Once known for it’s counter-culture mountain ways, Asheville, NC has taken on a glossier exterior. Hippie shops and a vintage vibe have now been replaced with gleaming high rises, pricey condos and a booming tourist industry. Never the less, Asheville remains an exciting and popular destination. The walkable downtown area is a great place to shop in boutiques, talk to quirky artists, visit galleries, drink at bars, and you could spend days just sampling the restaurants and cafes. You do not want to miss the Chocolate Fetish on Haywood Street; their truffles are pure heaven. For a taste of the new south, visit Tupelo Honey on College Street. If you can afford to splurge stay at a bed and breakfast in the historic Montford neighborhood, walking distance to downtown. For a truly indulgent experience add the Biltmore Estate to the itinerary (don’t forget to visit the gardens and the winery!). For outdoor enthusiasts: The Blue Ridge Parkway runs through Asheville and you can pick it up at many places. Hiking trails are easy to find. For the water adventurers: Head out to Brevard to go swimming at Sliding Rock or head down to Saluda to go tubing on the Green River.
Juror #2, M.F./Andalee
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