I live in Asheville North Carolina, a Blue Ridge Mountain destination for many - and a place where people like moving to.
Beer is a big attraction here. And as a beer lover I'd say alot of it is really good. For a town of about 75,000 we've got micro breweries, brew pubs, make your own brew shops, and a Brews Cruise (not a bad idea if you're gonna be drinking - let somebody else do the drivin'). http://www.brewscruise.com/asheville/
Some people think of Asheville as that place with Floridians, senior citizens, liberals, freaks and Billy Graham (Well he's not exactly in Asheville, but the county). Now that's what I call diversity!
And I think all of them drink beer. So I'm wondering, "If people dream of moving to Napa or Sonoma for the wine and food, will buyers want to move to Asheville for the beer?"
Not too far out I would say.
We've got the Asheville Brewing Company: http://www.ashevillebrewing.com/ - a great place to drink and one of their locations also has movies in a down home theater where you can eat and drink and see $3.00 flicks.
There's the French Broad Brewing Company: http://www.frenchbroadbrewery.com/ - Been around nearly a decade now and going strong. Catch some music there too!
Gotta give props to the Highland Brewing Company: http://www.highlandbrewing.com/ Been around a while and easy to find in markets, too.
Another hometown favorite is the Pisgah Brewing Company (ok, the brewery is in Black Mountain, but that's our "cousin" in the county): http://pisgahbrewing.com/
This next place is a pub, but the brewery is close by: Pisgah Brewing Company (You can find their beer at Jack of the Wood - another good food and music place) http://www.jackofthewood.com/ales.htm
This is just a few, and certainly not all. Gotta mention is The Wedge: http://www.wedgebrewing.com/ (they're down in the River Arts District (in the Wedge Building) - brews are great, say Hi to Tim, and visit with the artists and locals.
And if you want something "exotic" there's always Bruisin' Ales http://www.bruisin-ales.com/ (they've got over 800 varieties of beers (yes, I said 800!)
Or stop by The Thirsty Monk http://www.monkpub.com/ where Belgian Beer rules - with 14 varieties in draught, and a new location just opened in south Asheville.
People from other places who come here say "This place reminds me of Portland...or Boulder...or Fairfax, CA, or Ukiah, CA...(to name a few). Except those that come from Charlotte, or Chapel Hill, or even Charleston SC -- they know this is ASHEVILLE - where people come to drink good beer, listen to good music, and some even end up buying good homes here. And bringing their friends. Maybe you!
I'll drink to that...
If you'd like to know more reasons why folks are moving to Asheville, click here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1469780/why-seniors-aka-boomers-relocate-top-towns-and-cities