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Everybody loves a little vacation, and Asheville is the ideal place for a getaway. The Paris of the South features amazing dining, great art, more breweries than you can count, and unparalleled outdoor adventures in the wild Appalachians. But what if you already live there? There’s only one solution  – a staycation!

For my wonderful wife and I’s anniversary, we decided to indulge in all of Asheville’s fantastic creature comforts without straying too far from home (and our toddler). We started our day at Chai Pani for our absolute favorite Asheville lunch – their crunchy, chickpea battered Chicken Pakoras with chutney and yogurt. It’s divine, affordable Indian street food from James Beard nominated chef Meherwan Irani. Don’t forget to try their Mango Lassi – it’s the perfect balance of sweet and creamy on a sultry summer day.

After our delectable lunch, we headed down to South Asheville for a matinee of Jurassic World at the Carolina Cinemark. Nothing like a little heart-pounding dinosaur action on your anniversary! To relax after our prehistoric escapades, we decided to treat ourselves to a couple’s massage at Be Well Balanced inside the stylish Haywood Park Hotel. Asheville features an embarrassment of riches when it comes to skilled massage therapists, and Stephanie at Be Well Balanced is no exception.

De-stressed and energized, we decided to check into our staycation destination, the Cambria Hotel. Our sumptuous accomodation was bested only by the amazing view of downtown Asheville. We watched the mountain sunset from the terrace at Hemingway’s Cuba, the Cambria’s flagship restaurant. After an amazing dinner of Vaca Frita (a Cuban dish of pan fried skirt steak with garlic, lime, and onions) we retired to our room for a well-deserved night’s rest.

Often, a staycation can seem like settling for less than a real out-of-town vacation. Not in Asheville! With our abundance of wonderful dining, phenomenal attractions, and pristine wilderness, you don’t have to go very far to “get away.”

If you’re thinking about moving to Western North Carolina, drop Lusso Realty a line. Our extensive knowledge of the area and dedication to authentic service make us a great fit for all types of homebuyers. Whether you’re looking for your first home or your dream home, one thing’s for sure – you’ll never need to leave town for a vacation again!

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