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February 26, 2015

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With awards season underway, a spotlight is cast on the Asheville area and its numerous 2015 connections to the silver and small screens. Playing the role of story muse, film backdrop and celebrity playground, Western North Carolina offers adventures and immersive travel experiences for film and television fans. Learn the favorite hangouts of Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, visit Asheville's own Downton Abbey, learn about the inspiration for a Nicholas Sparks tale or explore the Appalachian Trail with these 2015 connections.

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Amp up Valentine's Day Weekend with world class romance. Recently named one of the world's top destinations in 2015 by Frommer's, Asheville offers over-the-top romance experiences with an expansive Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop. Make your own engagement ring, play royal at an American Castle or try Cosmic Love Potion with ten stops on an aphrodisiac adventure.

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2014 BLUE RIDGE FALL COLOR FORECAST: Why RED is a big deal this year

Landscape in red: Biologists and weather experts report that fall color forecast factors may align for an electric pop of red foliage amid the Blue Ridge Mountain autumnal spectrum. Why is red, in particular, such a big deal? 3D technology, satellite flyovers and time lapse photography at FallintheMountains.com illuminate this fall science mystery and others—with practical tools for planning a fall vacation including weekly color reports, top scenic drives/hikes, North Carolina autumn leaf guides and new fall travel packages.

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Test drive your road trip. This summer millions of travelers will set their sights on the famed Blue Ridge Parkway, traditionally the most visited unit in the National Park System. With 469 miles of cinematic views traversing the highest peaks in the East and connecting to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a gateway to adventure. Navigating the only linear national park just got easier (and more inspiring) via a new interactive travel guide designed to look, move and sound like a journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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It may seem impossible – getting a deal on a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift that makes your special someone feel like royalty. But, the eleventh-hour scramble for a head over heels getaway as a unique gift idea doesn’t have to be stressful and expensive. Asheville travel bargains combining accommodations, delicious dining and unique activities sweeten the deal for couples looking to stretch their vacation dollars and keep romance in the budget. Asheville is the ideal place for couples to escape - from living like royalty to gallery gazing to making your own souvenir keepsake – loved ones can be whisked away for a memorable mountain experience.

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FALL FORECAST UPDATE: Brilliant Red Across Blue Ridge + Fall Color Goes Digital

A drastic shift in weather patterns across the Blue Ridge Mountains has fall foliage experts changing forecasts and calling for radiant autumn color in 2013, especially a high-contrast pop of red leaves. Fall color forecasting is a tricky business and a relatively new endeavor. Now people can find out why as FallintheMountains.com unravels fall mysteries and folk lore with a high-tech, visual twist in “The Science Behind Fall Color,” an interactive multimedia storytelling collaboration.

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BEER-CATION: New breweries, tours & tastings draw craft beer fans to WNC

Consumers continue to lift their glasses to all things beer, and destinations like Asheville – aka “Beer City USA” – are tapping into the trend. Craft beer sales jumped 15 percent in 2012, and more than 400 new craft breweries opened nationwide, offering thirsty travelers myriad ways to add local flavor to their vacation plans via tasting rooms and tours.

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Christmas Decorating Ideas from Biltmore and Best Holiday Recipes

This Christmas experts at Biltmore and Asheville's inns and bed and breakfasts are giving the gift of free tree decorating ideas, easy holiday recipes and suggestions for homemade Christmas gifts. Christmas tree decorating tips are included in a colorful infographic.

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Fall Colors Surge: Peak Foliage Coming Soon to Asheville, N.C.

The latest fall leaf report shows peak color beginning to descend on the mountains around Asheville. Biologists, attractions and climate experts are reporting a crescendo of color on the way as fall leaves move toward prime conditions.

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Weather Experts Target Western N.C. as Best Bet for Fall Colors

With atypical weather crisscrossing the U.S. landscape this spring and summer, climate scientists are targeting Western North Carolina as a best bet for colorful fall foliage. Despite a far-reaching national heat wave, weather experts predict that well-nourished trees resulting from beneficial wet weather patterns may position Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains as a bright light among 2012 fall foliage destinations.

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B-Boy Santa Invades Asheville & Gives Away Grand Vacation

Click & Win: Dancing Santa’s Holiday Travel Contest! The viral Santa video phenomenon that captured national attention–and caught the mountain town of Asheville, NC by surprise–has inspired a grand holiday vacation giveaway during the month of December.

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Asheville's Top Tourism Official Resigns to Take Job in Tampa

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Executive Vice President and Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) Executive Director Kelly Miller resigned today to accept the position of president and CEO at Tampa Bay & Company, the official tourism promotion agency for that region.

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Fall Color Wars: Forecasts Fuel Friendly/Colorful Competition

While a traveler’s favorite fall color destination may be based on personal preference or sentimental connection, biologists and foliage experts in Western North Carolina are making the case that 2011 could put the Blue Ridge Mountains at the top of the (leaf) pile.

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Asheville Woman Breaks Appalachian Trail Speed Record

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Asheville CVB Achieves Destination Marketing Accreditation

The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau has been awarded official accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). The ACVB joins the ranks of 130 distinguished destination marketing organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe in achieving the destination marketing industry’s most prestigious organizational recognition.

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The Omni Grove Park Inn is Now Pet Friendly

The Omni Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is now accepting guests of the four-legged variety for the first time in its almost 100 year history. A new section of "pet-friendly" rooms in the Vanderbilt Wing of the Resort will come with a special turndown amenity. The Inn is offering guests who bring their pets on vacation a variety of trails and walking routes for exercising, as well as a special walking area for pets near the new pet-friendly rooms.

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Gas Woes Prompt Big Deals on Summer Travel

Believe it or not, gas price drama may actually be good news for stateside travelers looking to score deals on summer vacations. With industry analysts split over gas predictions, destinations and attractions are offering gas cards, travel packages and deals-a-plenty to attract the 80 percent of consumers who still plan to take a summer vacation despite gas prices (Orbitz, May 2011).

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Announcing Foodtopia for the People

Win a Grand Asheville Vacation — Atlanta foodies…start your taste buds! This April, Asheville is packing up its culinary and craft beer culture and heading to the big city. Foodtopia for the People will offer Atlantans chances to win more than 600 tasty prizes, including five culinary getaways to the mountains.

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Asheville Moves Mountains for Atlanta

Asheville’s edgy mountain culture is moving to the big city. Every day for 30 days in March, Atlantans will experience the sights, sounds and flavors of an Asheville vacation during (30) Days of Asheville. No need for Groupon—we’re talking FREE events, goodies and surprises…from Asheville, with love.

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Blue Ridge Mountain & Asheville forecasts offer fierce competition for America’s Best Fall Color Show

In the tricky business that is forecasting the whims of Mother Nature, it is rare that experts agree as they make fall color predictions. This year, biologists and naturalists in Western North Carolina and the Asheville area are singing the same tune: Seasonal weather patterns and early climate indicators may trigger the most colorful leaf season in years.

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2010 Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Color Reports Begin on 9/13

Starting September 13, FallintheMountains.com will post a weekly color snapshot of how leaf season is progressing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Using insider tips, pictures, video and foliage updates from naturalists, attractions and park officials around the region, travelers can plan color-filled adventures for their fall getaway.

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Tourism Officials Award $2.25 Million to Community Projects

The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) announced today that it is awarding more than $2.25 million to three community projects through its Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF). Funding will assist with construction of projects that are expected to further enhance the community while also driving more overnight hotel stays and pumping additional dollars into the local economy.

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Southeast Mountain Community Extends Help to the Gulf

The Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is reaching out to the Gulf Coast in an effort to provide some support in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

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Win President Obama's Getaway

Summer travelers can win a vacation getaway worthy of an American President. With the first official days of summer just around the corner, travelers can follow the footsteps of President and First Lady Obama’s weekend getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and enter to win their own presidential vacation, including a stay at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

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Asheville Named "Beer City USA"

More than 19,000 votes and hundreds of heated comments and blog posts marked a neck-n-neck tie-breaker for the title of “BeerCity USA 2010” in an online poll celebrating American Craft Beer Week.

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Summer travelers can vacation like a president

If you’re planning a summer vacation, you could do worse than following in the footsteps of an American President. Vacations are front and center these days with the summer travel season just around the corner and news of President and First Lady Obama’s weekend getaway to Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Destination wedding ideas for brides who vow to be different

With growing popularity of destination weddings, many couples are bypassing the beach ceremony fad for a stateside city that has been quietly drawing the nation's jet set since the late 1800s. Asheville's Blue Ridge Mountain backdrop has inspired brides from modern bohemians to real American princess Cornelia Vanderbilt, daughter of George W. Vanderbilt.

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Partnership on Wayfinding & Buncombe County TDA unveil first sign

After nearly three years of community input, planning, design and collaboration, the Partnership on Wayfinding and the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) today unveiled the first wayfinding sign downtown on Patton Avenue as installation begins on a $1.65 million community-wide signage program.

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Holidays get Hip with Fireworks, Rock-n-Roll & Rock-Climbing Santa

Asheville is known for mild winters, snow-capped mountains and a cozy downtown full of holiday tradition, but this year the season will sizzle with spectacle, savings and chances to splurge. Below are some of the season's best events for 2009:

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Free Your Spirit & Wallet at CoolAshevilleSavings.com

As consumers seek inexpensive ways to exercise their right for some much needed R&R this spring and summer, Asheville has launched CoolAshevilleSavings.com. Named one of the world’s must-see destinations by Frommer’s and recently ranked a top 10 value destination for couples in search of romance (D.K. Shifflet & Associates), Asheville is a world-class destination that’s not real expensive.

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Asheville’s farm-to-table chefs share holiday party appetizers for $0.25 or less

With holiday spending growth predicted at its lowest level in six years, consumers are cutting corners on everything from presents to parties. Instead of reaching to call the caterers or serving pre-packaged hors d'oeuvres, whip up inexpensive appetizers that rely on farm-fresh ingredients and local produce that you can find in your own backyard.

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Asheville Announces 21 Days of Not-So-Silent Nights

Holiday nights in downtown Asheville get a glitzy makeover this December with Asheville Seasonal Sizzle: 21 days of not-so-silent nights. Merrymakers will enjoy free fireworks, live entertainment, seasonal appetizer specials at local restaurants, and extended hours of evening shopping in downtown Asheville's eclectic boutiques and craft galleries.

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Fun & Free Holiday Events in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Named by Frommer’s as one of the world’s top 10 must-see destinations for the blend of cultural and natural allure, Asheville’s mild winter weather offers scenic snow-capped mountains while downtown remains navigable and festive for holiday visitors. Below are some of the season's best local traditions and FREE holiday events for 2008.

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GPS Treasure Hunts Turn Summer Vacations into Hi-Tech Adventures

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Florida’s Gulf Coast to Route 66, the tech-savvy sport known as “geocaching” allows destinations to unfold like a mystery novel, one clue at a time. Starting May 20, Asheville’s geocache hunt–The Ultimate AsheCache–will lead travelers to unexpected sites and, if they’re clever, to big prizes.

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Outstanding WNC Student Sought for Chamber Hospitality Scholarship Award

Nominations are due Feb. 16, 2007 for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual $2,000 Hospitality Scholarship Award that recognizes an outstanding student from Western North Carolina pursuing a hospitality or culinary-oriented associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

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Discover a New Holiday Tradition This Season in Asheville

Picture an intimate North Carolina city surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks capped in white. Downtown Asheville is dressed for the holidays with white lights sparkling among fragrant garlands decorated with bright red bows.

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