branched to all corners of the city, providing beer aficianados with high-quality, painstakingly crafted brews boasting flavor undertones that break new ground – think jalapeno, raspberries, dark chocolate, even peanut butter. With the attention to detail small-batch brewing demands, Asheville’s local beers are well-deserving of the unrivalled reputation they’ve gained.

Farm-Collaborative, Locally Sourced Dining

Asheville Fresh FoodThe Asheville area is lucky to be home to a range of farms, producing everything from grassfed beef and pastured pork to heirloom grains and cave-aged cheeses. And Asheville’s restaurants have taken full advantage of their proximity to such an eclectic range of farm-fresh products, crafting their menus around seasonal offerings and incorporating the freshest finds into their dishes. Big-box chains are notably missing from downtown Asheville; instead, you’ll find one-of-a-kind eateries encompassing the locally driven mindset particular to Asheville. With such notable chefs as Katie Button (Curate and Nightbell), John Fleer (Rhubarb and The Rhu), and Elliott Moss (Buxton Hall) at the helm, the Asheville restaurant scene sees no signs of slowing down.

Off-Beat and Hard to Beat

Looking for a not-your-everyday food experience? Asheville boasts plenty of them. There’s nothing vanilla about a molasses bourbon doughnut (Hole) or Basil Lemonade Pepita Milk ice cream (The Hop Ice Cream Café); and with more than 70 food trucks in Asheville offering everything from Lebanese Poutine (Gypsy Queen) to Pork Belly Bao (Bun Intended), adventurous mobile munching has never been more satisfying.

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Asheville Cideries Snag the Spotlight

Cider Asheville

Asheville is nationally renowned as a craft beer mecca, but craft hard ciders are also gaining a firm foothold in the region. With its proximity to numerous popular and prolific apple orchards, the Asheville area is a natural spot for cideries to set up shop. Below, a few to check out:

Urban Orchard Cidery

Asheville Apples and CiderA local, family-owned hard cider production company and tasting room located in West Asheville, Urban Orchard is one of only a few “True Cider Bars” in the country. The cidery offers craft hard apple cider, local beer, wine and snacks to enjoy with your cider, like meat & cheese plates, bruschetta and a variety of dips and locally baked goods. There are three flagship hard apple ciders on tap, with rotating “Series” options. 210 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

Black Mountain Ciderworks

Black Mountain Ciderworks + Meadery, just east of Asheville, crafts genuine cider and mead from local apples and honey. The cidery ferments its cider in small batches blended from heirloom apples throughout the harvest and pressed in house. Their ciders, never filtered or pasteurized, have no added sugars, concentrates or manufactured flavors. The tasting room has four ciders on tap, made from Henderson County apples. 100 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain.

Noble Cider Taproom

Local Cider AshevilleThe Noble Cider Taproom gives visitors the opportunity to experience first-hand the cider-making process. Watch raw apples arrive for pressing, then see the apple juice being pumped into tanks for fermentation. You can also see the finished product being put into kegs and bottles. Noble offers a full range of Traditional and New American ciders and meads; their taproom boasts 20 taps of crisp hard ciders. Noble can also be found on tap and in bottles in select cities throughout the Southeast. 356 New Leicester Highway, Asheville.

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Bold Rock Hard Cider, the largest craft cider maker in the Carolinas, opened its cidery and tasting room in Mills River in 2015. Visitors to the cidery, 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, can enjoy expansive views of the production floor and bottling line as they learn about the process of creating cider from Henderson County apples. The cidery offers daily tours and hard cider tastings as well as pints, flights and local craft beer. An onsite food trailer sells barbecue and sides, and a cider garden provides an open space for visitors to relax. 72 School House Road, Mills River.

Flat Rock Ciderworks

Started as a humble cider operation, Flat Rock Ciderworks is committed to maintaining its original core values as the company grows. Locally picked and pressed fruit goes into every production line. Favorite flavors Wicked Peel – with just a hint of sweetness – and Blackberry Gold – with mountain-grown blackberries lending subtle flavor to a Golden Delicious cider – are available at Flat Rock Ciderworks’ tasting room as well as locations across North and South Carolina. 305 North Main St., Hendersonville.

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Artisan Cheese in Asheville: From Field and Farm to Plate

 

 

WNC Cheese TrailAsheville, NC is one of the most food-forward cities a traveler could find.  If a food item or beverage can be cultivated locally and brought to the table, there are passionate Ashevillians doing it.  The city is already known nationally for its craft beer production, and now it is gaining momentum as a center for artisan cheese.  

Details about the WNC Cheese Trail

Be a part of this grassroots movement and celebration of southern cheese by joining in the WNC Cheese Trail on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 from 12pm-4pm.  The event will be held at one of Asheville’s pioneering breweries, Highlands Brewing Company, located at 12 Old Charlotte Highway.  It will be a great opportunity to check out their continuously updated tasting room and production facility as well.  Not to mention, cheese and beer pair so wonderfully.WNC Cheese Trail event

The WNC Cheese Trail is as much about education about the process of bringing cheese from the field and farm to the dinner plate as it is about enjoying the fruits of the labor.  Demonstrations will include the history of the ancient craft as well as the future of the cheese industry.  Of course, there will be ample opportunity to sample and buy a wide variety of local cheese.  

Children are welcome to participate in the family-centered activities, and vendors from across the country will be set up.

Mosaic Realty Sponsors the WNC Cheese Trail

Mosaic Realty is a proud sponsor of this event.  One of the reasons that we love Asheville is the drive and entrepreneurial spirit of the community that calls this town home.  Come join us at the WNC Cheese Trail in celebration of local, artisan cheese!

 

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