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Simple Ways to Support Asheville Businesses This Holiday Season

Support Local Asheville BusinessesFor Ashevillians seeking to bolster independent businesses this holiday season, these movements and resources can be a good starting point.

Restaurant takeout and safe dine-in

One simple way to help local business in Asheville is to patronize area restaurants, particularly hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. Many restaurants offer online ordering and payment, as well as curbside pickup, for a contactless experience. Some have also reopened for limited in-house dining, with safely spaced tables as well as outdoor heated patios. Asheville Independent Restaurants keeps an updated list of local restaurants offering take-out or delivery, as well as dine-in options. www.foodinasheville.com

#AshevilleStrong

#AshevilleStrong encourages people to buy local gift cards – perfect for holiday gifts or stocking stuffers – from businesses around Asheville and Western North Carolina. Local restaurants, hotels, shops, salons, theaters and markets that are seeing a decline in visitors can get an immediate boost from gift-card sales. #AshevilleStrong’s website offers a list, updated daily, of the area businesses offering gift cards, so support can continue even while stores, restaurants and entertainment venues stay shuttered or limited. https://www.ashevillestrong.com

Streaming entertainment

While a select few area venues have reopened for limited audiences, many local theaters and music venues are streaming concerts, plays and other performances for audiences to access remotely, from the comfort of home. Check out your favorite venue’s website for specific offerings and a calendar of events.

There are many other ways to support our local community as we enter the holiday season amid the pandemic. Just a few others to explore are: United Way & Hands-On Asheville to donate goods and volunteer (https://www.handsonasheville.org/covid-19-community-response/); Musician Relief Fund to support Asheville’s normally vibrant music scene as it experiences cancelled gigs, festivals and events (https://iamavl.com/musician-relief-fund/); and Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund to address local farmers’ needs as they deal with a dive in customers and sales (https://asapconnections.org/covid-19-response/).

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Blue Ridge Mountain Wineries Serve Up Tasty Sips and Sumptuous Scenery

Asheville Area WineriesFor a relaxing daytime excursion, take a visit to one of the many wineries dotting Western North Carolina. These wineries, in and around the Asheville area, offer the opportunity to enjoy tastings and tours as you soak in the stunning surroundings unique to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Make sure to plan ahead: Most wineries take reservations, and it’s best to check their latest COVID-19-related policies before making your visit. 

Biltmore Winery

A visit to this famed winery, in the heart of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, is included in the price of the admission to the house. The winery offers tours of the facility, as well as complimentary tastings of its handcrafted wines. A range of bottles, cases and snacks to complement its wines is offered in the winery gift shop. https://www.biltmore.com/visit/winery/visit-our-winery/

Addison Farms Vineyard

This family-owned vineyard and winery in Leicester, a short drive from Asheville, boasts a tasting room with mountain views, where you can enjoy samples of wines from its six grape varieties. http://www.addisonfarms.net

Wineries Near Asheville NCTryon Foothills Wine Country

An easy 45-mile drive from Asheville, this area is home to more than 20 vineyards along with four wineries open to visitors. The rolling countryside offers fertile ground for grape-growing, and the surrounding mountains that protect it from harsh weather extremes mean it has the longest growing season in Western N.C. The wineries open to visitors are: family-run Parker-Binns Vineyard, with 40 acres of winery and vineyard (Mill Spring) https://www.parkerbinnsvineyard.com; Overmountain Vineyards, featuring a variety of estate-grown wines (Tryon) https://overmountainvineyards.com; Russian Chapel Hills Winery, with seven varietals as well as a muscadine dessert wine (Columbus) https://www.russianchapelhills.com; and boutique family winery Mountain Brook Vineyards (Tryon) https://www.mountainbrookvineyards.com.

Catawba Valley Wine Tour

This collection of three wineries between Marion and Morganton, about 30 minutes east of Asheville, sits in the foothills of Burke County and takes advantage of the ideal growing conditions for grapes. The three wineries, all within a 15-mile drive, are: South Creek Winery, boasting Bordeaux-style wines (Nebo) http://www.southcreekwinery.com; Silver Fork Vineyard, where you can enjoy samples along with live music, movies and art exhibits (Morganton) https://www.silverforkwinery.com; and Lake James Cellars Winery, where you can try a variety of tastings in a restored 1915 textile mill building (Glen Alpine) https://www.lakejamescellars.com.

Hendersonville Winery Trail

If you’re looking for an easy daytrip from Asheville, consider visiting the Hendersonville Winery Trail, about 25 miles south of downtown Asheville. Take a scenic, 10-mile country drive to sample a range of award-winning wines as you soak in the vineyards’ beautiful settings and mountain views. The vineyards are: Point Lookout Vineyards, with six red and four white wines along with seven meads https://pointlookoutvineyards.com; Saint Paul Mountain Vineyards, which grows 14 grape varieties https://www.saintpaulfarms.com; and Burntshirt Vineyards, a North Carolina Winery of the Year offering 19 wines, as well as winery production tours https://burntshirtvineyards.com.

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Enjoy Asheville's Dining and Entertainment Scene – Outdoors and Safely – This Summer

Asheville Outdoor DiningThe typically vibrant restaurant and live music scene in Asheville is looking a little different this summer. With coronavirus concerns and restrictions in place, venues have adapted by creating outdoor options that are both safe (following CDC guidelines) and enjoyable. Here are a few spots to socially distance while enjoying the food and entertainment that are singular to Asheville.

Eating out, literally

Sunny Point Café – While this West Asheville destination isn’t offering dine-in service, customers can take to-go orders to a newly created picnic area, or enjoy their meals in the garden. https://sunnypointcafe.com

All Souls Pizza – Guests can place orders at the counter or order online, then enjoy their meal at outdoor seating on the patio or the adjacent field. http://www.allsoulspizza.com

Zia Taqueria – A counter-ordering system is in place at this West Asheville spot, which has turned its side parking lot into an outdoor patio with 14 tables. Food runners deliver meals, and get guests more drinks, close tabs and clear tables. https://ziataco.com/avl

Taco Billy – Guests to this West Asheville favorite can place an online order, then take their food to one of the picnic tables in the newly expanded back yard. http://tacobillyasheville.com

Mellow Mushroom – This popular pizza spot offers a huge patio perfectly perched at a bustling downtown intersection, ideal for taking in Asheville’s energy while enjoying a slice. https://mellowmushroom.com/location/nc-asheville-50-broadway-st-28801/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Asheville-NC&utm_content=55

Asheville Restaurants with Outdoor SeatingJettie Rae’s Oyster House – This new eatery on Charlotte Street – featuring fresh fish and oysters – offers an open-air patio for dine-in enjoyment. https://jettieraes.com

White Duck Taco Shop – The River Arts District location of this popular Asheville spot provides counter service and a beautiful riverside setting with plenty of picnic tables from which to safely enjoy your meal. http://whiteducktacoshop.com

Bent Creek Bistro at the N.C. Arboretum– Guests here can enjoy lunch al fresco when they order at the window or online. Socially distanced seating is available in the Education Center Courtyard and Plaza, or guests can take the Bistro’s picnic-friendly packaged meals to their favorite spots on the Arboretum’s 434-acre campus. https://www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit/dining/

Live music, outdoors 

Isis Music Hall – This West Asheville venue continues its popular lawn shows – replacing the open free lawn and bring-your-own-chair seating with dining-only tables socially distanced throughout the patio and lawn. Reservations are recommended. https://isisasheville.com

One World Brewing West – Most Thursdays through Sundays, One World’s West Asheville location hosts live outdoor music to enjoy along with a rotating selection of flagship brews. https://oneworldbrewing.com/west-asheville-events/

Grey Eagle Taqueria - This iconic music venue in the River Arts District also has an attached restaurant and large courtyard patio. They are offering small and socially distant concerts that people can enjoy while enjoying tacos and craft beer. http://www.thegreyeagle.com/

Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – This downtown destination is closed, but the center is presenting Top Deck Concerts at the Pack Square Parking Deck. Guests can bring their own chair or relax in their vehicle for rooftop-level performances at the Pack Square Parking Deck, directly adjacent to the Wortham Center balcony level. Up to 25 single tickets are available per performance for physically distanced outdoor seating (mask required). Drive-in passes are sold per car and include a parking space to enjoy the performance from inside your vehicle (no mask required). https://www.worthamarts.org/Online/default.asp

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Amp Up the Romance With These Unique Asheville Outings

Asheville Romantic Outings

If you’re looking for some couple time in Asheville – whether it’s Valentine’s Day, or any day – the options are endless. From a relaxing hot-stone couple’s massage, to a spirited pinball-playing afternoon, to an evening spent sipping cocktails while drinking in the expansive mountain views, romantic outings in Asheville are singularly special. Following are a few favorites:

Spa stars

Asheville spas often incorporate stellar views and unique ambiance into the experience. Nestled on a mountainside minutes from downtown Asheville, Shoji Spa, a completely private, Japanese-style outdoor hot tub spa, offers contrast therapies including wet cedar sauna, open-air double cold showers, private salt hydrotherapy tubs, and massage therapy, focusing on couple’s treatments. The spa also offers overnight stays in four distinctive, rustic rooms. https://shojiretreats.com

Asheville Activities for CouplesThe Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn provides guests with 20 water features, including numerous mineral-based pools, to complement the subterranean spa with cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels. You and your love can enjoy 43,000 square feet of peace and quiet along with two therapeutic waterfall pools as well as a lap pool blanketed with 6,500 fiber-optic stars and underwater music. Visit private men’s and women’s contrast pools, inhalation rooms, saunas and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms, then reunite with a light snack and hot organic tea at three fireside lounges with comfortable, oversized chairs and views to match your exhilarating experience.https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/spa

From pinball to a sky-highball

Want to add a little friendly competition to your date? Make a plan to play pinball at downtown’s Pinball Museum. The museum, with over 80 pinball and classic video games, offers all-you-can-play fun for a flat entry fee. 

http://ashevillepinball.com. After you’ve declared a winner, head to one of the many rooftop bars dotting downtown to drink in the sunset. Cozy up by the outdoor firepits at Hemingway’s Cuba Restaurant & Bar, on the fourth floor of the Cambria Hotel https://www.hemingwayscuba.com; or the AC Hotel’s Capella on 9, with views of Pack Square Park and City Hall https://www.capellaon9.com.

Asheville Date NightGet carriage-d away

Maybe you’ve seen the Biltmore Estate from the inside, but have you ever taken in its 8,000-acre backyard? Relax with that special someone in an elegant carriage drawn by Belgian draft horses as you enjoy a new perspective of the famed house and grounds. Blankets are provided, meaning you can keep warm even on brisk afternoons. A brief stop along the 30-minute ride allows for stunning, long-range views and an opportunity to meet the horses. https://www.biltmore.com/things-to-do/activities/outdoors/carriage-rides/

Dance classes

Consider taking a couple’s dance lesson from one of the many private instructors around Asheville. Or if you want to incorporate a social element into the date, try a tango class offered by Ashevillian Tango, at various venues around Asheville. All levels are welcome, with no previous experience necessary. Beginners’ classes, followed by a welcoming milonga(social dance) that’s often accompanied by live music, will keep you and your partner joyfully on your toes. https://www.ashevilliantango.org

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Asheville Quenches Growing Thirst for Kombucha

Kombucha Asheville

Kombucha – the fermented, slightly alcoholic, lightly effervescent tea drink – has been consumed for thousands of years, with many believing the beverage to cure an array of ailments. But while there’s debate over the health benefits of consuming kombucha, there’s no question that its popularity during the past decade has grown across the U.S., as well as here in Asheville. Whether you’re looking for a locally brewed kombucha, or want to enjoy kombucha on tap, Asheville has a variety of options to quench your thirst.

Kombucha AshevilleLocal Asheville kombucha brewers

Buchi – The first commercial kombucha brewery in the Southeast, Asheville’s Buchi began 10 years ago as a small operation in Montford and has quickly grown to become a significant player in the fermented beverages arena. Production at its 30,000-foot facility in Marshall follows a 2,000-year-old craft brewing tradition, using fair trade organic teas, fruits, spices, medicinal herbs and extracts. Nationally, Buchi is available at neighborhood co-ops and major natural foods retailers in over 20 states. In Asheville, Buchi flavors like Roasted Roots, Mint Pineapple Echinacea and Ginger Cayenne are available in bottles at major grocery stores including Ingles, Earthfare Whole Foods, Publix and Fresh Market. https://www.drinkbuchi.com

Shanti Elixirs’ Jun – Jun, a unique cousin to kombucha, is a fermented effervescent tea featuring a base of green tea and raw honey rather than kombucha’s traditional base of black tea and concentrated cane sugar.It’s sometimes called the “Champagne of Kombucha” thanks to its light, smooth, unique flavor profile. Weaverville-based Shanti Elixirs brews an array of Jun flavors like Elderberry Lemon, Chocolate Chaga and Mango Habanero; the company even offers a CSA program, where members can enjoy exclusive specialty and collaborative flavors. Jun is available in bottles at specialty shops, grocers, restaurants and bars across Western N.C. https://shantielixirs.com

Booda – This Arden-based brewer makes its kombucha with organic fair trade teas and organic raw cane sugar. Its unique flavors include Dragonberry, Ginger Limeade, Blood Orange and Spirulina Passion. Bottles of Booda kombucha can be found at restaurants, grocers and specialty shops around the Asheville area. https://www.boodakombucha.com

Kombucha on Tap AshevilleKombucha on tap in Asheville

A growing number of Asheville-area eateries, breweries and bars offer kombucha on tap. Here are a few to check out:

Rosetta’s Buchi Bar – The downstairs of Rosetta’s in downtown Asheville offers six flavors of Buchi kombucha on draft. You can also order from Rosetta’s full menu. https://www.rosettaskitchen.com/buchi-bar

Tunnel Road Tap Haus – This restaurant and bar inside the Whole Foods Market on Tunnel Road in Asheville serves up Buchi kombucha on tap to go with its casual-food menu. https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/service/tap-haus-0

Homeplace Beer Co. – Homeplace, a brewer located in Burnsville that incorporates many local ingredients from Yancey County into its offerings, has a housemade kombucha on tap. https://homeplacebeer.com

Bhramari Brewing Co. – This downtown Asheville taproom and restaurant, a favorite late-night destination, offers Shanti Elixirs’ Jun on tap. https://www.bhramaribrewing.com

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Hosting This Season? Take a Holiday From the Stress With These Helpful Tips

Holiday Hosting Tips

Hosting for the holidays can be stressful – but it doesn’t have to be! With a little forethought and some pre-planning, your next home gathering can leave your spirit full, not frazzled.

Curtail kitchen labor

No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen while their guests are partying. Having a menu that can be prepped in advance eliminates a lot of the stress surrounding feeding a crowd. Think casseroles, soups, slow-cooker dishes, no-bake desserts and the like that can be assembled ahead of time, and popped in the oven, on the stove, or plugged in on the day of the festivities. Set up a self-serve drink bar, where guests can do their own mixing and pouring. For snacking, most grocers stock pre-cut cheese and meat trays, so all you have to add are crackers for an easy party appetizer, or an afternoon bite for houseguests. Breakfast casseroles that can be made ahead of time and simply baked in the morning mean you’ll be able to ease into the day with your guests.

Hosting and the HolidaysStock up

Load your pantry with kid- and adult-friendly snacks, fill your fruit bowl with healthy grab-and-go items to tide guests over until the next meal, and keep a supply of drinks on hand (depending on how cold it is outside, you can store overflow in a cooler on the back porch). Also, keep kitchen essentials well-stocked: Think baking products, eggs, milk, half and half, coffee and the like. Having such items in healthy supply will eliminate stressful last-minute runs to the store. And don’t forget extra toilet paper, soaps and shampoos for the guest bathroom.

De-clutter

Ahead of your guests’ arrival, move your coats, shoes and bags out of entryway spaces, empty under-bathroom-sink cabinets and closets in guest areas, and clean out the fridge. De-cluttering offers a welcoming space for your guests, one where they can feel relaxed and at home. It can also help them keep track of all the items they’ve brought from home when it comes time to pack up and leave.

Hosting Tips HolidaysSpread the holiday mood

Elegant decorations, festive background music and scented candles can provide a feast for the senses to greet guests upon their arrival. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to suit up your space; doing so not only gives you a chance to thoughtfully plan, but also allows you a moment to soak in the sumptuous surroundings before guests arrive. 

Delegate tasks and take time for yourself

If you’re feeling overwhelmed ahead of hosting a party, don’t be shy about asking family and friends to help. Chances are, you’ve got one or two guests who would be more than happy to arrive a bit early to set out appetizers, or stay after the party to help clean up. Taking a moment before guests arrive to enjoy a cup of tea, a glass of wine, or a short nap will leave you refreshed, relaxed and ready to join in the fun.

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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. https://www.loc8nearme.com/north-carolina/asheville/white-duck-taco-shop/3514395/

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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