Living in Asheville, NC is great. So great, below are over seven reasons (actually there are way more than seven) to visit, if not live in, Asheville. Don't believe me, well come for a visit and stay at the Grove Park Inn or the Biltmore Hotel and explore everything our small, big town has to offer
And this is truly reason #1. Whether they are multi-generational Asheville residents, or just recent transplants, Asheville, for some reason, attracts the best this country has to offer when it comes to quality people. They embody both urbanness as well gold old fashion charm. As a native Midwestern, where the people are great too, I can tell you first hand that Asheville residents are second to none.
Asheville is small for a bigger city, but it operates on a sense of weirdness. There are unusual happenings all over the city throughout the entire year. For example, during the summer months (from April - October), the city bursts into drum circles. Residents and visitors alike, drum like crazy as watchers dance to the various rhythmic beats.
We are home to several excellent cheese companies. So naturally there runs a Cheese Trail among these various creameries spread through the Western North Carolina region. And virtually all of them offer cheese tours where you can observe the local cheesemaking as well as sample their wares.
Local farm stands abound in the area. Just bring some cash money and your honesty - come home with some delicious fruits and vegetables. The honor system is required as many of these stands are devoid of the proprietor. So you help yourself paying as you go. One stand in particular that I would recommend is the Flying Cloud Farm. They produce outstanding flowers, produce, and had a cute dog to watch over the proceedings.
Independent bookstores are the norm in Asheville - there is one on every corner. And unlike the big box stores, these little gems are filled with rare and old classics, often not found. Malaprop’s in Asheville comes highly recommended by this author.
Asheville has both the breadth and depth of restaurants only found in much larger cities. From Spanish tapas to some of the best southern BBQ, Asheville lacks nothing for the culinary aficionado. I can personally vouch for Cúrate Tapas Bar and Luella’s Bar-B-Que - North Asheville
Asheville is world renown for this famous "house". I put "house" in quotation marks because to call this property and its structures a "house" to make an understatement of the year. The Biltmore Estate is a gigantic French chateau built by George "Commodore" Vanderbilt in the late 1800s. The Biltmore Estate has become the single most recognized symbols of Asheville.
I could go on and on about Asheville, but this list should whet your appetite to visit our city soon and see why it is one of the great small, large cities in the United States.