Better Tours of Asheville is the newest guided tour company in town, recently founded by long-time tour guides from Asheville with over 10 years of combined experience. Co-owners Nicole Rogers and Christopher McCollum established the company in order to be able to provide innovative tours with exclusive content. New tours for the season include a progressive dining tour and a scandalous pub-crawl.
“We’re really excited about the culinary tour,” said Nicole Rogers. “With such an acclaimed culinary scene here in Asheville, it seemed like an obvious choice.” The tour offers the chance to enjoy a four-course meal spread out over four different downtown restaurants. “What we’re really trying to do give our guests the opportunity to sample the exquisite culinary scene downtown and feel like a VIP for the night,” she added.
On a different note, the scandalous pub-crawl delves deeply into Asheville’s sordid past. The tour covers everything from mobsters to Nazis, to colorful politicians and robber barons and the scandals that followed them. “No one else is doing this kind of tour. Most people who’ve lived here all their lives have no idea about this side of Asheville’s past,” Christopher said. “Not to mention that the evening out can take on a decidedly scandalous flavor as well.”
The company also features ghost tours and trolley tours. The ghost tour stories are all thoroughly researched by the guides themselves and the content is constantly being updated and expanded, The tour covers Asheville’s darkest secrets, deepest mysteries, and most haunted locations during a 90-minute walking tour through downtown Asheville. The trolley tours are offered though a partnership with Gray Line trolley tours and feature some of the best stories from the walking tour and the pub-crawl.