Let us go then, you and I… to Buncombe County

Asheville has always been on the back burner for me. I first went when I was 18 for some of the niche nightlife events, and I met a large community of fascinating people. Mostly I knew the city at night and as a hub for shared subcultural interests.

I spent a remarkable amount of time in my 20s driving back and forth for concerts, cabarets, and other events my friends and I performed in. Back then  most of the appeal was for the people I knew there, not the city itself. But the more I visited, the more places I found, and the longer I wanted to stay.

Last weekend I went for a tourist trip (I was not performing) and decided to write a little about it from that perspective.

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Bridge Art Inception is everywhere!

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My favourite mural so far

You should know that I am an absolute sucker for literary booze joints. The Crow & Quill is my favourite spot in Asheville, owned by a lovely friend who hosts themed parties and art+maker nights each week. C&Q also hosts live music and serves all the fancy cocktails dreams are made of. Dreams of Gorey, Poe, and Lovecraft, in a sea of three hundred whiskeys.

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I stole this photo from a Google Search because I have not had the chance to take my own photos yet 🙂

If you want to get your fix during the day time, visit Battery Park Book Exchange, order yourself a glass of wine or beer, and let your yellow smoke rub its muzzle on the window-panes with your favourite  book. Dobro Tea is my favourite tea house, with a lovely environment all around.

Asheville has a lot of interesting art installations, which I will be seeking out more in the future.

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Giant Flat Iron Sculpture just across from the historic Flat Iron Building

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Awesome sculpture on the corner of Patton and Otis, at the Improvements for Energy building

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Basilica of Saint Lawrence

I was pretty excited to see Highland Brewing Company, Troy & Sons, and Sierra Nevada.

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Sierra Nevada has a yum new Sidecar brew. Of course we got it. I even managed to tone down the German accent a bit when ordering a Kellerweis.

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Patio / Meadow of Sierra Nevada with live music

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I am about this great wood and iron work around Highland.

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Cool stage in the meadow. My friends played music.

Check out Skunk Ruckus!

 

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The view I’m used to

I have to mention Favilla’s balsamic chicken pizza, and the beignets & Hey Lucy! omelette I had at Another Cracked Egg. Photos next time…

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Asheville Pinball Museum! Blurry 😦

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A little shopping. I like to call this my What Would Neil Diamond Do? shawl.

This restlessness with my current city could be greatly satiated if I relocated to Asheville, I’m sure, but it remains on the back burner.  Even with the hyperinflation of rent and sprawling suburbs, the ever-lingering wafts of body odor and patchouli, and the blur of buskers that almost sound as good as that one band they remind me of. I really love it.

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This little bird on my friend’s porch was quite disgruntled. I feel the same when I have to leave Asheville!

 

 

 

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