Written by Bill Kopp | Photos by Phill Baldwin
From dive bars and homegrown theatre, to ad hoc weddings and just plain weirdness, our area nightlife offers plenty of small venue options for those not looking to rub shoulders with the omnipresent tourist trade.
Western North Carolina is undeniably a major tourist destination, with Asheville in particular serving as a bonafide center of gravity. The regional economy here is built on tourism, and while there is endless discussion among locals as to whether more visitors are a blessing, a curse, or a mix of the two, people just keep coming.
They come for the culture, the fall color (no doubt still in full effect by the time you read this report), the food, the drinks, the nightlife, the outdoors. Happily, for all concerned, the city and its mountainous environs provide plenty of all of those things.
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