Blog by David Thompson

11 Blog Posts
David Thompson

David Thompson is the Digital Communications Manager at Explore Asheville, an avid runner, hiker and lover of all things Asheville. 

Scenic Fall in Asheville

8 Unique Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

The autumnal bliss that overtakes Asheville throughout the fall months is not something to be missed. There’s nothing like a mid-October drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so check out these great spots for some scenic splendor.  But, with one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation, there are so many different


Black Mountain

5 Things to Do on Labor Day in Asheville, N.C.

Whether it’s taking in nine innings of baseball or enjoying a stunning late-summer hike amidst the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, Labor Day weekend in Asheville opens up endless possibilities for fun and adventure. Here are five ways to enjoy the holiday weekend and take advantage of that extra day off! Last Chance to See the Asheville Tourists The 2023 minor league baseball


Citizen Vinyl

The Ultimate Guide to Late Night Asheville

The perfect day in Asheville doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. There are a myriad of late night adventures in Asheville: dance parties, drag shows, dive bars, karaoke, live music, craft cocktails and delicious eats that can be experienced after dark. Here’s your ultimate guide for an unforgettable night in a city that never sleeps. Or, at least likes to stay up


Black Mountain

Spend a Perfect Day in Black Mountain

Simply put, Black Mountain is one of the prettiest small towns in America. Don’t take our word for it, ask TripAdvisor. With gorgeous mountain views at every turn, incredible eats and a rich arts culture, Black Mountain has enough to fill up an entire vacation. But, hey, we get it, sometimes you just have a day. Let’s help you get the most bang for your buck. Here’s one way to


Thermal inversion clouds at Mount Mitchell near Asheville, NC

5 Cool Asheville Hikes to Combat the Summer Heat

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are in Asheville. Even on the hottest days, the temperature rarely rises to rival those unfortunate souls that live in other parts of the South – I’m looking at you: Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston and Savannah. Triple-digit weather? No thanks! Not here! That doesn’t mean we aren’t prone to a day of sweaty backs, or an afternoon where


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The Art of Food: Experience Asheville Art Museum's Newest Tasty Collection

How do we think about our food? This is the simple yet layered question posed in the Asheville Art Museum's newest collection: The Art of Food — a deep dive into the significance of what we put into our mouths, the community that it builds, the people that we love and, in some ways, how what we put on our plate defines us.   Running through October 22, the


Performing Arts

Asheville's Performing Arts to Watch in August, 2023

Asheville is more than the beauty that surrounds it. At its core, this city is a beacon for artistic expression and originality—a place where vision becomes reality and life can find new meaning. Whether you're a theater buff, a dance aficionado, or simply love live performances, Asheville's flourishing performing arts scene has something for you. Here’s what you can


Fourth of July

Where to Watch Fireworks in Asheville on July 4, 2023

As the scorching summer days approach, there's one event that brightens up the night sky and fills the air with a sense of awe and wonder: July 4th fireworks in Asheville. If you're seeking a memorable Independence Day celebration, look no further than this list. Ingles Independence Day Celebration: The free event at Pack Square Park starts with The Ultimate Air Dogs from 12-4 p.m. as


Summer Skyline

Last-minute Itinerary: A Carefree Summer Weekend in Asheville

We all know the worst part of traveling. Say it with me now … the planning! As the warmer months commence and pictures of summer adventures flood your Instagram feed, panic can set in. Why didn’t we plan a trip? Is there still time? Maybe we should just plan something next year? Forget all that! Now is the perfect time for a weekend trip to Asheville – a serene mountain


Asheville Beer Week

The Must-Dos during Asheville Beer Week 2023

Take a deep breath and pop open a cold one, Asheville Beer Week is back! The week-long, Asheville and Western North Carolina-centric event will take place May 19-27, highlighting the expanding and innovative world of craft beer and beverage in the region. The multi-day, multi-venue calendar will be filled with old favorites and new events, including collaboration releases, film