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16 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 ASHEVILLE Tucked amongst the trees and surrounded by beds of lush ivy sit six unassuming English-style cottages. Dirt footpaths wind their way past a proud llama and a larger-than-life, bright red steel daisy, welcoming guests to this magical neighborhood, reminiscent of a Hansel-and-Gretel fairytale. But no worries — no witch waits inside. Instead, visitors find a rare 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham and an antique 4-harness loom, handcrafted pottery and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Across from Asheville's Omni Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Village is an art and history connoisseur's dream. This little neighborhood houses antique car and homespun museums, colorful galleries, and 12 resident artists. What's more? Admission to all of these creative spaces, as well as history tours of the premises, is absolutely free of charge. This "hidden jewel" of Asheville actually has ties to one of the most famous tourist attractions in the mountain city: the Biltmore Estate. Grovewood resides in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, an arts and crafts enterprise co- founded by Edith Vanderbilt in 1901. Her husband George, the grandson of shipping and railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, commissioned the estate, a 250- room French Renaissance chateau, in 1889. Today, guests roam the 175,000-square-foot mansion — home to 10,000 books, 65 fireplaces and 43 bathrooms — via self-guided tours. But this nearly 89,000-person city is known for much more than the iconic Biltmore. Asheville has Asheville BY ALYSSA LAFARO birthed musicians across genres, from soul singer Roberta Flack to hip-hop artist Jermaine Dupri to death metal bands like Daylight Dies and Sanctity. Most recently, the harmonious town made SmartTraveler.com's "9 Best Destinations for Music Lovers" list, placing at number-seven just after Vienna, Austria and before Essaouira, Morocco. A haven for music venues from cozy concert halls to breathtaking amphitheaters, Asheville's toe-tapping sounds can be heard nightly across town. The Orange Club, for example, hosts live music anywhere from two to seven nights a week, and has been highlighted by USA Today, Travel and Leisure, and even Rolling Stone. Each Friday, April through October, Pritchard Park welcomes locals of all skills levels to participate in the Asheville Drum Circle. And in May, Moogfest celebrates the analog synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog by bringing together musicians, inventors, scientists and more for a technology conference and a slew of "mind-expanding" performances. Perhaps even more soulful than Asheville's music lineup is its culinary scene. Accolades abound annually for this "foodtopia." In 2017 alone, it received three: RewardExpert called it one of the "2017 Best American Foodie Towns," Southern Living gave it the 11th spot on its "15 Southern Cities All Food Lovers Should Visit Now" list, and Garden and Gun named Asheville one of "The South's Best Food Towns." Spilling over with James Beard Award semi-finalists, Asheville cooks up almost anything your heart desires. Craving curry? Check out Chai Pani's Indian "street snacks" — try the curried chickpea battered kale chips or the matchstick okra fries. Salivating for something southern? Rhubarb serves a wood-roasted pork belly with figs, peaches and Moscatel vinegar. Dreaming of dessert? Head over to Hole for a molasses-bourbon doughnut (sounds like a hole-in-one, right?). Need a refreshing beverage for all that flavor? You're far from short supply. Called "Beer City USA," Asheville claims to have more breweries per capita than any U.S. city. Nearly every month brings a different beer festival including Sour Fest in March, Tour de Fat Asheville in May, Burning Can in July and Brewgrass in September. Year-round, visitors can walk, bike and drive along the city's brewery trails, and enjoy local products infused with beer — everything from soap and shampoo, to cake and ice cream, to dog biscuits. Even more delectable than the city's flavorful fare and palatable pints, the local landscape lures outdoor enthusiasts from near and far. Traverse the zigzagging roads of the Blue Ridge Parkway, with its more than 469 miles of mountain pastures and picture-perfect panoramas. >> delectable, flavorful, palatable, panoramic

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