“The girl you chatted up at WALK? You’d never guess she’s a world-champion kayaker,” reads Matador Networks’ description of Asheville in its just-published 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S. list. “The bearded bro who served you an IPA? You’d never know his brewery made a million dollars last year.”
No stranger to fawning lists, Asheville ranks no. 1 on this roundup. Why? Location, “an almost ridiculously welcoming, supportive local community” and “a chill Southern family-friendly culture.” The website outlines a perfect day in Asheville to include breakfast at Sunny Point Café, hiking and — here’s the surprise — stops at off-the-beaten-path watering holes The Crow & Quill and Tiger Mountain.
Matador Network’s list also includes Frisco, Colo.; Laguna Beach, Calif.; and North Charleston., S.C.