The Designers: Becca Knuth and Melissa Porter of Asheville Event Company, ashevilleeventco.com
The Inspiration: Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is
one of the South’s most scenic cities. This welcome basket celebrates its rustic charm with rough-hewn details, such as a tartan camp blanket and nubby wooden candle. The inclusion of a hiking trail map and tickets to Biltmore Estate encourages guests to enjoy the area’s natural beauty—and a packet of wildflower seeds lets them take home a little piece of it.
Think inside the box! Upcycle the crates from your wine order, like Becca and Melissa did here, for your welcome baksets. Wines from local vineyards offer a taste of the region.
You can even give away the iconic landscape of the mountains with this tree limb soy candle, $22; mountaintrollcandles.com
Jar of Honey
Oh Honey! Your guests will love Sweet Betty Bee’s variety,$5; sweetbettybees.com
Flowers are always a perfect present. With seeds of charming North Carolina wildflowers, guests can make the gift of flowers last even longer, $12.95; 828/210-2726
No one gives visitors a taste of the city like the local brewery, $32 per case; highlandbrewing.com
Let them take the flavor of Asheville to their own kitchen with the Tupelo Honey Cafe, $34.94; tupelohoneycafe.com
What local artisan goods are a must for visitors of your favorite Southern city?