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Silver Screen Romance Meets Gilded Age Splendor

Love Is In the Air Biltmore’s iconic 8,000-acre estate and grand 250-room home , built for the Vanderbilt family and loved by the world for its history and architecture, espouses a level of grandeur usually reserved for the silver screen. So it’s fitting that this spring, Biltmore is unveiling a new exhibition that brings together the unforgettable stories of the Vanderbilt family with the

What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2016

Park celebrations, new hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore and Grammy winners releasing an Asheville soundtrack—here’s a round-up of what’s hot in Asheville in 2016: National and North Carolina State Parks Mark 100 Years With close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park and a number of other federal and state

Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many , today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

The New Old Razzle Dazzle

Discover Asheville’s Vaudeville Revival In Asheville, all the world’s a swirling stage of jugglers and street performers, burlesque stars and variety shows, fire breathers and acrobats. Since the early 20th century, when country yodeling star Jimmie Rodgers got his break on the local vaudeville circuit, flashy performing arts have taken center stage here. Today, the spirit of vaudeville lives on

To Asheville with Love: An interview with Local Business Advocate Franzi Charen

Sharing some local love with an Asheville insider Walking down Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville is a feast for the senses. The scent of fresh coffee emanates from Izzy’s Coffee Den and classic sweets beckon from Laughing Mask Candies . A slew of wildly creative dresses and shoes peek out from boutiques like Hip Replacements Clothing and Minx Boutique . Each business is unique, yet unified by a

Asheville Gift Guide: 27 Mountain-Made Items for Your List

Share the city you love with your loved ones It’s that time of year again, when you want to remember family and friends with special gifts. But where do you start looking for items to delight the toughest customers? We suggest you begin right here. The city’s creative community is full of fabulous gift ideas ranging from the functional to the whimsical, the sumptuous to the scrumptious, making

Decorating Tips from Biltmore

If you think decorating your home for the holidays can sometimes be a little overwhelming, imagine what it's like to deck the halls at a home with over 250 rooms! Decorators at Biltmore House, America's largest private home, have made holiday decorating an art, and in the spirit of the season, they compiled a list of decorating ideas that will help bring the warmth and spirit of a 19th-century

Fall Color Report for November 5, 2015

Fall Color Hunting Japanese Maple. Photo courtesy of The Biltmore Company. Never fear, leaf-peeping procrastinators, the mountains are still displaying beautiful autumn hues with the best color now reaching into lower elevations around 2,000–2,500 feet in elevation. Around Asheville you’ll still find color in the downtown area and through the tree-lined streets of Biltmore Village . Color will

Fall Color Report for October 29, 2015

Fall Color Hunting Color shines on the rolling hills of Biltmore Estate. Photo by Amanda Green Bottoms. This is Asheville’s week to shine as fall color has descended from the highest elevations to areas around the 2,000–3,000 foot range. Many areas above 3,000 feet are now past their prime, but there's plenty of color yet to come as the transition slides down into surrounding valleys. Folks with

Fall Color Report for October 22, 2015

Fall Color Hunting Color at lower elevations shines near Mount Mitchell. Photo by Appalachian Exposures. The first frosts of the season passed through the mountains this week providing a catalyst for more widespread fall color throughout the mid-range elevations, which include areas immediately surrounding Asheville and those between 2,500 and 3,500 feet, with 3,000 feet being a sweet spot for

Fall Color Report for October 15, 2015

Fall Color Hunting Anyone heading out on a fall color excursion this week will not be disappointed. Fall foliage has reached its peak in the higher elevation (above 5,000 feet) and is now descending into areas between 3,500-4,500 feet. In this mid-elevation range, trees are currently around 50-75% in transition, depending on where you’re viewing. In the Asheville area, the color transition is

Cold Mountain

Based on Asheville-area native Charles Frazier’s best-selling Civil War-era novel "Cold Mountain," you can visit the real Cold Mountain in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Find out how to plan a daytrip to Cold Mountain . "Cold Mountain" tells the dramatic story of a wounded Confederate soldier named Inman (played by Jude Law) who leaves his hospital bed in Raleigh, North Carolina, to make

For a Spooky Good Time: 5 Haunted Adventures

Tours & Celebrations to Give You Goosebumps... All Year Round A city that has as much history as Asheville is sure to have a few mysteries, and exploring the unknown can sometimes lead down strange and even spooky paths. But do not fear! All of Asheville's haunted and mysterious adventures are fully guided. Phantoms by Foot Two of Asheville's ghost tours offer family-friendly walking routes in

Fall Color Report for October 8, 2015

Fall Color Hunting A colorful view from Rough Ridge (milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Photo by Robert Stevens. The significant rainfall has finally passed us by and we’ve returned to our normal weather patterns of warm sunny days and cool nights, which are the key ingredients to a stellar fall color season. Fortunately most of the forests were predominantly green across Western North

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