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.
|Grove Arcade market building, with restaurants and shops||Early Girl Eatery's fried-chicken salad with grits croutons||Tupelo Honey Cafe, on College Street||Eleven on Grove, gay lounge at Scandals nightclub|
|Fresh Quarter Produce, inside Grove Arcade||Grove Arcade skylights, balconies, and ornamentation||Sante Wine Bar and Retail Shop, interior||Carmel's Restaurant & Bar, at Grove Arcade|
|Flat Iron sculpture, across Wall Street from Flatiron Building||Grove Park Inn's view of sunset over downtown Asheville||Club Hairspray pool area and stage||Big Cheese gourmet and artisan cheese shop, in Grove Arcade|