13 Undeniable Reasons For Moving To Asheville, North Carolina

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Are you thinking of moving to Asheville, North Carolina? Here are 13 reasons why we are moving to North Carolina from the sunshine state, Florida.  Find vegan restaurants, Biltmore, DuPont State Forest, Asheville breweries, fall foliage, and so much more.

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Should you move to Asheville? These are the reasons why we took a leap of faith…straight into the craft beer.

We had no intention of moving to Asheville, NC. None at all. Native New Englanders, we didn’t love living in Florida, but we had accepted our career fate.

But then, one weekend, flights thwarted our vacation plans to Puerto Rico.  We ended up in Asheville, North Carolina as our second destination of choice. 

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The Omni Grove Park Inn is famous for those sunset views. Can you see downtown Asheville in the center? Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Within 24-hours, we decided to move to Western North Carolina.  Within the month, we bought a house in an established AVL neighborhood.  Y’all, we don’t mess around.

So, why are we moving to Asheville, North Carolina?  How did this happen virtually overnight? Asheville bewitched us with beer, bookstores, culture, and hiking. I blame the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We are sharing our reasons for moving to Asheville, and will hopefully better inform your questions and decisions if moving to Asheville is right for you.

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Wondering if moving to Asheville, NC is right for you? Keep reading to see the pros and cons of living in Asheville. Still unsure? Save this post for later to return to it.

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Why Did We Considering Moving To Asheville In The First Place? One Word: Florida

Bye, Felicia! Oops, I mean Florida.

Florida was our home for the past 8 years.  When my husband’s commercial airline base closed, we decided to move to the next base in Central Florida.  There may or may not have been sobbing in a La Quinta hotel room with hysterical not-so-whispers of please don’t make me move to Florida.

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The famous Asheville silo welcomes visitors as you drive into the city. The slogan changes frequently, too. You can see the silo up close in the River Arts District (RAD).

All of our family is in CT.   This New England girl loves her seasons, rolling hills, and uhhhh, let’s call it culture.  Let’s just brush that off and leave it there.

For me, Florida is semi-hell disguised as a beach.  The traffic is insane, and although I am not a fatalist, driving there makes me want to take up religion. No one has ever said that they will miss Florida Man, either…

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These days, we are much happier living in Asheville, NC. I couldn’t imagine relocating anywhere else. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

My eyes will never believe seeing Confederate flags proudly hanging in so many windows — which you will also see in Western North Carolina. Can everyone read Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, please?! Plus, work pays in sunshine (I can’t take credit for that phrase either).

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Florida’s beautiful beaches, owning a pool, and the fact that everything is open 24/7 for snowbirds and retirees.  It is God’s waiting room, after all. Put your thumbs away; I didn’t coin that truth.

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As a boozy traveler, we love Asheville’s restaurants and bars. One of our favorites: Edison at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Their seasonal cocktails make living in Asheville even better.

Want to go to the brewery at noon? Not a problem. We lived for Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. Florida is a great vacation destination.  A short-term relationship with no commitment.  A one-night stand gone right.  Friends with all of the benefits; no strings attached.  You get it, right?!

I will be back for the beach and friends — if I have any left after reading this.

So, Florida, I am breaking up with you to move to Asheville, NC and here’s why:

13 Reasons Why We Are Moving To Asheville, North Carolina

1. The Blue Ridge Mountains

Did you ever fly into a destination and just feel like you were home? The number one reason we are moving to Asheville, North Carolina is because of those bluish-green mountains.

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This is one of the first pictures that I ever took in Asheville from Biltmore’s loggia. It might not be the most professional photograph, but it holds a lot of meaning to us. We announced our Asheville move on FB with this snapshot. It’s not official until it’s Facebook official.

The Blue Ridge Mountains surround Asheville.  Their smoke and mist must be some magical drug; I never want to leave them.  I find the mountains inspirational just like Johnny Depp in Secret Window before it all goes wrong.

Maybe that’s a bad analogy. 

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In the mornings, the Blue Ridge Mountains appear to be breathing with their smoke and mist. Living in Asheville, we catch gorgeous mountain sunsets, especially in the winter.

Another way to look at it: George Vanderbilt decided that while some of his family members and the elite were settling in thriving cities like New York City, Paris, and Newport, he fell in love with Asheville, NC. In fact, George enjoyed Asheville so much that he built America’s largest home, Biltmore Estate.

F. Scott Fitzgerald also came to Asheville for vacations — staying at The Omni Grove Park Inn — while Zelda resided at Highlands Hospital, improving her mental health. Unfortunately, Zelda perished in the Highlands Hospital fire — so maybe moving to Asheville wasn’t so great for her.

2. Downtown Asheville, NC

The moment the plane landed, I knew that I wanted to live in Asheville.  One of the deal-sealers: the knit pig on the lamp post with the mountain sunset and bubble machine in front of the board game cafe (which sadly closed in 2020).  That’s too many yuppie words for me to comprehend in one sentence.  

Where am I, Toto?

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One of the downtown Asheville yarn shops decorated the street with flying knit pigs.

I am an old millennial; what can I say?  Hello, rock climbing gym, endless restaurants and cafes, a giant iron, and urban street art.  Which way should I turn?  Dim sum tapas?  Beer at which brewery?  A drum circle in the square?

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Just look at downtown Asheville. Moving to Asheville means that you have access to endless shops, restaurants, breweries, and bars. Full disclosure that this is indeed a famous stock picture — but I had to include it. You know I don’t have these photography skillzzz.

It will take me years to date you, Asheville. Bring. It. On.

Don’t miss all of the Things You Can Do In Asheville, NC.

3. Vegan and Gluten-Free Restaurants

Did you know that Asheville is called Foodtopia? The city is a foodie’s dream.

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Asheville is most certainly for food lovers. We love boozy brunch at Tupelo Honey. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

I have UC and my husband has Celiac Disease.  We are both lactose-intolerant.  Most Florida restaurants, especially outside of the major cities, completely disregarded our severe food intolerances. It was frustrating as heck.

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Gluten-free pizza with lactose-free cheese? Asheville Brewing Company has your back.

Asheville restaurants have dietary labels on most of the menus.  The wait staff knows their stuff and attentively take care of everything without even blinking. 

Our food options spread in front of us like a deck of cards during some magical foodie trick.  Plus, although we are not vegan or veggie, we seek out this cuisine frequently.

Personally, I love Plant and Laughing Seed Cafe.

Don’t miss our entire Asheville Food & Drink Guide On Uncorked Asheville.

4. Battery Park Book Exchange

Moving to Asheville, North Carolina is a boozy and literary traveler’s dream.  Our first night ever in Asheville, we landed at the Battery Park Book Exchange.

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Another one of our first pictures before moving to Asheville — that is grainy AF — showcases true happiness at the Battery Park Book Exchange.

Literary cocktails, champagne between the stacks, and books for sale?  Um, can I just live here?  Plus, we saw a book club meeting along with other gatherings and celebrations. I’d have my 40th here.  You in?! Sold.

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We frequent the Battery Park Book Exchange for literary cocktails, book shopping, and meeting up with bloggers. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

P.S. These are my favorite North Carolina books so far.

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5. Breweries Upon Breweries

[Channel Oprah Here] “And you get a brewery, and you get a brewery, and YOU GET A BREWERY.”  I am a craft beer gal all of the way. 

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As a boozy book and travel blogger, Asheville is heaven. There are endless craft breweries like Wedge at Foundation.

Asheville grows breweries like Florida spawns retirees and Florida Man memes.  Whoops, did I go there?  I am paralyzed with hoppy indecision.  In fact, Asheville is building even more beer havens as I write this.

A few of my favorite Asheville breweries include Wicked Weed Brewing, Thirsty Monk, Wedge at Foundation, Zillicoah, and Bhramari Brewing Company.

Don’t miss the Best Asheville Breweries.

6. Biltmore Estate and Winery

Did you know that Biltmore is said to be America’s largest private estate and home? George Vanderbilt built this stunning icon, including an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, and gorgeous library.

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Welcome to our new Asheville home. We wish… Biltmore Estate is a historic Asheville landmark. If AVL is good enough for the Vanderbilts, it’s good enough for us.

After moving to Asheville, we traded in our annual Disney passes for Biltmore concerts and access to the grounds for the 22-miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails.

Can we talk about Biltmore Winery, too? One day is not enough to see and experience it all.  No oaked Chardonnays and Syrahs are safe.  You’ve been warned, Asheville.

Get the most out of your Biltmore Visit With These Locals Tips.

7. Hiking & Waterfalls

The second day we landed in Asheville, NC, we booked it out the door to DuPont State Forest in search of The Hunger Games waterfalls.

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Find the best fall foliage hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway like Black Balsam via the Art Loeb Trail.

Did you know that Transylvania County is known as the “Land of Waterfalls?” There are over 200+ waterfalls in Western North Carolina. Asheville (NC Micropolitan Statistical Area) and Brevard fall into some of this area.

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Be sure to check out Hooker falls along the magnificent 3-waterfall hike at DuPont State Forest.

With gorgeous weather almost year-round, moving to Asheville means living in outdoor clothes 24/7 — if that’s your jam. The hiking trails across Western North Carolina never end. Asheville also has beautiful parks and gardens.

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On the weekends, we love heading to the Bent Creek Experimental Forest and Lake Powhatan for mountain biking and hiking near The NC Arboretum.

Mother Nature, you and I are going to be besties.  Just keep those copperheads away from me, please.

8. Seasons

Speaking of weather: Hello, seasons; my old friend.  People always complain about the snow, but when you never see it, you miss it. 

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Moving to Asheville from Florida, we were excited to see snow once again. Thankfully, we don’t get those New England blizzards.

And yes, I will death-grip the steering wheel and silently sob as I re-learn not only how to drive in snow and ice but also on winding, hilly roads. Driving in Iceland may have prepared us a little bit, but after 8 years in Florida, I still have to look up “hill” in the dictionary.

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Although Asheville and the BRP grow extremely busy in the fall with tourists, there is good reason to jump in with the crowds: Fall Foliage.

Plus, you know about fall in Asheville, right? People flock to see the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway foliage. You also have the famous Hendersonville apple orchards with cider donuts and slushies.

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If you can’t decide if you should move to Asheville, the foliage might just push you over the edge. Graveyard Fields, Mount Pisgah, and Black Balsam are just a few of the stunning fall places to visit along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Lastly, since moving to Asheville, we bought a house. It has a gas fireplace.  Imagine four kitty stockings hanging on the mantle during a white Christmas — which we had in 2020. It snows in Asheville, but it’s usually a light dusting.

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Just like the fall, Asheville is equally gorgeous in the spring. We love all of the time that we spend outside living in Asheville. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

9. Homes With Personality

I can’t complain.  My cement, stucco, one-story Florida home saved our butts through multiple scary hurricanes.  The house was a tank. 

I loved its modern touches, but I miss older homes.  New England houses and Asheville homes have character and not just characters lurking outside.

Our new Asheville home is a colonial.  Le sigh.  The rooms are cozy, and f’ me: is that a basement?!?!?!

10. Traffic and Driving

Everyone tells us how bad Asheville traffic is.  Um, I dare you to go on I-4 through Orlando, Disney, and the outlets.  It could take me two to three hours to go 20-30 minutes at least once a week. Insert hysterical laugh.

We are stoked that within 30-minutes, we can be across Asheville and into other happening cities as well as the airport.  Most places are a 5 to 15-minute drive from us, including the eye doctor, dentist, and GI.  In Florida, it’s an hour to get to a good doctor (and don’t get me started on Florida’s healthcare system).

Granted, staying in my lines for those turns is still a challenge.  Whereas in Florida, I was a speed demon to stay alive with the aggressive and awful drivers, in NC, I am humbly slow. P.S. Motion sickness is for real in the Asheville mountains.

11. Wine

Wait, what?! Isn’t Asheville home to all of the craft beer? It is, but there is also WINE. Of course, this isn’t CA, and the number one question I receive from Californians moving to Asheville (and yes, there are a lot of you), is if the wine is any good.

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We love the WNC wineries, including Marked Tree Vineyard in Flat Rock, NC. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

In the U.S., I am not sure if anything compares to CA wine. But, there are a ton of wineries near Asheville, especially in Hendersonville and Flat Rock. We missed having good wineries while living in Florida.

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Don’t miss pleb urban winery located in Asheville’s River Arts District. RAD is home to vibrant street art, cafes, artisan shops, and Wedge Brewing, too.

Like Florida, the muscadine grape — which I don’t particularly care for — grows in North Carolina. However, unlike Florida, we have more than those fruity wines, too. Our favorite wineries in WNC include Stone Ashe and Marked Tree Vineyards.

12. Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) has been named one of the prettiest spots in the United States. In the fall, the BRP lights up with gorgeous foliage.

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One of the best parts about moving to Asheville is giving up the congested Florida highways for the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway.

This winding two-lane road is home to scenic overlooks, wildlife, hiking trails, waterfalls, and cabin getaways. The entire Parkway spans from Cherokee, North Carolina — home to the elk — all the way to Virginia.

Bikers, motorcyclists, road trippers, RVers…you name it…all take to the BRP for the peaceful views. Parts of the Parkway will close in the winter for ice — just in case you are visiting Asheville then.

13. Everything!  Quality Of Life, Culture, Community

This goes without saying, but we are moving to Asheville, NC because it rocks.

I love the vintage pinball museum, liberal vibes, and community-oriented, local support.  People are friendly, including mountain-giddy tourists.

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Moving to Asheville, NC has greatly increased our quality of living — in our opinion. I cannot get enough of the beautiful mountains and fresh air, especially at Craggy Gardens.

Outdoorsy folk thrive as well as artists, digital nomads, and writers.  There is so much to see and do.  I can’t even begin to describe it; so, you better visit us to see for yourself.

Considering moving to Asheville? Want to check out WNC? Where can you stay?

Don’t miss these Asheville Airbnb stays→

Aloft – Downtown Asheville  – If you are looking to stay in the heart of downtown Asheville, the Aloft hotel is newly renovated as of 2020. You’ll love the brilliant local murals, updated rooms, and trendy public areas, including a rooftop pool, bar, and ledge overlooking all of Asheville.

Hampton Inn And Suites Asheville Biltmore Area  – Although this hotel is on busy Brevard Road – NC-191 – across from the Asheville Outlets, we stayed here before moving to Asheville. Clean, updated, and in the middle of everything, you can easily access downtown, Biltmore, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

1898 Waverly Inn Bed and Breakfast — While looking for houses in Asheville, we stayed at this sweet B&B in Hendersonville, NC (35-40 mins from Asheville closer to DuPont State Forest). We loved their social happy hour and friendly hosts. You can walk into downtown Hendersonville.

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Still thinking of moving to Asheville? Save this post for later to make the most informed decision — or just for fun ideas when you visit.

So, are you moving to Asheville, NC?

We are thrilled to call Asheville, North Carolina our new home.  You can see how living in Asheville worked out here on Uncorked Asheville.

Let us know if you have any questions or are visiting Asheville. If you hate that I ranked on Florida, well, don’t let me know.

And thanks, Florida; it’s been real.  Real hot. 

We originally published 13 Reasons For Moving to Asheville on June 12, 2019 & have updated this post for 2021.

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Christine (she/her) is the owner, lead editor, and tipsy book sommelier of The Uncorked Librarian LLC, an online literary publication showcasing books and movies to inspire travel and home to the famed Uncorked Reading Challenge.

With a BA in English & History from Smith College, an MLIS from USF-Tampa, and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Christine's back pocket, there isn't a bookstore, library, or winery that can hide from her. Christine loves brewery yoga, adopting all of the kitties, and a glass of oaked Chardonnay. Charcuterie is her favorite food group.


  1. my very young daughter has given her 2 wk notice, and plans to visit 8/8-8/13 to find an apartment as she is determined to move there from Cincinnati. As her mother, I am frightened to death but so proud of her bravery. Your blog is delightful, it brought me some comfort. Any advice, connections, assistance you may have to help direct her is much appreciated. thank you again,

    1. Hi Dana,

      Aw, your daughter will do great! Thank you so much – and I think I saw that you joined our Asheville Facebook group too. You all can email me at any time if you need anything or have specific questions… hello @ the URL of either website. I’m the one responding to all emails. I hope she loves it! North Asheville is close to Downtown and where our main college is – so there is a younger population around there. It’s a pretty safe area too. Weaverville is right there and also very chill.

    2. Hi Christine,
      My younger and older sister and I will be visiting Asheville pretty much to confirm why we want to move there and where to live. You just cemented the deal for me. We’re both retired and will be looking for a home, townhome while we’re there. We decided to come in February as Asheville won’t be it’s most thrilling then. We both enjoy arts and enrichment and entertainment and will be looking to volunteer as well.
      Can you recommend areas that are safe, have affordable housing and proximity to what’s going on?
      I will find the facebook group, thanks for that!

      1. Hi Barb! I’m so glad. Haha, Asheville is not as thrilling in February; it’s very gray, but it’s nice and quiet to see what you want. If you enjoy the suburbs, you might want to check out Fletcher and Arden – for more affordable areas that are around 20 minutes from Downtown Asheville. You might also enjoy our Uncorked Asheville newsletter – and you can email me anytime via that newsletter too. Click here for Uncorked Asheville’s newsletter sign-up.

  2. This was so helpful! My husband and I were visiting some family that moved to Hickory and we just fell in love with everything. We loved it so much we decided to see a few homes while we were here, ha! We found one home that would be amazing and all it would need is a good carpet cleaning, lol. Anyway, thanks for the help!

  3. Hi, thanks for your post but other than the great pics of beautiful foliage I wasn’t sold on your reasons to move to NC. We are from California and have moved east to escape the traffic and noise for a simpler life. We don’t drink and are not social butterflies. So maybe Asheville isn’t for us, while it is beautiful. We’ll find out as we’ll be visiting a homestead festival in April.

    1. We understand – and AVL does have traffic and some pretty busy areas. We also run an entire Asheville website, Uncorked Asheville, if you want to peruse that for ideas. We hope you have a great trip and find a home that is perfect for you.

  4. Hi Christine,
    Thank you for your post. I enjoyed reading it as I am beginning my search of the area. I am a Boston girl, and I need a change as I approach retirement (somewhat). I want more tolerable weather mostly, not hot and not a lot of snow. I need a happy weather medium so I can get out every day instead of being prisoned up during the winters AND in the hot, hot summers. I grew up on the east coast south of Boston, but now I want a taste of the fresh mountain air and vibrant colors. I still have a lot more to find out about Asheville and NC.
    Thanks for your selling points.

    1. Hi Eileen! Thanks so much. We love the Boston area – and New England. We do not miss those NE blizzards, though. Asheville definitely has a milder climate, and the mountains are just stunning. The fall is magical, and we love hitting the hiking trails and waterfalls. We hope you’ll check out our Asheville website, which might be helpful too, Uncorked Asheville: https://www.uncorkedasheville.com/. We have relocation tips, neighborhood guides, and of course, endless articles on Asheville. Best of luck! Christine

  5. Hi! I am thrilled to be moving my family to Asheville this July! I’m a Tampa native and I live in Baltimore with my husband and two toddlers…my husband is from Baltimore. We bought a home in Arden, and although we realize it may not be the most exciting suburb of Asheville, it does seem to be family friendly and has a wonderful elementary school. Any tips for choosing dentists, doctors, and pediatricians? I’m not on Facebook, so looking for alternative ways other than Facebook groups. Thanks so much for such a great site!

    1. We looked at Arden too – they had some gorgeous houses. It’s a great area. Unfortunately, we mostly went by our insurance and who was close to us in our neighborhood. There is only one main GI practice in the area – so I didn’t have any choice there (Digestive Health Partners/Asheville Gastro). I do like Carolina Internal Medicine for our primary care office. I hope that helps!

  6. A wonderful, witty post. I am moving there in September. Can’t wait! Also, I signed up for your blog.
    Take care,

  7. I loved your article. Thank you for writing it.
    Next Thursday we start on the road moving to Asheville. We visited last April and fell in love with Western NC.
    Can’t wait to get there!

  8. Hi Christine,

    This…is pure gold. Seriously, what a breath of fresh air of a read. I have known for years that I love NC and recently found Asheville and research literally every day. My current situation is being “stuck” in Florida for the time being. An amazing friend, who loves Daytona, offered me a free stay as I recoup from the pile of poo that is Covid. Anyhoo, I am NOT fan at all and usually find “my people” quickly until I got here. Drivers are real bunch of sons of beaches! The idea of moving solo to Asheville makes me almost giggle cry like those Youtube video kids that get surprised with a Disney trip.
    Step in the right direction, my cousin and I are meeting in Asheville in a couple of weeks for the first time for the both of us. I have an interview for the remote version of my job on Tuesday.

    Much thanks for the laughs and the ability to hear my echoed thoughts and not someone who wants to argue that I am “living where people vacation and just need to suck it up.”

    Cross your fingers for me, and hopefully we will bump into each other at a brewery there and have a good laugh about escaping the semi-hell disguised as a beach. To new beginnings!


    1. Hi Angela, Thank you for the kind note. I appreciate it.

      We actually lived pretty close to Daytona. I-4 was the bane of my existence, and the drivers were wild. I always had the longest commutes to work filled with traffic and accidents. It kind of sucks the soul out of you after a while. I do miss the beaches, though.

      Good luck with your interview, and I hope you have a great Asheville visit.

      Be sure to head over to our Asheville site if you ever need recs as a visitor or new local. If you see me at a brewery, be sure to say hello too!

      Cheers to new beginnings!

  9. You really need to mention the overcrowding. The bums and panhandlers. You make Asheville look like it’s great, but as with all places it’s also not so great. Downtown is a mess at night most times. Especially with all the panhandlers. We were at a restaurant one night and were followed by a bum begging for my doggie bag. It is a serious problem that is made worse by the tourists that tend to give money to people that seem down on their luck. There’s also the fact that the “buy local” is a sham that I found out about. The farmer’s market is good, but Ingles will gouge you and then you only find out that Ingles isn’t a local store, but a chain owned by a company in TN. Sham. Sham. Sham!!

    Seriously, you need to give people a heads up on the bad as well. The market here will gouge you! Houses sell for upwards in to the millions and unless you are well to do with a good job… Don’t expect to be able to live in Asheville without a flat mate or seven. I’m not from Asheville, but my hubby was born and raised here. Sadly, he said the real Asheville with real hippies and a fun feel is gone. It’s been replaced by a commercialist juggernaut that builds overpriced apartments and calls them condos. Welcome to Asheville. But I’m so glad we moved out of Buncombe county. (It’s 110% over the market value for NC.)

    The views of the foothills are more breathtaking from the TN side. 😀

    1. Hi Lisa, I’m honestly not so sure how to respond to this — as I find this comment about the homeless population to be inappropriate as well as lacking understanding of a much larger issue in America.

      I also run a second site that talks about the pros and cons of living in Asheville (linked in this article) — this personal post is just what we loved and why we chose to move here.

      Sure, like everywhere else, Asheville has traffic, tourists, crime, and an increase in housing costs. Asheville is quickly growing and changing. I don’t love my GI office, and the surrounding areas are a bit against my beliefs and values, politically.

      I do live directly in Asheville, and while I agree that housing prices have gone up (and I don’t love some of the new slapped up developments), our house was affordable and not in “the millions.” I don’t have 7 flatmates. But yes, some areas are much more expensive and less affordable than others. This tends to be true for a lot of city living.

      It sounds like leaving Asheville was the best decision for you. I’m happy that you are enjoying TN. We’ve been to Knoxville, Clarksville, Dollywood, and Nashville. I’d love to tour more of the state.

  10. My mom keeps talking about wanting to visit Asheville when we’re able to travel again. I’m a little worried because she might not want to leave, especially if I show her this blog post beforehand. She’s always dreamed of coming here and seeing all the gorgeous things Asheville has to offer, I think she’ll be more adamant about it than ever. XD

  11. Thank you so much for posting this. My husband and I are considering a relocation to Asheville from Los Angeles. We both grew up in the midwest but we’ve lived in LA for over a decade now. I’ve seen A LOT of anti-California sentiment expressed in online Asheville forums. I respect the reasons locals would resent a California exodus landing in their city. If we do decide to move, we plan to be very conscious of not driving up the housing costs and being contributing members to our community (though honestly, we’re as homebody as you can get and mind our own business).

    I put all this out there because I’m wondering if the sentiment/frustration against Californians is so high in Asheville at this point that we would have to worry about being ostracized. If you had time to reply with your take on that, I’d appreciate it. In either case, thank you for the insights in your article and for your responses to the comments. It’s been very helpful for us as we research.

    1. Hi Mary! I would just advise ignoring the forums. I’m from CT, but as you know, we moved up from Florida — and you’ll see a ton of nasty comments about Floridians moving to AVL in those forums and on FB, too. I run another local blog, Uncorked Asheville at uncorkedasheville.com, and occasionally a grumpy (supposed) local will say some pretty wild things to me. I just delete or ignore it. Some comments are more telling of the 2016-2020 political climate, too.

      However, this ‘resentment’ is not the overall sentiment here in Asheville, at all. Everyone has been SO nice and respectful to us. Never once have we felt unwelcomed or uncomfortable in person. People online just seem to troll and love the anonymity of it all — I say this as a seasoned blogger, too. I’d guess that many weren’t even born here themselves.

      Cities grow and change along with traffic and congestion, regardless of who moves and who doesn’t. Asheville has a huge transient population, and the city’s businesses thrive off of tourists and new residents.

      I’ve also lived all over the world, including Indonesia, and the world is our home. As with traveling, yes, of course, respect everyone’s home and space, but everyone should be welcome to live wherever they wish. We bought a home in an established AVL neighborhood and our jobs and spending contribute to the Asheville economy. I don’t think anyone — in person — would deny that.

  12. I have a very similar story to yours – NH girl, grew up in PA, we lived in Palm Harbor FL (straight up from Clearwater, straight west from Tampa) for 4 and a half years, and just moved to Hickory NC at the end of January. I felt exactly the same about Florida – it was never going to be forever. I miss the 10 minute drive to the beach, hockey games, and Disney. That’s it!
    Sadly we haven’t been able to explore our new home too much since Corona hit soon after we got settled. But we did just drive over to Asheville and check out the Biltmore Village, and fell in love with Black Mountain too. So many cute shops! We had a couple quick trips to Blowing Rock, but that’s the extent of our explorations. Hickory has been great so far. You get the small town vibe but everything we need is right here.
    The winding roads were like a novelty to me for the first month or so! I was so used to 6 lane highways in FL, in stop and go traffic where I saw my life flash before my eyes on the daily. Now I brake for foxes.
    I’ll be keeping up on your adventures for some weekend ideas, and I’ve got your Biltmore article open in another tab ready to read!!

    1. Hey Aryn, Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment. I actually have a best friend in Palm Harbor! We are totally missing the beach.

      I haven’t visited Hickory yet, but like you, the pandemic really hit us hard, making exploration pretty much impossible. We got here, started looking around, and then BAM, everything shut down. I’m glad we had the fall, at least.

      The NC winding roads are WILD. I have to drive or I get car sick. I also have to get used to putting on my emergency car brake on hills…and not rolling down into people’s garages.

      Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy NC; we have been loving what we are able to do, especially hiking and the beer. We are both Biltmore and NC Arboretum annual passholders and are loving it!

  13. How do you think refugees from northern California wine country would do in Asheville area? We are contemplating move because of all that is going on in CA, mostly negative, and being closer to family, friends.

    1. Hmmmm, that is a good question! I don’t think you’ll find as good of wine here, even though Hendersonville has three wineries. It really depends on what you are looking for, too. A few of our neighbors are from CA, and they love it. If you like hiking, short commutes, and less traffic with culture, you’ll enjoy Asheville. It’s still the south, and I am always worried that some people might feel trapped. It feels both big (road trips) and small. We are also about 4-4.5 hours from the beach.

  14. This article was SO helpful! My husband and I currently have a long distance marriage (he’s in Virginia Beach, I’m in Baltimore for my trauma year). He is interviewing for his dream job in Asheville! Seems like a beautiful place to live!

    1. I am thrilled to hear that! Thanks so much for letting me know, too. Good luck to your husband on his dream job–that’s awesome. We love living in Asheville. If you ever have moving questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

  15. Haha I did an internship in Key Largo for 6 months, and when I arrived in August (from Northern NY where I’d been working on a windy island out on Lake Ontario all summer), I melted. For the first couple weeks I could hardly function, so good for you for lasting 8 whole years! So excited to follow along on all your new adventures in Asheville!

    1. Haha! I do not miss that heat for anything. I have to get used to the dry Asheville winters, though. I need a humidifier lol! I definitely prefer the North Carolina weather to Florida. The sun and oppressive heat is not for me.

  16. Hi Christine! My husband and I moved to Asheville this year. Our families live in north Georgia and Kingsport, Tennessee and we both grew up in those areas, so we aren’t exactly Asheville natives but our homelands are nearby. I decided to move to Asheville after seeing what turned out to be housing scams on Craigslist. There were so many beautiful rentals that seemed affordable, or so I thought! So, we both moved here without any jobs (we started searching right away) and we found a tiny house for rent in the adorable town of Black Mountain. Within about two months I landed two part-time jobs as a tour guide on the Blue Ridge Parkway and at the Biltmore Estate. My husband found a position with Sierra Nevada.

    After living nearby to Asheville for almost a year now, I can say it has been a challenging but rewarding place to call home. As a couple who LOVES to hike, camp, explore & are foodies, western North Carolina is a mountain paradise. It is absolutely breathtaking spring, summer, fall and the winter’s are tolerable. I grew up in north Georgia and the climate/terrain is almost exactly the same just a bit further south. The people have been nice, although through my jobs I have mostly met tourists from Florida and a few other states.

    My husband and I have really enjoyed some of the local shopping at places like Hopey & CO., Trader Joes, and eating at local restaurants & the 80 + breweries. I have spent a lot of time exploring around the Biltmore Estate as well. We have skied up at Sugar Mountain and Wolf Laurel and have hiked miles through the Blue Ridge mountains. We don’t let the dust settle on our shoes and try to get out as much as possible, haha.

    I have lived in many other states: Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana and North Carolina is by far one of my favorites. Asheville residents are indeed rent burdened and the cost of living is higher here than many parts of the country. In many ways, Asheville is exactly what you would expect from a seasonal tourist destination. Beautiful, good food, and crowded. I know the city is working on building more affordable housing but that’s beyond my scope of knowledge. I think more tiny houses could help. 🙂

    I feel torn between staying near Asheville and leaving. In some ways, it is a perfect place to live for people who truly appreciate the biodiversity, history, and culture of the area. On the other hand, starting out as young adults in a such a coveted place to reside can pose a struggle. It has been an adventure!

    Anyway, I’d love to meet you in person. We are also in search of “cool friends” who recognize the awesomeness of Batter Park Book Exchange!

    Good luck in the Land of the Sky,

    1. Hey Katie,

      Thank you so much for the kind message! We do make pretty cool friends. You can drop me an email at [email protected] and maybe we can plan something for after the holidays. The Battery Park Book Exchange is indeed awesome, and I wish that we could make their NYE party. There are so many great things happening in and around Asheville this month.

      Your two jobs sounds pretty cool! That’s also incredibly brave to move to a location without having jobs secured first. I love that you just went for it! I’ve never had the guts to do that (I wish I did; maybe one day!), but we met a photographer here who went for it, as well; she loves it and secured a roomie. My husband was able to transfer for work, and even when I moved to Indonesia for a bit, I had a gig lined up. That always seems to make it easier, when possible. For FL, my husband transferred, and I had to look for a job once there. That was pretty stressful for me since we were planning and paying for our wedding.

      For Asheville, we decided to go all in and buy a house before we really knew the area. We came up one weekend just to look for a place to live and left contracted. Thankfully, I LOVE where we live. For us, this was the cheaper way to go, and we have FOUR cats…which makes life so difficult. No apartments or easy renting for us. Moving from one house, we really needed another too. We own too much crap. For our FL move, we staked out apartments in advance–which oddly fell through last minute–but thankfully knew more of what we were getting into pricing and availabilty-wise. They don’t have rent control in FL–that was INSANE.

      I always wondered what it would be like to work at the Biltmore, especially in the winery. The Grove Park Inn seems kind of magical too. Congrats to both you and your husband on getting jobs right away. Sierra Nevada is huge, and we still have some exploring to do. I love their duck fries. I hope you guys get lots of perks!

      I love your tiny houses plan! Some of the homes in the heart of downtown Asheville are a tad pricy, but we are also used to CT (and New England) taxes and a very high cost of living. Florida actually–in theory–seems like a cheap place to live, but I found the jobs pay very little with everything else costing average prices. The joke was that the state paid you in sunshine. I was not laughing, lol. The only difference with Florida is that there is no state income tax. That’s why FL gets so many retirees. I don’t blame them, either.

      We wondered if Asheville would be overcrowded, but we only find that certain months or even weeks get a little busier with the tourists. Then, everything seems to settle down. We just avoid those places until then and stay with local secrets. The only thing that we definitely realized right away was to make weekend dinner reservations in advance. You just never know when a place will book up fast. But, sometimes it is the locals that take over too. However, we lived in Central Florida near Disney–nothing was like booking those restaurants MONTHS to beyond half a year out. AHHH!!! And we never plan ahead.

      I *think* I’m going to update this post to share what it’s now like living in Asheville. I will say that my SUV does not easily fit down these tiny streets and small parking lots. I-26 can get crazy with traffic–but that is due to that construction. Will it ever end?

      Happy holidays! I look forward to hearing from you. I hope you do stay in/near Asheville, if you are happy here! I feel like every place has its ups and downs. It just depends which ones equal out for you. I’m still in love with NC so far, and I’m so glad we moved here.

  17. Thanks for bringing even more people to this over populated area. I wish people like you would stay were you were. You just don’t get it, locals dont want you here. The over priced housing, destruction of the mountains to build homes for you Floridians it’s disgusting. I really hope you don’t stay for long.

    1. I’m so sorry that you feel this way, Melissa. Both my husband and I work hard as well as contribute to the Asheville and NC economy through work, donations, taxes, owning an older (established) home, hiring locally, and commerce. We have lived all over the world due to the nature of our jobs–we don’t always get to pick where we live for work; it’s special when we do.

      Everyone in Asheville–long-time locals and transplants–have truly been so kind and welcoming. Everyone is always welcome in our home(s), as well.

      As noted in the article, we were born and raised in New England, but we do hope to retire in our families’ homeland one day–Italy, where our families migrated from for a better quality of life. For now, of course, we will be staying in Asheville and always giving back and embracing our neighbors.

      Asheville is full of locals and people from all over the world, which is what makes the city so special, kind, tolerant, and amazing. We see this diversity every day in the shops, food, and amongst our neighbors. I always hope that these cities retain their charm, too, with the ebb and flow of people that come in and out of them. I think that starts with kindness, open-mindedness, giving back, and tolerance.

      I also hope that if you ever relocate–whether by choice or due to circumstances–that people welcome and greet you with nothing but kindness.

  18. I am currently happy where I live but if I could move anywhere else it would definitely be Asheville! Every time I have visited it is always peaceful and quaint. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Wow. I am now an Asheville groupie! I grew up going to Biltmore and kind of remember it, but the detail in which you share all of the great qualities of this town makes me want to turn my keys into my DC area digs, stay! I am so happy for you that you found a place for you guys that checks the boxes. I thought DC area would be my forever place being a native Georgia peach. But after 16 years I am now looking for less crowds and annoyances and am too mystified by NC. It is south for sure, but the debutante cousin of the other southern states imho. Hope to see you there soon!

    1. I am SUCH an Asheville groupie now–I love that term lol!

      DC is so great too, and I’ve always eyed southern Maryland. I did hear that it is getting crazy busy, though.

      Moving to Asheville has been great; we are about a month in now. We are more and more in love with it every weekend, and you know I love these mountains. We adore the hiking areas, great food, and culture. Plus, Asheville feels more like the south than FL, and we are looking forward to those seasons. I’ve been devouring the fresh Georgia peaches sold in the stores here.

      The Biltmore is great, and we are still waiting to get passes once our moving expenses die down. I love that they host events, have hiking trails, and have a winery.

      Please let us know if you are ever in town–or move here. I am trying to get EVERYONE to move here lol!

  20. I can so relate to the seasons reason. I lived in Colorado as a kid and definitely didn’t appreciate what I had. But after years of living in the Persian Gulf, I was excited every time it rained when I first moved to England. I’m a bit over it now. Although as the summer heat wave surges on, rain is still my favourite thing. When you don’t have it, you miss it! I loved the Persian Gulf, but man do I also love seasons. And I don’t mean the monsoon kind…

    Asheville sounds lovely. There’s so much to see and do, so I can see why it’s popular. I’ve never been to NC (at least not that I can remember), but totally fell in love with Charleston, SC when I visited years ago. I love when a place just instantly feels like home!

    It’s also good to know we’ll have plenty of food options when we come visit 😉

    1. Charleston is another great place. We went maybe two years ago; I will say that it has changed quite a bit, which was good and a little sad. The first time I visited Charleston was in college, and it definitely hadn’t gone full-blown tourist yet. Ten years later, I hardly recognized it! I still love the history and spooky everything there. It has the palm trees that I will miss, and I love the cities cute (and haunted) taverns. We are hoping to visit more since Charleston is closer to Asheville (4 hours) and offers us the beach–that I will now miss. Charleston was over a 7-hour drive from Florida.

      We definitely took for granted our pool and the beach in Florida. I will miss them, dearly.

      You will love Asheville for all of the vegan and veggie food options. That’s all that we ate while we were there visiting.

      I would love to see Colorado one day! I’m going to be on this huge mountain kick for the next few years.

  21. Thank you SO much! I’m sure I will be asking you for lots of decorating advice. Just saw your email with websites to check out! Thank you! I definitely will take a picture of our (green tiled…ahem) fireplace with kitty stockings! Asheville just sung to us!

  22. I can’t wait to visit! It sounds like my perfect place.

    We felt really similarly about Sydney. Yes the beaches are great and they do great food but that’s kinda it. The roads were genuine mazes, there were no seasons (I feel very strongly about this like you), it was so far from home and quality of life SUCKED because you couldn’t save any money because cost of living was through the roof. But everyone is always like omg why would you ever leave Sydney and it’s like Bitch please, it’s great to visit but never to live. Same as Berlin! These places are tourist destinations and nothing more, in my opinion. It’s why I just can’t settle right now, I need to be on the move constantly 🙁

    1. “Bitch, please.” I am dying. It is so true, though. I feel the exact same way about living in Florida. It’s tourist heaven but that it’s. Come, enjoy your beaches and time here, and then leave for a working wage, cleaner air, less traffic, a better quality of life, and seasons.

      You guys would love Asheville! Can’t wait until you visit!

  23. So many great reasons to move to Ashville. I am so excited to hear that you are moving to a place with so much to offer. It’s so important to fall in love with where you are moving to. I know at the time, I liked where we moved 12 years ago, but now I’m so eager to move away from here. I hope that when I do I can find a place even half as amazing as Ashville sounds because that would be a huge upgrade for us.

    1. Hey Sarah, thank you so much for sharing in our excitement! I am kind of a restless soul, which can be good and equally bad. I always like to change things up after a while whether it be a job, home, or a few hobbies. I love and appreciate all that I have too, but the change makes me grow and get ‘unsettled,’ which I need. Moving is so dang hard and stressful too, though. Adjusting, even when excited, is a little anxiety-inducing. I hope you find a fabulous next home too!

  24. Apparently the vegan food festival was a couple of weeks ago in Asheville. I missed it! I’m not vegan, but nowadays I am mostly vegetarian and trying to move as much toward a more plant-based diet as possible. Asheville just gets it. I like to call it the Portland of the Carolinas. In addition to be quirky (dare I say weird?), they definitely “get” veganism. And just in general, it’s a similar feel culturally. Super excited for you!

    1. I didn’t know that they had a vegan festival. How cool! Thanks so much for sharing that tidbit.

      We are not strictly vegan or veggie either–in fact, my dad worked for a meat company growing up so we ate tons of meat every day. I’m not sure I could ever completely stop consuming chicken (or eggs). However, like you, I do enjoy moving toward a healthier and more “natural” diet. I really need to cut out processed food and eat more fruits and veggies.

      I’ve never been to Portland, but I did hear that it is similar to Asheville. Once we move to Asheville, I am definitely hoping to run into you. Be sure to message me when you are in town.

      Thanks so much.

  25. I am so excited for you!! Asheville really seems like it’s calling you. I love those mountains, too. My cousins live there and post photos of them all the time, and I just want to magically transport myself to that location every time I see them. It looks SO beautiful, all the colors and the swoops and dips of the outline against a moody sky. 🙂 And I can’t believe you bought a house there! That is some committment. 🙂 So, so exciting. I can’t wait to see more photos and read about your NC adventures. Congrats!!

    1. Thank you so much! I am so sorry for the late reply too. My WP is all jacked up with comment order lately, and I can’t find half of my comments that I know I didn’t see. Sigh. I know you have had the same problem…arg! I guess I shouldn’t approve them until I am ready to respond…that way I won’t miss any?! But that seems lame too.

      That’s awesome that you have family in Asheville. Maybe I will see you sometime! You describe it beautifully. I fell madly in love with those mountains. If you ever decide to visit family, please let me know.

  26. Congratulations on your move! My family and I lived in Asheville for 6 years before my husband’s job took us to Minnesota 2 years ago. There may have been a similar hysterical experience when I found out we were leaving. My faves are Sierra Nevada Brewery (the real happiest place on Earth), Pisgah National Forest, Malaprops bookstore, the Vault has the best nachos, and the Sky Top Bar has the best views around. Have fun exploring. The adventures are endless!

    1. Hey Allison,

      Thank you SO much! Thanks for sharing your favs too! We only got a glimpse of Sierra Nevada during one of our visits, and I am dying to go back. We didn’t get to tour or anything, but we grabbed a fast dinner at the bar before catching our flight. It’s HUGE!!! I feel like that might become my new Disney World!? That and the Biltmore. Did you ever have annual passes for the Biltmore or see it at Christmas?

      I heard that there is a restaurant that overlooks Pisgah National Forest, but I cannot remember the name right now. Our Uber driver said it’s a must and is so beautiful. I will be sure to check it all out.

      Thank you for all of the tips and recs. I really appreciate it. Let us know if you come back to visit.

  27. Can I break up with my city and move to Asheville?! It sounds incredible! A COLONIAL HOUSE! All the vegan food, the hikes, the glorious air (I imagine it will be crisp and clean, I might be getting too much into Colorado territory there though.) I am so happy for you! Sounds like Asheville will be a really great move! I wanted to visit Asheville someday! This makes me want to visit it even more. Good luck on the move!

    1. Please do! If your city is anything like FL, bye buhhhh ; )

      I knew that you would love the vegan food, and you have to come visit sometime. Spooky tours and bars, here we come! I will make a list of vegan and veggie restaurants just for you.

      I have not seen clean air in so long (the humidity plus city air is a bad combo here in Central FL) that I don’t know how Asheville compares elsewhere. I, however, think it’s much cleaner than what we currently have. I will say, since I’ve been FL shredding today, that FL is, of course, way cleaner than other places we’ve been. Can’t complain too much (but I do, oops). Bye, sulfur water, though. Won’t miss that nastiness.

      Thank you so much!

  28. Asheville sounds absolutely perfect! I’ve always wanted to visit. I’ve heard it’s an amazing place to live. I can’t wait to read more posts from you about it.
    I don’t blame you at all for escaping Florida. I’ve never been in love with Florida. We did a couple of visits as kids and then as an adult I visited my friend in St. Pete. It definitely was pretty but not the place for me. Actually we went to a bar and it was filled with senior citizens. It was a bar filled with her husband’s lawyer friends and old people. Was a nightmare!?

    I’ve said it plenty of times but I’m sooo excited for you! This will be a great move!
    Loved your post!

    1. St. Pete and Tampa are definitely more intriguing to us. If we come back to Florida to visit, we will most likely head that way vs Central Florida. St. Pete has more culture and amazing breweries. I like the vibe there. We almost decided to move there, but we really really really wanted out of Florida. St. Pete gets flooded by the snowbirds, and it’s becoming more and more of a troubled mess. The water there is killing people, but the politicians don’t care right now. The whole city smells so bad from algae and other bad things getting ignored. I don’t care what your political beliefs are: there is a problem…and you can see and smell it. The traffic from St. Pete to Tampa is out of this world.

      We laugh about the older crowd (and love them since we will be them), but they take over in the winter. The older cougars love to get slammed and childishly mock the younger crowd too. It’s been quite a frustrating experience. I’ve never really seen this anywhere else. Daytona is famous for the shitshows (and I actually love Daytona). I think people think everyone is on vacation and just get drunk, treat our home like crap, and get in the way without caring lol. I sound so bitter. Oops. It’s been a long 8 years, and this lady is OUT.

      Thank you! We are stoked for the new adventure.

  29. I am so happy for you guys and your Florida escape!! As a Southerner from TN I love the heat, but even for me, Florida was kind of terrible. That unforgiving sun, sand in unwanted places, and buckets of sunscreen were not my idea of a good vacation. When you are a kid you dont have much choice, though. PCB was a hot destination for folk in my hometown (luckily my family went to Destin, less horrible). Florida is definitely low on my list of states to live in.

    This move to Asheville speaks to my soul. I’m a sucker for mountains and nature, breweries and books. I can’t wait to read all about your adventures there! I may even pass through one day. I haven’t been since I was 16, so a visit is due!

    Congratulations on the move and good luck in all of your moving adventures!

    1. My husband will totally be nodding his head in agreement with you. The beach kind of gives him anxiety because the sand is relentless. You really cannot get it out of anything. We come home from the beach and it seems to stay in our house year round. I do LOVE the beach, though. I was hoping to visit a few more times before we move to Asheville, but it is too hot. Within an hour, you are freaking toast. It’s so hot this week, we haven’t even gone outside to enjoy the sun.

      All of your reasons are why I love Asheville too. Let us know if you pass through. I’m hoping to head to Ohio again this year or next for my best friend there.

      Thank you so much!

  30. I’m glad that you love Asheville so much. The only caution that I have to offer is that as more and more people flock to Asheville (in droves at this point), it is loosing its charm rapidly. As a resident for the last 30 years, I can day that traffic, housing, and a few other of those things that you love about Asheville are rapidly changing for the worst. Housing is unaffordable, traffic is more nightmarish, and the seasons have changed dramatically.
    I hope you enjoy your time here, but do realize that Asheville is changing so rapidly that it may not be the same town you fell in love with for very long.

    1. Yes, flocking retirees, digital nomads, and tourists are one of our concerns. Thank you for your honesty; I appreciate it. I also feel slightly guilty because I am sure that people like us moving in are part of the problem. We are worried that long-timers won’t warm up to newbie residents for the above reasons (and I don’t blame them).

      We just put a house under contract, and the Asheville market is not only hot but fast and competitive. We are definitely getting less for our value by choosing North Asheville vs Arden or Fletcher. I can only imagine it getting worse for a while. Hopefully, this trend peaks, breaks, and chills out.

      Florida, in many ways, is the same for us: traffic, housing, and tourists/retirees. We need a change.

    2. @Christine, this article is well-written but stress-inducing. I live in a WNC mountain town that has been absolutely mobbed with tourists (mainly Floridians) since the beginning of COVID. People escaping the larger cities to get away from COVID. The influx of people has been astounding. Lines to get onto the parkway, local wineries/breweries at capacity on off-days. The saddest is three separate friends (two who grew up here) were looking for but unable to purchase homes before people (from Florida) paid cash and snapped them up from under them. I guess I wish the message of this article was more like… “why Asheville sucks and you should stay put” or “13 reasons to move to Arkansas”. We don’t need more tourons.

      1. Hi Lauren, I definitely have heard that all of this is now becoming a phenomenon from the pandemic — especially the buying with cash aspect. My husband and I were just talking about this. It’s wild. Understandably, no one wants to be trapped inside again for that long — it was tough, a tad terrifying, & isolating. I do think that once the post-pandemic, national road-tripping dies down and international travel (and even cruising) is back in full swing, all of these growingly attractive and appealing U.S. cities might somewhat calm down again to the normal flow of people both coming and going — but that’s just, of course, my opinion. From talking with our real estate agent, the current trend is predicted to stay for a few years. I do think we are in for a wild fall season this 2021 in WNC, and we will probably be laying lower than usual for our sanity. We are world travelers and travel a lot (and both work in the tourism industry) so I cannot ever personally complain about tourists since I am one. BUT, we do try to avoid peak times, ourselves. We’ve always lived in popular areas, though. Even CT and MA got slammed in the fall with leaf chasers. Florida and those beaches at spring and summer breaks… I’m sorry your friends are struggling to buy homes. The market is pretty stressful right now. We are trying to do some house renos, and those prices are all way up (ridiculously so) — and contractors are backed up for months. Definitely frustrating and a bummer all around.

  31. Congrats on the move!! I live in the Virginia side of the Blue Ridge Mountains- and I absolutely love it. I’ve heard nothing best the best things about Asheville! ?


    1. Thank you so much! Tell me all about Virginia some time. Maybe we will run into you. Actually, I’ll just peruse your blog for ideas as well. Thank you SO much! XXXxxx

  32. I enjoyed the post and I know you are going to love Asheville. Yet again, I am envious of your life. When we went years ago, the hubby and I spent most the time trying to figure out if it would be possible to relocate. Enjoy it!

  33. Asheville seems like such a popular destination right now. I know about 5 people within the last year or so that upped and moved there. It seems so amazing and tranquil. I definitely want to visit for sure. How you described being in Asheville for the first time was how I felt the first time I visited Seattle. As soon as I landed I knew I would call Seattle home one day. Almost 5 years later and it’s the first place in my life where I’ve truly felt at home. So happy for you and your new adventure — can’t wait to see updates! 🙂

    1. Hey Kacey–so sorry for the late reply. My comments got buried on this one for some reason. I’m not usually this terrible at responding unless I’m traveling.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! I’ve never been to Seattle, but I would love to go some time. Aren’t they famous for delicious coffee and beer too? I’ve only heard wonderful things. I also hear people talk similarly about Portland, Austin, and Knoxville. I have to add them all to the list. Asheville is kind of trendy right now–which I am thrilled for as a blogger.

      Thank you so much for the good wishes. I appreciate it!

  34. Great post. I’ll have to read it to the hubby this weekend. I can relate to many of the reasons why you want to move from Florida as I feel the same about California. However, I will say California is like a good mix of Florida and NC. We have everything here. If we miss the snow (which I never miss it), we can just drive to it. As a matter of fact, we had so much snow and rain, some ski resorts are open to ski at until the end of the summer. That’s just 2 hours away from me. Not that I’ll ever go skiing lol

    Florida is on our list for retirement for many reasons. We actually would love to live by the beach. I am trying to stay away from places like Orlando and Miami. I want to see palm trees outside my window or smell the ocean when I open my window. We had this for a while living in Los Angeles, it was probably my best living situation. Of course, we were renting at the time and we couldn’t afford a house near the sea. So we uped a moved to where there are mountains. I do see palm trees, but no beach, just mountains surround me.

    I think BS and craziness can be found anywhere. My sister lives in the middle of nowhere in NC and even surrounded by 10acres, she complains to me about her crazy commutes, the crazy drivers that don’t stop for animals and the stupid crime in the area. We know we aren’t going to get away from the BS no matter where we go and not for nothing, I swear hubby attracts it. He can just be sitting anywhere minding his own business and shit always happens. I don’t get it. His profession maybe? The energy he puts out from it? I don’t know.

    I love the sound of Asheville, minus the snow. I hope to visit someday. Probably during the warm months. 😉

    Thanks for making me laugh with your reasons to move and being honest. I truly value honesty and will keep this in mind when we really start thinking about investing in Florida.

    1. OMG, I thought I responded to this comment?! WP IS KILLING ME LOL!!! I am so freaking sorry. I thought I finally caught up with reading and responding to comments, but then I found a ton unanswered buried within other comments. Oh dear. I am so sorry, girl! I gotta get my WP reader straightened out or something.

      So since I am AWFUL, and it’s a week later, did you read it to Enzo? I feel like we actually had an entire conversation about this on Twitter. We must have.

      Speaking of skiing: I *might* try it out in Asheville. I grew up in CT so you’d think I would have gone skiing at least once by now. We did sled and ice skate, though. Our new NC house has a hill. I think I am going to crack my sled out, for sure.

      I’ve never been to CA, but I’d love to visit. CA definitely sounds both insane and amazing for polar opposite reasons.

      Every place definitely has its shit. I do big states like CA and FL have quite a bit more…more room for the insanity.

      Orlando is just ugh. To be fair, the city is hard for us to get to. But, I just never loved it enough for it to be worth it either. St. Pete and Tampa are cool. We had a fun weekend in Miami, and I wish we made it to the Keys. Florida never inspired me. That’s probably why I rarely blog about it lol!!

      We can’t wait for Asheville, and I hope to see you there soon! I, for one, am thrilled for the change.

      1. I did not get to read it to Enzo. I did give him some highlights, and his response is, “can we please check out Texas and TN?” I mean Florida sounds nice for retirement for several reasons BUT the truth is I would not move there right now. I honestly just want to be on the East coast when I’m older, close to the beach and a good airport. Is that too much to ask for? LOL

        So many beautiful pockets of California. The cities are just not in the best shape right now. It’s sad.

        I have family in Tampa and they hate it! They think everyone is just nasty there. They think I’m crazy for considering Florida but I think that if I stick to yuppy areas, I’ll be somewhat okay. Plus I do not plan to spend a lot of time there LOL

        What do you think of Naples or Juniper (I think)? Some areas we discussed. We realized the Keys was too impractical lol We have about 10-15 years to decide. Anything can happen!

        At least you gave it a shot for 8 years. That’s a long time! You could have given up in 1 yr. You made the best of it. Now onto a new exciting chapter in your life. =D

        1. You know, Orlando is a badass airport, and that is the one aspect that I will miss. We flew direct into Reykjavik from MCO, which was amazing. Same for Dublin. AND when we flew to Indonesia, we went straight to Dubai and then Jakarta. The MCO to Dubai was 16-gosh-awful-hours straight, but it got the job done fast. Asheville will add almost a full day of travel and one or two layovers for us (a price I am willing to pay 4-6 times a year).

          I think FL will be good for on older joints, honestly. When I went to Iceland, everything was cracking and hurting. I bet I will feel the snow and cold in NC more too. Part of that is me getting old, and the other part is my damn UC meds that are known for causing major joint issues. But I definitely think that is one of the perks to FL for the elderly too. Along with no state income tax and snow.

          Tampa can be super shitty if you live there. The traffic and heat are crazy. The news has some *fun* stories there. Tampa does have a lot more cool stuff going on, but I don’t think I’d necessarily sign-up to live there anytime soon.

          We never really made it close to Naples but everyone seems to like it–definitely a huge retirement community and same for Juniper. Sarasota and Venice Beach too.

          I tried to give up after a year lol. I was like please nooooooo more, but we were getting married and kinda had to suck it up. Then we bought a house. Then I was screwed. lol

          We need to retire in the same place. Like Italy…

          1. Thanks for all the insight! The MCO airport sounds like a dream. I want to be closer to Europe!

            Yes, let’s retire to Italy! I’d love to go back and forth.

  35. I feel the same about New York. Ok, not the same because it’s not hot all year and we’re pretty liberal up here BUT I feel you on the exit plan. I’ve lived here for 30 years and every time I cross the Outerbridge and leave NY I literally feel the weight off of my shoulders. Since my husband’s remote and we can go anywhere, I think we should go anywhere … but here! I know I’ve told you we planned to look in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is definitely making a move there sound appealing!

    1. HAHA, I definitely get that. I know some people get super defensive and offended when I talk about FL too, but let’s be honest as well. No place is perfect and to me, FL is blahhh. I am from CT–which I really love–but it has problems too. Granted, if we didn’t have to leave CT for Tom’s job, I would lived there forever.

      However, some places really wear on you. The day we landed in FL, I knew it wasn’t for me. Well, that is a lie: visiting and apartment hunting, I knew it wasn’t for me. But, a Florida move was the best choice for our family at the time, and we made it work. We had a great time and always appreciate our lives. But… it doesn’t mean that FL doesn’t blow chunks for us. Like you said, crossing state lines just feels like my heart can expand. I can breathe again. Doctors and healthcare really blow here, if I am honest.

      And as a liberal, it’s stifling to live in Central Florida and Volusia County where our Supervisor of Elections just happens to lose, mis-send, and not even count our absentee ballots (three times we had problems…no joke). We like being surrounded with unique and diverse people–but also people who believe in love, tolerance, acceptance, and education. I won’t miss the Friday protestors in my town that literally tell us we are going to hell because we don’t have the same beliefs or the endless symbols of racism in our face. I know that is everywhere, but in FL, it’s far more prevalent.

      Now that I am remote and my husband can transfer to Asheville, it’s time to make our move. Love what we’ve gained here, but I’m equally thrilled to leave. I will miss the friends we made. FL has some really good people and great beaches. And, um… yea… lol

      I hope you make it to Asheville. We are in the cool friend market.

  36. Love this post! And I just love Laughing Seed. I hope you really enjoy your Biltmore annual pass. My husband and I have had annual passes since we were engaged. I recommend trying the lunch at Deerpark. It’s amazing! There are lots of vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free options.

    1. The Laughing Seed was the first place we ever had dinner in Asheville. It was so delicious, and I am such a sucker for tempeh and local brews. Their service was on point too.

      I will definitely keep your recommendation for Deerpark in mind: sounds perfect to me. Cannot wait. Thanks for the tip.

  37. Welcome to North Carolina!!! I absolutely love Asheville (and don’t know how anyone couldn’t!). I grew up <2 hours away, but live in southern NC now and miss my mountains so much! We frequently have girls’ weekends there. I can’t wait to see all your fun adventures!

    1. Thank you so much! We are excited. Those mountains just straight out sing to me. Every time I see them, I hope that I never ever tire of their green-blue hue. Let me know when you are in town sometime! I’ll be there drinking all of the beer and coffee.

    1. I will totally miss those Epcot drinks. Our annual passes don’t expire until the fall. We’ve been debating coming back for one last round. It’s usually super hot at the beginning, though. Tempting!! Thank you!

  38. As someone who lived in Florida for 18 years, I agree with everything you said. It’s a nice place to visit, but living there is another story. The only reason I step foot in Florida now is because I have family there. Every time I visit, it feels like I’ve gone back in time 20 years.

    I haven’t been to Asheville, but I’ve heard a lot of good things. I am excited for you and your husband!

    1. Congratulations on your move. This Florida girl gets it (although I’m closer to Miami which is hotter than hell). I love Asheville and visited for 10 summers where I shipped my kids for sleep away camp — it was that or they would melt like sticky popsicles. Have fun making new memories in your new city.

      1. I wish that we got to head Miami more often. St. Pete, Tampa, and Miami definitely had more culture and perks than Central Florida. Wynwood Walls will always be a favorite just because I had no idea it existed until we brewery hopped down there.

        We had no idea about the Asheville camp culture until our last visit. Makes sense! I never grew up camping so maybe one summer, I will volunteer to be a counselor for fun.

        Thank you!

    2. We still have family here too–one member who has no sense of humor about FL Man and FL’s craziness lol. It’s unrealistic to think FL is just this amazing oasis and take “the grass is always greener” attitude. No place is perfect, but for us, personally, Florida hasn’t been on our favorite. It needs major fixing.

      The state is a bigger mess than many. I think it’s important to see the good and the bad (and there can be quite a bit of bad here). Right now, traffic and congestion are wild. The school systems are flailing, infrastructure is nonexistent, don’t get me going on gun culture regardless of political beliefs, racism and prejudice are rampant and allowed (even at the library I worked at was so prejudice and uneducated–I went to a staff training where they actually said transgender people might rape people in bathrooms), tax dollars go to the wrong places, our leaders have the wrong priorities, and snowbirds and retirees run the state while the working class can’t pay their rent. Driving here is terrifying and you might make $14/hr with a Master’s degree. It’s endless. I don’t even understand it, really, because the state is full of so many transient people and their money (that they don’t put back into the state most of the time). You think FL would have picked up some progressive, strong values over the years. It’s only growth is in tourists, traffic accidents, and luxury gated communities. I think I went on an embittered tirade, lol! It is 20 years backward, though.

      I know Asheville suffers from quite a few problems, but I am so ready to move forward and on. Thank you! We are thrilled.

      1. Welcome to Asheville! I found your blog this morning and as a book-lover/addict, I’m loving it. If you ever host an in-person book blogging training, I’d love to be there!

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