Got a case of wanderlust? You’re in luck: Our very own Asheville Regional Airport offers direct flights to 25 cities across the country. Indulge in our curated flights of fancy and check out five spots we’re itching to visit.
Destination: fun. I Photo by Emily Shea
Austin, TX | Flight time: ~ 4 hours
Home to the South by Southwest + Austin City Limits festivals, Austin (aka the Live Music Capital of the World) appeals to music lovers across genres. With a dizzying array of eateries, bars, breweries, and food trucks (more than 1,000), it’s also a foodie’s paradise. Check out our sister market, ATXtoday, for everything you need to know.
Boston, MA | Flight time: ~ 2 hours
In addition to that decadent cream pie of the same name, this historic city is also home to stunning architecture, museums galore, public gardens + parks (the country’s oldest),and venues like the legendary Fenway Park. Stay abreast of everything in Beantown with our sister market, BOStoday.
Chicago, IL | Flight time: ~ 1.5 hours
With the White Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls, Bears, Chicago Sky, and Chicago Fire, sports fans will be in hog heaven in The Windy City. You’ll also find stunning skyscrapers, Lake Michigan, museums, and dive bars + food trucks alongside multiple Michelin starred-restaurants.
Denver, CO | Flight time: ~ 3.5 hours
The Mile High City boasts the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, as well as opportunities for outdoor adventures like skiing, rafting, and kayaking. There’s also the 80-acre Denver Zoo, wildlife refuges, deliciously unique eats like Rocky Mountain oysters, and the iconic Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre.
Miami, FL | Flight time: ~ 2 hours
In addition to its world famous white sand beaches + art deco architecture, The Magic City offers award-winning restaurants, nightlife, and cultural attractions including art galleries and museums that showcase its blend of Hispanic, Jewish American, Caribbean, and Haitian heritages.
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Spring Market | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m-4 p.m. | Pack Square Parking Garage, 26 Biltmore Ave. | Free | The top level of the Pack Square Parking Garage comes alive with local makers, artists, and food vendors. 🛍️
Swannanoa Community Yard Sale | Sat., May 14 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Swannanoa Ingles parking lot, 2299 US 70 | Free | Shop everyone’s springtime clean out.
HEEAL Market | Sat., May 14 | 2 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Pop up vendor market focused on healing self and the planet. 🛍️
Pre-Memorial Day Inventory Reduction Sale | In-store + online: Sat., May 14; Online only: Sun., May 15 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Enza Home Furnishings and Mattresses, 25 Long Shoals Rd., Arden | Price of purchase | Save up to 50% on select furniture, mattresses + home decor. 🛋️*
Chicago | Sun., May 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville | $72+ | Revisit hits from this award-winning soft rock band.
A musical tribute to Frank Zipperer | Sun., May 15 | 2 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | Donations | Celebrate “The Music Shooter,” a live music and nature photographer + a huge supporter of the Asheville live music scene.
Sunday Planty Hour | Sun., May 15 | 1-5 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St. | Free | Monthly pop-up plant market featuring local plant vendors. 🪴
2022 Spring Ornithology Hike | Sun., May 15 | 8-11 a.m. | SAHC Community Farm, 372 Merrimon Ave. | $10 | Hike the farm’s Discovery Trail searching to identify bird species with expert Simon Thompson. 🥾
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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The Asheville Area’s Chamber of Commerce will hold its Spring 2022 WomanUP Workshop on Thurs., May 19 from 8-10:30 a.m. The workshop is designed to foster encouragement + inspiration and will feature a panel of four local female business leaders sharing their experiences with leadership. Register.
The Asheville Habitat ReStore in Biltmore Village (31 Meadow Rd.) will offer customers 25% off storewide with its Spring Sale on Sat., May 14. Drop in from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and browse art, furniture + appliances. Proceeds help support Asheville Habitat’s building programs + more. This discount is not applicable to the Weaverville ReStore. 🛍️
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has launched a new podcast, Smoky Signal. Focused on stories about science + culture in the Smokies, episode one examines traditional Cherokee plant gathering practices in the Park + Cherokee foodways. Dive in here. 🎧
Just in time for National Strawberry Month, local chef + cookbook author Ashley Englishwill present her latest virtual class, Preserving Strawberries, at 2 p.m. on Sun., May 15. Attendees will learn to make strawberry jam, vinegar + sauce, as well as pickled and frozen strawberries. Get tickets. 🍓
Ever wanted to make your own sausage + beer? Get your chance on Thurs., May 26 with Chop Shop Butchery’s DIY Sausage & Beer class. From 6-8 p.m., attendees will learn to grind, mix + stuff a sausage by hand — all while sampling house-made charcuterie and beer (or wine). Nab tickets. 🥩
Talk about super cool.Hickory Nut Gap will host a Barn Dance Fundraiser for nonprofit Project HNG on Sat., May 21 from 5-9 p.m. Project HNG offers sliding scale fees for summer day camps, horse riding lessons + equine therapy. The family-friendly event will feature pony rides + square dancing along with eats from Sabora Food Truck.
Need a little feel-good action in your life? Reader Janalyn G. shared her latest dance tribute in honor of Mother’s Day with us, and we thought all the moms + maternal figures out there deserved a little more love. Watch the inspirational video here. 🕊️
May’s full moon on Mon., May 16 — aka the Flower Moon for the season’s colorful blossoms — will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, marking the first supermoon of 2022. Called the “Super Flower Blood Moon” for its reddish hue, you can see it in-person or online. Find out how. 🌕 (Live Science)
The Blood Connection + the Asheville Tourists are teaming up for two blood drives — one on Thurs., May 19 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and another on Thurs., Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donors will receive swag, two free tix to a future game, and a hot dog lunch.
With spring in full swing, Grandfather Mountain’shiking trails are calling. Pro tip: Dress appropriately, including hiking boots or hiking shoes + layered clothing. Extra points for moisture-wicking materials. 🥾*
The Bailey Mountain Cloggers present their annual spring concert, “Villains – The Untold Stories,” which retells the backstories of famous villains. The show premieres tonight at 7 p.m. at Moore Auditorium (79 Cascade St., Mars Hill) with two more shows over the weekend. Tickets are $10 at the door.*
We want to wish a happy birthday (on Saturday) to our teammate Ali, 6AM City’s Culture and Team Development Leader. Know someone who deserves a shoutout? You can purchase a Celebrate listing + make their morning a little bit brighter. Happy birthday, Ali!
We must have had a case of wishful thinking because yesterday we shared that Nine Mile is celebrating its 14th birthday on Sat., May 15. That date was incorrect + the correct date is Sun., May 15. I guess we were a little too eager to get our hands on a piece of the eatery’s iconic Natty bread.
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Two things we love: Vintage photos and flowers. So when we came across this circa 1948 pic of Chauncey Beadle — former horticulturist + estate superintendent for the Biltmore Estate and the person responsible for its glorious 15-acre azalea garden — we were tickledpink as the blooms Chauncey is admiring.
Wanna learn more? Check out this piece from the Biltmore, and if you’re more of an immersive learner, we recommend visiting the Estate during its annual Biltmore Blooms, on view through Thurs., May 26. 🌸
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