Blog by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for ExploreAsheville.com 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.

The Atrium inside the Asheville Art Museum

PHOTO TOUR: Asheville Art Museum

The Asheville Art Museum has reopened in November 2019 after a three-year, $24-million renovation. The new state-of-the-art facility is 54,000 square feet and adds 70 percent more collection space. With the added space, the museum is able to host major traveling exhibitions. The new features include a rooftop terrace and café offering gorgeous mountain views. In the museum’s

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2019 National Gingerbread House Competition Grand Prize Winner by Gail Oliver (Johnson City, Tennessee)

PHOTOS: 2019 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners

The winners have been crowned in the 2019 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. 20, 2019 through Jan. 4, 2019 (*select dates) at The Omni Grove Park Inn. View the entries Sunday afternoons after 3 p.m., and Monday through Thursdays. You do

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The Winter Garden decorated for Christmas at Biltmore in Asheville, NC

PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2019

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur as Christmas at Biltmore 2019 gets underway. Red and gold trimmings provide a feast for the eyes at Biltmore, where the Christmas decorations epitomize elegance. The ornate decorations transport you back in time and showcase a tradition that dates back more than 120 years. While Christmas at Biltmore is a long-standing tradition, every year is

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Dowtown Asheville with late fall color

GRAND OPENINGS: November 2019 Brings New Asheville Experiences

November 2019 brings new Asheville experiences with several highly anticipated grand openings! Be among the first to experience Asheville’s newest cultural offerings, including a reimagined art museum, an expanded craft center, a major exhibition, a brewery in a historic location and a new downtown Asheville hotel and dining destination. As you explore, see how Asheville sparkles for

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Biltmore

Downton Abbey Exhibition Set to Open at Biltmore

An immersive exhibition featuring set recreations, costumes and exclusive multimedia from the show Downton Abbey will open at Biltmore in late fall 2019! This exhibition gives you the chance to step inside the world of the global television phenomenon and the highly anticipated feature film (coming to theaters Sept. 20, 2019).  Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens at Biltmore November 8, 2019

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Biltmore Gardens Railway is on display summer 2019 in Asheville, N.C.

Summer Fun on Track with Biltmore Gardens Railway

Exhibition Dates: May 24-September 29, 2019  Biltmore is moving full steam ahead into summer with a new, large-scale model train exhibition! The Biltmore Gardens Railway will transport you to a whimsical place. In the Conservatory (located at the foot of Biltmore's Walled Garden and Rose Garden), 800 feet of track carry a locomotive and railcars through gorgeous exotic botanicals and

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Land of the Sky Video Shoot

A New Asheville Anthem and Ode to the Music Scene

It's not hard to fall in love with Asheville. The mountain vistas, the Biltmore, the dining scene, the festivals, the beer and the music may all come to mind when you daydream of this Blue Ridge Mountain town. Don Clayton, a long-time Asheville resident, has been so inspired by the Asheville experience that he decided to write a song that captures Asheville’s essence—and then

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The Asheville Amadeus Festival takes places every two years.

2019 Asheville Amadeus Festival Featuring Warren Haynes

2019 Asheville Amadeus Festival Dates: March 15-24 From music to dance, from theater to beer, Asheville takes center stage during the Asheville Amadeus Festival. The Asheville Symphony hosts the 10-day festival, which runs March 15-24, 2019. While the festival is inspired by the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the music you’ll hear represents many genres, so the festival is fit

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A Vanderbilt House Party Costume Exhibition

PHOTO TOUR: "A Vanderbilt House Party" Exhibition at Biltmore

Biltmore Exhibition Dates: February 8-May 27, 2019 As you stroll through Biltmore's newest clothing exhibition, you'll experience what it was like to be a guest of George and Edith Vanderbilt at one of their extravagant house parties.  A Vanderbilt House Party: The Gilded Age  transports you back to the turn of the century by showcasing clothing in

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Steep Canyon Rangers at U.S. Cellular Center

2020 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

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