Blog by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for and is a former television news reporter.  He now combines his love for writing and Asheville to highlight the best of our mountain community.  He's also an avid outdoorsman who spends nearly all his free time hiking and photographing the mountains of western North Carolina. When he's not hiking or writing, you'll find him singing karaoke around town or catching a local sports game.

Plate of Food - Rhubarb

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Asheville, N.C.

Asheville welcomes you for the Thanksgiving holiday! It's an exciting time to be in town as many of Asheville's favorite holiday traditions have begun. See our guide to 8 ways Asheville sparkles for the holidays and our guide to the top places to see holiday lights in Asheville . If you'll be here in the mountains on Thanksgiving Day, you may be asking, "Where can I


Christmas at Biltmore 2018

PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2018

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur as Christmas at Biltmore 2018 gets underway. Magical. That's the word guests so often use when describing  Biltmore  during the holidays. Ornate decorations transport you back in time and showcase a tradition that dates back more than 120 years. The stunning decorations inside the home and across the estate feature more than 100


Fed Cup

Asheville to Host National and International Sporting Events

With its prime location in the  Blue Ridge Mountains  and its top notch athletic facilities, Asheville is drawing major international and national sports competitions to town. Asheville will have everything this year from Team USA tennis action to world-class cycling to top-level college basketball. And, as you enjoy watching the athletes compete, you'll have Asheville at your


Main Street Weaverville at Dusk

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- November 2-4, 2018

As fall color continues in Asheville and along the Blue Ridge Parkway , this weekend marks the beginning of the transition to the "Falliday" season. In other words, it's a uniquely special time to be in Asheville because you have the rare opportunity to experience fall color and holiday festivities at the same time. Check our weekly fall color report (published Thursday


Fall 2018 Blue Ridge Parkway

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 26-28, 2018

Halloween falls in the middle of the week (Wednesday of next week), but don’t worry: Asheville is prepared this weekend to kick off the party early! Put on your costume and head to Halloween-themed events throughout the city and we think you'll have a scary good time. And, as fall color continues to develop in the mountains and the city of Asheville, don't miss great


WIN TICKETS: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 18-21, 2018

Cooler fall-like temperatures are here! Experts say this cooler weather should help with the fall color transition . As you explore Asheville this weekend, plan your fall adventure with the  fall leaf color forecast for 2018  and  our guide to the top 10 ways to experience fall in Asheville .  Then, use easy-to-use search feature to  check room availability and rates


Reproduction Costume for A Vanderbilt House Party exhibit at Biltmore Estate 2019

Biltmore Announces New Costume Exhibit For 2019 in Asheville, N.C.

Biltmore has just announced a new costume exhibit set to open spring 2019 that will help you experience the Estate as if you were an honorary guest of the Vanderbilt's at the turn of the 19th century.  A Vanderbilt House Party: The Gilded Age will highlight the festive celebrations when the Vanderbilts entertained guests at Biltmore during the Gilded Age. The exhibit


Sunset at Cowee Mountains overlook with early fall color (2018)

Things to Do This Weekend in Asheville -- October 12-14, 2018

With cooler, fall-like temperatures expected this weekend, it's a great time to experience some of Asheville's favorite fall traditions.  Big arts celebrations, cider and beer fests, and live music take center stage. Throw in a celebration of Bonsai trees, a festival of Jewish food and culture and a car/motorcycle show and you've got quite a weekend ahead of you!  As you


Beer in Asheville

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 5-7, 2018

Asheville is ready to welcome you to the mountains for the fall season! We're beginning to see the very first hints of fall in the highest elevations. As you explore Asheville this weekend, gear up for fall with the  fall leaf color forecast for 2018  and  our guide to the top 10 ways to experience fall in Asheville .  Plan your trip to the Asheville area by utilizing


Couple Taking Selfie Photo from Rooftop Lounge in Downtown Asheville

Things to Do This Weekend in Asheville -- September 28-30, 2018

With fall officially underway, the calendar is full of events to help you celebrate the changing of the seasons!  Our weekend guide is jam-packed this week with festivals celebrating everything from coffee to Greek culture, quilting to river adventure. As you explore Asheville this weekend, gear up for fall with the  fall leaf color forecast for 2018  and  our guide to the


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