The Chocolate Fetish located in downtown Asheville creates and sells handmade artisan chocolates. The Chocolate Fetish opened in 1986, and since then have won numerous awards and accolades. The chocolate creations at the Chocolate Fetish are creative twists on traditional favorites. They sell creations such as chocolate dipped fruits, chocolate bars and truffles such as, Key Lime Pie, Jewel of India (which has coconut and curry), Pumpkin Pie, and Chai Moon (which is a Chai Tea spiced white chocolate). Do you love shoes? They also sell chocolate high heels and cowboy boots. Each chocolate creation is displayed like a jewel in glass cases and your selected chocolates are put on gold-toned plates.
People from around the country visit Asheville to experience the creative art scene. One of the galleries to visit in Asheville is ZaPow, which specifically displays illustrations and pop culture art. ZaPow, located in downtown Asheville, displays art from both local and artists from elsewhere in the U.S., and you can even apply to show your work in the gallery. At ZaPow you can enjoy the gallery for free, or can purchase originals, art prints, or products such as screen-printed scarves, shirts, or bags. Many of the original pieces are very affordable. I really enjoyed browsing the creative illustrations at the ZaPow and was surprised by the casual and fun atmosphere.
The Basilica of Saint Lawrence is a Roman Catholic Church located in downtown Asheville. This church was designated a Basilica in 1993 because it has the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. The brick façade and dark colored domes of the basilica are stunning, but the intricate tiling on the inside is more magnificent. The basilica was built by the Spanish architect, Rafael Guastavino, who also designed several other buildings throughout the United States. After Guastavino completed his work on the Biltmore Estate, he designed and built the Basilica of St. Lawrence in 1905. Upon his death, Guastavino was buried in the crypts below the Basilica.
The Grove Arcade in located on Battery Hill in downtown Asheville, North Carolina was built in 1929 by E.W. Grove. When the Arcade opened in 1929 it held numerous shops and offices, just as it does today. When I visited Asheville I went to the Grove Arcade early in the morning as the shops were opening up. It was really nice to beat the crowds and enjoy the gorgeous interior architecture. The shops and restaurants inside of the Grove Arcade really showed off the uniqueness of Asheville. For example, you can find handicrafts and art at Alexander & Lehnert, Mountain Made, and Asheville NC Homecrafts, bathe and beauty items at Bath Junkie and Makeup at the Grove Arcade.
Have you decided what to do in Asheville on your vacation? This city is quickly emerging as a capitol of modern Southern culture, outdoor adventure sports, culinary talent, and beer -- the city has more than 30 breweries. No list of stuff to do in Asheville is complete without mention of all the great beer there is to taste.
Pay a visit to the city's first house. It hosts a fantastic museum and you'll learn a lot about this city and its origin. Of course one of the most interesting things to see in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. This is an the impressive mansion and grounds which draws visitors from around the country. For things to do in Asheville, you can take a nice drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop to take in one of the beautiful hikes in the area. Asheville attractions also include folk artists and the North Carolina Arboretum; this is one of the most important of the attractions in Asheville.
Drinking and dining is one of the best Asheville activities left to discuss. The cuisine focuses on modern interpretations of classic Southern cooking. The beer scene, meanwhile, is dynamic and varied and drinking is probably one of the best things to do in Asheville. With new breweries constantly opening it's best to ask around for which ones are best. Visit minube to learn more about this great city.