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Photographer, designer and illustrator Tim Robison’s beautiful snapshots of Asheville, North Carolina, inspire more than 50,000 followers to live vicariously through his Instagram (@TimRobisonJr). Robison started taking pictures as a teenager. "My great-grandfather and grandfather were both photographers and good friends with George Eastman of Kodak. Photography has always been big in my family," he says. “I was given all of my grandfather’s cameras back in high school and the rest is history.” Here, he shares his favorite Asheville restaurants and the best boutique hotel.
Best Asheville restaurant. Oh, man. Asheville has so many great restaurants. I’d have to say All Souls Pizza. The attention to ingredients is amazing. Order the pickled vegetable sandwich or the clam pizza. So good.
Go-to Asheville bakery or coffee shop. High Five Coffee for a good, strong cortado and local baked goods.
Favorite Asheville bar. The Imperial Life; superior hand-crafted cocktails.
Best Asheville boutique hotel. I love the Grove Park Inn. The 100-year-old building is amazing, and the subterranean spa is one of the best in the world.
Best easy dinner. Chai Pani [for Indian street food] on Wall Street.
Best indie activity for a visitor. Take a brew tour! We’re known as Beer City USA, with more breweries per capita than any US city.
Favorite Asheville shop. Old North, a great men’s shop offering quality goods and clothing.
Ultimate Asheville souvenir. There are so many local artists in Asheville that draw inspiration from our beautiful landscape. Find an artist and take home a piece of Asheville.
Tips for shooting (especially food)? Keep it simple. Less is more when it comes to photography, especially with food. You don’t want too much distracting from the main subject. White plates and some good window light are a plus!