Along with Minneapolis, Minn. Columbus, Ohio, Little Rock, Ark., and Boulder, Colo., the Forbes Travel guide names Asheville as one of “five secret delectable destinations worth a second look this year.”
Here’s what Forbes says about Asheville in the story:
Asheville prides itself on being on the wacky side, and a little bit of wacky goes a long way when it comes to interesting cuisine. To get a taste of the variety to be found in this little mountain town, consider the fact that the 2012 James Beard Award Rising Star Chef of the Year semi-finalist Katie Button’s Cúrate offers her take on modern Spanish tapas on one street, while chocolatiers Dan and Jael Rattigan’s French Broad Chocolate Lounge serve sips of ganache-based drinking chocolates, also known as liquid truffles, just around the block. To try more down-home delights, consider a drive to the Looking Glass Creamery, just 10 miles from downtown Asheville, and sample locally made goats milk, brie-style, or aged cheeses with wine and bubbly pairings. For an even more elevated experience, venture an hour into the mountains to Spruce Pine and reserve a spot at Knife & Fork. This January and February, chef Nathan Allen will transform his restaurant into seven different concepts over seven weeks, pulling inspiration from around the world. The culinary journey begins with stops to Mexico (January 9-11), Italy (January 16-18) and India (January 23-25).