Outside mag picks Asheville as a top-twelve U.S. river town


Photo by Derek Olson of Derek Olson Photography

Photo by Derek Olson/derekolsonphotography.com

More praise for Asheville, this time from Outside magazine, which names Asheville #9 in a list of top twelve river towns and even mentions the Bywater:

Two things stood out among Asheville commenters: water and beer. “Time to marry Beer City USA with the Best River Town Ever,” says local Julie Mayfield. “Join a flotilla from the Wedge Brewing Company to the Bywater bar: Is that a perfect day or what?” says political science teacher Tish Szurek.

The city can occasionally feel like it’s overrun with tourists, especially in summer. But it’s a small price to pay for a town with a thriving arts district, a different festival nearly every weekend in the spring and fall (everything from the French Broad River Festival to Beer Week), a community that values preservation and sustainable living, and yes, more microbreweries per capita than any other city in the country.

BEST POST-PADDLE BEER SPOT: “Take out from French Broad River under the Haywood Road Bridge and walk five minutes to Wedge Brewing Company, one of Beer City USA’s 11 craft brewers,” says Cat Kessler, a marketing assistant at Asheville’s visitors’ bureau. “Grab a Belgian-style Golem and nab a slice of pizza at Tin Can Pizzeria’s food truck on your way out.”

Also on the list: Richmond, Va., Boise, Idaho, Durango, Co,. Nashville and Milwaukee. Read the whole article here.