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The Crisp Fall Days Are Upon Us
IT’S THE TIME OF YEAR WE START PREPARING FOR THE COLD
WINTER MONTHS. But, in the meantime, now is the time to enjoy
the autumn season and all the beauty that abounds during this time
In this issue you’ll find some great ideas on how to spend the fall
months with family and friends. From hiking in nature while taking
in the beautiful fall foliage, to picking your own pumpkin from a local
pumpkin patch or apples from that local orchard, this time of the
year is unlike any other, so take advantage of it.
October marks Tacoma Arts Month, when the city comes alive with
all mediums of art—from theatre performances, lectures, workshops,
art exhibits, an extensive studio tour, readings and film screenings.
And the best part of all is that the community and visitors alike can
enjoy all of this for free! We are so fortunate to call Tacoma home.
For this month’s Q&A we had the privilege to speak with Mel Santos,
owner of United Real Estate - Puget Sound West. He shares with
our readers the philosophy behind the business, as well as his
commitment to our local community outside of the office.
Any time of year is the perfect time for travel, and our October travel
story takes you to Asheville, North Carolina. If you’re looking for a
little adventure this season, Asheville is one of the most beautiful
places in the country during the autumn months—especially during
October. Here you will find the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the
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OUR OCTOBER ISSUE OF 253
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owner of United Real Estate Puget
Sound West, Mel Santos. Find
out more about the business and
Mel’s involvement in the local
community on page 30. This
month’s cover photo was taken by
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Your Fall Activities Bucket List: Family
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A Season for Celebrating Creativity:
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HOW TO MIX AND MATCH METAL FINISHES IN YOUR HOME
BY NIKKI LUTTMANN, INTERIOR DESIGNER
One of the more common questions I get asked as a designer is how to mix metal finishes. And though it
seems like a fairly straightforward question, it doesn’t really have a straightforward answer. The rule is
typically to mix no more than three metal finishes in any given room, and even go so far as to say in any
given home. However, something I strongly believe is that rules are meant to be broken!
One of the coolest new trends in lighting and hardware is a matte black finish. And while this finish looks great all
on its own, it also looks fantastic paired with a cool satin nickel or stainless steel finish, or even with a warmer brass
finish. I’ve also paired black with weathered copper to fantastic effect, which looks great in more rustic or industrial
When choosing new hardware for your kitchen, however, it can be tricky to pair new finishes with existing light
fixtures or other elements. For cabinetry, one thing to keep in mind are your hinges. You might switch out your old
boring shiny brass drawer pulls for sleek new stainless steel models, but if your hinges are exposed and stay the same
shiny brass, the effect is lost and all of a sudden it looks like a bit of a mess instead of the modern new look you
wanted. In this case, what I might do is either switch out the hinges too, or, if that’s not an option, replace the old
pulls with updated brass pieces for a more modern look that still works with the existing hinges.
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When it comes to lighting, finish is very important. I don’t
know if you’ve ever walked into a home and looked up at the
ceiling to spy a gold and crystal chandelier proudly declaring
that the house was built in 1987, but I sure have! Replacing
light fixtures can have a huge impact on how your house looks.
But choosing a finish can be tricky. One thing that might help
you choose a finish is your door hardware. If you have satin
nickel doorknobs, then you know a satin nickel fixture would
look right at home in your house. Should you want to branch
out and choose on oil-rubbed-bronze (ORB) fixture, go ahead!
Just make sure that it’s not the only ORB element in the house,
so it doesn’t look out of place.
One thing I try to stay away from is specialty finishes. For
example, in the early ‘90s there was a textured granite finish
that was very popular for light fixtures. This short-lived trend
immediately dated any house that included this strange breed
of light fixture, and the homeowners were then forced to
replace it or simply ignore it once it went out of style.
For that reason, I opt to go for classic metals and finishes.
Oil-rubbed-bronze, patinaed brass and copper, satin nickel,
stainless steel and simple black are fairly timeless and will
stay up-to-date looking for far longer than their trendier
counterparts. You can generally combine any two to three of
these in any given room and still have them looking great now
and for years to come!
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Family Friendly Fun Awaits
By Jillian Chandler
The leaves are changing to hues of deep
reds and golden yellows, and the days
and nights have turned cool and crisp.
Fall has arrived here in the Northwest,
and with it an abundance of activities that are
sure to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.
The autumn months may be a bit chilly, but
these activities are sure to warm the hearts of
every family member both young and old.
As the leaves slowly make their way down to
the ground, it calls for some yard cleanup.
But instead of just raking up those leaves and
throwing the piles into a garbage bag—the
festive pumpkin trash bags are most certainly
the way to go this time of the year—let the kids
have some fun! There’s nothing like jumping
into a big pile of leaves, throwing them in the
air or at one another, and just lying in them and
daydreaming the day away. Who needs snow
angels when you can make leaf angels? And
this makes for a prime time to snap some great
action-packed photos of the kids. And Mom
and Dad, don’t forget to join in the fun. All
work and no play was never good for anyone.
The many varieties and colors of the leaves can
also make for a fun afternoon art project. Have
the kids gather a dozen or so of their favorite
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Looking for a little adventure? Rather
than going to your local supermarket to
pick out your pumpkins—whether they be
for carving or cooking—plan a trip to a
local you-pick pumpkin patch.
over the leaf, peeling the wrapper off of the crayon, then
rubbing the crayon onto the paper to make the outline of
the leaf and all of its veins and stem.
You don’t have to look to your own backyard to enjoy the
leaves. As the fall foliage could easily make the season one
of the most rich and colorful of the year, take the family out
for a walk in nature, or even a drive, to take in the sights that
this season blesses us with.
Looking for a little adventure? Rather than going to your
local supermarket to pick out your pumpkins—whether they
be for carving or cooking—plan a trip to a local you-pick
pumpkin patch. Here the kids can roam around outdoors
and in the fresh air and choose their very own unique
pumpkin to carve just in time for Halloween. In addition,
select your own pumpkins and other squash available for
purchase to decorate your front porch or create an autumn
centerpiece for your dining room table. And don’t forget,
grab a few extra for those pumpkin pies, baked pumpkin
seeds, squash soups and more. And let the kids help in the
meal preparation. There’s nothing like preparing meals,
farm to table, with your family by your side.
Another exciting, and tasty, outing is to head to that local
apple orchard. Be sure to bring the wagon and get picking.
Many orchards allow you to taste the different apple offerings
so you can choose your favorites before picking. The kids are
sure to get a workout running about, climbing ladders and
picking the apples. As a treat, once you’ve arrived back at
home, make caramel apples and let the kids decorate with
candy. Make homemade apple chips and applesauce—
what kid doesn’t love applesauce? And plan on preparing
and canning some of the apples for those warm, delicious
homemade Thanksgiving and Christmas pies. Your guests
are sure to be impressed.
Fall is the time for corn mazes and haunted houses. Running
through a corn maze, getting “lost” or finding oneself at
a dead end, offers a thrill for most children. And as long
as you go during daylight hours, it’s sure to leave them
smiling once they make their way out. Most children love
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excitement, and a haunted house provides just that. Just be sure
that the haunted house you enter is age appropriate for your child,
as there’s no fun in having your child leave in tears.
Many towns hold fall festivals and carnivals, where you can
experience a little bit of everything “fall” including delicious fall
foods to warm you up, autumn décor for sale, entertainment,
hayrides and more. Get in the spirit and make sure to attend one
and support your local community and businesses.
Many think of springtime when it comes to gardening. But the
best time of the year to plant bulbs is in the fall, six to eight weeks
before the first hard frost makes its appearance. Bundle up the
kiddos, break out the gardening gloves and tools, and make an
afternoon of fun which all will be rewarded in the spring with a
yard full of beautiful, colorful tulips and daffodils. The kids are
sure to be proud of the part they played when they see the first
blooms of spring.
From hayrides and apple picking to playing in the leaves, there
is nothing like the fall. Now is the time to fall into fall and take
advantage of all of the outdoor opportunities that come but once
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A SEASON FOR
OCTOBER IS TACOMA ARTS MONTH
By Jennifer Preston Chushcoff
Photos by Chevi Chung
As the leaves begin to fall and the ripe colors of autumn
spread across the landscape, we are tempted to cozy
up in our homes. But in Tacoma, October summons
us from our nest for more than that one spooky day of
dress-up. It is a busy month for South Puget Sound art lovers.
The 18-year-old festival known as Tacoma Arts Month celebrates
artists alongside the community that supports them with a
bundle of free activities including: theatre performances, lectures,
workshops, art exhibits, an extensive studio tour, readings and
film screenings. Attending all events is free thanks to the generous
donations of sponsors.
It all kicks off with the celebratory Kaleidoscope opening party
(October 2, 6:30 to 9pm) at the Eastside Community Center where
you can sample a wide variety of the local art scene. Along with
a visual art display to peruse, there will be live performances,
including music by the popular Kareem Kandi World Orchestra,
the Lincoln High School Drumline, dancing by both the BareFoot
Collective and Ballet Folklórico de Tacoma, and a reading by
Tacoma’s Poet Laureate, Abby E. Murray.
The Kaleidoscope party is wheelchair accessible with parking
available directly adjacent to the Eastside Community Center.
Limited parking is available in the center’s parking lot, and guests
are encouraged to carpool or take public transport.
Chevi Chung, the community programs specialist for the Office of
Arts & Cultural Vitality, shared with me what makes the Tacoma art
scene so special, pointing out the massive community support for
creatives, both emerging and established, with local organizations
offering many opportunities for growth. “Tacoma is small enough
to get to know the arts beat and big enough where one can find their
own arts niche.”
The second weekend of October features the Tacoma Studio Tour
(October 12 and 13, 11am to 5pm). It is a family friendly self-guided
tour where 96 artists throw open the doors to their workspaces and
invite the public in to see how they create. All 56 studios will have
demos of the artists’ process or hands-on activities for visitors.
Guests are encouraged to take time to observe, connect and ask
questions of the artists.
Many of the participating artists will have art available for sale at
their studio, so be sure to bring cash and credit cards. Original art
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is surprisingly affordable and helps sustain the vibrant artist community
that this area is known for. Art also makes an excellent, thoughtful gift,
and the holidays are just around the corner. When the gift budget is tight,
I’ve purchased a handful of small prints, postcards or greeting cards and
framed them, as they usually fit into a 4x6 or 5x7 frame, some even signed
by the artist.
“I’m especially excited to see the growth in artists participating and
collaborating together, the varying assortment of art forms …,” says
Chung. “This is exhilarating growth to see both new and returning artists
share their work and space with us this year. Twenty-nine new artists are
participating on the Studio Tour who work with various media inclusive of
book arts, painting, metal work, ceramics, sculpture, stained glass, music,
performance art, pottery, risograph, sewing and photography, to name
some of their art forms.”
With so much to see, plan ahead and map your tour itinerary at
TacomaArtsMonth.com, where you will also find a downloadable Studio
Tour Booklet. Printed versions of the booklet can be found at local coffee
shops and community organizations. With 56 open studios, it’s important
to plot your course ahead of time.
Within the booklet is the Studio
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Have the passport stamped at
each studio you visit. Once you
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in for a chance to win a piece of
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artists. Go to the event website
to learn more and get a sneak
peek of the prizes.
At the Art Stop located within
LeRoy Jewelers, pick out a handcrafted
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Also happening during Tacoma Arts Month is the fifth annual Creative
Colloquy Crawl, known as C3 (October 1, 6 to 9pm). This arts organization,
led by Tacoma’s literary matriarch and maven, Jackie Casella, meets once
a month for readings by featured authors and open mic. Their annual
Crawl is something to behold with its genre-bending performances. The
community is invited to attend these free literary-based events hosted at
six locations, from bars to bookstores.
Once again, C3 offers a variety of acts: screening films at the Grand
Cinema, a baseball-themed reading at Doyle’s Public House that invites
participation, multiple poetry readings exploring race and justice, a
dance/theatre/storytelling mashup at Anthem Coffee and a storytelling
showdown at King’s Books. These eclectic live performances never fail to
energize and bestow a sense of connection within the community. Join in
the wrap party at King’s Books to rub elbows with local authors and fellow
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October is a good time to duck inside out of the blustery weather and visit the local
museums. Washington State History Museum is curating a show titled Little Black
Dress: A Fashion Evolution (August 31 through November 24). It illustrates how
social values can dictate design, from Victorian mourning gowns to contemporary
cocktail dresses. Each dress is paired with work by women artists.
The museum is also hosting A New Moon Rises (August 31 through December 1),
showcasing 51 stunning images of our moon taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter Camera. The photographs feature Apollo landing sites, mountain ranges
cloaked in darkness and impact craters alongside evidence of recent volcanic activity.
Gaze at moon rocks gathered by “Buzz” Aldrin and Neil Armstrong whilst learning
about what it was like to visit the moon with 3-D models of its surface.
Just down the street is the Tacoma Art Museum with a lineup of family friendly
activities so extensive you’ve got to visit their site and take notes. Neighborhood
Nights features evenings full of art demos and art making, especially appealing to
children. Happy hour specials on food and drink are available in the TAM café to
keep you fueled.
Metro Parks Tacoma is offering a host of workshops and educational experiences,
from audio engineering, like learning how to DJ, to classes on portraiture and how to
become more confident in the kitchen with chef classes. (Sneaky tip: I’ve discovered
that when kids help prepare their meals, they are much more apt to eat them—even if
it involves food outside their comfort zone!)
If there was anything beyond Halloween to coax me from my warm, cozy nest, it
would have to be Tacoma Arts Month. As Chung says, “It’s a great time to be energized
about the arts and reignite one’s passion for the arts.”
Hope to see you there!
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United Real Estate basic platform of 100 percent commission payments to its
brokers. Gig Harbor happens to be the first location in the state. He is honored
to bring this platform to Washington, which will allow brokers to keep more of
Mel is an active member of the local community and devotes many volunteer
hours with the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. When not working or volunteering
you can find him either on the golf course or on the water exploring the
beauty of the area.
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of being the first instructor, along with another
Rotarian, of the first class back in 2013. The classes
are for a six-week period. As you can see, not a lot
of time to change an attitude, personality, etc. for
a woman incarcerated for years now reentering
society. However, I feel we did make a difference
and did change a few lives.
Rotary has afforded me the opportunity to do
great things in my community! I value that very
much, as I love helping people and knowing
something I have done individually or with others
can and will help improve and or change a life in
a very positive way. The Rotary Women’s Program
definitely holds a top spot in my heart. I will never
forget the gratification I received personally for my
participation in the creation and later teaching in
Q. This area has a very competitive real estate
market. Why is it important to have a real estate
professional help you find your dream home?
A. What I strive for in building my company is
recruiting good-quality God-loving persons that
are ethical and strive to be the best at what they do.
I offer my 35-plus years in the real estate industry
to all my associated brokers. As we all really know
experience and expertise more than not helps to
create the best opportunity for a successful real
estate transaction. A seller or a buyer can entrust
a United Real Estate Puget Sound West broker to
be ready, willing and able to deal with all necessary
parts of the transaction to guarantee a successful
closing. So, for the average individual or couple
that may only experience a sale or purchase of
a home only three to five times in a lifetime,
makes it imperative to entrust a qualified broker
Q. You have lived in the South Sound area since
2004. What are some of your favorite ways to
enjoy the stunning outdoors we have in this area?
A. Being born in California and relocating here
in Gig Harbor, Washington, in 2004, I have found
this area to be absolutely magnificent! I love the
great outdoors, and the beauty here is endless
regardless of the season. When I’m not in the office
or with clients, I spend my spare time with family
when I can (Jason and Katrina, my daughter, and
also Gwen, my granddaughter, all live in Austin,
Texas.), playing golf, fishing, discovering the
beauty of the Puget Sound, just being anywhere on
the water or just being outdoors in general.
Q. With mortgage rates at a near-historic low,
many homeowners are considering refinancing
their home. As a real estate professional, what
are some things they should consider before
refinancing their home?
A. The current interest rate environment being at
unbelievably low rates affords many opportunities.
One may elect to refinance, sell or even purchase
a new or larger home. All of those options can be
very beneficial depending on the goals and dreams
of the client. Also, things such as income, credit
worthiness, property value all play a part in the
process. All of us here at United Real Estate Puget
Sound West continually counsel our clients on
what’s best for them. We take pride in providing all
necessary facts needed to make the right decision.
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FALL BACK INTO HEALTH AND WELLNESS
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE NEW SEASON A HEALTHY ONE!
BY MINDY MURRAY, OTR/L
t’s time to welcome back the short days, crisp air and
colorful leaves of fall. Though the season is beautiful,
it does require a bit more of an effort to keep yourself
healthy and happy than summertime. When you factor
in less daylight and the upcoming seasonal gatherings, it’s easy to
fall short of healthy living.
Fall brings time for change. Come 2am Sunday, November 3, we’ll
have to turn our clocks back an hour, which means it will be getting
dark earlier. Getting darker earlier brings safety issues with being
outside. In our little town we have the gift of easy access to walking
and biking. Stay safer by crossing the roadway at lit intersections.
Carry a flashlight when walking or a bike light and reflectors when
biking. Despite the law requiring drivers to stop at all intersection
crosswalks, marked or not, some still do not follow those rules.
Make sure to make eye contact with the driver prior to crossing the
road by bike or foot.
Keep motivated: It is easy to stay a bit longer under the warm covers
when the weather starts to get a bit cooler. It is important to find your
motivation. What fall sports get you moving? Choose something
you’ll enjoy doing and will be likely to keep up, whether it’s jogging,
skiing, hiking with a friend, working with a trainer, walking your
dog or taking part in a yoga class. Creating a challenge for yourself
will motivate you, as will encouragement and accountability.
Injury prevention: I am just as excited as the rest of you when it
comes to the holidays. I love the decorations, the traditions, the
big meals and more. I see an increase in the number of injuries
associated with the season. I have come to find out that most of
these seasonal injuries can be prevented, so here are some tips.
While you are cleaning up leaves, use the power of your legs by
pulling the rake toward your body. You want to avoid bending and
straining your lower back. Do not twist and bend together, as this
is likely to cause injury. Save your lower back by lifting with the
larger muscles of the legs, and avoid using the smaller muscles of
the low back. When picking up large, heavy or bulky items (like
the Christmas tree), bend your legs in a squat-like fashion and then
straighten them to lift. It is important to keep the object as close to
your body as possible, and avoid holding objects at arm’s length.
Eat wisely: It is easy to overindulge with food and drink during the
holidays. Here are a few good eating habits to carry you through the
season. Before a holiday party, eat a small protein-packed snack, like
a boiled egg or apple slices with peanut butter, which will help you
not to overindulge. Distance yourself from the food table; that will
make it harder for you to mindlessly take from the table. I also find
that putting a piece of gum in my mouth helps me to stop eating.
With these tips we can enjoy what really matters: being healthy and
happy with our family and friends all season long.
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that will make it harder for you to
mindlessly take from the table.
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FLUID IN MOTION
YOUR LYMPHATIC SYSTEM
BY DARCIE MILLER, LIGHT IN BALANCE
What is your lymphatic system? The simple
definition is that it is the clear liquid, which
surrounds all of the cells in your body. With the
exception of your nails, hair, brain and cartilage,
everything else is covered in lymph. And, it is your secondary
It is colorless, and its primary purpose is to move cellular waste
such as lactic acid, acetic acid, carbon dioxide, ammonia and
urea from your body. It is made up of 90 percent water and 10
percent protein, hormones and cellular waste. Here are some
other interesting and important facts about lymph and your
• You have more than 10 liters of lymphatic fluid in your body.
• It maintains the balance of fluid between blood and tissues.
• One third of the lymph nodes in your body are located in your
neck, and you have over 600 lymph nodes throughout your body.
• It is connected to your immune system via your gut. Did you
know that 70 percent of your immune system comes from your
gut? Lymph plays a crucial role in your body’s ability to fight
infections from bacteria.
• It promotes the absorption of fats and fat-soluble nutrients in
your digestive system.
• The thymus, spleen, tonsils and adenoids are part of your
There are numerous reasons why your lymphatic system may
not function at its optimum. You can be born with a lymphatic
problem that causes lymphedema; this is referred to as hereditary
or primary lymphedema. It may also result from a variety of
complex genetic conditions.
You can also develop lymphedema from complications related to
a disease or injury. This is called secondary lymphedema and is a
common side effect of cancer treatment.
Autoimmune and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid
arthritis, systemic lupus, edema, fibromyalgia, MS, IBS and
Crohn’s disease, certain skin conditions and allergies as well
as chronic fatigue are also affected by your lymphatic system.
And since your lymphatic system is connected to your immune
system, anything that affects your immune system may also affect
your lymphatic system.
Lymphatic dysfunction is a chronic condition for most people;
there are many options available to help you manage those affects
and find relief.
Some of those are exercise, compression stockings or sleeves,
skin care, lymphatic massage and lymphatic reflexology.
A trained and licensed reflexologist will perform a very specific
reflexology lymphatic drainage or RLD technique on your feet or
hands by using gentle manipulation. He or she will work all of
the reflex points for your lymphatic and its supporting systems
located within your feet and hands by encouraging the flow of
lymph fluid. Results are often seen by the end of your session.
Don’t give up; options are available to help you manage your
symptoms. You may wish to try one or more to find a system that
works best for you.
Don’t give up; options are available to
help you manage your symptoms.
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Making a Financial
World of Difference
ONE WOMAN’S JOURNEY TO HELP OTHERS,
ONE BUDGET AT A TIME
BY ALISON HENSLEE | PHOTOS COURTESY OF KUMIKO LOVE
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When a person goes to college and gets a
degree, they typically learn a great deal
about their chosen field, hoping to find
a good job, make a lot of money and live
the perfect dream life. For one Spokane, Washington,
woman though, going from point A to point B has already
happened in her 30-some years, but with a fascinating, and
Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and
the creator of The Budget Mom, was raised on a farm in
Chewelah, Washington, and lived a normal farm-girl life.
She grew up, went off to college where she obtained a
business administration degree—majoring in finance and
accounting and minoring in economics. She got a job right
out of college with an independent financial company in
Spokane and worked for seven years as an administrative
assistant and accredited financial counselor, helping other
people wisely spend and save their money.
She also did traditional life things: got married and had
a child. And then the not-so-planned life things: got a
divorce and became sole financial provider for her then
2-year-old son, which was a challenge in itself, and then
factor in substantial student loan debt, credit card debt and
a new vehicle loan, all adding to her single mom level of
Miko found herself going to work feeling embarrassed
because, as she puts it, “How am I supposed to tell these
people how to manage their money when I can’t even
manage my own?!” She had the knowledge, she knew the
steps, but a long-time struggle with self-esteem issues
made retail therapy a thing in her life, and it served as an
antidote for her feeling of no self-worth. The more she
struggled with that issue, the deeper in debt she went.
Being a mom was so meaningful to her, Miko knew she
had to take steps to work on her personal self-development
so she could be the best parent to her son. The pivotal
financial turning point happened when she finally faced
her debt. Writing it all out on paper and seeing her real
debt numbers—almost $78,000!—in black and white was
all the motivation she needed.
Pulling from every bit of knowledge she had, Miko became
her own best client. Debt reduction became her number
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She sold belongings that she didn’t need or use and
scraped together every penny she could to go toward
lowering those balances.
one focus, and she challenged herself to try different budgets but was unable to find one that
completely worked for her.
Her solution? Dig through all the budgets that she had tried and pick out the pieces in each of them
that had worked for her. Then Miko carefully compiled those pieces and rolled them together until
she created a budget worksheet that finally worked for her. Her paycheck system allowed Miko to
outline her spending based on the money she was going to earn, and then she always knew exactly
where her money was going ahead of time.
Miko found the new budget worked and did everything she could to stay on course, using tools like
a vision board and colorful debt payoff trackers to keep track of every single dollar she put toward
paying down her debt. Every line she colored in on her payoff trackers represented not only another
goal met but also a lot of hard work.
She whole-heartedly advocates using a visioning board to track one’s financial goals. Her first board,
started way back in 2011, simply had a photo of a really nice backpack that she wanted to save up
for. Now, literally every single piece of her financial life is on multiple visioning boards above her
desk, and she marvels at how many financial “wishes” have already become realities—starting with
that long-ago backpack!
Another thing that worked for Miko was following her own advice, “If you can’t reduce
spending, you need to increase income.” After combing through and cutting out as
much unnecessary spending from her monthly budget as she could and still coming
up short, Miko then considered her options. She could go find an additional job, but
then she would be putting her son in additional daycare, so there would be an extra
expense. She weighed out that option and decided it wouldn’t be worth the money or
time away from her son.
So then Miko looked at her favorite hobbies, wondering if there was something that
she loved to do that could bring in additional
money. And so she decided to fine-tune her
love of photography. After watching countless
hours of YouTube videos and reading on the
subject, she used that talent and found work as
a real estate photographer to supplement her
income. It was perfect because it was something
she could do on her time off and take her son
with her. She worked hard, stayed focused and
scraped together every penny she could to go
toward lowering those balances.
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She began to see progress but, deep down inside,
she was bursting at the seams with what she
was learning and with every accomplishment,
every bill paid, every line colored in—Miko just
wanted to shout her knowledge out to other
single moms. She knew there were other moms
out there who understood exactly where she
was coming from and knew what it felt like to
be in her shoes; women who could benefit from
what she was learning to do the same thing: get
out from under those mountains of debt. She
wanted to share it with everyone!
So one night, not able to stay quiet one second
longer, Miko grabbed her computer and started
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typing. Her first post flowed into a steady stream of posts;
she began sharing the tools she was using: the colorful
tracking charts, cash envelope system and her paycheck
Though her blog, newsletter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest,
Twitter, even Amazon accounts, Miko shares her best tips,
ideas and tools that have worked for her, and dedicates
herself to holding true to the purpose that she believes she
was put on earth—to do something great. Helping people
is her passion, and Miko throws herself at it with all of her
heart. Every bit of communication is answered personally
by her and, now, her assistant. They have posted a video on
Instagram every single day for a year-and-a-half now.
“Everything we do here, every single day, is we want to
inspire hope,” Miko shares. She believes the most effective
motivation for anyone is to invoke feeling, adding that “…
every article we share or video we post is done with the
thought, ‘Is this going to invoke feeling?’ Because without
provoking feeling, there’s not going to be action, and people
take action because they feel something.”
Miko has definitely evoked feeling. Her fans clamored for
more, so she began offering free resources and marketing
her tools: colorful cash envelopes and trackers, worksheets,
planners and her Budget by Paycheck workbooks that are
now being sold around the world.
Miko was shocked when she went viral. Her fan base is
growing rapidly—she adds about 1,000 followers per day,
and she has nearly 65,000 subscribers on YouTube. Google
“The Budget Mom” and you’ll find her story goes on for
pages. She’s been featured on “Good Morning America”
and other talk shows, her story told in endless articles, and
currently she’s planning her first speaking event in Spokane
Valley (October 23 at the CenterPlace Regional Event
“I had no idea The Budget Mom would ever be this big, that
so many people wanted to change their financial lives,” Miko
says of her newfound status as a financial influencer, “but it
helps me pursue my passion of helping people every day,
which makes me happy!”
When asked what makes her different than other financial
bloggers, she believes there are two things that have made
One, sharing her real numbers since day one. Miko believes
in teaching from experience, not by example, so she’s
completely transparent about her entire debt story. And
two, having a personal connection with her fans. People are
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surprised when she responds to their correspondence,
but that’s her way of making an impact, which she feels
also keeps her relatable. Miko especially loves hearing
how her advice helps people find their way out of debt,
saving relationships and lives—because her advice
Remember that $78,000 in debt she was buried under?
Miko paid it off in full four years later, the bulk of it in
eight months after her Budget Mom business started
growing. As of last year, she and her business are 100
percent debt-free. Her current goal? Saving enough
money to buy her first home with cash. And yes, that
means she’s still practicing what she preaches and living
Sometimes it’s challenging to make that sacrifice when
you want something now, but Miko advocates the
rewards that come from being a patient spender. Her
goal of paying cash for a home will hopefully then allow
her to travel and spend more time with her son, and
without a mortgage to deal with, Miko can entertain the
thought of retiring early.
Miko’s biggest message to those struggling under a
mountain of debt is to take that first small step and the
next one and just continue to stick with it. She encourages
people to keep their motivation in front of them, to not
lose heart at having to do without, especially because
this isn’t going to be their permanent way of living.
Per Miko’s own experience, the sacrifice you’re making
today is going to be worth it when you are finally getting
to live the life you really want and be able to do whatever
you would like.
She might be small in stature but Miko Love is making a
really big impact in the world, generously dispensing her
budgeting and living frugally knowledge so that others
can live debt-free lives also, one carefully saved (and
spent) penny at a time.
If you’d like to attend her speaking event, you can find the
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Gage Arts Season StARTer!
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By Joanne Levy
Always in search for inspiration, we traveled to Santa Fe, New Mexico,
where art is literally everywhere and the high-desert landscape is a
mesmerizing experience. Our executive director, Stefano Catalani,
had the pleasure to visit Anthony (Tony) Ryder’s studio and immerse
himself in the deep appreciation of his work. Between 1983 and 1985, Tony
studied painting and drawing under Ted Jacobs and anatomy and drawing as
well as perspective under our own Gary Faigin, co-founder of Gage Academy
of Art, at the Art Students League in New York City. Since then he has taught
at many schools in the United States, as well as in France and the Netherlands.
In 1998 he wrote and illustrated “The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure
Drawing.” In his studio, Tony spoke with passion of his Form Painting method
as a “direct” method of painting “wet into wet.” We also talked about his
meticulous process for drawing the human figure for which he is admired as an
artist and teacher: from the block-in, which is the foundation upon which the
drawing will be built, to the contour, to the tonal progression. In his block-in
approach, “conventional shapes, such as eggs, cylinders and cones, are not used
as building blocks since they introduce a mechanical quality into the drawing.
“Our interest,” Tony says, “is to develop a drawing with character: the specific,
undiluted character of the model.”
For Tony, gesture is also
fundamental: “Gesture is life
and movement. It is the energy
inherent in the form of the
model … This isn’t called life
drawing for nothing. We must
literally and figuratively draw upon our own living energy, and that of the model,
when we draw the figure.” We are super excited to share that Tony Ryder will be
teaching two weeklong workshops at Gage this December: Figure Drawing in
Pencil: From Block-in to Expressing the Fullness of Forms, and Portrait Drawing
in Pencil: Block-in Boot Camp Drawing. Do not miss the opportunity to learn
from a master and an amazing human being: GageAcademy.org/weeklong.
Santa Fe means Georgia O’Keeffe. As expected, our visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe
Museum did not disappoint. O’Keeffe (1887-1986), recognized as the Mother
of American Modernism, is best known for her paintings of flowers, New York
skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. There is an undeniable emotional
intensity that transpires from her work: The vibrant colors and the simplified
images deliver a sense of soothing awe. Her loyalty and dedication to the
American landscape spoke to me from the gallery walls with pieces such as the
luscious Trees in Autumn, 1920/1921; Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico/Out
Back of Marie’s, 1930; and Machu Pichu I, 1957.
One of our favorite paintings was In the Patio VIII, 1950. The picture exists at
the threshold of interior and landscape painting, figuration and abstraction and
yet, despite ambitious in its goal, it appears so effortless! Stefano was also very
pleased to see in person one of her early works: Untitled - vase of flowers, 1903-
05, watercolor on paper as it provided
context for her passion for color as well as
a visual point of departure for her future
Watercolor, with its exacting nature, is
also one of the most rewarding media.
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Life Size Drawing Exhibition, featuring large works by the students of
Gage Atelier Instructor Geoff Flack
Saturday, October 5 | 1 to 5pm
Steele Gallery, Gage Capitol Hill
1501 10th Avenue East, Suite 101
Seattle, Washington 98102
(Exhibition opening during the Gage Fall Arts Festival)
Students of the Flack Core Drawing Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, under the
instruction of master artist Geoff Flack, are showcasing “larger than life”
drawings from a live model class session they completed last spring. Standing
at over 6 feet tall, these pieces display the fine artistry and impressive talent
of Flack’s core drawing students. As you walk through the gallery, you will
meet the gaze of the same tall gentleman, drawn from contrasting angles and
perceived through various views. Each drawing focuses on the same subject, but
you will notice just how different each canvas looks artist by artist.
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If you feel inspired by O’Keeffe, Gage offers the opportunity to study with three
Pacific Northwest master instructors: Tom Hoffmann’s Beginning, Intermediate
and Advanced Watercolor classes are almost full, so make sure you register/call
today if you want to study with one of the most dedicated instructors I know.
Botanical Watercolor: Autumn Cornucopia with Kathleen McKeehen is one of
the most rewarding classes you could possibly take. Kathleen’s ability to “unpack”
the elements of botanical watercolor is legendary. Hamid Zavareei’s Watercolor
Landscape will introduce students to the exhilarating process of painting sky,
landmasses, trees, etc. by using washes, glazes, spatters and other techniques.
Treat yourself to the conversation orchestrated within the galleries of the O’Keeffe
Museum by curator Ariel Plotek between O’Keeffe’s work and the work of sculptor
and accomplished graphic artist Ken Price (1935-2012).
The spectacular topography of the high-desert hills and cliffs surrounding his New
Mexico studio found expression in his sculptures as well as his small works in
acrylic and ink. Works such as The Hermit’s Cave, 2008, or Desert Architecture,
2005, combine the exactness and flatness of illustration with the atmospheric
depth of the New Mexico’s sky captured in ink, leaving me with an uncanny and
otherworldly feeling. These pieces are all about the cloud formations and the
hues of the sky at different times of day. For all those of you who are interested in
learning illustration, the Illustration Program with Brian Snoddy is a perfect way
to be introduced to such a versatile art form.
Finally, Gage Academy of Art is opening their doors on October 5 for a fall arts
community event! It is our “Gage Season Arts StARTer”! Bring your families,
friends and artists in the making! We will have fun kid activities such as face
painting and a bouncy house, then mug decorating to put some pumpkin spice
latte into for fall! We also have a big works exhibition by Geoff Flack and his
atelier, plus our instructors will be available to give you a tour of the school and
membership opportunities will also be available!
For additional information about Gage Academy of Art, visit GageAcademy.org,
Facebook.com/GageAcademy, instagram @gageacademy, email info@gageacademy.
org or call 206.323.4243.
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Gage is an innovative and accessible contemporary
art school, based in personal mentorship and
skills-based studio instruction. Whether you are a
curious newcomer or a professional artist, a working
creative or a retired passion-seeker, Gage is open to
anyone interested in learning. Gage gives both adults
and kids hands-on art experience working with
talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios. We
provide scholarships and financial aid to families and
youth that need it most. Gage is a 501c3 non-profit
dedicated to building a vibrant creative community.
artwork by instructor Tiffany Dae
Studio Art Intensive
Register Now at: gageacademy.org
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Gage offers numerous weekend and weeklong workshops as
well as five-week classes in drawing, sculpting, painting.
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & KIDS
Youth programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with
challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression.
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/adult-programs/
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with Hamid Zavareei
COLOR THEORY & COLOR MIXING
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PAINTING THE CLOTHED FIGURE IN PASTEL
with Terry Furchgott
ALLA PRIMA PORTRAITS IN OIL
with Aaron Coberly
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Eat & Drink
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SPICY RED THAI CURRY
Recipe Courtesy of Jennifer Johnson, Happy Belly
YIELD: 4 HEARTY ENTRÉE SERVINGS
4-STAR HEAT, GLUTEN-FREE
NOTE: CONTAINS SHRIMP PASTE/SHELLFISH IN THAI RED CURRY PASTE
Liquids and Spices:
1 1/2 cups coconut milk, canned. Shake can well before opening.
3/4 cup water
2 tsp. powdered veggie stock
1/4 cup peanut butter (Adam’s Organic preferred)
1 tbsp. red curry paste (Thai curry paste contains shrimp paste.)
2 tsp. garlic puree (from a jar)
1 tsp. ginger paste (from a jar)
3 tsp. curry powder
2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup chopped raw unsalted peanuts
2 ½ cups raw carrots, sliced on bias 1/8-inch thick by 1 ½-inch long
(peeling carrots is unnecessary, but if desired, use peels in blender)
1/4 cup jalapeños, fine dice (fresh preferred or canned)
1 cup water chestnuts, roughly cut
1 cup white or yellow onion, ½-inch square dice
1/2 cup green onion, white part, cut on bias 1-inch long. Retain
green part of onion for garnish.
4 cup red bell pepper (green cap/stem/core removed), cut into
1-inch squares (2 cups reserved for blending)
• Mix together all liquids and spices. Add vegetables to the liquid/spice
• Stir well, frequently, while cooking for 1 to 1 1/2 hours on medium to
medium-high heat, or until white onion and carrot are al dente. (A
crock pot can also be used.)
• Scrape walls of pan with rubber spatula throughout cooking process.
• Once curry is cooked, use a slotted spoon and put 2 cups of curry
veggie chunks into blender and reserved 2 cups raw red bell pepper
and any vegetable trimmings (onion bits, carrot peels, etc.) with 1
cup liquid curry sauce. Blend until semi-smooth (30 to 60 seconds).
• Add blended matter back to curry pot and stir well to incorporate.
• Serve over fresh spinach and one 8-ounce scoop of brown rice or
preferred cooked grain.
• Garnish with peanuts and green onion or your desired garnish
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Local is Best!
NORTH PEARL WINE WALK RETURNS
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTO BY LILT
2019 marks the second annual North Pearl Wine Walk, and it’s an event you
most definitely do not want to miss.
“The goal of the North Pearl Wine Walk is all about getting the community
out to talk with local businesses and each other,” according to Juel Lugo, event
committee chair. “Most of the business owners that support the wine walk live
locally and want to see the area grow in vitality. The Ruston-Pt. Defiance Business
District, which is an independent nonprofit, officially organizes the event.”
They are excited to be able to offer local ciders from Dragon’s Head and Cockrell
this year, along with the local wines for tasting. Having expanded this year’s Wine
Walk to include North 46th to North 51st streets, as well as increasing the number
of ticket sales, they will be bringing some new features such as a bike bus courtesy
of Party Cycle, which fits approximately 20 people.
As October is Tacoma’s Arts Month, local artists will also be displaying their art
throughout the district, and there will be entertainers as well. “The Wine Walk also
partnered with the Tacoma Arts Collective as part of the Tacoma Creates, Art at
Work month,” says Juel. “The art will be on display and for sale as part of the event.”
Additional funds raised beyond costs will go back into funding next year’s Wine
Walk and for the beautification of the business district.
The fun takes place Saturday, October 19, 2 to 6pm. To purchase tickets, which
are $25 in advance ($30 day of), visit ExploreNorthPearl.com/Wine-Walk or find the
event at EventBrite.com.
37th Annual Holiday
Food & Gift Festival
Get an early start on your holiday shopping at the Tacoma Dome
Thursday, October 17 through Sunday, October 20. 2019 marks its 37th
year with more than 550 exhibits in two buildings, including more than
250 new displays with unique one-of-a-kind gifts and specialty foods,
handmade arts and crafts, seasonal decorations and gourmet foods.
There will be specialty performances by Tacoma Baptist High School
Choir, Susan Burke Celtic Trio, Sonor Women’s Choir and pianist Ken
Young, as well as Tacoma’s Cooking for the Holidays program, where
you will find many of your South Sound’s finest restaurants! To find
out more and purchase tickets, visit HolidayGiftShows.com.
Zoo BOOze & Bites 2019
Looking for a fun evening out? Dress in your best Halloween attire
and come support The Zoo Society in an evening of fun, great sips
and bites 6 to 9pm at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Delight
your senses with unlimited signature bites from local restaurants,
plus wine, whiskey and beer tastings. Live music, games, raffles and
more round out the evening to make this autumn event at the zoo
a night you’ll never forget. This event is for ages 21 and older. Don’t
wait! You can purchase your ticket online today at PDZA.org.
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TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL
03 - 10
The Grand Cinema
2019 FESTIVAL LATINX
4:00 to 7:00pm
58TH TACOMA GREEK FESTIVAL
11:00AM TO 9:00PM / 11:00AM TO 9:00PM / 11:00AM
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
FALL IN TACOMA
7:00 to 9:00pm
The Merlino Art Center
LADY 12 FASHION SHOW:
GLITZ & GLAM
MILLENNIAL MIXER: LATE NIGHT
AT THE MUSEUM
6:30 to 10:30pm
Mercedes Benz of Tacoma
Purchase tickets at EventBrite.com
9:45pm to Midnight
Tacoma Art Museum
35TH ANNUAL TACOMA RV SHOW
11 - 14
Doors open 11:00am each day
BATTLE OF THE BURGER FESTIVAL
1:00 to 6:00pm
THE DEFIANCE 50K, 30K, 15K
8:00am to 4:00pm
Owen’s Beach, Point Defiance
JET CITY COMIC SHOW
26 & 27
10:00am to 6:00pm / 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tacoma Convention & Trade Center
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GILDED AGE CULTURE AND FALL FOLIAGE ON THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
PHOTOS COURTESY OF EXPLORE ASHEVILLE
AND THE BILTMORE COMPANY
Not many people realize that one of the founders of modern forestry in
the United States was a Vanderbilt. The Biltmore Estate was cobbled
together from George Vanderbilt’s land purchases in the Asheville
area. Many were farms where the land was considered worn out.
Fredrick Law Olmsted (design Central Park), who was hired to landscape the
property, was not impressed with the 125,000 acres which were in a deplorable
condition. Vanderbilt hired Gifford Pinchot to manage the forests on the estate, and
he later became the first Chief of the United States Forest Service. Later on, the first
school of forestry in North America, The Biltmore School of Forestry, was operated
on the estate by Dr. Carl A. Schenck. After Vanderbilt’s death, around 86,000 acres
of the estate were sold to the United State Forest Service to establish the Pisgah
National Forest, one of the first in the Eastern United States.
Most fall foliage destinations tend to have a peak week when hordes of people
descend upon the area to see autumn flora at its best. The wooded areas surrounding
Asheville, North Carolina, and the forests observed from the Blue Ridge Parkway
have one of the longest and most diverse fall foliage seasons in the world.
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The wooded areas surrounding
Asheville, North Carolina, and
the forests observed from the
Blue Ridge Parkway have one of
the longest and most diverse fall
foliage seasons in the world.
The Biltmore Estate
With its history of forestry, the Biltmore Estate is the perfect destination for a
fall foliage trip, and you can stay right on the estate. The Village Hotel provides
a casual-style stay and is close to the winery and other shopping and dining
activities. But for a true Biltmore experience you need to step it up and stay
at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. It is luxurious with interiors that make you feel
like you are a guest in the Biltmore House. Enjoy rooms decorated like Gilded
Age visitors enjoyed. The staff is outstanding and provides warm Southern
hospitality without any stuffiness. There are a variety of dining options on the
estate with the ingredients for many dishes grown or produced right on the
During your stay in Asheville, make sure to allow plenty of time to tour and
experience all the estate has to offer. Your admission includes a self-guided tour
of the historic Biltmore House and access to the grounds. There are a variety
of optional add-on tours. The Audio Guide to Biltmore is well worth the $15
extra cost with its music and description of what life was like when the home
was first built. The Legacy of the Land Tour gets you behind the scenes on the
estate while you learn more about the history of the land. Visit the Outdoor
Adventure Center to book fun outside activities, many you won’t see anywhere
else. Enjoy a ride with Belgian draft horses pulling an elegant carriage, or try
your hand at falconry and learn how to interact with a hawk or falcon. You may
have been to many wineries before, but the Biltmore Winery is really special
with its self-guided tour and many tasting options. The winery is the most
visited in the country and produces about 150,000 cases annually.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic roads in America. With fall
foliage peaking in October, the parkway is a wonder to behold. It meanders for
a total of 469 miles following the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains leading to
stunning views. The parkway utilizes a milepost system which makes it easier
to track where you are on the parkway. Before heading out to the parkway, grab
a picnic lunch from the Well-Bred Bakery & Café, which prides itself on fresh
sandwiches, salads and bakery treats.
Heading south from Asheville on the parkway, stop at milepost 382 and tour
the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center for information, maps and a movie
about the area. Here you’ll also find the Folk Art Center for demonstrations and
eclectic local folk art.
Plan to hike Mount Pisgah while exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoying
the views from the loggia at Biltmore House you can see Mount Pisgah in the
distance. The estate once stretched all the way to this peak. The 5,721-foot
summit can be accessed from milepost 407.6 on the parkway. The moderate
2.6-mile round-trip trail will take you to an observation platform which affords
stunning views of the mountains and, on a clear day, Asheville is visible.
Allow a day to spend time exploring Asheville, a funky mountain city with
a rich architectural history. Its many Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical
buildings are now home to locally owned shops, more than 30 art galleries and
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an exciting culinary scene. Throw in some live music and you have a special
destination which will draw you back again and again.
A fun way to tour the city is to experience the Urban Trail, which is essentially
the city’s outdoor history museum. The tour is 1.7-miles long and has 30 stations
that highlight the city’s historic and cultural stories. At each stop you will find a
bronze plaque and a piece of art. Learn about notable characters, many whom
you may recognize such as Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald and O. Henry.
Start at the front of Pack Place on Asheville’s Park Square for Plaque #1, “Walk
Into History.” Set aside a couple of hours to complete the tour while allowing
plenty of time to have lunch and shop.
Another unique Asheville activity is to book a foraging tour with No Taste Like
Home. This interesting tour will take you out into the forests near Asheville to
forage 12 to15 edibles. It also includes a cooking demonstration and tasting.
Later head to a local restaurant to enjoy an appetizer made from what you
foraged. Three days before the tour you will receive an email with your meeting
location based on the weather and what foods are available to forage.
For a truly spectacular meal, dine at Vue 1913 in the historic Omni Grove Park
Inn. This is a AAA Four Diamond Restaurant and consistent winner of the
Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence. The menu is a haute cuisine take
on Southern favorites with plenty of rustic, local ingredients. With beautiful
views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Art-Deco dining room is stunning. It is
well worth the splurge.
Fall is a peak time to visit the Asheville area, so plan accordingly and book
reservations not only for lodging but also for restaurants and activities. If
possible, plan to visit on weekdays when you will experience less people. The
Explore Asheville website is an excellent tool to plan your visit. There are many
posts that highlight local small businesses and the people that make Asheville
such a great place to visit. It also has an interactive fall color map and fall leaves
schedule to help you plan the perfect time to visit.
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