Asheville, N.C. was selected as a top destination by Lonely Planet. Photo Credit: Zen Sutherland via Wikimedia. CC 3.0 license.

Mountain town is tops

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Associated Press has reported that travel guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has chosen Asheville as its “top U.S. destination for 2017,” despite HB2 which led to boycotts of the state by companies, entertainers and others.

The guide gave the town the top spot because it “‘has always been an open, welcoming place, and continues to be after the legislation,’ Lonely Planet magazine managing editor Rebecca Warren said.” Lonely Planet shared that they do not condone the “political exclusion of others,” but Asheville “thrives on diversity and tolerance.”

The mountain town has a plethora of options for enjoyment, like the Blue Ridge Mountains, artsy neighborhoods, laid back lifestyle, water sports and more. Over the years, it has become a trendy place to live as well, as noted by one lesbian organization sporting over 1,000 members in the recent past.

Equality North Carolina Executive Director and state General Assembly member Christopher Sgro told the AP that Asheville residents and leaders “are welcoming and try to create a progressive community, so I understand why Lonely Planet would want others to enjoy the city.”


Swing into the holidays

ASHEVILLE, N.C.— A holiday swing show will be held on Dec. 30, 7 p.m., at Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues, 28 Broadway St.

The Asheville Lesbian Social Club is gathering its members to attend the musical evening which features Company Swing with veterans Anne Coombs, Gail Wilson, Robin Borthwick and Cary Fridley.

Attendees can enjoy the best of swing, jazz and Latin with a pinch of Cajun thrown in.

Cover charge is $3 at the door.

To join the social club for the swing show, become a member by visiting their MeetUp page.


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Lainey Millen

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