Anonymous asked: Hey what's Asheville like in general? What brought you there in the first place? Would you recommend visiting/living there to other people?
I came here for college in 2004 (wow that makes me sound old). When I graduated in 2008, I moved to Oklahoma and lived there for a year, then I lived in Tennessee for a year, and then I decided to move back here in 2010 and bought a house because I knew I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I absolutely love it here.
I want to lie and say “NO DON’T MOVE HERE IT’S AWFUL” because lately it just hasn’t been what it used to be. There is no longer a “tourist season,” there are just months where there are even more tourists than usual. We’ve been written up in a lot of magazines lately, which is good for our economy, but it isn’t good for other reasons (ie: lack of jobs, traffic, having to wait over an hour to eat at your favorite restaurant, zero parking downtown). We have horses & buggies and a brews cruise downtown now, which is pretty weird to me. But I still love it and am grateful to live here every single day.
If you like the city life, I would recommend a weekend trip here but that’s about it. The mall is a joke, and our downtown is very eclectic but small. There aren’t a whole lot of museums like you would see in bigger cities. We have a lot of little independent shops and restaurants. The food here is pretty frickin’ awesome. We’re all about supporting local businesses and local food sources. You wouldn’t believe how many people pitched a fit when Urban Outfitters opened up downtown. During the summer, you will see street musicians on every corner, drum circles, and lots of festivals, usually centered around beer. We have more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city. Our slogan is “keep Asheville weird” for a reason. No one really gets second glances here. We are also very LGBT friendly. Everyone owns a dog. There are vegan/vegetarian restaurants (including a vegetarian drive-through). Also don’t be surprised if you get asked for money within 5 minutes of exiting your car…there’s a lot of that, too.
The thing I love the most about living here is having the mountains all around me. I am a very outdoorsy person, and the amount of hiking trails are endless. It is absolutely gorgeous. There isn’t much to do in the cold months, but usually we have pretty mild winters. During the spring, summer, and fall you can kayak, bike, climb, zipline, horseback ride, hike, swim, fish, trail run, or just go for a drive up the Parkway and enjoy the views.