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North Carolina 28761, USA
Pisgah Forest is magical anytime of year. In summer, many locals will swim near this waterfall and at Sliding Glass Rock just a few miles away.
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92 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
The Thirsty Monk on Patton offers many local and microbrews upstairs and a Belgian beer bar downstairs. They also have an in-house menu for snacking to go with your beer!
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55 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
Malaprop's bookstore is an independent bookstore for gifts, books (including banned books), and a cafe in one. Check out their calendar as Malaprop's plays host to many authors. A trip to Asheville isn't complete without a visit to Malaprops.
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Biltmore Estate Dr, North Carolina, USA

A self-guided tour of the Vanderbilt family’s 8,000-acre estate in Asheville, North Carolina, takes you through gardens bursting with roses and azaleas, and past pools filled with koi and pineapple-scented water lilies. The centerpiece is...

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100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
The North Carolina Arboretum is located in Asheville, NC and offers some scenic strolls through gardens and wooded trails. The bonsai exhibit garden takes an unexpected twist on the traditional Japanese art form by interpreting it with a Southern...
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Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee is a tease for the outdoors-lover who enjoys experiencing the land by foot. Lucky for you, the Appalachian Trail intersects US Hwy 441/71 at Newfound Gap where you can...
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Black Mountain, NC 28711, USA
OK, America has plenty of beautiful little mountain towns. I just happened to catch this one on a quiet, low-season day and I was utterly charmed. The secondhand bookshop was a thing of joy - run by a woman who knew her Dorothy Parker from her...
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Brevard, NC, NC, USA
Looking for adventure between the eats and treats of Asheville, NC? Want to really 'experience' a waterfall? After a moderate hike through Cold Mountain Gap lays Greenland Creek falls approximately 45 minutes southwest of Brevard, NC - the site of...
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Chimney Rock, NC, USA
After a rigorous walk on the rails coupled with countless, grueling steps.... Cool down at the Hickory Nut Falls. Make sure to bring extra clothes because the temptation to stand at the bottom of the waterfall as the refreshing water cascades over...
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12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801, USA
On a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina, I was anxious to try some of the great restaurants I'd heard about. In the end though, my husband and I found ourselves gravitating back to the same restaurant over and over again - breakfast, lunch,...
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Dobson, NC 27017, USA

North Carolina native Joe Thrift studied instrument making in Europe before setting up his home workshop in Surry County. Make an appointment to see and play his fiddles and Stradivarius-style violins. This appeared in the July/August 2012 issue....

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Highlands, NC 28741, USA
...before the weekend crowds arrive, a bit of leaf-peeping in and around the town of Highlands, North Carolina: at just over 4000', this is one of the highest towns east of the Mississippi. My wife and I had flown back east for family medical...
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Dry Falls, Highlands, NC 28741, USA
Get ready for crowds in October in western North Carolina; leaf-peepers from all over the Southeast converge in these mountains, when the Blue Ridge erupts into red and gold...Come during the week, though, and you won't have to fight for a parking...
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Chimney Rock, NC, USA
500 steps to a destination promised to be 'worth it', but I felt like I was going to die before getting to experience the view. I wanted to fight the good fight and persevere, but it was a fight I thought I would lose.... Just kidding! Though the...
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150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville, SC 29601, USA
The Greenville Zoo is a cozy center to get up close with the wildlife. It's just the right size to walk in about an hour or so. The most recent highlight is the brand new baby giraffe (born on zoo premises)—but it will eventually move on to a new...