NORTH ASHEVILLE

Just beyond Reynolds Village, North Asheville begins with its restaurants, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, library, churches and much more. Landmarks like the Grove Park Inn and Golf Course and Country Club of Asheville are adjacent to Reynolds Mountain. Historic neighborhoods such as Montford, which includes Riverside Cemetery (final resting place for Asheville’s own literary giant, Thomas Wolfe, and other famous citizens), await exploration. The residents of nearby Lake View Park, a leafy neighborhood of just under 500 homes, keep beautiful Beaver Lake well maintained. Created in 1923, Beaver Lake is perfect for running, walking, bird watching and more. Sunset cocktails at the Grove Park Inn are a must, and the giant stone fireplaces make the lobby bar a wonderful winter oasis. The University of North Carolina Asheville, the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the UNC system, offers cultural events and continuing educational opportunities through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Adjacent to UNCA’s North Asheville campus are the Botanical Gardens, a 10-acre jewel dedicated to “the study and promotion of native plants and habitats of the Southern Appalachians”. This popular walking and picnicking destination is especially lovely at springtime. UNCA also hosts the North Asheville Tailgate Market on Saturdays from early April through late November, offering a bounty of local produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. Another annual tradition is the Concerts on the Quad series. Monday evenings in June and July, Ashevillians bring their chairs, blankets and picnics to these free summer concerts, featuring everything from bluegrass to jazz. UNCA also has programming throughout the year, presenting musical and theatrical performances, well-known political and scientific lecturers, and more. Past lecturers and performers include Salman Rushdie, Mavis Staples, Cornel West, and Step Afrika.

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