Blog by Cat Kessler

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Cat is the Online Content Manager for ExploreAsheville.com, where she gets to tweet about hiking and cheese, post photos of Blue Ridge Mountain vistas on Facebook and Instagram many pints of craft beer.

Follow her on Twitter at @VisitAsheville.

Reserve.com Comes to Asheville

Asheville Restaurants Welcome New Reservation System

Reserve.com Offers Diners New Way to Book a Table in Foodtopia Fourteen of the hottest independent restaurants in Asheville, N.C., have changed the way that diners can make a reservation. Reserve.com is the new destination for residents and visitors who are hungry for a taste of Foodtopia, and the change will be minimal for most restaurant guests. Reservations can be made through Reserve on each

Wicked Weed

Cast a Vote for Asheville's Growing Beer Scene

The craft beer landscape of Beer City USA is changing once again, with the opening of a handful of new breweries and taprooms bringing the total number of area brewers to 27. And it appears we are not the only ones who have taken notice. The folks at USA Today 10Best have nominated Asheville, its bars and beers for five Readers' Choice travel awards this month. We need your help to list

2015 Gingerbread Adult Winner

PHOTOS: Winners of the 2015 National Gingerbread House Competition

See Sweet Creations on Display at The Omni Grove Park Inn Gingerbread artists of all ages and skillsets arrived in Asheville this week for the 23rd Annual National Gingerbread House Competition , hosted by The Omni Grove Park Inn . This year saw more than 160 entries, all of which were at least 75 percent gingerbread and entirely made of edible materials. Entries were judged on appearance,

2015 Biltmore Tree Raising

Biltmore Raises 35-foot Fir to Kick Off Christmas Season

Decking the halls, Vanderbilt-style Each November, America's Largest Home welcomes its first holiday guest in the form of a 35-foot Fraser fir, which arrived yesterday on a horse-drawn wagon driven by Santa Claus himself. Of course, getting the massive tree to the door of Biltmore House is only the first step. It takes 50 people to pull the tree into the front door, down the hallway and into

Celebrate Summer: Three Days of Reasons to Get Out & Go

Celebrate Summer: Three Days of Reasons to Get Out & Go

Mountain Sports Festival to be held May 22-24 What do you get when you bring family, food, gear, sports, music, beer and sunshine together on one spectacular weekend? The 15th Annual Mountain Sports Festival , of course! For Asheville, this outdoors-oriented festival is as much a marker of the beginning of summer as the Memorial Day Weekend when it takes place. For three whole days (May 22-24),

LEAF Brings Funky Cultural Fest to Downtown

LEAF Brings Funky Cultural Fest to Downtown

Save the Date for Free Family Fun Mark your calendars--there's a new reason to get funky in downtown Asheville this summer! Two years after the final installment of the long-running Bele Chere, Asheville welcomes a new free, family-friendly festival from LEAF Community Arts. LEAF Downtown AVL will be held in Pack Square Park on August 1 & 2, 2015 and will feature three stages of live

Are You "Game" for Something New This Thanksgiving?

Are You "Game" for Something New This Thanksgiving?

3 Wild Holiday Recipes from Biltmore's chef Photo courtesy of Biltmore. If there's one place that really knows how to put together a holiday feast, it's Biltmore . Back in the days when the Vanderbilts lived in America's Largest Home, even an intimate Thanksgiving for a few family members involved 10+ gorgeous courses, served in the Banquet Hall beside the elegant triple fireplace. In preparation

Nominate Top Asheville Chefs for a James Beard Award

Nominate Top Asheville Chefs for a James Beard Award

Know any Asheville chefs who deserve national recognition for their delectable dishes? Have you had a meal this year that knocked your socks off, that swept you off your feet, that was worth writing home (and all your friends, your boss, perfect strangers) about? Those of us who love Asheville know that what's going on in our restaurants is remarkable, and not just by small city standards. The

Fantastic Fall Color is On the Way (and So Are the Deals!)

It's beginning to feel more like fall in the mountains, and expert predictions are in agreement that environmental conditions and weather trends are aligning for what could be one of the most memorable fall foliage seasons in recent years. (from Fallinthemountains.com ) Color Predictions “So far, the region’s weather pattern suggests that Western North Carolina will be a premier destination for

Introducing "Biltmore Weekends"—You Could Win a Twelve-Month Pass!

In honor of the upcoming long weekend—the one that will always mark the beginning of summer in our book—and because we didn't think our current contest was quite exciting enough, we now have a new way to win a part of the Asheville experience. Starting today, every weekend during the 30 Days of Asheville is now a Biltmore Weekend , meaning that every contest entry made on a Friday, Saturday