On the very last day of an unforgettable vacation, it’s common to hear a traveler say “I’m coming back,” but it’s often rare to see them follow through. The promise of return reflects the destination’s allure, and for someone to actually return speaks volumes. After a recent visit to Asheville, North Carolina, I immediately started planning my return trip. In fact, the day I departed, it didn’t feel right leaving. It felt premature, I felt that Asheville wasn’t through with me yet. The city took me by surprise with its dynamic culinary scene, terrific hotels, and bohemian sensibility. The dive bars are crazy fun, the locals are creative, and the gay scene is slowly becoming recognized (CNN voted it as one of the top places to celebrate gay pride this year). Asheville has character, especially for a mountain city. Throw in 24 vortexes, weekly public festivals, rich history (with the Vanderbilts, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and even ghosts), and you’ve got yourself a city worth returning to.