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18 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 1 ASHEVILLE When Asheville is contemplated artsy and authentic come to mind. The city that marches to its own beat is reveling in its Lonely Planet recognition as the "Number One Destination for 2017." Already in 2017 Asheville has landed on lists of "The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017" by both Harper's Bazaar and Esquire. Travel + Leisure selected Asheville as one of the "18 Best Cities in America for Solo Travelers" and AFAR ranked Asheville among its "16 U.S. destinations to Explore Now." The welcoming city is known for its friendliness (voted number seven by Condé Nast Traveler among "The 2016 Friendliest Cities in the U.S."), and downhome charm that appeals to entrepreneurs, young professionals and retirees who like the diverse lifestyle offerings. Districts dedicated to art and other creative endeavors entertain and inspire. The River Arts District is home to more than 200 artists showcasing their wares. Creative energy beckons art lovers to watch artists at work, take a class and buy an objet d'art. Take a break and grab a taco at White Duck Taco Shop. Twice a year, the Spring and Fall Studio Strolls connect artists with art lovers. In the booming downtown independent shops and local eateries, unique culture offerings and a nationally known bookstore entice all ages. The Asheville Pinball Museum brings back the '70s feel-good game. Malaprop's Bookstore and Cafe is a locally owned book store that is nationally known for its collection, artsy vibe and fierce independence. Asheville BY LYNNE BRANDON Music is an art form in Asheville. The sound of music in the hills rings loud and clear on most days. Hometown mountain boys make up the Steep Canyon Ranger bluegrass group. Two of their albums, including a Grammy nominated record, were recorded at Asheville's nationally- recognized Echo Mountain Recording Studios. The band teams up with all genres including a popular collaboration with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra that produced the Asheville Symphony Sessions album. Popular music venues are the venerated Orange Peel and the Grey Eagle music hall. The beverage-happy city is rife with craft breweries. The designated "Beer City, USA" has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., many nationally known. Beer is enjoyed at any time of day in one form or another, and not always in a brewery. Try beer glazed donuts in the morning from South Slope, take a brew tour for lunch, snack on hot boiled peanuts with IPA sauce and after dinner have beer ice cream at the Hop Ice Cream Café. Wicked Weed, known for its innovative sour beer program, is the "South's Best Brewery" (March 2017) according to Southern Living. For those who prefer spirits, Troy Ball's Asheville Distilling, is the ticket. "Asheville is full of spirited people, who love to celebrate life with farm-to-market foods, original music, dynamic art, creative brews and joyful living," said Ball. The entrepreneur found her niche with award-winning Troy & Sons handcrafted whiskey (aka moonshine) made from heirloom grains and clean mountain water. "Our whiskey is original and soft like mountain air," said Ball. "I like to think that Troy & Sons is a true representation of Asheville." James Beard-nominated chefs who follow the mantra of "fresh is best" and source locally are behind the city's culinary success. U.S. News & World Report gave the "foodtopia" city a nod in its round-up of the "Best Foodie Destinations in the USA" in 2016. Asheville chefs John Fleer (Rhubarb) and Elliott Moss (Buxton Hall Barbecue) have been named James Beard Foundation award finalists for "Best Chef in the Southeast." The smell of pork rises up to greet patrons at Buxton Hall, voted the "Number 9 Best New Restaurant in 2016" by Bon Appetit. Under the skilled direction of Elliot Moss, the restaurant serves up "hog heaven" with every dish. Asheville is home to more than 17 local tailgate markets, all selling farm-fresh produce and artisan goods. Artists, bakers, cheese mongers and more converge each week to provide the best in locally made products. Travelers come from across the globe to visit America's largest residential home at Biltmore Estates, >> marches to its own beat

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