Asheville Pinball Museum
80 Pinball Machines, $15.00 entry charge for all you can play, a cold winter day………what’s not to love about that! If you came of age when I did (not saying when), pinball machines were all we had in most places for entertainment. I’ve enjoyed some pretty intense games with the thrill of winning and the agony of the dreaded TILT! Located in downtown Asheville near the Grove Arcade, I guarantee you will have a few hours of fun even if you’ve never seen a pinball machine.
To learn more, visit their website: http://ashevillepinball.com
Southern Highland Craft Guild
So, in keeping with the theme of wintertime activities, I highly recommend roaming through the Southern Highland Craft Guild in historic Biltmore Village. The building is just as interesting as what is inside. Built in 1928, the brick Art Deco-inspired building served as the bank for the Vanderbilt’s idyllic village near their Biltmore estate. Vaulted ceilings welcome the window’s natural light on quilted textiles and hand-soldered stained-glass panels. The Village’s charm spills into the gallery with the opportunity to meet Guild makers throughout the year at special events hosted by the local community.
To learn more, visit their website: https://www.southernhighlandguild.org
A short stroll through Biltmore Village will take you to Corner Kitchen. Since opening in 2004, this has been one of my favorite restaurants in Asheville, with one of my favorite chefs, Joe Scully at the helm. This pebbledash cottage was also commissioned by Vanderbilt around 1895 and designed by Richard Sharpe Smith as a residence. This restaurant is true to the tagline, “Lots of places do Farm-to-Table, the difference is what happens in between”. I can assure you what they do is delicious. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will not be disappointed! My favorites are the corn & crab chowder, the award-winning Reuben and the fried oyster salad.
To learn more and make a reservation, visit their website: https://thecornerkitchen.com