Western North Carolina tends to be quite conservative, but the progressive college and arts city of Asheville is a decided exception, with one of the most tight-knit, dynamic, and visible lesbian and gay communities in the South. Comprising a hip and funky downtown loaded with galleries, cool restaurants, and splendid art deco buildings, Asheville also abounds with romantic B&Bs and opportunities for hiking and outdoor recreation. Here's a photographic journey through Asheville.
|Woolworth Walk, a co-op gallery with more than 150 artists||Club Hairspray lesbian and gay bar||Early Girl Eatery, on Wall Street||Tupelo Honey Cafe breakfast of eggs, fresh biscuits, and such|
|Great Smoky Mountains National Park, an hour west of Asheville||Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, on bustling Haywood Street||Smokey's After Dark's pool tables and juke box||Smokey's After Dark gay bar, on Broadway|
|Chocolate Fetish boutique and chocolatier, on Haywood Street||Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, on Sunset Mountain||Sante Wine Bar and Retail Shop, in Grove Arcade||Corner Kitchen restaurant, in Biltmore Village|