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Asheville Envy
If you're tempted by stunning mountains, awesome river access, and a lifestyle that mixes play into each day, then be warned: These photos may move you to relocate. By Rachel Scheer

Asheville, North Carolina draws all types—free-spirited hippies, Bible-toting conservatives, Biltmore Estate-flocking tourists, and plenty of outdoors junkies moonlighting as outfitters, ice cream scoopers, and massage therapists, to name a few. For "Do You Have Asheville Syndrome?" in our Septemer 2004 issue, photographer Alex di Suvero took a week to see what this "Boulder of the East" is all about.

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the junction of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers, this scenic town with southern hospitality and mild seasons is surrounded by great geographic diversity and carries the clout of many contented residents and visitors.

And after trekking through the Appalachian Trail, biking the Kotzuma Trail, and rafting the Nantahala River—all intermixed with a healthy dose of quirky charm and down-home sensibility—di Suvero found the lifestyle component at a euphoric high.

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