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Asheville Sets the Stage for Exciting, Engaging Theater

Theater in Asheville NC

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If you’re a theater lover, Asheville is the perfect place to enjoy an entertaining evening performance. From grand-scale, world-renowned productions to intimate, locally sprung work, there’s an engaging show to suit all manner of tastes and interests.

Asheville Community Theatre

For more than six decades, Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining audiences, making it the oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country. It presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space. The popular Saturdays at ACT program offers high-quality family theater at affordable ticket prices. http://ashevilletheatre.org

Diana Wortham Theater AshevilleDiana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists. http://www.dwtheatre.com

The Magnetic Theatre

The Magnetic Theatre, a not-for-profit production company, is the only professional theater in the Southeast dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with audiences. Almost all of the more than four dozen plays the theater has debuted since 2009 have been written, directed, designed, performed and staffed by Asheville residents. The theater operates year-round out of Magnetic 375 in the River Arts District. http://www.themagnetictheatre.org

NC Stage Company

Founded in 2001, the NC Stage Company prides itself in creating theater that is as consequential as it is entertaining.  The company’s dedication to artistic excellence and exploration includes education programming and community engagement. Productions from “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to “Matt & Ben” promise a varied year-round roster. http://www.ncstage.org

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Asheville NC TheaterAsheville Contemporary Dance Theatre

Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre is a non-profit professional dance company created in 1979. As Western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company, ACDT is devoted to local and international work, forging collaborations and partnerships between Asheville artists and dance artists from around the world.Most of the shows are created and premiered in ACDT’s cozy and intimate black-box BeBe Theatre. http://www.acdt.org

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Flat Rock Playhouse

This theater, located 30 minutes south of Asheville, hosts a range of professional Broadway musicals, comedies and dramas. The 500-seat mainstage auditorium is group friendly, and offers such productions as “The Turn of the Screw,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and fan favorite “A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas.” https://flatrockplayhouse.org

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Urban Adventures Abound in the Heart of Asheville

Asheville Indoor Rock Climbing

The mountains surrounding Asheville are overflowing with opportunities for outdoor adventures, from hiking to cycling to camping to whitewater rafting. But did you know you don’t have to leave Asheville’s city limits to enjoy an afternoon of outdoor thrills? Urban adventures abound; here are a few favorites to try next time you’re looking for a little local excitement.

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park

Featuring 60 unique climbing, flying, walking, jumping, swinging and rappelling challenges anchored to more than 30 trees and poles, this park (just minutes from downtown Asheville in the Adventure Center of Asheville) has five different trails with various obstacles and challenge levels – think a jungle gym for all ages. Challenges include a flying kayak, snowboard and swinging hula hoops. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-treetops-adventure-park

Asheville Bike ParkKolo Bike Park

Located in West Asheville, right off I-240, is Kolo Bike Park, part of the Adventure Center of Asheville. Here you’ll find four miles of mountain bike trails featuring a hand-built singletrack surrounded by wooded terrain, a machine-built flow trail with dirt berms and rollers, two pump tracks for beginners and advanced riders, wooden balance features and bridges, a dirt jump area with a range of jump levels, and a 180-degree wood berm. All the trails are designed for various rider levels, from beginner to expert. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kolo-bike-park

Rock Climbing and Bouldering

For some in-town climbing, head to Climbmax (with two locations, downtown and by the French Broad River in West Asheville). The downtown location (which is great for children as well as adults) features expansive bouldering terrain, as well as a 40-foot outdoor climbing wall. The Smoky Mountain Adventure Center location on Amboy Road features extensive top rope and lead climbing, with six auto-belays for indoor use. It also offers a 44-foot outdoor wall, MoonBoard and fitness equipment. https://www.climbmaxnc.com

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and KidZip

This convenient zipline canopy tour, amid white and red oaks on a 124-acre resort, affords views of downtown Asheville set against a majestic mountain backdrop. The full canopy tour includes 11 ziplines in nine treetop platforms and several large adventure towers, as well as three sky bridges. The express tour includes seven ziplines and one sky bridge. https://ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-zipline-canopy-adventure/about-asheville-zipline-canopy-adventures

In addition, kids ages 4-10 can enjoy KidZip (either self-guided for older kids, or with an adult escort for younger kids), which includes nine ziplines and four climbing elements, with ziplines ranging in length from 50 to 250 feet. https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kidzip

River Tubing Near AshevilleFrench Broad River activities

The French Broad River flows through the heart of Asheville, which means you can enjoy a range of floating fun without leaving town. Among the offerings:

·       Stand-up paddleboarding – Wai Mauna offers paddleboard rentals, which include a free lesson (and complimentary footwear!), as well as guided tours where you can learn about Asheville’s history. https://www.waimaunaashevillesuptours.com

·       Tubing – This laidback way to see Asheville from the water involves putting in at one of the many points along the French Broad, then floating through forests and past riverside breweries, bars and restaurants. Popular starting points include Hominy Creek River Park, Carrier Park and Jean Webb River Park. Many businesses along the river encourage tubers to disembark for a drink or meal: Grab a bite at White Duck Taco or 12 Bones, or a brew from New Belgium Brewery or the Bywater. Tube rentals are plentiful (check out Asheville Outdoor Center or Zen Tubing for starters).

·       Flat-water canoeing or kayaking – To travel via canoe or kayak, there’s a popular seven-mile river trip that runs through Asheville, passing through the Biltmore Estate. Put-in is at Bent Creek River and picnic area (near the N.C. Arboretum), and take-out is at Hominy Creek River and picnic park. The Asheville Outdoor Center offers shuttles.

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Asheville Community Centers Offer Outlets for Entertainment, Information and Social Support

Asheville Community Centers

Community centers form the heart of a neighborhood, and Asheville is brimming with a variety of them. From spaces where folks can gather for games, camaraderie and social support, to meeting places equipped to handle a crowd, Asheville offers a range of community centers for young and old.

Asheville Jewish Community Center

The Asheville JCC celebrates Jewish culture and builds community through a wide variety of programs open to all regardless of background, religion, belief or age. An annual membership affords access to childcare, summer camps, most aquatics programs and other activities. 236 Charlotte St. https://www.jcc-asheville.org

West Asheville Community CenterKairos West Community Center

Kairos West, located in West Asheville, is a space for community building and empowerment through art and social service. The space is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and available for groups to use free of charge for community-building events and meetings. Also located in the building is 12 Baskets Café, offering free meals and community building to everyone. 610 Haywood Road. https://kairoswest.wordpress.com

Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center

Located in central Asheville and named for a prominent leader in Asheville’s African American community during the time of the Civil Rights movement and the period of Asheville’s urban renewal in the 1960s and 1970s, the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center is home to a variety of creative programs for all ages. The center features classrooms and an auditorium with a stage, and uses a geothermal HVAC system, and sports skylights and a living roof. 285 Livingston Street Park. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-grant-SR-southside-center/129319413837629

Asheville Community Yoga

Asheville Community Yoga is a nonprofit center for individual and community transformation offering donation-based yoga, Qigong, mindfulness-based programs, meditation, workshops, introductory immersions, teacher trainings, continuing education, yoga in Spanish, and yoga for seniors and kids. All classes, workshops and events at the center are free for people who cannot afford to pay. For people who are able to pay, the suggested “Love Offering” amount is $5 to $15 for regular classes and $15+ for special events and workshops. 8 Brookdale Road. https://ashevillecommunityyoga.com

Community Centers Asheville NCWoodfin Community Center

The Woodfin Community Center, located in quiet Woodfin, contains a full kitchen, a small stage, seating and tables for more than 200 guests as well as restroom facilities. The center is available for rent by the day. 23 Community St. https://www.woodfin-nc.gov

Burton Street Community Center

The Burton Street Community Center features an auditorium, game room, billiard room, arts and crafts room, a computer lab, a weight room and a kitchen. The park surrounding the center features two basketball courts, a playground and a play field. 134 Burton St.

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Asheville Activities Deliver Big Fun for Little Ones

Asheville NC Kids Activities

Asheville’s popularity as a kid-friendly town has made it the go-to spot for families to visit, and to live. Even the youngest set can get in on the Asheville action, with a variety of activities available for year-round fun. Here are a few favorites.

Splasheville

The City of Asheville’s free interactive splash play fountain in downtown’s Pack Square Park delights children with its 21 jets of water that run in 12 combinations. The fountain usually operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week from April through September. https://www.ashevillenc.gov/service/find-a-pool-or-splashville-information/

Asheville Children's ActivitiesBiltmore Estate

A visit to George Vanderbilt's 250-room chateau, gardens and farm offers many fun and educational activities for children of all ages. Guided tours of the house specially suited to children are available. In addition, the gardens – with expansive stretches of lawns to run through – often incorporate displays to wow even the youngest visitors. Antler Hill Village & Winery offers a playground, live music, a Creamery, and kid-friendly dining options. The Farm in Antler Hill Village gives children the opportunity to interact with farmyard animals including chickens, goats, horses and sheep. Kids can also explore and climb on antique tractors and wagons, play with toys and games from the 1800s, participate in fun daily crafts like churning butter or making a basket, and see demonstrations by a blacksmith, woodworker, beekeeper, and others. Children 9 and under are free with a paying adult. Visit https://www.biltmore.com for hours and admission.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is a 10-acre independent, non-profit botanical garden adjacent to UNC-Asheville. The garden, which is free to visit, offers children ages 4 to 10 five “Investigation Passports,” which focus on animals, birds, insects, nature words, and plants. Each free Investigation Passport encourages kids to use their observation skills and senses while exploring the Gardens. The passports include investigation tips, pre-investigation and observation activities, and a fun take-home activity. Upon completion of the garden activities, kids can get their passports stamped at the visitor’s center. https://ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

Cradle of Forestry and Forest Discovery Center

The 6,500-acre Cradle of Forestry Heritage Site in Pisgah National Forest was home to the first forestry school in the country, the Biltmore Forest School, founded in 1898. Highlights include the 1.3-mile Forest Festival Trail, which features an ozone garden, antique portable sawmill, and 1914 Climax locomotive (which kids can climb aboard); and the 1-mile Biltmore Campus Trail, which winds through the Biltmore Forest School’s rustic campus. A one-room schoolhouse, general store, cabins, blacksmith shop, and garden provide opportunities to glimpse the lives of the first American forestry students and the families who lived there. The Forest Discovery Center features educational films, 15 hands-on exhibits, children’s games, a fire-fighting helicopter simulator, an “underground” forest floor tunnel, nature-based scavenger hunts, a gift shop and café. The Cradle of Forestry also offers The Adventure Zone, a collective of hands-on indoor and outdoor activities designed to help children and adults with autism become active in the outdoors and gain a better understanding about the natural world. Visit https://cradleofforestry.com for hours and admission.

The Asheville Museum of Science 

Western North Carolina’s home for experiential science learning, discovery and exploration, AMOS strives to spark the imagination and foster lifelong curiosity. Among its features are the Colburn Hall of Minerals, the STEM lab, an interactive panorama screen, Teratophoneus dinosaur skeleton and fossil dig, Southern Appalachian Forest tree climb, Terrabox elevation simulator, Toddler Nest, fun temporary exhibits, and a museum store. The museum’s newest addition is its French Broad River water table, which teaches children how human actions affect the health of the area’s river ecosystem. Visit https://ashevillescience.org for hours and admission.

Asheville NC Kids ActivitiesThe WNC Nature Center

This 42-acre zoological park aims to foster stewardship among both young and old of Western North Carolina’s native wildlife and habitats. The center is home to more than 60 species of wild and domestic animals – including otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar – and hundreds of species of plants, all representative of the Southern Appalachians. The center also hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year. Visit https://wildwnc.org for hours and admission.

KidZip

Asheville Treetops Adventure Park features KidZip, a zipline destination geared to children ages 4-10. KidZip – either self-guided for older kids, or with an adult escort for younger kids – includes nine ziplines and four climbing elements, with ziplines ranging in length from 50 to 250 feet. Visit https://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/kidzip to reserve tickets.

Mountain Play Lodge

This indoor play and party center – perfect for a rainy day – offers play equipment for even the tiniest tots, including a miniature “Asheville” to explore, a giant three-part jungle gym, soft play items to climb on, over and under, all on padded flooring and within the safety of play floor gating. https://www.mountainplaylodge.com

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Plentiful Neighborhood Parks Are Perk of Living in Asheville

Asheville Neighborhoods Near Parks

When beginning your home search in Asheville, nearby amenities are often a deciding factor. Parks – many boasting greenways, large playgrounds, ball fields, even a velodrome – are plentiful in the area, meaning there’s likely one within walking distance of (or a short drive from) your dream home. Here are some of Asheville’s most popular parks, and their nearby neighborhoods.

Asheville ParksFrench Broad River and Carrier Parks

These two greenway-connected parks bordering a densely populated portion of West Asheville are popular destinations, and it’s easy to see why. French Broad River Park (508 Riverview Dr.) features a vast area of open green space with old trees, a wildflower garden, gazebo, picnic tables and grills, a dog park, an observation deck and a small playground. Carrier Park (220 Amboy Rd.) is one of Asheville's premier parks, built at a former racetrack that now serves as a velodrome for cycling. The infield has volleyball courts, playground, roller-hockey rink and basketball court. The greenway also runs past a lawn bowling court, multi-use sports field for baseball and soccer, picnic pavilion, river overlooks and wetland interpretive trails. 

West Asheville Park

This popular neighborhood park off of Vermont Avenue Extension is home to a Little League baseball field, concessions and restrooms. It also boasts a playground and picnic shelter on its 8.6 acres. Rhododendron Creek runs through the park grounds. 11 Vermont Ave. Ext.

Asheville Parks Bent CreekBent Creek Community Park

A popular Bent Creek neighborhood gathering spot is the 20-acre Bent Creek Community Park, which features wide open areas and a covered pavilion for events, full basketball court, community garden, large playground, sandbox, paved roller area, bicycle pump track, trails, volleyball, playing fields and more. 125 Idlewood Dr.

Weaver Park

Located off Merrimon Avenue in the Norwood Park neighborhood of North Asheville, the 6.6-acre Weaver Park features a lighted ballfield, basketball court, tennis courts, a concession stand and a picnic shelter. There is paved off-street parking, a short trail, and restrooms. 200 Murdock Ave.

Azalea Park

Located in East Asheville along the Swannanoa River, not far from the neighborhood of Beverly Hills, sits Azalea Park. The park features the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, a large, shaded playground, a dog park, restrooms and concessions. 498 Azalea Rd.

Kenilworth Park

Located in the heart of Asheville’s Kenilworth neighborhood, the 3-acre Kenilworth Park features basketball courts, ballfields, tennis courts, a picnic area with grills, a playground and restrooms. 79 Wyoming Rd.

Richmond Hill Park

Richmond Hill Park, not far from the Emma neighborhood in West Asheville, boasts 183 forest-filled acres, making it Asheville’s largest wooded city park. There are a wide variety of activities available, including disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, jogging, dog-walking and bird-watching. The disc golf course, considered one of the most challenging woods courses in the country, is 18 holes and 6,093 feet long. 280 Richmond Hill Dr. 

Aston Park and Tennis Center

This park, located close to the residential neighborhoods that line the southern border of downtown Asheville, features one of the top public clay court facilities in the country, with 12 lighted courts available for use. A small playground and rolling green hills surround the center. 336 Hilliard Ave.

Overlooking Malvern Hills Park and PoolMalvern Hills Park

The outdoor seasonal pool is the big draw of this popular park, which is surrounded by a tight-knit community in West Asheville. The park also features a bathhouse, restrooms, concession area, lighted tennis courts, playground, walking trail and a picnic shelter with grills. 75 Rumbough Pl.

Murphy-Oakley Park

This 7.7-acre park is extremely convenient to surrounding East Asheville neighborhoods and includes a lighted ballfield, three tennis courts, a playground, a picnic shelter, a concession and restrooms. 715 Fairview Rd.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This 3.4-acre park, walking distance to many neighborhoods lining South Charlotte Street near downtown, features a lighted ballfield with scoreboard, concession stand, fitness court, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, open shelter, memorial statue, courtyard and grills. 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

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Clothing Boutiques Outfit Asheville in Unique Options

Asheville Clothes Boutique

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Small, locally owned clothing boutiques abound in Asheville, making it easy to find unique, quality outfits and accessories not typically offered in big-box stores and malls. Stroll the streets of downtown Asheville and Biltmore Village, and you’ll find plenty of boutiques to choose from; the trend is also stretching into other corners of the city. Following are just a few to choose from:

Frock – This women’s clothing boutique on Battery Park Avenue in downtown features contemporary and classic designer styles, plus handbags and jewelry. The boutique carries a range of brands, including Hobo, Michael Stars and Hanky Panky. https://www.befrocked.com

Boutique Clothes Stores AshevilleVirtue – This unique boutique on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown carries boho-chic fashions, plus vintage-inspired accessories and housewares. https://www.shopvirtue.com

Old North – A hip boutique on downtown’s Walnut Street, Old North showcases modern and classic men’s and women’s clothing from U.S., European and Japanese makers, created with a focus on timeless appeal. https://oldnorthclothing.com

Minx – Minx, on N. Lexington Avenue in downtown, has been in business since 2002, offering contemporary fashions, personal care products and unique gifts. Brands on hand include Frye, Kensie and Free People. https://minxboutique.wordpress.com/about/

Scout – This boutique in Biltmore Village offers a finely curated assortment of stylish women’s apparel and accessories that fit a broad range of sizes, styles and budgets. https://www.scoutavl.com

Union His & Her – This down-to-earth shop carries everyday clothing and accessories for men and women.Located in downtown’s historic Miles Building, Union’s ever-evolving inventory changes weekly, offering such brands as BB Dakota, Joe’s Jeans, Ben Sherman and 7 Diamonds. https://www.unionasheville.com

Asheville NC Clothing StoresHip Replacements – This downtown mainstay has been around since 1995, and showcases men's and women's apparel from independent designers, plus vintage and handmade goods. https://hipreplacementsclothing.com

Royal Peasantry – This unique shop on N. Lexington Avenue offers a wide range of one-of-a-kind clothes and leather accessories to fit every shape. Royal Peasantry prides itself on transforming discarded pieces of high-quality upholstery, fur and leather scraps into bags, holsters, and detailing on clothing. http://www.royalpeasantry.com

Sugar Britches – This shop, located at The Foundation in the River Arts District, specializes in up-cycled and hand-crafted whimsical finery from the most inspired fabric artists in town. Sugar Britches offers stand-apart pieces for sale, in addition to providing maker space for artists, plus classes and unique private party possibilities like “Hats On” parties for making hats and headpieces, and “Tie One On” parties for men. https://www.sugarbritches.style

Elementality – This women's clothing shop with a New Age vibe stocks eclectic casualwear, handmade jewelry and gifts. Elementality is located on Tunnel Road in East Asheville. https://myelementality.com

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Swimming Holes Around Asheville Offer Cool Spots to Chill Out

Sliding Rock Near Asheville

Looking for a cool way to beat the heat of summer? Swimming holes in and around Asheville are the perfect answer. It’s easy to make a day of it, so suit up and head out to one of these natural splash spots.

Azalea Park

For those who want to take a quick, in-town dip, Azalea Park, on Asheville’s east side, offers an ideal spot. While the swimming hole – along a stretch of the Swannanoa River that borders the park – is not officially maintained by the city, it draws a crowd with its light current, perfect for a refreshing stop on a hot day. Bonus: There are bathrooms and a playground at the park, so you can make a day of your dip. 498 Azalea Road East in Asheville.

Lake Lure Beach

Lake Lure Beach and Water Park

This popular destination – famed as one of the locations where the iconic 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” was filmed – boasts a large sandy beach, a children’s park, a waterslide and water games. The lake – 45 minutes from Asheville – is nestled in Hickory Nut Gorge, with a backdrop of majestic mountains. In-season admission is $9/adult and $7/child. 2724 Memorial Hwy in Lake Lure

Carolina Hemlocks

Carolina Hemlocks, a shaded recreation area surrounded by thick hemlock forest with a mix of deciduous trees and rhododendrons, sits in Pisgah National Forest adjacent to the South Toe River. It’s the perfect spot for you and your family to swim, tube or even camp. There’s a shaded picnic shelter, as well as hiking trails to explore after your fun in the water. https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233954

The Beach at Lake James

Popular Lake James, about an hour east of Asheville, beckons with its wide sandy beach, bathhouse, concession and kayak/paddleboard rentals. When lifeguards are on duty (from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends), there’s a fee of $5/adult and $4/child. You can make a day or even a weekend of your visit, thanks to the lake’s camping options. In addition to water activities, take in the trails – all 25 miles of them – either by foot, or on mountain bike (where designated).  https://www.ncparks.gov/lake-james-state-park

Swimming Hole Hooker FallsHooker Falls

This 12-foot waterfall spills into a wide, open pool, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. The fourth waterfall on the Little River in DuPont State Forest, Hooker is easy to access via a short trail from the main parking area, which is equipped with a bathroom for changing. After swimming (and remember to take caution around waterfalls, never standing at the top), you can easily hike to the other falls – Triple, High and Bridal Veil – along a well-marked trail. https://www.dupontforest.com/explore/hooker-falls/

Sliding Rock

This favorite natural mountain waterfall in Pisgah National Forest offers the ultimate in water slide action. Fans line up to ride down the 60-foot flat, sloping rock, splashing at the bottom into a chilly, 8-foot-deep pool. If you’d rather watch than participate, there’s an observation deck to take in all the action. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48156

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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. 

Interested in retiring in Asheville and experiencing everything the city has to offer on a daily basis?  Find your perfect home by contacting Mosaic Realty owner Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com or calling him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Get Your Disc Golf Game On at Asheville's Many Courses

Disc Golf Courses in Asheville

Disc golf is taking off in Asheville, and for good reason. Occasionally called Frisbee golf or frolf, the popular game involves throwing a flying disc at a target, and follows rules similar to golf – but without all the equipment or expense of that sport. 

Disc golf is often played on a course of 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, tossing again from the landing position of the disc until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target is tallied, and players seek to complete each hole, and the course, in the lowest number of total throws.

If you want to try your hand at disc golf, Asheville has many courses from which to choose. Following are just a few:

Richmond Hill

One of two public championship caliber courses around Asheville (Mars Hill is the other), Richmond Hill Disc Golf Course boasts dense pine and daunting elevation, making it an extremely popular but challenging spot. The 18-hole course, just north of downtown Asheville in Richmond Hill Park (280 Richmond Hill Dr.), has one set of tee pads with multiple basket placements. Watch out for poison ivy and poison oak, which are common around the course.

Asheville NC Disc Golf CourseSandhill

Sandhill Disc Golf Course is part of Buncombe County Sports Park and hosts a full 18 holes that make their way through a hilly and wooded area. Parking and accessibility are easy, making this a popular course.

58 Apac Dr., Candler

UNC Asheville

UNCA Disc Golf Course is a 6-hole disc golf course open to both students and the community. The course is mostly hilly and wooded, and boasts easy access and efficient play.

2500 University Heights, Asheville

Lake Julian

Lake Julian Disc Golf Course lies along the shores of South Asheville’s Lake Julian and was expanded to 18 holes in 2017. The mostly flat terrain features everything from waterfront holes to forested ones.

406 Overlook Road Ext., Arden

Disc Golf Courses WNCOwen High Nature Trail

This disc golf course is minimally wooded, relying more on elevation to keep things interesting. The interpretive tee-signs help players connect with the natural resources found on, and around, the school’s campus; and, since the scorecards double as field guides, you can identify common trees and bird species as you play your round. 

99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain

Pisgah Brewing Company

This brewery’s 9-hold disc golf course is located behind the outdoor stage area. It is mostly open and flat, with some trees and a creek in play on a few holes. It is open as long as there are no live on-stage shows happening. And bonus: You can grab a beer or food-truck snack post-game!

150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain

Black Mountain Disc Golf

This course is in a small park near a winding creek and scenic area. The front 9 holes are relatively short but have some challenge. The back 9 holes more long and open. 

10 Veterans Park Dr., Black Mountain

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