A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

From a 10-foot-tall mural of a rooster in Chicken Alley to a busker pounding out poems on a typewriter in Pack Square, I thought that I’d seen it all in

Madison County Championship Rodeo

From a 10-foot-tall mural of a rooster in Chicken Alley to a busker pounding out poems on a typewriter in Pack Square, I thought that I’d seen it all in

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

From a 10-foot-tall mural of a rooster in Chicken Alley to a busker pounding out poems on a typewriter in Pack Square, I thought that I’d seen it all in

The Asheville Bucket List

From a 10-foot-tall mural of a rooster in Chicken Alley to a busker pounding out poems on a typewriter in Pack Square, I thought that I’d seen it all in the six years since I moved to Asheville. As it turns out, I’ve only ticked off 47 of the quintessential experiences cataloged in 100 Things to Do in Asheville Before You Die. Author Kristy Tolley has been visiting the mountain town for almost three decades, and she’s witnessed its growth into a mecca for dining, art, beer, and nature. Her fast-paced guide, which devotes a page to each item on the carefully curated list, will help first-timers choose the best offerings in each of these categories and more.

100 Things is also a resource for locals like me, as well as repeat visitors who want to go deeper. I can’t wait to welcome my out-of-town pals back so I can treat them to the rooftop tour at Biltmore Estate or a brunch “beermosa” at The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast. Whether you follow the itineraries or chart your own course, 100 Things is proof that there’s always more to discover in the city that’s committed, in the words of a beloved local mural, to “staying weird.”

This story was published on Sep 27, 2021

C.A. Carlson

C.A. Carlson is a writer and editor living in Asheville.