West Michigan > Cleveland, OH > Asheville, NC > Raleigh, NC > Avett Brother’s NYE Show.
The Avetts are southern boys. Their NYE shows are always held down south, and it’s a pretty big deal. A big deal.
We’ve been to Asheville a few times now. Each time it’s for a different reason, and each time we have a different experience. However, one thing remains. It’s always awesome. I’ve made the drive to see The String Cheese Incident (in their prime), Phish, and now hometown boys, The Avett Brothers.
Have you driven on US 23 from Ohio towards Asheville? It’s crazy once you get south of Charleston, WV. I was driving so I didn’t stop to take any pictures. Good thing because it would have taken us an extra day. Tight roads, sharp turns, and super-weird stores and ‘homes’ for a good 2 hours straight. It’s very hard to explain, but I suggest US 23 if you’re heading south.
The Asheville Ale Trail was bookmarked, complete with maps and descriptions of neighborhoods, walks, etc. We loosely followed it. First stop was the new One World Brewery. We wanted to eat at Farm Burger, but first wanted a belly full of beer, and had no idea the two where connected. The guys pouring your beers are always the interesting folk. If you’re looking to gauge the city, venue, or people, talk to your bartender. We just so happened to be talking to the owner(?) and one of the partners of both One World and Farm Burger. An awesome guy and a damn fine conversation. There is always one experience in every city we visit that stands out among the rest, and this was it. We were truly treated like his friend. First downstairs over beers, then upstairs over the outstanding, local, grass-fed burger. Please, go visit both One World Brewery and Farm Burger. The beers, atmosphere, people, and food are top-notch.
Asheville may be our favorite town. A true treasure, whatever the season. You’re treated to true southern hospitality in most everything you do. I can go on and on, and if you ask me over a beer, I just may do that. It’s a beautiful area and the people are wonderful. The following pics don’t do it justice, nor do they convey the honest feeling you have while you’re there.
Here are the pics. I did not wait for the perfect moment, light, or angle, nor did I take the camera everywhere.
I simply shot what was there, when the camera was available. You can click on each image for a larger view.