Why Asheville is Portland’s little sister city

Move over Portland—there’s another outdoor mecca in the country. With its unique Appalachian flair, Asheville, North Carolina, is where it’s at for many a “Portlandia” fan, and even those who aren’t. Here are just a few reasons why these cities are sisters from another mother.

Organic lifestyle

The organic movement has been sweeping across the nation, and Asheville and Portland are hailed as the capitals of both the East and West. From home gardening to Whole Foods shopping down to Equal Exchange drinking and Green Sage Cafe eating, these two cities promote the bond between their citizens and Mamma Earth. No synthetic pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers, no problem.

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