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6AM City In-House pt 2

Today’s Forecast

86º | 60% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:20 a.m. | Sunset 8:49 p.m.

🍽️ Food is in the forecast
Get a glimpse of the setup at VISUALS.|Photo by AVLtoday
Is it just us, or does eating outside make food taste better?

Catch some rays or laze in the shade at one of these 40+ Asheville patios. Pro tip: Don’t miss the shade or coverage level we’ve included for each of these locations.

Finer fare

Corner Kitchen | 3 Boston Way | Fully covered
Enjoy brunch or dinner on the quaint covered patio in this cottage-turned-restaurant.

RosaBees | 27 Foundy St., Ste. 20 | Partially covered
Take a seat on the patio under a pink umbrella to taste delicious Hawaiian-inspired fare for brunch or dinner — just don’t skip dessert.

Soprana rooftop restaurant, featuring a bar with maroon tile and wooden slats above.

Imagine relaxing on the patio with a spritz in hand.


Photo via Soprana

Rooftop views

Soprana | 192 Haywood St., 7th Floor | Partially covered
See mountains for miles from this Italian eatery, which specializes in wood-fired pizzas and refreshing spritzes.

VISUALS Rooftop Bar | 40 Collier Ave. | Partially covered
Burial opened this spot atop Eulogy in the spring to showcase its natural wine program — snack on a tinned fish plate or charcuterie board while you sip on a wine flight.

Low-key locations

Creekside Taphouse | 8 Beverly Rd. | Partially covered
The casual East Asheville spot has a massive outdoor patio with (you guessed it) a creek flowing out back. Pro tip: Always get an order of the smoked wings.

Guajiro | 122 Riverside Dr. | Uncovered
Grab some delicious Cuban comfort food from the bright red truck and take it a few steps over to El Patio de Guajiro — the new dining space has a bar with beer, wine, bubbles, and cocktails.

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A little rain didn’t stop us from taking a window seat at Terra Nova.


Photo by AVLtoday

Bars and breweries

Terra Nova Beer Co. | 101 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville + 204 Whitson Ave., Swannanoa | Partially covered
The brewery’s South Slope location is the home of Mission Pizza’s wood-fired pies and fresh salads — the Swannanoa location is serving up crispy smash burgers from Loott House.
Should outdoor dining areas be pet-friendly?

A. Yes, it’s better to dine with fur-iends.
B. No, no pets allowed while dining.
Friday, July 5
  • July 4th Plus One | Friday, July 5 | 4 p.m. | Sorrells Park, 69 Sorrells St., Canton | Free | Bring your holiday spirit as Canton extends the festivities with another afternoon of games, food, drinks, and fireworks at dusk.
  • Summer Skate Series | Friday, July 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville | $0-$3 | Show off your skating skills and jam to the music — rental skates are available.
  • Southside Block Party | Friday, July 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center, 285 Livingston St., Asheville | Free | Gather with friends and neighbors for a night of music from DJ Audio, food, and family fun.
Saturday, July 6
  • Tie-Dye | Saturday, July 6 | 1-3 p.m. | White Labs Brewing Company, 172 S. Charlotte St., Asheville | $30 | Spend some time in the sun, and brighten up your summer wardrobe by tie-dying a White Labs T-shirt.
  • What’s Shaking? Music & Dance Party | Saturday, July 6 | 3-4 p.m. | Sweeten Creek Brewing, 1127 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | Free | Let the little ones dance, play, and jam out to Mr. Ryan’s original poems, songs, and classic covers.
  • Folk Dances | Saturday, July 6 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Kittredge Theatre, 701 Warren Wilson Rd., Swannanoa | $15-$30 | Savor the beauty of traditional songs during the Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas’ season opener.
Sunday, July 7
  • Parental Advisory Drag Brunch | Sunday, July 7 | 12-3 p.m. | Scandals Nightclub, 11 Grove St., Asheville | $10-$35 | Watch all the glitz, glamour, and high-energy fun without the filters — the show is 18+.
  • Scott Eason | Sunday, July 7 | 6:30 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Company South Slope, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville | $15-$18 | Settle in for laughs from the comedy festival regular and host of the “Going All The Way” podcast.
Monday, July 8
  • Why Vegan? | Monday, July 8 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | AmeriHealth Caritas, 216 Asheland Ave., Asheville | Free | Explore the world of veganism during a group discussion on the lifestyle, benefits, and how to make it work for you.
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⛳ Catch future PGA pros up close (for free)
Asheville Municipal Golf Course with carts on the left and players standing on the green. A golfer mid-swing. A group of people in golf clothes stand on a balcony.
Muni was the first racially integrated course in North Carolina + the site of the first Skyview tournament in 1960.|Photos provided by Explore Asheville courtesy of Will Chilton and Ricardo Tejada
ICYMI, we just shared the long + celebrated history of the Skyview Golf Tournament — and now we’re sharing how to attend for free.

Fans are invited to watch future pros and enjoy upgraded greens as rising stars from around the world descend on Asheville for the 64th annual event, returning to the Municipal Golf Course (aka The Muni) Tuesday, July 9-Thursday, July 11.

Skyview is sponsored in part by Explore Asheville and is the longest-running Black-owned golf tournament in the US. Here’s why you should go.

A rich history + new features

Since its debut in 1960, the prestigious tournament has helped launch 29 Black golfers into the PGA — a legacy captured in Paul Bonesteel’s critically acclaimed 2020 documentary “The Muni.”

For the first time, this year’s tournament will feature a select team of young talent from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, including Alabama State, Winston-Salem State, and Miles College.

🏆 Upgraded course

Thanks to a $1.65 million upgrade courtesy of the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, the Donald Ross-designed course is looking its best in years, with updated greens, fresh landscaping + facility improvements.
News Notes
  • Following the Buncombe County School Board’s approval of a new electoral map, school board voting districts have changed and new cards will be mailed on Monday, July 8. Voters will now choose from two candidates on their ballot — one to represent their district and one candidate for the whole county.
  • We’ve got some delicious news for Neng Jr.'s reservations. To celebrate its second anniversary, the West Asheville restaurant is open for walk-in and to-go orders only tonight, July 5, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and tomorrow, July 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Then join the team at a book talk on Saturday evening. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • Your summer schedule is about to be fully booked. Asheville author Dale Neal is set to release two new novels, “Kings of Coweetsee” and “The Woman with the Stone Knife.” The former, a story influenced by Neal’s political reporting at Asheville Citizen-Times, will launch at Citizen Vinyl on Tuesday, July 23.
  • The secret’s out. Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain is hosting the Big Secret Family Festival to benefit Bounty & Soul and after school program Delta House. On Sunday, July 21, puppeteers + circus acts from Toybox Theatre, storyteller John Grant, musical performers, and vendors will gather at the festival grounds. Get your tickets.
Featured Home
  • This cozy home is a gardener’s dream, featuring a lush half-acre-ish lot, a fenced-in backyard, and a spacious back deck. Located ten minutes from Black Mountain and 15 from Downtown Asheville, it’s the perfect balance of private + convenient. See all 20+ photos.*
  • What happens when your local furniture store needs to make room for new inventory? They throw one heck of a clearance sale. Stop by Enza Home Furnishings and see the savings for yourself.*
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The Wrap
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When it comes to dining out, I’m terrible at making decisions. I’m constantly fighting an internal battle between relying on old favorites, trying something new, and giving into cravings (yes, I’m probably way overthinking it). For the month of July, though, those decisions will be a bit easier. A lineup of local restaurants are donating a portion of their sales on specific days of the week to equitable education nonprofit OpenDoors. Check out Instagram to see where to dine each day.
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