Food & Drink

Beer Festivals Celebrate Asheville's Booming Brew Movement

Asheville NC Beer Festival

In Asheville, a variety of beer festivals held throughout the year not only highlight the wide range of brew offerings available in the area, but also offer an exciting backdrop of music, food trucks, games, performers and lots of other entertaining activities. Here are a few of the unique ways to celebrate beer around the area:

Burning Can Festival

Oskar Blues Brewery’s Burning Can Beer Festival, a weekend-long lawn jam that happens in late summer, features live music, more than 70 craft-canning breweries, camping, food trucks and lots of mountain sports, all based at the foot of DuPont State Forest. https://www.oskarblues.com/burning-can-festival/

Asheville NC Beer CityTour de Fat

New Belgium Brewery’s annual Tour de Fat, which happens in early fall, offers a day packed full of free festivities celebrating beer, bikes and bemusement. The Tour de Fat has raised nearly $6 million dollars for local bike nonprofits since it began two decades ago. The fest features touring ensembles of comedians, cirque performers, live musicians and New Belgium beer. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costume. https://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/

Brewgrass

This fall fest, founded in 1996, is Western North Carolina’s original craft beer event. Showcasing more than 120 different beers from 40+ regional breweries as well as national and regional bluegrass musicians, Brewgrass has garnered national attention and remains a local favorite. https://www.brewgrassfestival.com

Asheville Beer FestivalsAsheville Oktoberfest

This afternoon of local beer sampling in downtown Asheville features live traditional German music, food and festivities marking a fall celebration. https://www.ashevilledowntown.org/asheville-oktoberfest-1

CiderFest NC

Since it began in 2013, CiderFest has become North Carolina’s premier hard cider tasting event. CiderFest has something for everyone: Sample sips from some of the nation’s best craft cider and mead makers, enjoy family-friendly fall activities, and learn more about sustainability, all in a scenic setting.https://www.ciderfestnc.com

Asheville Beer Week and Beer City Festival

The largest annual celebration of craft beer in Asheville and Western North Carolina, which is held in the spring, offers nine days of beer-related events including releases and tastings paired with music, food and great settings. Learn directly from brewers and chefs with workshops and demos. Events are held at restaurants, farms, concert venues and other locations around the area. https://avlbeerweek.com

The week culminates in the day-long Beer City Festival in downtown’s Pack Square, where you can sample beers from 30+ breweries. In addition to tastings, enjoy live music from regional bands and food from local vendors. http://www.beercityfestival.com

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An Active, Entertaining Retirement Awaits in Asheville

Asheville Retirement Resources

Asheville has long enjoyed a reputation as a great place to retire, but as the city has grown, so have the reasons for retiring here. From a vibrant food scene to exciting cultural offerings to ongoing learning opportunities, Asheville offers everything to make your retirement anything but boring.

Asheville's Temperate Climate

Life in Western North Carolina offers up a refreshing range of weather experiences. Asheville, at an elevation of just above 2,000 feet, claims an overall mild year-round climate – not too cold in the winter, not too hot in the summer. Because the area features a full four seasons, weather-dependent activities thrive here. It’s easy to enjoy fall foliage, winter skiing, and spring and summer hiking and swimming thanks to the region’s seasonal changes. 

Asheville NC EntertainmentCultural Offerings

Looking for an exciting and enriching entertainment experience in Asheville? The city brims with performing arts events grand and intimate. With an ever-changing roster of shows across Asheville, you’ll have plenty of inspiring options to choose from all year long. Among the offerings are the Asheville Symphony Orchestra (http://ashevillesymphony.org), Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre (http://www.acdt.org), Asheville Ballet (https://www.ashevilleballet.com), Asheville Community Theatre (http://ashevilletheatre.org), The Magnetic Theatre (http://www.themagnetictheatre.org), and NC Stage Company (http://www.ncstage.org).

Ongoing Learning in Asheville

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed learning community dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research, with the goal of enabling its members to thrive in life’s second half. Members pay a $25 annual fee for access to 20-plus special interest groups, as well as the opportunity to attend classes and lectures. They also can take advantage of special events including programs with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and the Astronomy Club. https://olliasheville.com

Retiring in Asheville NCMany 55+ Communities

The Asheville area is replete with communities geared toward those 55 and older, or neighborhoods that naturally trend toward the active-adult set. A range of amenities – club houses, pools, libraries – as well as activities like exercise classes and coffee socials mean there’s always something to do onsite. And thanks to the setting, against Asheville’s Blue Ridge backdrop, the area’s 55+ communities offer the added benefit of relaxing and stunning surroundings in which to enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

Food and Drink Scene

The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains enveloping Asheville 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 unrivalled micro-brew boom, Asheville has become an epicurean’s escape like no other. 

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Bank on a Feast at Asheville's Many Riverfront Restaurants and Breweries

Asheville Riverside Bars and Restaurants

One of the many perks of living in Asheville is the city’s access to the French Broad River. The third-oldest river on Earth, the French Broad slices through the center of Asheville, offering plenty of opportunity for fun on, and along, the famed waterway – including an abundance of riverfront dining and drink venues. Visit one of these spots to take in some tastiness as you absorb the relaxing riverside atmosphere.

Zillicoah Beer Company

Zillicoah, located in Woodfin on the eastern bank of the French Broad River, specializes in open-fermented farmhouse ales and lagers. The brewery’s open-air tasting room rotates up to 12 taps, including in-house beers and guest taps. Zillicoah’s partnership with Taqueria Muñoz means you can savor tacos, tortas and tamales along with the river views. 870 Riverside Drive.

Asheville Riverside DiningWhite Duck Taco

This restaurant’s flagship recently moved a block from its original location to the east bank of the French Broad River, with ample parking, indoor and outdoor seating, and pet-friendly waterfront access. Enjoy such fare as Banh Mi tofu, Thai peanut chicken, or mushroom, potato and romesco sauce tacos, as well as sides like green chile black beans and watermelon with mint. 388 Riverside Drive.

High Five Coffee

This outpost of High Five offers a place to enjoy your coffee overlooking the water, and has a take-out spot if you’re paddling down the river. High Five offers classically prepared espresso drinks as well as house-made syrups for creative concoctions, and a variety of brewing methods for the cup, as well as whole beans. The café serves both savory and sweet, locally prepared fare, as well as several local beers on tap. 2000 Riverside Drive, in the Mill at Riverside

Salvage Station

This riverfront bar, restaurant, concert hall, and special events venue features a relaxed outdoor setting in the River Arts District along the French Broad River.

The restaurant boasts eclectic Southern and Appalachian-inspired choices of in-house smoked meats, sandwiches, and lighter fare. Full bar, vegan/vegetarian options, late-night menu, live music almost nightly, and a family-friendly atmosphere make Salvage Station a year-round favorite. Large sweeping open areas of grass for family outings and multiple viewpoints from the river’s waterfront location provide a unique opportunity to combine music, food and fun. 466 Riverside Drive

Asheville Food and Drinks by the RiverSmoky Park Supper Club

The largest shipping container restaurant in the U.S., Smoky Park Supper Club is situated on the French Broad River on close to 2 acres of land in the River Arts District. The restaurant features seasonal, wood-fired farm-to-table fare, craft beer, cocktails and live music. Arrive by bike, boat or car for riverside dining outdoors on the lawn or deck, or inside the creatively constructed eatery. 350 Riverside Drive.

New Belgium Brewing

Nestled along the French Broad River, New Belgium features a 5,100-square-foot tasting room, as well as a massive outdoor space comprising a large lawn perfect for picnic and play, a fire pit, plenty of picnic benches and high-top seating on a large deck, and Adirondack chairs facing the river with a view of the River Arts District and Chicken Hill neighborhood. A rotating roster of food trucks, live outdoor music in warmer weather, and the array of beers New Belgium is famed for mean you can make a day of it with family and friends. Extremely kid- and dog-friendly (although dogs are not allowed inside the tasting room), New Belgium is also an ideal stop after a bike ride along the greenway. 21 Craven Street.

HomeGrown West

Enjoy locally sourced and updated American cuisine across from the French Broad River Greenway in West Asheville, near Carrier Park. Favorites include such dishes as buttermilk fried chicken and catfish po’boys, as well as sides like sautéed sesame greens and grit cakes. Dine at outdoor picnic tables behind the restaurant, or get your food to go and amble across the street to the park for a riverside picnic. 219 Amboy Road.

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Tea Takes Hold in Asheville

Asheville NC Teahouses

Craft beer may be the beverage that’s put Asheville on the map, but a different brew has found a foothold in the region: tea. From traditional tea houses to regional blends to tea-centric events, here are all the ways to enjoy the leaf-based brew in Asheville.

Asheville Tea Company

This operation, started in 2015, sells a range of locally sourced brews online, at local tailgate markets, and in Asheville shops and cafes such as. Among the offerings are herbal, black, green, seasonal and yaupon (see below) blends. Flavors include such varied blends as Echinacea Elderflower, Hibiscus Mojito and Chocolate Habanero Chai. In addition, the company offers Tea CSA boxes, which include three monthly select loose leaf teas from its main or seasonal tea line and a tea infuser with the first box. http://www.ashevilleteacompany.com

Asheville Tea and CoffeeAfternoon Tea at the Biltmore

Offered daily from 1-2:30 p.m., afternoon tea at The Inn on Biltmore Estate is inspired by the Vanderbilt tradition of sharing afternoon tea with guests. Along with a sampling of fine cheeses, artfully prepared sweet and savory canapés, a selection of Newby Teas is offered in an opulent setting. https://www.biltmore.com/events/detail/afternoon-tea

Tea Events at Ivory Café & Kitchen

This Arden café, housed in a 1930s stone cottage, offers a number of tea-centric events and tastings. Every Saturday at 2 p.m., there’s an afternoon tea, a laid-back approach to the traditional English-style service. One Sunday a month, the café holds a Sunday Afternoon Tea Tasting in partnership with Asheville Tea Company.  The Sunday Tea includes live classical guitar music, as well as a seasonal tea tasting flight and a brief informative talk by Jessie Dean, owner of Asheville Tea Company. https://ivoryroadavl.com

Dobra Tea - Two Asheville Locations

This tea house, with locations in West Asheville and Downtown, goes to great distances to source all of its teas directly from their regions of origin. Dobra features an incredibly extensive tea menu, with teas arranged by country, and complements its teas with desserts, tea snacks and savory spreads (Downtown), as well as raw and macrobiotic dishes, salads and pho (West Asheville). The tea house also holds events throughout the year: Everything from The History of Tea to Oolong Tea Class and to Pu’er Tea Tasting are offered. http://dobrateanc.com

Teahouses in AshevilleAlchemy

This tearoom, apothecary and acupuncture practice is committed to nourishing the individual and the community while supporting environmental well-being. It honors the practice of Chinese medicine by offering classical formulas and seasonal specialties. Flavors as varied as White Peony, Nettles, Holy Basil and Roasted Barley fill the menu, alongside mainstays like Earl Grey, Oolong and Chamomile. http://www.alchemyasheville.com

Yaupon

This wild, regional evergreen shrub – believed to be the only native North American plant to contain caffeine – is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. The dried leaves were once used by Native Americans to make a ceremonial tea; today, yaupon – a close cousin to the more popular yerba mate – is gaining a new generation of fans with its mellow flavor, energizing buzz, and high concentration of antioxidants and theobromine. Yaupon is on the menu at Green Sage Café and Asheville Tea Company.

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These Asheville-Crafted Gifts Are in Great Taste

Locally Made Asheville Holiday Gifts

Got a foodie on your holiday list? This season, Asheville abounds with unique, locally crafted gifts to suit a range of tastes. Here are just a few of the many regionally made consumables sure to be a hit this holiday – gift a single item as a stocking stuffer, or cluster in a basket for the ultimate palate-pleasing present.

Lusty Monk Mustard

Asheville Lusty Monk MustardHandcrafted in small batches with all-natural ingredients, Lusty Monk is a local favorite that is quickly gaining a national presence. The family-owned company’s fresh-ground mustards come in cheeky-named flavors – Original Sin, Burn in Hell and Altar Boy Honey – that deliver serious punch. https://lustymonk.com

Firewalker Hot Sauce Co.

Committed to handmade, small-batch production with locally grown produce, this Asheville company creates hot sauce with complex layers and depth to brighten and intensify food, not drown it. Using no artificial preservatives, GMOs or sugar, Firewalker’s Original and Running With the Reaper flavors aim for the ideal balance of spice and heat. http://firewalkerhotsauce.com

Asheville Bee Charmer

Asheville Local Gifts for HolidaysThis honey maker works with beekeepers across the region to curate a selection of raw honeys. Infused with herbs, peppers and spices, Asheville Bee Charmer’s selection boasts unusual flavors and experiences ranging from sweet to heat. Offerings include spicy Chai, savory Rosemary, Firecracker Hot and more. https://ashevillebeecharmer.com

Roots & Branches

Specializing in artisanal crackers, Roots & Branches has grown from a tiny, in-home operation into a regional favorite. The owners still oversee every batch of crackers to ensure high-quality production. Cracker flavors like Black Pepper, Sesame Seed and Rosemary pair well with dips and cheeses to create the ultimate savory gift basket. https://www.rootsandbranchesavl.com

Looking Glass Creamery

Looking Glass Creamery AshevilleStarted in 2009, this artisanal cheese producer handcrafts a variety of cheeses, from fresh to aged. Among local favorites are its Fromage Blanc, Chocolate Lab, Green River Blue, fresh Cheddar Curds, and a raw-milk Alpine style called Bear Wallow. The creamery also offers Carmoolita, a rich, dulce de leche-style caramel sauce. https://ashevillecheese.com

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

For the meat and pork lover on your list, this Fairview farm offers gift packages boasting pasture-raised, grass-fed beef and locally raised pork. For a unique gift idea or hostess present, there’s a meat stick gift bag, salami chub gift box, cured meat sampler, or even steak sampler basket. https://www.hickorynutgapfarm.com/product-category/gift_packages/

Roots Hummus

This “Microbrew of Hummus,” which produces, packs and ships out of its River Arts District facility, has found an ardent following for its spreads thanks to unique, high-quality flavors like Thai Coconut Curry, Lima Bean and Hot Chipotle. Add to a gift basket, or break out at your next holiday party. https://www.rootshummus.com

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Coffee Scene's Brewing in Asheville

Asheville Coffee

Asheville has gained nationwide attention for all it has to offer – from its scenic Blue Ridge vistas to its world-class cuisine to its craft-beer boom. And now you can add coffee capital to the list: More and more roasters and cafes dot the city, offering the perfect pick-me-up for your morning run, or a comforting cup for your afternoon break. Following, some favorite spots for a java stop.

South Asheville Coffee Shops

10th Muse Coffee

Specialty coffee drinks include Nutella, cookie butter, dulce de leche, and even horchata. Open, comfy seating and board games make for an entertaining experience. https://www.facebook.com/10thmusecoffee/

Biltmore Coffee Roasters

A rotating selection of freshly roasted single origin hot and cold brews are available each day, along with unique signature drinks like Super Coffee (a take on bulletproof coffee). Each roast is slightly different, exhibiting the nuances of the roasting climate and the bean’s distinctive terroir. https://www.biltmorecoffeeroasters.com

Central Asheville Cafés

Cafe AshevilleSummit Coffee Co.

This Certified Organic roaster and retailer focuses on small-lot coffees sourced intentionally from around the world. Housed in the River Arts District, Summit’s space encourages community and collaboration. https://www.summitcoffee.com/asheville/

PennyCup Coffee Co.

With locations in RAD, downtown, and North and East Asheville, this small-batch roaster sources sustainable, green coffee, roasted to exacting standards. The rotating menu features everything from Ethiopia Kochere fair trade organic to Locomotive Blend to Mexico FTO. https://pennycupcoffeeco.com

Double D’s Coffee

Housed in a double-decker stationary bus, this downtown destination features quality beans and syrups in a range of specialty staples, from macchiatos to espressos to Americanos. http://doubledscoffee.com

High Five Coffee

High Five, with downtown, Five Points and Woodfin locations, partners with Counter Culture Coffee to source and roast its coffee. The coffee house offers classically prepared espresso drinks as well as house-made syrups for its creative concoctions. http://highfivecoffee.com

Izzy’s

This downtown fixture, along with its newer West Asheville location, serves Counter Culture, Mountain Air, Blanchards and Stumptown roasts. http://izzyscoffee.com

Trade and Lore

Trade and Lore, featuring Mountain Air Roasting brews, offers experimental coffee while working to fuel and empower the community. The cafe works with local purveyors, and hosts pop-up events and educational classes. https://www.tradeandlore.com

North Asheville Cafés

Asheville Coffee HouseMountain City Coffee Roasters

Mountain City moved from its longstanding Candler facility to Charlotte Street, and joined forces with High Noon Coffee Roasters. The joint venture’s rotating roster of roasts includes single-origin coffees from Colombia, Ethiopia, Sumatra and Honduras.

https://www.mountaincity.com

Asheville Coffee Roasters

For more than 15 years, this artisan Woodfin roaster has worked with small batches of the best varietals from around the world, cooling and packing specialty roasts daily in foil-gusseted packages with de-gassing valves to preserve freshness. http://ashevillecoffeeroasters.com

West Asheville Coffee Houses

Odd’s Cafe

Odd’s, which features a cozy space along bustling Haywood Road, specializes in high-quality, all-natural products including Summit Coffee Co. freshly roasted coffee. http://www.oddscafe.com

Bean Werks Coffee & Tea

For more than 20 years, this roaster has produced quality artisan roasted small-batch coffee and tea. Naturally Grown, Fair Trade, Direct Trade, Rain Forest Alliance, Bird Friendly, Shade Grown and Organic are many of the supplier-certified offerings available. https://beanwerks.com

BattleCat Coffee Bar

This coffee bar offers PennyCup coffees, along with blended beverages in a laid-back setting, with outdoor garden seating perfect for people-watching. http://battlecatcoffeebar.com

East Asheville Cafés

Peaberry Press

A locally owned coffee and smoothie shop in River Ridge Business Center, Peaberry’s beans are locally roasted, organic and fair trade. Offerings include everything from espressos to red eyes to breves. https://www.peaberrypress.com

Filo

This cozy café offers traditional coffee beverages as well as specialty drinks like their flavored Filo lattes and Filo cappuccinos. https://filopastries.com

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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

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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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