The charming enclave of Asheville is the “no. one place on our Best in the US 2017 list for a number of reasons,” according to Lonely Planet magazine editor, Rebecca Warren.
“It’s been drawing creative spirits for decades and packs a big punch for a small city with its cultural offerings. It has its own symphony orchestra as well a plethora of other music venues. Plus the River Arts District now hosts more than 200 artists, making for an art-filled afternoon strolling around studios.”
In short, it’s a liberal oasis in what is otherwise a red state, that hums with the sound of a good time being had by all.
Little wonder then, that Asheville proved popular with the A-list likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller and Thomas Edison back in the 20s and, more recently, the Obamas (who were forced to deny they had bought a house here) and Jude Law (who spent time in the mountain town preparing for his role as American novelist and Asheville native, Thomas Wolfe, in the 2016 film Genius.
Interest piqued? TNT has the low down on the bohemian North Carolina city.