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Boy Scouting: Asheville

Photographer Imke Lass scoured this North Carolina mountain town for its cutest potential tour guides. Their tips are pretty darn hot, too.

Chris, 30, sales rep
Spotted at: BioWheels Top tip: "The locally raised sunburst trout at Carmel's Restaurant and Bar is awesome, and you can go there in shorts and flip-flops or a suit and tie."

Mark, 37, fund-raiser
Spotted at: Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe Top tip: "The authentic Irish pub Jack of the Wood books all kinds of live music acts—from blues and bluegrass to swing and jazz."

Donald, 39, teacher
Spotted at: French Broad Brewery Top tip: "I love mountain biking in Bent Creek forest, about 10 miles southwest of downtown. The 30 miles of trails are never monotonous."

Michael, 33, contractor
Spotted at: Westville Pub Top tip: "Go to Pack Square downtown to see the eclectic mix of locals. A guy in a rainbow wig and a nun outfit on a unicycle? No one thinks twice about it."

Jody, 38, conservationist
Spotted at: Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe Top tip: "The food at Salsas isn't just 'Mexican'; it's an adventurous blend of Latin, Caribbean, and Central American ingredients."

Key to the City

Westville Pub 777 Haywood Rd., 828/225-9782,

French Broad Brewery 101 Fairview Rd., Suite D, 828/277-0222,

Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe 55 Haywood St., 828/254-6734,

BioWheels-Asheville 81 Coxe Ave., 828/232-0300,

Carmel's Restaurant and Bar 1 Page Ave., Suite 129, 828/252-8730,, sunburst trout $22.

Jack of the Wood 95 Patton Ave., 828/252-5445,, cover from $5.

Salsas 6 Patton Ave., 828/252-9805,, entrées from $13.25.

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.



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