live_like_a_local_relax_2013_mountain_oasisIn an ongoing attempt by Ashvegas to help you Mountain Oasis Music Summit fans “live like a local” while you’re in town, here’s a quick list of suggestions aimed at helping you relax and recuperate after a big night out. (Check out the brewery guide here and a guide to last-minute costume and accessory needs here.)

Float

Check out the state-of-the-art sensory deprivation tank at Stillpoint Wellness on Central Avenue near downtown Asheville if you really want to reset yourself. You’ll float in about 12 inches of water that’s full of epsom salts, which makes you incredibly buoyant and soothes aches and pains. Getting

Get a massage

My personal favorite downtown spa is Sensibilities on Haywood Street. Spa Theology is also lovely and right downtown on College Street. If you really want to treat yourself, set up an appointment at Shoji Spa, just east of downtown. You can treat yourself to a dry cedar sauna, private hot tubs and a cold plunge, as well as a massage, all in a beautiful mountain setting. There are many other options, of course, but the downtown spas are easy to find and get to.

Foot bath

You’ll be doing a lot of walking, standing and dancing at Mountain Oasis. Give those dogs a rest at Wake: The Foot Sanctuary and Spa in the Grove Arcade right downtown. It’s a great location and a great treat. Try their beer foot soak.

Go caving

As featured in the video above, Asheville Salt Cave is a cool alternative way to get away from it all and boost your respiratory wellness. Click on the vid to learn more.

Get pumped

I’m a big fan of the mental and emotional benefits of a great workout.  Drop in at a local gym or just go for a run around downtown, or along a local greenway. I’ll also give a plug for my own personal gym – Crossfit Asheville on Haywood Road in West Asheville. You’ll need to have a Crossfit background to drop in for a WOD, but check it out.

Get your yoga on

Try Bikram Yoga Asheville, Go Yoga, or the Asheville Yoga Center. Try a yoga tour through downtown Asheville. Here again, there are many options. You won’t have trouble finding a yoga studio in Asheville.

Urban hikes 

Here are two more suggestions for relaxing around town. Explore some of Asheville’s green spaces. Pack Square Park in the heart of downtown offers a great spot to toss a Frisbee or just soak up some autumn rays. Asheville’s secret edible garden (cross the pedestrian bridge by the corner of Marjorie and Davidson streets) is a neat little getaway. Pritchard Park along Patton Avenue offers great people-watching (and is the site of a jumping Friday night drum circle). The Botanical Gardens next to the campus of UNC Asheville just north of downtown is another great green spot for a nature connection close to town. There are two other great parks just west of downtown. The first is Amboy Road River Park, which has a great dog park. A greenway connects this park to the second along Amboy Road, Carrier Park, a former auto racetrack that is now used by bicyclists, skaters and such. There’s a ton of green space here, as well.

Bookstore getaways

Consider hiding away in one of Asheville’s awesome independent bookstores. Malaprop’s on Haywood Street is incredible, as is its sister location, Downtown Books and News on Lexington Avenue. The Battery Park Champagne Bar and Book Exchange in the Grove Arcade is another winner.

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