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.

Steep Canyon Rangers at U.S. Cellular Center

2019 Winter Events in Asheville, NC

With rich culture and a booming music scene, Asheville is one of the best places to go in the winter months for entertainment. The local stages heat up at this time of the year as many big-name, award-winning acts return home to the mountains and perform at Asheville music venues. If you're looking for things to do in Asheville this winter, or ideas for cozy weekend getaways, take a look at


Asheville Downtown Skyline Night

New Year's Eve Events in Asheville, N.C.

2019 is on the horizon, and in Asheville you can ring in the New Year with a number of spirited celebrations planned throughout town. Here are the top picks for New Year’s Eve events this year.   Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations At-A-Glance Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Celebration – US Cellular Center, 8:00 p.m.: The Asheville Symphony in

Dining at Posana

Asheville Restaurants Open on Christmas and New Year's

Asheville welcomes you for the holidays! It's an exciting time to be in town Asheville shines with twinkling lights, festive traditions and exciting new year's celebrations! See  our guide to 8 ways Asheville sparkles for the holidays  and  our guide to the top places to see holiday lights in Asheville . And, prepare to ring in 2019 with our guide to New Year's


2018 National Gingerbread House Competition Grand Prize Winner

PHOTOS: 2018 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners

The winners have been crowned in the  2018 National Gingerbread House Competition  at The Omni Grove Park Inn ! And soon, you'll have the opportunity to see them on display! The display is open from Nov. 25, 2018 (after 3 p.m.) through Jan. 4, 2019 at The Omni Grove Park Inn. View the entries Sunday afternoons after 3 p.m., and Monday through Thursdays (excluding


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


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