Hear about things to do in Asheville, NC as the Amateur Traveler talks to music journalist and cocktail aficionado Bill Kopp about his adopted hometown.
Bill says, “Asheville is really eclectic and funky. It has food, music, art, performing arts. There is something for everyone in Asheville. One thing that is really remarkable about it is that it’s not a big city. It has a very human scale. Outside of the day trip, everything here is either walkable or a few minute’s drive. It is a lot more artistic and cosmopolitan than one might expect of a city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.”
Bill moved to Asheville 20 years ago from Atlanta to make a lifestyle change. He says that most of the transplants to the city moved there for similar reasons. Over the years, famous residents have included the writers O’Henry, Thomas Wolf, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. They also included the inventor of the synthesizer Dr. Robert Moog. The resident to make perhaps the most noticeable mark on the city was George Vanderbilt who built America’s largest home, the Biltmore House in Asheville.
We start downtown which has a large collection of Art Deco buildings including its city hall. Bill talks about the hippy roots of some of Asheville residence that are evident in some of the tailgate markets, the music scene, and the drum circle in Pritchard Park on Friday nights.
The “best” tour is the irreverent Lazoom Tour. “As often as not there is a live band on the bus. Sitings often include a nun on a bicycle.”
Visit the local restaurants of Asheville. After you have eaten the local BBQ, sampled the music and art scene it is time to get out to the hills and mountains around the city. It is close to Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can find white water rafting, skiing, waterfalls, and hiking a short distance from town. You can also find the tallest of the Appalachian Mountains at Mount Mitchell. There are winding country roads, historic Cherokee towns, and a cheese trail all a short distance from Asheville.
Listen to this episode and then plan your trip to the funky, relaxing, tasty city of Asheville, North Carolina.
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