Asheville, North Carolina boasts amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, outdoor adventures from hiking to zip-lining, high-quality resorts plus bed and breakfast inns, a wide range of visual and performing arts, and there are many more reasons to visit the beautiful, historic mountain community. One element completes its heart and explains why Explore Asheville likes to call Asheville, “Foodtopia:” With about 250 independent restaurants, award-winning chefs, over a dozen local farmers' markets, and nearby farms, the food on your plate is most often locally sourced, perhaps even hand-picked earlier that morning! In short, you couldn’t be in a better place to taste the best of what the North Carolina mountains have to offer.
With Virginia Wine Month on the horizon in October—the peak month in the Old Dominion for fall foliage—we’ve got grape-sipping and leaf-peeping on the brain.
A couple of decades ago, Virginia wine was an oxymoron. Today, with more than 250 wineries and dozens of wine trails Virginia is now one of America’s top-producing wine states. Particularly known for its Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends, Virginia also produces excellent Viognier and Chardonnay white wines.
During wine month, most of Virginia’s wineries host special events from wine dinners and tastings to live music and multi-day festivals.
Ahhh, the dog days of summer in Maine, when truly, the weather cooperates for dogs and their humans to dine al fresco at some of the state’s best restaurants.
While state law does prohibit canines other than registered service animals from indoor table service, many eateries do open their patio seating areas to man’s best friend.
With the summer heat turned on full blast, it can be nearly impossible to stay cool during a Southern summer. Down in Cajun Country, we rely on a couple of cool treats to help beat the heat, rather than sitting in front of an air conditioner. Starting in late spring, roadside snowball stands crank out their awnings and line up colorful syrups. Customers in need of sweet shaved ice in a variety of flavors come in droves throughout the summer for a cool treat that's as affordable as it is refreshing.
The Southern United States is an area that has borders often open to discussion, but generally includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The region is very diverse with varied languages, cuisines, and landscapes. It’s a collection of experiences, including a dark history that can’t be ignored. But the South is more than one story.
In 1997, the Tennessee legislature designated the 222 miles of Interstate 40 from Nashville to Memphis as the “Music Highway.” This homage recognizes the unique musical heritage of the state’s two largest cities from the soul and R&B of Memphis to the country and Americana roots of Nashville.