And then there’s Troy and Sons, according to them, “the first female-owned moonshine producers.” Gotta love that! Founded by Troy Ball, her husband Charlie and their three sons, the distillery uses only locally grown corn, notably an heirloom variety from the 1840s called “Crooked Creek Corn,” which is now being grown specifically for them. Along with their T&S Platinum and T&S Oak Reserve, Troy and Sons has created a new style of American whiskey called “Blonde,” which has captured even non-whiskey drinkers. Perhaps the perfect Christmas gift for the spirits connoisseur? (troyandsons.com)
Biltmore lux redux
Of course, the magnificent Biltmore estate remains one of Asheville’s top destinations—but even if you’ve been there, a return visit is in order to see two “re-imagined” rooms, restored to their 1895 splendor. The “Living Hall” opened in September after extensive efforts in conserving the furnishings, recreating elaborate window treatments and making structural changes. For example, the furniture’s original upholstery was reproduced in France, and the room’s green velvet draperies took two years to embroider by a local textile artist. Two John Singer Sargent portraits have been returned to where they originally hung.
On October 1, the Biltmore also opened the restored Salon, which is one of the few rooms in the 250-room house not completed during George Vanderbilt’s lifetime. The Salon now tells the story of how it has changed during its history. (biltmore.com)
Food, art and music
Asheville continues to offer some of the South’s best restaurants, alongside its humming arts and music scenes. It also boasts an outstanding array of great places to stay. For up-to-date, comprehensive information on all of this, the Asheville CVB is your friend. Visit them at exploreasheville.com, or give them a call at (828) 258-6101.