With the holiday season upon us, we at Mosaic Realty find ourselves reflecting on the many things for which we are thankful. A big part of that gratefulness centers on life in Asheville, N.C. Here are just a few of the many reasons living in Asheville fills us with gratitude.
Breathtaking geography surrounds Asheville
Whether it’s the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the scores of streams, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, or the many trails in and surrounding Asheville, the geography in Western N.C. can’t be beat. Spots like Bent Creek Experiential Forest, DuPont State Forest and Pisgah National Forest are convenient destinations for fully immersing in the varied geography that’s the hallmark of the region. Whether you’re a hiker, biker, kayaker or simply wanting to soak in the recreation and beauty of Asheville and the surrounding areas, there’s plenty to take in anytime of the year. Which brings us to our next reason living in the Asheville area fills us with gratitude:
A full four seasons
As residents of Western N.C., we’re able to enjoy all four seasons to the fullest. From fall’s vibrance to winter’s snowfalls to spring’s blooming radiance to summer’s rich warmth and sunshine, the region is home to a varied climate that keeps things exciting year-round. Having four seasons means there’s room for everything from skiing in the winter months to water adventures in the summer to colorful hikes in the autumn.
Arts and entertainment Abound in WNC
The Asheville area is brimming with arts of every sort, whether it’s theater, music, visual or performing. With entertainment venues like Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, and Harrah’s Cherokee Center, there’s no shortage of national acts to enjoy. Smaller music venues like the Orange Peel, Rabbit Rabbit, Salvage Station and Grey Eagle attract an array of artists across a broad range of genres. And Asheville’s visual arts scene is one of the most vibrant in the country – after all, there’s a whole district devoted to artists, their studios and their wares (River Arts District in Asheville), in addition to scores of galleries dotting the region.
Food and drink scene
In recent years, Asheville has blossomed as a food and drink destination. From creative craft cocktails to farm-collaborative dining to an unrivaled micro-brew boom, Asheville is an epicurean’s escape like no other. Local eateries, unique brewers and James Beard notables (Curate and Chai Pani) draw diners to their eclectic establishments with menus centered on seasonal offerings and the freshest finds. The Asheville area is home to a range of farms, producing everything from grass-fed beef and pastured pork to heirloom grains and cave-aged cheeses, and Asheville’s restaurants take full advantage of this farm-fresh supply.
Entrepreneurial and giving spirit
Thanks to the kind of startups, incubators, co-working spaces, business community support and commercial resources you’d find in much bigger cities, Asheville is the perfect place for entrepreneurs who want to develop quality products and services. With an overwhelming majority of businesses in the Asheville metro area employing fewer than 50 people, small businesses and entrepreneurship are active engines fueling the region's diverse business landscape. And the area is full of residents who place importance on supporting local, whether it’s businesses or nonprofits. Such partnerships allow local organizations and small businesses to flourish, in turn building up the Asheville-area community.
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