As we needed to start heading West to eventually reach Nashville for the eclipse, we set off on a Friday to spend a weekend with friends in Asheville. Known for the longest time as a city for hippies, Asheville is receiving major attention from around the state and country as a cool place to be (read: it’s gentrifying). According to locals, everything was fine until Kevin Costner bought a house. After that, everything went to shit.
For all the talk of how Asheviile is losing it’s cool, it’s a really cool city. We spent the weekend there and not only had a blast, but walked away enamored with the downtown’s sleek offerings and the Westside’s funkiness. Give Asheville 5 years and all the people making West Asheville funky will probably have been priced out, but I think that Asheville will still be a cool place to be.