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Asheville City Market Announces New Downtown Location Opening April 1

Asheville’s premier downtown farmers market opens on North Market Street on April 1

Asheville City Market, one of the region’s vibrant farmers markets, is moving to a new, street-closed location in downtown Asheville. Starting on April 1, Asheville City Market will be open on North Market Street, between Woodfin Street and East Walnut Street, where shoppers can enjoy open-air shopping for goods offered by local farmers, craftspeople, bakers, and other vendors.

#Explore Historic Western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountains 

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area is dotted with small towns and cities with downtowns and neighborhoods that have been officially designated as Historic Districts in North Carolina.  Some of these quaint small Appalachian towns began as post-Revolutionary War settlements.  Others evolved from 19th-century farm communities or as a direct result of the coming of the railroad to Western North Carolina after the Civil War.

** Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina

This document presents a revised framework for the classification of natural communities in North Carolina. Natural communities are central to the work of the Natural Heritage Program. Tracking occurrences of good examples of them comprises a major portion of the program’s inventory and database work. Natural communities are important components of biodiversity. They also represent a crucial means of conserving species diversity, as they offer a means of capturing many of the poorly known and un-tracked species that occur in them. The classification of natural communities has also proved useful for a variety of other purposes, including guiding research, organizing ecological information, characterizing sites, and defining habitat for particular species.


Books and publications recommended by George Ellison on North Carolina’s natural heritage:

Exploring North Carolina’s Natural Areas: Parks, Nature Preserves, and Hiking Trails (UNC Press, 2000) edited by Dirk Frakenberg, is a collection of 36 Tour Guides divided among the coastal, coastal plain, piedmont and the mountains. 

Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachians  and  Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes (UNC Press) by Timothy P. Spira


You never know what travel treats await you on this page! Each month we’ll create a listing of new and exciting women-centered opportunities that tour operators and suppliers want you to know about. So come back often and look for that special treat that will make your female traveller’s heart sing.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our Women’s Travel Directory hosting the web’s largest selection of female-friendly travel opportunities.

Guides to WNC’s Diverse Natural Wonders of the Southern Blue Ridge

At 250 million years of age, the Appalachians are now passing through the mature phase that such violently uplifted terrain experiences as it erodes and becomes extraordinarily diverse in two regards: plant life and distinctive natural communities.

Those benchmarks apply to the entire range from the Gaspe Peninsula in Canada to the foothills of Alabama. But the greatest diversity, in both regards, is attained in the Southern Blue Ridge Province, which extends from just south of Roanoke in Virginia to Mount Oglethorpe in north Georgia, encompassing portions of east Tennessee, Western North Carolina and northwest South Carolina.  Continue reading

**Appalachian Indian Trails by Lamar Marshall

Three hundred years ago, the southern Appalachians were home to the sovereign Cherokee Nation. Over fifty towns and settlements were connected by a well-worn system of foot trails, some of which later became wagon roads turnpiked by Cherokee turnpike companies. This Indian trail system, which climaxed around 1800, was the blueprint for the basic circuitry of the region’s modern road and interstate system.

Stagnant European economies and the discovery of new natural resources sparked competitive world markets that led to wars between nations to procure land, gold, furs and slaves from North America.  By the 1700’s, the British, French and Spanish were fighting for control of the modern Southeast.   Continue reading

Mountain True

**Mountain True Year-round Events

OUR MISSION: MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in Western North Carolina.

OUR VISION: MountainTrue envisions Western North Carolina with thriving communities that are connected to and help sustain a healthy natural environment. To achieve this, MountainTrue will foster and empower advocates throughout the region to be engaged in policy and project advocacy, outreach and education, and on the ground projects. MountainTrue will be known as the region’s best respected and highest impact conservation organization and will be seen as a national model.

Community Sports and Running Events – Girls on the Run

Community Sports and Running Events – Girls on the Run


Saturday, March 2nd at UNC-Asheville’s Fitness Center
Celebrated for over 25 years nationally, NGWSD has been held here in Asheville for about 11 years. The goal is to inspire girls and women to choose healthy lifestyles, in part by exposing them to healthy role models and giving them opportunities to try out different sports.

This year’s sports clinics range from running, tennis, cheerleading, swimming, soccer, field hockey, volleyball, cardio funk, Nia fusion fitness, and more! Also enjoy Guest Speaker, Julie Wonder, lunch, goody bags, a t-shirt and a ticket for door prizes.

Registration fee is $10 through February 16th & $15 up through the event. Click here to download a registration form.

This exciting event is collaborative effort between Asheville Parks & Recreation, Buncombe County Parks, Greenways & Recreation, the YWCA, the YMCA, Girls on the Run, UNC-A, and other local organizations.

* HEALTHY PARKS, HEALTHY YOU 5K FUN RUN/WALK (This event is NOT timed), Saturday March 9, 2013
Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Race starts at 10:30 a.m.
Buncombe County Sports Park, 58 Apac Circle, Asheville
$12.00 Adults / $7.00 Children ages 4 – 15
Mail-in (through February 27), Onsite Day of race 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Online registration and mail in applications can be found online at

* 3rd Annual No Excuse for Abuse 5K
to be held in Marion, NC on May 25, 2013. All proceeds from the event go to Family Services of McDowell County, Inc., a local non-profit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Agency. (828-652-8538). “We run so they don’t have to!”

* Visit the Asheville Track Club’s website to get full list of local races/


The Astronomy Club of Asheville Sky Calendar

The Astronomy Club of Asheville is a501(c)3, non-profit organization that is open to visitors and is dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy astronomy at all levels of interest. No equipment is needed to participate.  Many of us have one or more telescopes and either observe or image or both. Some of us observe using only binoculars or our unaided eyes. But all of us love the night sky, and we enjoy both learning more about it and sharing our knowledge of it with others.                      Click here for Meeting and Star Gazes

The Birds of French Broad River Park

Saturday June 2nd and 16th, RiverLink’s nature guru Worth McAlister and expert birder Bob Wilson embarked on early morning journeys into the exciting world of avian friends, along with about a dozen local nature enthusiasts. Armed with binoculars and field guides, the groups headed out from French Broad River Park to see how many bird species could be encountered, in just a few hours’ time, along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. The crews were amazed and thrilled with what they found.

“The species abundance along this section of river corridor is incredible,” says participant Bryan Hill. The groups moved cautiously along the trails in and around the park, with eyes and ears on alert for bird activity. The groups focused on sight and song identification, and discussion on distinguishing characteristics for each species encountered.

Wilson says the key to the species abundance in this particular area is thanks to an expanse of early successional habitat in the flood plain, (which is made up annuals, perennials, grasses, brambles, and shrubs), along with the river and mature forest that border on either side. This creates a mosaic of habitat conditions that can sustain a wide variety of species.

Here is the list of birds seen and heard by the two groups:

Great Blue Heron                                                      Eastern Bluebird
Turkey Vulture                                                           American Robin
Rock Pigeon                                                              Northern Mockingbird
Mourning Dove                                                          Brown Thrasher
Chimney Swift                                                           European Starling
Ruby-throated Hummingbird                                    Cedar Waxwing
Red-bellied Woodpecker                                          Common Yellowthroat
Downy Woodpecker                                                 Yellow-breasted Chat
Pileated Woodpecker                                               Eastern Towhee
Acadian Flycatcher                                                  Chipping Sparrow
Willow Flycatcher                                                     Song Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe                                                       Northern Cardinal
Eastern Kingbird                                                      Indigo Bunting
White-eyed Vireo                                                     Red-winged Blackbird
Red-eyed Vireo                                                       Common Grackle
Blue Jay                                                                   Brown-headed Cowbird
American Crow                                                        Orchard Oriole
Northern Rough-winged Swallow                            Baltimore Oriole
Cliff Swallow                                                            House Finch
Barn Swallow                                                           American Goldfinch
Carolina Chickadee                                                 House Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Make sure to join RiverLink in July for nature walks focusing on “Macroinvertebrates: Land & Water.”

Outings will be held Saturday July 7 at 10AM, and Saturday July 21 at 3PM.

For more information contact Worth McAlister at, or call at (828) 252-8474 x 17.

Are You Bear Smart? Living Responsibly in Bear Country

Wednesday, May 30  Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

If you live in WNC, you have probably seen a bear in the wild while hiking and you might have encountered one in you own backyard. Bear have even been spotted in downtown Asheville!

Asheville Green Drinks will team up with the Bear Education and Resources Task Force (B.E.A.R) of the Western North Carolina Alliance for a bear preparedness program.  Come out to learn more about how to keep bear out of your trashcans and how to stay safe in the wild.

Presenter Debbie Lassiter will host this free program to share practical advice on living responsibly in bear country and reducing human/bear conflicts.

Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (directions)

Thank you to our weekly host and sponsor Posana Cafe, a 3-star certified Green Restaurant! We encourage you to support their efforts by ordering drinks and/or food at Green Drinks’ programs. Just make sure to tip your server or bartender and come a little early if ordering food.

Join Posana for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am – 3 pm, Weekend Brunch, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm and Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm.  You can visit their menu online and view lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and dessert offerings.

Friends of the Smokies Presents “Books to Take Backpacking”

History, poetry, and children’s literature inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains will be featured in “Books to Take Backpacking,” presented by the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Historian Margaret Brown, poet Thomas Rain Crowe, and children’s author Ann Clayton will read from their works at 3 p.m.Sunday, April 15, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St in downtown Asheville. This “Writers at Home” event will encourage and inspire stewardship of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is free and open to the public.


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