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Today’s Note

Editors Emily and London here. We’re talking all things travel in today’s edition of AVLweekend — from TSA Pre Check to a Lowcountry getaway. If you like it, be sure to reply to this email with other travel-related topics you’d like us to cover in the future.

Friday, Sept. 15
  • Skate Night | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville | Free | Bounce, rock, skate, and roll at this free event — some skates available to borrow, but bringing your own is recommended.
  • Superhero Movie Trivia | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-9 p.m. | The Mule, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | Free | Show off your knowledge of the superhero universes with a chance to win tickets to Beer City Comic Con (and other prizes).
  • Hamlet: The Requiem | Friday, Sept. 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Ella Asheville, 81 Broadway St., Asheville | $25-$30 | Take a seat for this immersive, modern take on a tragic classic.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Heritage Day | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville | Free | The old-time festival celebrates the traditions of yesteryear — quilting, sheering, blacksmithing, and lots more.
  • Clawtoberfest 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12-10 p.m. | The Meadow, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville | Free | Celebrate fall Oktoberfest style with music, food, games, and German-inspired small-batch beers.
  • Modelface Comedy Presents: Brendan Gay | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8-10 p.m. | Ginger’s Revenge Tasting Room, 829 Riverside Dr., Asheville | $15 | A finalist for comedy competitions all over the nation and creator of Send It Show Podcast, this midwesterner will offer a keen (and hilarious) perspective.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Cajun Cookoff | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-5 p.m. | The Mule at Devil’s Foot Beverage, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | $30-$40 | Live music, tasting, and a dance party are on the schedule for this Asheville Mardi Gras parade fundraiser.
  • Magical Market | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-6 p.m. | House of Black Cat Magic, 841 Haywood Rd., Asheville | Free | Check out the market for all things magical, feline, and magically feline.
  • Harvest Wine Dinner | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 4:30 p.m. | The Aventine, 25 Page Ave., Asheville | $99 | Celebrate the harvest season with five wines, four courses, and a talk from a winemaker.
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From the editor
  • The mid-September apple harvest is here for the harvesting. So grab your basket, and spend your day in a local orchard with the help of our guide to pick-your-own apples in the Asheville area. Bonus: You can also find a list of when common local varieties are ready to pick.
  • Calling seasoned yogis and beginning practitioners alike — it’s time to get in the flow, and start stretching. Whether you’re searching for hot yoga or a gentle flow, classes with a view or community connection, our city has plenty of studios on offer. Check them out.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., more than 100 juried artists and craftspeople will gather on Weaverville’s main street for the 16th Annual Art in Autumn. The festival will feature live music, and Cynthia Bringle, a potter who has taught at several arts schools, will be the judge for 2023.
Great Escapes
Our guide to Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunset at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Half Moon Bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.|Photo by Carol Erdie Photography
Ready for a getaway? Half Moon Bay is a scenic destination for a beach day, a waterfront lunch, a visit to the pumpkin patch, or a walk along the Coastside trail.

Why go?

  • Offering beaches, surfing, local food + wine, stunning stays, and outdoor activities Half Moon Bay’s small town charm makes for a great destination year-round.

Act like a local:

  • Drink: A margarita from The Cantina at San Benito House. The Cantina features craft beer, tequila + Mexican fare in one of the oldest buildings in Half Moon Bay.
  • Surf: HMB is known for its big wave surfing. Depending on how swell your surf skills are, try your hand at surfing Montara Beach, Miramar Beach, or Maverick’s.

Where to stay:

Pro tip: Cue up Half Moon Bay by the San Francisco pop rock band Train as you’re driving along Highway 1 and you’ll feel right at home on the California coast.
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  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is back in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
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