A hidden gem of a vibrant city that is home to 30-plus galleries, dozens of boutiques, and over 100 great dining choices, Asheville provides culinary creativity, culture and cool. There is swoon-worthy pizza at the Mellow Mushroom or give French comfort food a try at Bouchon. North Carolina is known for barbeque, so try some at 12 Bones Smokehouse. The Orange Peel earned a reputation as one of the documented best live music scenes in the U.S. For a place with a bit of music and food, try Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues Club. History buffs won’t be left out, with the Biltmore house in Asheville, and dozens of other historical sites nearby.