NY Times Magazine Features Asheville

 The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Alternative in Asheville

Home to the annual electronic-music festival Moogfest, this progressive spot in the heart of the Smoky Mountains boasts a thriving arts and music scene year-round.


Asheville has made her way into another big feature in a major publication.  Apparently, we just can't keep our good things a secret!  

They did hit on some of my favorite places, like Early Girl Cafe.  It is often over-shadowed by Tupelo Honey, but I think Early Girl is so much better than Tupelo!  And it has been less crowded . . . oh, well.

Max Patch is also mentioned as a great day hike, and it is a breath-taking yet easy hike.  Getting to Max Patch takes you up to tiny little Hot Springs, which booms once a year when the Appalachian Trail (AT) through-hikers hit it in the spring.  One of these days, I will have to take a soak in the actual hot springs (which are channeled into hot tubs).  You know how it is about never doing what is in your own backyard.

Even though the Biltmore Estate is our well-deserved largest attraction and claim-to-fame, it is refreshing to see an article focusing on many of our other things to do, see and eat!  Any given week in Asheville features a myriad of musical, artistic, and culinary interests, but for me, the mountains will always be my first love!