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Where to Watch the 2024 Summer Olympics in Asheville

From gymnast Simone Biles to track stars Sha’Carri Richardson and Noah Lyles and swimmer Katie Ledecky, Team USA will provide some of the biggest star power at the 2024 Olympic Games starting July 26 and ending Aug. 11. Plenty of exciting questions will be answered over those 16 days, but for you, the biggest question is where you can watch all the action. Below is a


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Asheville Hotels with Pools

Whether you're in Asheville for a weekend getaway or an extended stay, one of the best ways to unwind is by choosing a hotel with a pool. Here’s a look at some top hotels in Asheville that feature refreshing pools, perfect for relaxing after a day of play and exploring! The Omni Grove Park Inn This historic hotel is a landmark in Asheville and offers a luxurious experience. The Omni


Tubing on the French Broad River

Asheville's Ultimate Guide to Summer Water Fun

Asheville is blessed to be protected from the blistering heat that can make other nearby destinations feel uninhabitable during the summertime. But even on those rare days when the temperature rises, Asheville offers many ways to cool off while still enjoying the bounty of the great outdoors. Here’s a helpful guide for unforgettable summer water fun in Asheville! French Broad Fun



Celebrate Juneteenth With These Events in Asheville

Juneteenth is a time for celebration in Asheville as the community gathers to reflect on the end of American slavery 159 years ago and the work for equality that continues today. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville/Buncombe County and the City of Asheville host a weeklong Juneteenth celebration. This celebration, featuring educational and festive events, is a testament to our


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Asheville Has Become at Major Food Destination

Appalachian food is having a moment and there’s no better place to experience it than Asheville. Chow-chow (a relish made of pickled veggies), cornbread, grits, soup beans, chocolate gravy—these staples of mountain cooking were once considered “coarse food for coarse people,” says Erica Locklear Abrams, a professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville whose book


Hiking at Black Balsam NC

The Ultimate BIPOC Guide to Outdoors in Asheville

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* This isn't just another outdoor guide to Asheville, the North Carolina city that lies amid the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, we dive deep into the region’s rich tapestry of fresh-air experiences through the lens of the BIPOC people who’ve called Asheville home for generations. This is a celebration of diversity, of the



How to Experience Asheville's Artistic and Musical Heritage

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* “Asheville gave me wings,” says poet Glenis Redmond. After visiting for a weekend some 30 years ago, Redmond realized the city's creative milieu was fertile ground for the art of the written word. She became a frequent participant in Asheville Poetry Slam (run by Allan Wolf who many consider the godfather of slam poetry) and


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How to Experience the Good Life in Asheville

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* If you’ve visited the Asheville area you’ve probably heard of (or more likely become obsessed with) Malaprop's, an independent bookstore and café. “As a teenager, who lived a fairly sheltered life, it was the most magically enchanting place to visit,” says Ashley English, who’s based in the North Carolina


Stand Up Paddleboard French Broad River

From Fishing to the Grateful Dead—Why the French Broad River is a Must-Visit

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* Asheville waits for you and once it draws you in, there’s no turning back. What makes this North Carolina city so alluring? Not least is the French Broad River, a body of water that proves to be a connector of us all. As the third oldest river on Earth—hundreds of millions of years old, in fact—it’s defined the area from the