Asheville by iPhone

I was recently sent to Asheville, North Carolina on behalf of Dave and Deb who have the fabulous travel blog: ThePlanetD.

We spent a good amount of time in Europe together this spring and getting to know them was really a treat in so many ways. It also gave me the opportunity to partner with them, covering a trip they weren’t able to report on themselves. At first, I was all excited about the possible destinations. After all, they’ve been to Antarctica, the Galapagos, Thailand, Jordan…my head spun with dizzying ideas of all the grandeur I might be able to take over covering for them. And then, I was told I’d be going to Asheville, North Carolina. In the United States. Womp. Womp.

Wait, before you get too mad at me, I’m a changed woman now. I’m excited again. It turns out — Asheville rocked my socks off! It may not be Jordan, or any international destination I long to visit but I genuinely owe a huge debt to Dave and Deb for letting me experience another pocket of my country, for them. It gave me the perspective I desperately needed to get back to a place where I could have a little pride in this country that I was born in. And since perspective is something I am talking about a lot this month, well, there are even more reasons to love the opportunity I was given.

Head over to ThePlanetD to read my stories about Asheville. That is, after you enjoy a little peek at what I grew to love – all captured with merely my iPhone:
The Biltmore

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
Grove Park Inn & Spa
Highland Brewery
Artist, Jonas Gerard
LaZoom City Tour
The Admiral
Troy & Sons Distillery
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Like? I thought you might! Go visit Asheville for yourself sometime soon. I think you might grow to love it just like I did.

I’m grateful not only to Dave and Deb but to ExploreAsheville who made my trip to North Carolina possible. However, opinions in this post are my own and represent an honest view of my experience. Have you entered the #ExpediaFindYours twitter contest yet? Check out the rules here and to enter your story about perspective simply tweet me @kirstenalana with the hashtags #perspective & #ExpediaFindYours + include a photo!

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  • Ceri

    When I grow up (which’ll probably be never), I want my photos to be just like yours. :) Stunning, darling.

    • Kirsten Alana

       Thank you so much Ceri!! What a kind comment, I feel undeserving but thankful!

  • Ayngelina

    This place looks fantastic, another city to add to my US list.

    • Kirsten Alana

       You definitely should, Ayngelina!!

  • NancydBrown

    Love your iPhone photos of Asheville. I don’t know when, but I plan to visit and write about this North Carolina town.

    • Kirsten Alana

       You absolutely must, Nancy! It was such a terrific place.

  • Caroline Eubanks

    YUMMM. My sister lives in Asheville and I love it there. Going to visit this weekend!

    • Kirsten Alana

      It’s a great place indeed, Caroline! I imagine it would be even better enjoyed with family :)

  • Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)

    While we were living in Nashville, there were a few places we really wanted to try to visit at some point before we moved away, and Asheville was one of them! I’d always heard that it has a really cozy yet hip kind of culture that is really appealing to me, but unfortunately we never made it a priority to go. Instead we focused on places in South Carolina and Georgia, but I do hope that one day we’ll make it to Asheville. In the interim, your photos are so evocative, I almost feel like I’ve been!

    • Kirsten Alana

       Oh I do so hope you get to visit, Steph!! It is indeed a great town. I really loved it, obviously 😉 And I know what you mean – I lived in Charlotte for a long time but never made it to Asheville. Until I moved to NYC!

  • Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    We had a similar mindset. We were in Atlanta for a work thing (several years ago) and decided to drive to Asheville just to check it out. Boy,  were we ever surprised. 

    I guess you could say IT ROCKED OUR SOCKS OFF as well.

    • Kirsten Alana

      I loved it so much I’d go back! Let’s make that our next trip after the ones we have already in oh-so-secret planning stages!!! 😉