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Celebrities in Asheville

Asheville's beautiful mountain seclusion has long lured many interesting people to reside here, as well as to visit, including famous artists and musicians. It's also the birthplace of one of America's most influential authors and world-famous singers. Recent Celebrity Sightings Michael Jordan & Patrick Ewing - Former basketball superstars now associated with the Charlotte Hornets The Avett

Fall Color Report for October 1, 2015

Fall Color Hunting Colorful leaves light up MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain. Photo by Skip Sickler and courtesy of Grandfather Mountain. What a difference a week makes. Last Thursday, our fall color hunters reported early patches of color in areas that don’t typically transition until later in the season, and it appeared we were on course for an earlier color schedule than usual. However,

Wildflower Bloom Schedule

The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, seasonal favorites like daffodils, tulips and violets herald the arrival of spring with their showy blooms, and as the season progresses, budding wildflowers climb in elevation to the tops of the

Costumes Return to Biltmore

New Display to Highlight Wedding Fashion from the Big Screen Long a destination for weddings and romantic getaways in its own right, Biltmore is celebrating that history with a new exhibition opening next year. “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will run from Feb. 12 through July 4, 2016 and will be included with estate admission. It follows in the successful footsteps of the estate’s

Countdown on for New Biltmore Hotel

Village Hotel to Open in December The latest lodging offering on the grounds of Biltmore is accepting reservations for stays beginning Dec. 1, 2015. The Village Hotel, centrally located in Antler Hill Village, is the second accommodations option to be built on the estate of America’s largest home and will provide “casual and inviting” surroundings. Architecturally influenced by the quaint cottages

5 Crazy Reasons Why Asheville Should Top Your Holiday Travel List

Santa gets down with celebrities, wild deals While you're making your list, and before you start checking it twice, be sure to add a trip to Asheville to the top of your holiday to-do's. Why? Because this year, Asheville takes the holidays to the next level with these five can't-miss things to do and see: ©Chimney Rock State Park Santa Claus Goes Extreme Santa and his helpers may make their home

Make Way for Woodfin, Asheville’s Neighbor to the North

A Few Miles and a World Away The town of Woodfin beckons just beyond Merrimon Avenue’s shops and restaurants. Head north past the majestic trees that line scenic Beaver Lake and discover a town that reveals itself mile by mile. Woodfin is small in size but mighty in stature, boasting unusual shops and restaurants that welcome curious visitors. Fueled by Chocolate Weaverville Highway is the winding

Getting Into the Hometown Team Spirit

Cheer on Asheville's Sports Teams Americans love spectator sports, and in Asheville there are plenty of opportunities to experience what longtime sports commentator Jim McKay called “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Take Me Out to the Ball Game The Asheville Tourists have a long and colorful history that dates back to 1897. Today this minor league team plays in the Class A South

A Crossroads of Shopping & Dining at Biltmore Park

Head south from Asheville, where the French Broad River meanders alongside I-26 and you find the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Biltmore Park . Developed by the great grandson of George Vanderbilt, the area incorporates residences, businesses, schools and retail shops in one planned community that promotes fitness and fun with the best of Southern living. Who can resist the giant chess set

Find a Room During Fall Foliage

Getting a room at an Asheville area hotel or bed & breakfast can be quite difficult in the fall. Here are a few tips to make sure you have somewhere to lay your head after a long day of leaf peeping. Book your room before coming to town. Don’t assume you’ll find one once you’re here. Chances are, you won’t. Come to town Sunday through Thursday nights. Room availability at accommodations increases

Local Harvest

Local harvest Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians—and a whopping 20 of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe, Lexington Avenue Brewery and The Market Place are only a few of the many places you can nosh on

U-Pick Farms

Pick Your Own Produce What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? Maybe picking it, and trying not to let the juice run down your chin? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce. Vacation cuisine can be

Down on the Farm

Down on the farm Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) devotes itself wholeheartedly to fostering the area’s local-food movement. For the last two decades, the nonprofit group has carried out this mission by helping local farms thrive, linking food growers with buyers and generally creating a healthier community through these connections

7 Blue Ridge Blockbusters: Asheville is Hollywood Hot in 2015

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

Masterminds Movie Stars in Asheville

Cast Capers & Favorite Hot Spots When heist comedy Masterminds hits theaters in 2015, movie goers who know Asheville, N.C. may see some familiar sites. Several local spots make cameo appearances in the film, such as downtown Asheville's Pack Square and BB&T building, which was disguised as a different bank for the film, and the U.S. Cellular Center , which had a small starring role as a Mexican

Asheville's Literary Connections

Asheville's literary heritage stretches across the 20th century and contemporary authors continue to be drawn here. These well-known novelists, poets, essayists and storytellers have ties to Asheville: F. Scott Fitzgerald, who spent two summers at the Omni Grove Park Inn Thomas Wolfe, Asheville native and author of Look Homeward, Angel Carl Sandburg, poet and biographer O. Henry, short story

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Bob Moog is a well-known legend in the music industry. In fact, in many ways he was a pioneer. Having invented the Moog Synthesizer back in the 1960s, Moog revolutionized the way we enjoy music today. You would be hard pressed to find any major band that isn’t using a Moog instrument, and each one is made by hand right here in Asheville. The Moog factory opened its headquarters in 2011 at the edge

Tap Your Toes at an Asheville Music Festivals

Hear Local and World Talent at Asheville’s Musical Celebrations From the local and regional musicians that meet at Shindig for a night of musical fun to the global performers at July's Folkmoot festival in nearby Waynesville, the Asheville area's summer music festivals are as eclectic as the city itself. People have been traveling to Asheville to hear music for generations. In 1928, the Asheville

Asheville in the Movies

Jennifer Lawrence in"The Hunger Games." Photo by Murray Close. "Quiet on the set!" is not a phrase you think you’d hear while admiring the serene beauty of the peaks in Western North Carolina. But, more and more Hollywood producers have found that these 6,000-foot peaks provide visually spectacular backdrops for the motion picture industry. "North Carolina has more production complexes and sound

What Is Appalachia?

Mountain Food Legacies & Harvest Adventures From hand-tied fishing lures to moonshine lore, Appalachia embodies a colorful culture all its own. The Blue Ridge Mountains, the spine of southernmost Appalachia, are gently rolling as ranges go. Some of the oldest mountains in the world, the Blue Ridge and its famous scenic parkway are a source of much of the region's beauty, character—and even