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Asheville Salt Cave Adds Turkish Bath House

Two years ago, Jodie Appel, owner of Asheville Salt Cave, took a trip to Turkey. “While I was there I experienced a traditional hammam, a Turkish bathhouse,” she says. “This is an ancient bathing tradition: a beautiful ritual of cleansing, deep exfoliation and skin renewal.”

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Performing Arts

1984 and The Odyssey at Wortham Center

“Classics are classics because they stand the test of time with universal messages and themes,” says Wortham Center managing director Rae Geoffrey. “In our nation’s turbulent political environment, this year’s selections by Aquila are certainly still relevant as reminders that humanity continues to strive to connect with purpose and love.”

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The Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazineThe Laurel of Asheville lifestyle magazine is available in both print and digital editions

We are delighted you have chosen us to be your gateway—both through our popular print Asheville lifestyle magazine and our website—to the arts, culture, and communities that comprise the remarkable area that is Western North Carolina. In these pages, you will find behind-the-scenes stories about the region’s concerts, theatre and dance productions, festivals, restaurants, artists, and the multitude of locally-based businesses. We also enjoy bringing you features about the people and organizations who are caring for those in need, protecting our historic heritage, preserving our rich and diverse environment, and nurturing our cultural soul.