Jenn Gordon – Owner, Writer & Social Media

Jenn Gordon, Owner/Writer & Best Bets creator, Social Media Coordinator

A self-proclaimed Asheville enthusiast, I’ve called this vibrant city my home for over 12 years now.  My passions are widespread and my appreciation for what Asheville has to offer is endless.  As a former pastry chef, I love our food culture and make it my mission to know what is new and what is coming.

If I’m not the hiking trails with my two Aussies, you can find us at a brewery, sipping beer and meeting bearded gentlemen. Both human and K9.

My commitment to you is to give you the freshest and most creative date night ideas that Asheville has to offer.  From the off-color dive bar to the high rise rooftop bar, there is a date that’s waiting for you in Asheville!

Samantha Coffin – Co-Owner, Writer & Social Media

Samm Coffin, @sammssimplelife

New to Asheville in 2018, Samantha (aka Samm) holds food, hiking and adventure close to her heart. Having lived in many places, she sees something special in the western North Carolina culture and wants to share it with you! From hidden gems to gluten-free eats, festivals and all that makes this area unique, Samantha is always exploring and sharing her finds here and on her Instagram @sammssimplelife.

Kristen Manieri – Founder

Kristen Manieri, Owner of Orlando Date Night Guide.

For me, date night isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity. Married with two small girls, I’ve come to realize that Saturday night is probably the only time each week that Marc and I can actually have a meaningful, uninterrupted, and alert conversation. I’m a former freelance food and travel writer with frequent contributions to Orlando Magazine, Edible Orlando, WHERE Orlando, Forbes Travel Guide and Orlando Family Magazine.

I’m also the author of the book, Great Dates Orlando, and I founded this website in 2007 to not only share fun and romantic date night ideas with other couples, but to keep myself accountable to a regular date night, too.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I’m also the host of The Synced Life, a podcast focused on the power and magic of human connection.


Jen Brooks

Jen Brooks, Writer/Photographer

For me, date night can be tricky.  With 5 kids, a small homestead, and a full time job, I rely on date night to connect with my husband, Billy.  It’s our “time out” from our full life of jobs, soccer practices, homework, toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns.  We get to be “us,” without “them.”  We get to remember not only why we love each other, but also why we like each other.

I own Bombe Honey, a local farm table and folk art business here in Asheville.  I have a degree in studio art, as well as a background in writing and photography.

Stephanie Rogers

Bio: Stephanie Rogers is a freelance writer and UNC Asheville alum. Her interests include drinking too much coffee, surfing the Internet, and that’s pretty much it. She hopes to one day host her own radio show and release a memoir that her friends and family describe as “a little much.” Her work has previously appeared on Thought Catalog, Asheville Grit, Ashvegas, and The Great Smokies Review. You can find her on Twitter or her website.

Allie Ellenbogen

Asheville Date Night Guide contributor: Allie Ellenbogen

I’m Allie Ellenbogen, and I moved to Asheville earlier this year from San Francisco (but am a NC native). I run the home design and DIY blog, The White Apartment. It follows along as my husband and I renovate and decorate our 100-year-old farmhouse in the heart of Asheville. When I’m not knee-deep in a project, I love exploring the area, tackling a new recipe, or playing (self-proclaimed) food critic by trying restaurants and bars around town.

Dave Tollefsen & Glenn Cutler

NC Beer Guys Dave and Glenn

Dave and Glenn live in central North Carolina with their families and share a love for local craft beer and homebrewing.  They work together as the NCBeerGuys.  On their website,, they offer information about North Carolina Craft Beer with a variety of maps, videos, events, recipes and much more.

Kirby Morris

Kirby Morris, blogger at Fashion By Day

Kirby Morris is a personal style blogger who moved to Asheville from Southern California in April 2017 with her boyfriend Andrew and her dog Divot.  Giving smaller town living a try in Asheville, North Carolina, Kirby is an adventurer at heart.  She writes about her love of all things fashionable and affordable on her blog