This South Asheville staple is a destination in and of itself. It features dining options like Thirsty Monk + Fork Lore, entertainment from the Regal Biltmore Grande Theater, and shopping from REI, Orvis, Athleta, and more.
Abeja’s French toast is topped with whipped cream + served with a side of fruit. | Photo by @wncfoodie
This quaint café is one of South Asheville’s best kept secrets — there’s always parking, the service is out-of-this-world amazing, and the food is delicious. Plus, Abeja’s makes it a priority to serve dishes that explore Latin culture with fresh and healthy ingredients. Pro tip: Try the Huevos Rancheros and the French toast— you will not be disappointed.
This food truck serves up authentic Latin and Caribbean fare including Cuban sandwiches, rice bowls, sweet plantains, and yuca fries. Thanks to @waysidewayfarer who recommended this one to us on Instagram.
Post 25 also offers adult slushies. | Photo by @post25avl
Sister restaurant to East Asheville’s Post 70 Kitchen & Lounge, Post 25 serves up American cuisine like pizza, wings, and burgers, plus craft cocktails to boot.Pro tip: Try the Grouper Reuben + the Lucy, I’m Home cocktail featuring vodka, Aperol, lemon, and sugar.
Paint Your Pet | Mon., May 16 | 6 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 174 Broadway St. | $50 | Paint your pet in this guided step-by-step paint and sip-style event. 🎨
The Wyeths: Three Generations | Now-Mon., May 30 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | $25 (includes museum admission) | Explore a brilliant collection of 70+ paintings and illustrations by N.C., Andrew, Henriette, and Jamie Wyeth from the Bank of America Collection. 🖼️*
If you’re an armchair interior designer (pun intended) and are looking to refresh your home this summer, Atelier Maison’s new monthly series could be right up your alley. The local retailer has teamed up with Show + Tell Pop Up Shop for a monthly Makers Marketto bring together the best in art + design in the Asheville Design District.
Atelier Maison’s mission is to help Ashevillians create happier + healthier homes with organic home furnishings. | Photo provided by Atelier Maison & Co.
The collaboration is planned for every third Saturday through at least August. Here are a few goodies to scout while you’re there:
Waterfall Keepers of NC is hosting an Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on Sat., May 21. The cleanup will take place on the org’s 8-mile section of the highway, from Sunburst Campground (8820 Lake Logan Rd., Canton) to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sign up to help.
This is worth tweeting. The Blue Ridge Audubon Society’s annual Birdathon is in full swing + the org is accepting donations to support its bird-counting efforts and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Golden-winged Warbler habitat. Plus, participate in the “Everyone Can” Birdathon by keeping track of the bird species that you see. 🐦
Join Pisgah Legal Services for its An Evening for Kids Deserve Justice event on Wed., May 25 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Salvage Station. The event will include live music, snacks and drinks, food for purchase from Root Down food truck, and a cash bar. Proceeds will support children in the community.
RiverLink has a new WaterRICH Guide, a free resource designed to help residents and property owners manage stormwater on their property. RiverLink created this resource to minimize erosion and flooding + reduce the impacts on local water quality. The guide offers resources to support cost-effective landscape improvements + a handy stormwater comparison chart. 💧
Did you know NC Arboretum Society members receive an exclusive e-newsletter with insider-only info twice a month? Learn how to join and receive the Arboretum Insider. 🌳*
Congratulations are in order for UNC Asheville’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Chapter. The chapter won second place in the 2022 IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware Competition in Mobile, Alabama, for their Mardi Gras-themed robot that featured music and flashing lights. 🏆 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Carmel’s Kitchen & Bar (1 Page Ave.) released its spring menu and our mouths are watering, to say the least. Features include seared scallops with roasted red pepper couscous, shrimp and grits with bacon, garlic, chives, and a white wine cream + more. 🍤
Just in time for warmer temps, Dobra Tea has created a refreshing new summer drink to support Ukraine. The Ukrainian Dream features the flavors of linden flowers, lemongrass, ginger, butterfly pea flower, and fresh mint sweetened with honey and garnished with lemon.
Savor this new sip at Dobra’s downtown location (78 N. Lexington Ave.). All proceeds from this drink will be donated directly to the National Bank of Ukraine.
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Editor’s pick:I must admit — I have had the French toast from Abeja’s an obscene number of times. If you’re a fellow French toast-lover like me, you seriously don’t want to miss it. And while I have your attention — where do you enjoy getting French toast in town? I’m always down to try a new spot. Let me know.
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