Regardless of how many times you’ve been here, travelers can’t help but return to Asheville, North Carolina, time and time again. Once you’ve been exposed—infected—you are destined to be pulled back … like being drawn by some subconscious magnetic force. The source of that magnetism is simple: this city’s singular energy and charisma. This Western North Carolina burg, with a population of around 80,000, is lodged in the mountains but still has a cosmopolitan heart. For instance, this is one of the few places where you can relax in a salt cave before walking around the block to see a street performance staged outside of a five-star restaurant.
The synapse that connects the vast numbers of well-curated oddities that make up the fabric of this town is music. Whether it be street performers, lively venues, or record shops this place knows how to make sounds … and it revels in the echo of its own creations.
Grace Williamson is a travel intern with Paste and a freelance writer based out of Athens, Georgia.