Don’t go to Portland, Oregon.
Portland, Oregon, is far from played out, but that ‘Portlandia‘ bit can be a little much. Take the overtly hip factor down a few notches, without sacrificing any of the artistic vibe and restaurant-microbrew hedonism, with a visit instead to Asheville, North Carolina. Like Portland, there’s a lot going on here in the craft beer department. But, even more exciting, is the recent rise in local cideries. The best of the bunch is Urban Orchard Cider Co., which opened in late 2013 in West Asheville. Have a few drinks, then rent a bike to check out the galleries in the revitalized River Arts District. And remember to fill your tank along the way at Wedge Brewing Company, where pints are paired with bands, and White Duck Taco Shop, where fusion meets finger food. Add to all that, standup paddleboarding on the French Broad River and hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway and you’ve got a very long, satisfying weekend.
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