The Asheville Pocket Guide series is designed for those with adventure in their hearts and a guide in their pocket. However we try not to reinvent the wheel or waste trees in the process. So in the spirit of Think Globally, Act Neighborly we share our growing list of friends’ guides, maps and resources which also connect people to unique places, projects, foods, etc. Asheville is home to a wonderful community of publishers, artists, designers, writers, map-makers and energizing non-profits. Their guides and directories are resources that we all have enjoyed over the years. Please support local, independently owned publications that gently promote our area’s diverse opportunities!


AIR Guide to Restaurants ~ Asheville Independent Restaurants publishes the annual guide that is conveniently categorized by region and types of food.  AIR includes a community of  businesses, chefs, farmers, distributors, culinary teachers and students that rally around local food, local people and the local economy.



ASAP’s Local Food Guide – A comprehensive guide to Western North Carolina and the region’s Appalachian Grown certified farms and farmers tailgate markets, as well as the businesses, from grocery stores to restaurants, committed to sourcing and selling Appalachian Grown foods.


Best Local Map ~ The Asheville Map celebrates the unique qualities and local flavor of Asheville. Residents and visitors enjoy the beautifully designed paper map that highlights local neighborhoods, topography and hundreds of points of interest, including Asheville’s breweries.  The map is available at local retailers or online for $2.99, with each map sold providing funds for more than a meal through MANNA FoodBank.


Guide to Craft Breweries and Pubs of Western North Carolina ~ All the information you need for your visit to Asheville and the surrounding areas in one guide including local breweries, beer retailers, restaurants, beer fests, pubs and brew tours.



The Walking Guide to Buncombe County ~ A comprehensive guide to Buncombe County’s walking trails which features health & safety tips as well as various parks and community resources for community walks.