As many already know, I’ve relocated to Asheville, NC from Minneapolis, MN after 53 years in the same house in Fridley, MN and then getting married to the wonderful, lovely and talented Monica Kenton and moving to Golden Valley, MN, I just decided that 55 years in the SAME city was long enough. I’m building an Internet Lifestyle Network of people, tools and resources to live a life of fun, freedom and fulfillment.
So… I am now living in Asheville, North Carolina.
Arts, culture and nightlife…YES!
There’s so much to see and do in the arts, culture and nightlife scene in Asheville, the biggest problem you’ll have is narrowing down your options if you’re a visitor. If you live here, pace yourself!
Long known for its arts and crafts scene, you can feast your eyes on great art in dozens of galleries downtown, in the eclectic River Arts District, and in small studios and cultural centers in all parts of the Western North Carolina region. Galleries run the gamut from sophisticated modern art spaces to small, intimate working studios. The Folk Art Center, home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway—this facility houses world-class art ranging from wearable to pottery, metalwork, and everything in between.
Fashion design is also an up-and-coming industry here—no surprise given the artistic culture that permeates the area. Local designers and boutiques draw inspiration from nature, creating an Asheville chic style; much of it organic, all of it functional and unique.
Theatre, symphony and dance
Special cultural opportunities abound, including great venues such as the Asheville Art Museum, The Health Adventure, Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Performing arts enthusiasts can choose from several theater companies, the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Choral Society, Lyric Opera, Terpsicorps Dance Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse or the free outdoor summer Shakespeare series provided by the Montford Park Players.
Brewtopians and Foodtopians love it here
Microbreweries are an important part of Asheville’s nightlife scene—we were recently named Beer City, USA! Brew pubs such as Highland Brewing, the Lab, Asheville Pizza and Brewing, Craggie, French Broad Brewery, Pisgah Brewing Company and the Wedge serve cold, refreshing microbrews day and night. Asheville’s Brews Cruise, a brew tour with a designated driver, helps you discover your favorites.
Asheville loves food, and foodies demand variety and quality. Asheville boasts the world’s only Foodtopian Society. More than 200 independent restaurants and at least a dozen farmers markets serve the city, and you can find anything from modern cuisine to ramps and biscuits to all kinds of international foods.
You bet. Check out dozens of clubs that feature live music, ranging from blues to jazz to rock & roll to country. The Orange Peel downtown has a national reputation as a great live music venue and dance space. It was even named as one of the best rock clubs in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine. The Grey Eagle Tavern and Music Hall is a mid-size music hall and listening room. Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues offers up lively bands and dancing. Most clubs crank it up starting later in the evenings, offering live music to get you dancing….contra, swing, rock & roll, even ballroom dancing!
Downtown Outdoor Adventures
Don’t miss downtown Asheville’s drum circle; a free event at Pritchard Park on Friday nights weather permitting. People gather to drum—a few at first, then more and more. It’s an intergenerational spontaneous event that gets everyone moving.
Outdoor festivals rule the weekends, especially during summer and fall. Shindig on the Green, Goombay, and Bele Chere (the largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast), are just a few of the gems that take over city streets. The free Downtown after Five series features live music and great food.