Did you know the percentage of campers who camp three+ times each yearhas increased72% since 2014? If you’re in that group, simplywant to explore more nature in and around AVL, or have a property that might make a great camp spot, let us introduce you tothe Airbnb of camping: Explore Eden.
Since launching the app for renting land in April 2021, Explore Eden has grown to 20+ properties across three states(including our sister city, Nashville) and 2,000+ downloads. Next up: Asheville.
Showcasing your site with professional quality photos is the key to making a great first impression on a potential guest. | Photo provided by Explore Eden
Becoming an Explore Eden Land Host
By listing a property with Explore Eden, landowners can earn another source of income with property they already own (read: turn that RV into an investment property) while providing unique outdoor experiences for Ashevillians and folks visiting our community.
The payoff? Land Hosts can potentially pay their property taxes for the year (or generate passive income) by hosting alone. Bonus:Explore Eden is now offering $500 guaranteed to their first five Land Hosts in the AVL area.
Bonus: Explore Eden does marketing for each site to help drive traffic for its land hosts. | Photo provided by Explore Eden
The listing details
Curious? If you own some sort of property or site with a nature element to it (read: located outdoors, with a scenic view or unique feature) you could become a Land Host. Appropriate properties include:
How to host
Hosting only takes a few quick clicks:
Start by downloading the Explore Eden app and scrolling down to “Become Land Host.”
Fill out any applicable information on your listing (think: if you own private land, RVs, or cabins), and anything else that will help people experience the outdoors on your property.
Name your price, pick your availability, and include any add-ons you’d like to offer campers.
Aren’t sure if hosting is for you? Just fill out the form and get your questions answered by a team member.*
Changes are coming to the Asheville Regional Airport. NC’s Local Government Commission approved $185 million in first-class improvements that will include renovations to the terminal, ticket lobby, TSA screening area, baggage claim + concession areas. The remodeling is estimated to be completed by 2026. 🏗️ (WLOS)
A 72-unittownhome development has been proposed in West Asheville. The development would be located just off Patton Avenue on Woodland Drive + would consist of 10 buildings. The proposal will be presented to the Technical Review Committee on Mon., June 6.(Asheville Citizen-Times)
Asheville City Council will hear a request for $11.7 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding during its meeting today, May 10, at 5 p.m. If approved, this will be the largest allocation given from the ARPA fund. (Mountain Xpress)
The Asheville City Soccer Club men’s team had their season opener on Fri., May 6 — the team’s first game at Memorial Stadium in 1,000 days — that resulted in a 1-1 tie against the Greensboro-based NC Fusion. The team’s next home matchis on Fri., May 20 at 5 p.m. ⚽ (WLOS)
Cooking with Comedy — a local food truck that is owned by comedian/chef Clarence Robinson — is kicking off its Soul on the Road Flavor Tour this week. Stops on the tour include Sound Space at Rabbit’s(109 McDowell Rd.), Fred Anderson Toyota of Asheville, and Asheville Hydroponics(44 Buck Shoals Rd.). 🥘
19.3cents. That’s how much the average gas price roseper gallon in Asheville between Mon., May 2 and Mon., May 9. Gas in the area is currently averaging at around $4.13 per gallon, which is $1.34 more per gallon than a year ago. ⛽ (WLOS)
Canterbury Classical School’s I Think I Can 5K race is this Sat., May 14 at the Asheville Outlets. The Little Sprinters Race kicks things off at 8 a.m., with the 5K at 8:30 a.m., and the 1K at 9 a.m. Sign up + help the school raise funds for new playground equipment. 👟
Join Whistle Hop Brewing(1288 Charlotte Hwy., Fairview) this Sun., May 15 from 2-8 p.m. for its Fairytales and Farmhouse Ales Festival. The event is free to attend + will feature special beer releases, fire spinners, bounce castles, demonstrations by The Society for Creative Anachronism, and an artisan market. 🍻
Calling all latte art aficionados.Rowan Coffee will host a Latte Art Throwdown on Fri., May 27 at 6 p.m. The buy-in to compete is $5 + all proceeds will be donated to BeLoved Asheville. Competition winners will receive prizes from Harvest Records and Cooperative Coffee Roasters. ☕
MB Haynes is hiring a HVAC Residential Service Technician to work on-call and service HVAC equipment in the 828. Requirements include three or more years of experience in the field — learn more + apply.*
Guten Morgen, Asheville.Learning a new language can feel kompliziert (that’s German for “complicated”) but with Babbel, it doesn’t have to be. Their bite-size, ten-minute lessons are designed to fit your lifestyle, and right now, you can get 60% off your subscription.*
Private, Charming Cabin on Gateway Mountain in Old Fort | 3 BD, 2 BA | $385,000 | Situated on 1+ acres on Gateway Mountain, which offers a waterfall park, lake, picnic area + more, this well-maintained home boasts a covered front porch with gorgeous 180-degree views and a hot tub.*
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Recently, local cheesemonger Ali Rae’s Pimento Cheese created a whipped feta cheese featuring dill, thyme, and preserved lemons from Fermenti Foods. We don’t know about y’all, but we feel like this would taste great on a toasted piece of raisin flax bread from OWL Bakery, or simply by the spoonful if you’re not into a carbed-out intermediary.
Editor’s pick:Hey, Asheville. I’m Emily Shea, a Multi-City Editor with AVLtoday’s parent company 6AM City. I’m based in Asheville + remotely support the company’s 24 newsletter products. Not so remote for AVLtoday, though.
A few things about me — I’m an Asheville native, I could go for a margarita from Limones any day of the week + one of my favorite dishes in town is the Vada Pav from Baby Bull.
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