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You're Going to Love Asheville

Creative, friendly and beautiful, Asheville, North Carolina, truly deserves its reputation as one of the most pleasant places to live or vacation in the United States.

This Art Deco jewel of a city has retained its period charm and avoided the plague of high-rise development that has ruined other cities. Instead, Asheville is studded with stunning architecture, wonderful accommodation and galleries, music venues and stores.

Visit during the fall to witness an exquisite array of reds, golds, and oranges. Spend an afternoon picnicking at the foot of picturesque waterfalls like Rainbow Falls, and head back to town for a craft ale and a pizza at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company. Then try to think about leaving. It won't be easy.

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There's almost never a bad time to visit this lovely city. However, the best times to visit are probably spring and fall. The fall months from September to November are particularly pleasant, with mild temperatures and the colors of fall to enjoy. Then again, summer in Asheville isn't as humid as other nearby cities owing to its altitude, so it's a good time to escape the coastal heat.

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Where to Stay in Asheville

One of the best things about a break in Asheville is the abundance of high-quality bed and breakfast accommodation available, especially in the Montford district. Popular choices include the 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House, with its gorgeous gardens, Asheville Seasons Bed & Breakfast, which pampers guests with complimentary wine on arrival and Carolina Bed & Breakfast, which is known for its excellent home cooking. Bon Paul and Sharky's Hostel is a great option for anyone traveling on a budget.

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Shopping Streets

Asheville's major shopping street is Merrimon Avenue, also known as "the Strip" by locals. It stretches north from the city center for three or four miles, with plenty of different stores to check out, including boutiques like Clothes Encounters, music stores and places to grab a bargain souvenir such as the Susquehanna Antique Company. If you are out and about in Downtown Asheville, try to check out some of the city's chocolatiers as well. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge and Chocolate Fetish are top-quality artisan candy makers, and well worth a visit.

Groceries and Other

Asheville has a number of chain supermarkets to choose from, including Publix, Whole Foods, Ingles Markets, Walmart and Aldi, so finding affordable groceries should be simple. Prices tend to be cheap across town with a pound of apples costing $2.50 and a gallon of milk $3.80.

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Where to Eat in Asheville

Asheville's dining scene includes pretty much every kind of cuisine you can think of, and features plenty of high-class eateries. If Japanese food is your favorite, try Heiwa Shokudo, while Mexican food fans will love Limones. Great Italian food is served at Cucina 24 while Chop House is the best place to tuck into a huge, perfectly cooked steak. In the north of the city, the Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company is also worth a look. It doesn't just serve great pizza, but also offers craft ale and movie nights. Expect to pay $15 for a good mid-range meal and over $30 at Asheville's high-end restaurants.

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