Blue Ridge Beauty: HuffPost’s Listen To America Tour Stops In Asheville

Jenna Amatulli

The third week of Listen tto AmericaHuffPost’s 25-city tour around the U.S., kicked off in Asheville, North Carolina.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city boasts natural beauty and so much more. With its extremely vivacious arts scene and gorgeous architecture, downtown Asheville delights residents and visitors alike.

HuffPost held interviews at 12 Bones Smokehouse and Wedge Brewery, two local haunts much loved by their regulars. Additionally, there was a panel discussion about women’s health and rural hospitals at the Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies. Panelists discussed the many challenges that women face in rural areas, like decreased maternity services and other disparities in accessing health care.

To see a bit of what went on Asheville, take a look at our time there below.

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HuffPost visits Asheville, North Carolina, on Sept. 25, 2017, as part of "Listen to America: A HuffPost Road Trip."

HuffPost staffer Meredith Melnick (left) speak to panelists Jacqueline Sitton, Steve Heatherly, Lucretia Stargell, Dr. Beth Buys and Frank Taylor during the "€œWomen's Health & Rural Hospitals" event at Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Graduate Studies in Asheville.

Jacqueline Sitton speaks to the audience.

Dr. Brie Folkner cries while speaking to the panelists about one of her patients.

The audience filled most of the room during the event.

Dr. Beth Buys speaks to the audience.

North Carolina state Sen. Terry Van Duyn speaks with audience members during a question and answer session.

A person wearing a jacket decorated with a Confederate flag passes by on a moped in Asheville.

People wait to be interviewed during HuffPost's visit to Asheville.

North Carolina state Sen. Terry Van Duyn is interviewed by HuffPost staffer Meredith Melnick during the visit to Asheville.

A Listen to America sign sits outside a video station.

People wait to be interviewed by HuffPost at the 12 Bones restaurant.

Ashlee Lafferty is interviewed by Michael Pace and Marina Fang during HuffPost's visit.

Murals and graffiti cover the walls of many buildings in the River Arts District of Asheville.

Sarah Grossman (center) interviews Elena Monsour on the bus.

Murals and graffiti cover the walls of many buildings.

A sign for 12 Bones Smokehouse appears across from the HuffPost video activation site in Asheville.

Interns from Mission Health take photos of the HuffPost bus.

Zach Voigt, an intern at Mission Health, escorts Robert Haskins to the bus.

Local TV station WLOS takes video during HuffPost's visit to Asheville.

Marc Janks speaks to fellow HuffPost staffers Sarah Grossman (left) and Robyn Malcolm.

Murals and graffiti appear on many buildings in the River Arts District.

A street scene in Asheville, North Carolina.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.